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  • Reclaiming America’s cathedral

    03/01/2006 8:12:24 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 180+ views
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 1 March 2006 | George Weigel
    Reclaiming America’s cathedral by George Weigel St. Patrick’s is, arguably, the most famous Catholic cathedral in the United States. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is, arguably, the most beautiful. But Baltimore’s Old Cathedral, now the Basilica of the Assumption, is indisputably the most historic. It was conceived by Archbishop John Carroll, the founder of the American hierarchy, whose diocese originally encompassed the entire United States. Archbishop Carroll wanted the first Catholic cathedral in the new republic to embody the nation’s commitment to religious freedom and turned to Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect of the U.S. Capitol (and son of a...
  • L.A. Cathedral cancels event featuring discredited "mystic"

    01/10/2006 9:17:55 AM PST · by Deo volente · 11 replies · 381+ views
    Los Angeles Times (free registration required) ^ | January 10, 2006 | Larry B. Stammer
    The Roman Catholic cathedral of Los Angeles on Monday rescinded its invitation to hold a Christian unity conference later this month after concluding that the principal speaker was to be a controversial self-proclaimed mystic who claimed to speak directly with God, Jesus and Mary. In a letter to the sponsors, Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik, pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, said that what had been represented by sponsors as a Christian unity conference had turned out to be largely a forum for Vassula Ryden, a Greek Orthodox laywoman who has attracted worldwide attention with her reports of...
  • Construction of the largest in the world Orthodox church to be completed in Belgrade

    11/25/2005 11:22:23 AM PST · by x5452 · 19 replies · 902+ views
    Interfax ^ | 10/27/05
    Moscow, October 27, Interfax - Interior decoration and painting of the church of St.Sava of Serbia will be completed next September. The church is considered the largest Orthodox church in the world. Christ the Saviour Cathedral square in Moscow is 60x60 metres, while the church in Belgrade designed in Serbian-Byzantine style is 91x81. The fresco of Christ in the cupola of St.Sava’s church will be the largest in the Christian world. The eyes of the Saviour will be as large as one metre, Kommersant newspaper wrote Thursday. The capacity of the cathedral will accommodate some ten thousand worshippers at a...
  • Traumatized New Orleans returnees pack first post-storm Catholic Mass

    10/02/2005 1:41:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 437+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | October 2, 2005
    About a thousand people crammed a Catholic church in the heart of New Orleans for an emotional Sunday Mass and prayed for the resurrection of their storm-savaged city. Some worshippers hugged and wept as Archbishop Alfred Hughes spoke from the St. Louis Cathedral altar of suffering and losses endured, and thanked those who risked their lives to rescue others. "I thank God for all of you who have made such special effort," Hughes told the congregation. "We are coming to pray New Orleans comes back to life." The wooden pews under the vaulted ceiling and chandeliers were full and worshippers...
  • Da Vinci Code to be filmed in Cathedral

    08/16/2005 3:32:37 PM PDT · by blues-train · 35 replies · 768+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 August 2005 | Daily Mail reporter
    When he walks on to a movie set, he usually gets star treatment. But as Tom Hanks arrived at Lincoln Cathedral yesterday, he found himself somewhat upstaged. A handful of protesters were making their feelings known about the decision to film scenes from The Da Vinci Code in the historic building. Led by a Catholic nun, Sister Mary Michael, they claimed the movie, based on the bestselling novel by Dan Brown, should be filmed elsewhere. She led a 12-hour prayer vigil to push the message home. The controversial thriller is the story of a Vatican conspiracy to suppress the supposed...
  • Msgr CLARK RESIGNS - *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    08/11/2005 10:33:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 157 replies · 4,749+ views
    Open Book ^ | August 11, 2005
    The archdiocese of New York has just announced that Msgr. Clark's resignation from the Rectorate of St. Patrick's Cathedral has been accepted.
  • Nagasaki, Mon Amour

    08/03/2005 1:05:28 PM PDT · by Siobhan · 40 replies · 1,600+ views
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | August 8, 2001 | Lowell Ponte
    EACH AUGUST THE DEBATE RETURNS, this year won masterfully by my Front Page Magazine brother columnist Ronald Radosh: Should the United States on August 6, 1945, have dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima?  Given that the alternative would have required invasion of Japan and the deaths of perhaps a quarter-million Americans, a million or more Japanese, and prolonged suffering on both sides, most moral people answer Yes, we should have dropped the bomb.  We had only three bombs, one to test and two to use and none to spare on a demonstration for the Emperor. But we should also ponder...
  • Murderin' the Cathedral?: My Trip to Rochester’s Sacred Heart

