We were told that the old St. Vibiana’s could no longer be used because of earthquake damage and it was unsalvageable, IIRC. Apparently it’s not as unusable as we were told.
I really liked that Church, and attending an occasional weekday mass there with a mix of poor people and office workers and lawyers.
If I ever get around to going to the new cathedral, I will be happy to spend some time with Vibiana.
Freeper SevenofNine, whose post appears just below yours, gets it right. Yes, you recall correctly. We can only surmise that the "earthquake damage" was justification enough for Cardinal Mahony to deem the cathedral as unfit for public worship thus enabling him to build a "newer, better" cathedral (i.e. cement box) where he could replace a traditional setting with one more in tune with his progressive agenda. Ironically, something good actually emerged from his clever scheme - these magnificent tapestries.
which draw our minds and hearts to those saintly souls that have preceded us.