    06/10/2005 10:12:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 1,048+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | June 10, 2005 | Rich Leondi
    Bishop Matthew Clark took over my home diocese of Rochester, New York, in 1978 when I was about ten years old. So fixed is his name in my memory that regardless of where I attend Mass, during the liturgy of the Eucharist I half expect the priest to say "Matthew our bishop" despite the fact that I haven't lived in Rochester for almost twenty years. A Visit Home The controversy surrounding the renovation of Sacred Heart Cathedral is something I've followed off and on since the bishop announced his intentions in 2000. Clark’s plan was to "update" the small 1928...
  • [Bishop of Rome -- Pope Benedict XVI]to be installed at St. John Lateran, the Pope's cathedral

    05/07/2005 10:31:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies · 2,100+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | 05-06-05 | Catholic World News
    Background: St. John Lateran, the Pope's cathedral Rome, May. 06 (CWNews.com) - On Saturday, May 7, Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) will formally take possession of the basilica of St. John Lateran, the cathedral of the Rome diocese. Although it has not been the primary home of Roman Pontiffs since the 14th century-- St. Peter's Basilica is the site of most papal liturgical celebrations-- St. John Later remains the Pope's cathedral, and the Roman church par excellence. The name "Lateran" refers to the great patrician family of ancient Rome on his grounds the basilica now stands. For several centuries,...
  • Fire Destroys Downtown Madison (WI) Cathedral

    03/15/2005 6:19:49 AM PST · by NYer · 31 replies · 1,362+ views
    Channel 3000 ^ | March 15, 2005
    MADISON, Wis. -- Firefighters spent Monday putting out hot spots after an early-morning blaze destroyed St. Raphael Cathedral, 222 W. Main St., in downtown Madison, near the Capitol. Video UPDATED SLIDESHOW: See FireDowntown Street ClosuresPaul Swain: "Our faith is not built around buildings"E-MAIL US: Your Digital Images Of FireSign-Up For Breaking News E-Mail Alerts The fire was reported at about 5:30 a.m. Monday. Large plumes of dark smoke could be seen from all directions toward the Capitol. Several area fire departments were called in to help Madison firefighters contain the fire. Firefighters got the fire under control at about 8...
  • From leaky roofs to secret agents (THE SADDAM FILES)

    05/05/2003 5:04:29 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 16 replies · 750+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | May 6, 2003 | David Blair
    From leaky roofs to secret agents: how the files I found in Iraq's looted foreign ministry cast light on the paranoid world of Saddam Hussein How many Iraqi officials does it take to fix the leaky roof of a diplomat's house in London? How long does a skilled translator need to convert one of George Galloway's parliamentary speeches into Arabic? In almost 1, 000 pages of Arabic prose, each stamped with the Eagle crest of Iraq, the files found inside the foreign ministry in Baghdad cast a somewhat surreal light on the questions that turned the bureaucratic wheels of Saddam...
  • Challenging preeminent authority (Blasphemous art at largest Episcopal cathedral)

    01/18/2005 10:42:35 AM PST · by NYer · 39 replies · 1,175+ views
    Renew America ^ | January 17, 2005 | CJ DeStefano
    While Catholic bashing continues to rear its ugly head in America, it is usually relegated to the lowest common denominator in society, Hollywood and liberal elites striving for a more manageable secular society. I truly could not fathom the notion that this type of hate speech would not only be sanctioned, but peddled, by one of the last vestiges of the Christian faith. I took my classes to Saint John the Divine Episcopal Cathedral in New York City earlier this year for our annual jaunt through the history of this wonderful structure. Unaware that an art display entitled "Season...
  • How Tsunami Waves Did Not Touch Santhome Cathedral

    01/10/2005 12:36:47 PM PST · by It's me · 259 replies · 6,178+ views
    The Indian Catholic ^ | January 10, 2005
    CHENNAI (ICNS) – The tsunami waves have subsided, but a miracle is being talked about across Chennai. It is the story of how St Thomas’ miraculous post kept the invading waves away, sparing the newly renovated Santhome Cathedral. The Cathedral, the world’s second basilica built on an apostle’s tomb, has been giving shelter to hundreds of tsunami victims ever since the waves ravaged many buildings across the coast. But even though the killer tsunami waves devastated the Chennai coast, Father Lawrence Raj, the parish priest of the Santhome Cathedral Basilica, says “the sea did not touch our church.” The reason?...
  • Alternate proposal for design of Oakland Cathedral

    11/30/2004 9:37:02 AM PST · by Alfred Hitchcock · 7 replies · 288+ views
    Dellachiesa.com ^ | unknown | Domiane Forte
    Upon returning to her childhood home of Oakland, California, Gertrude Stein noted that "there is no there, there." While this may have been true of the Oakland of 1934, more and more towns and cities since then, adopting the lifeless gray and brown boxes of Modernism, have become "placeless places." Rather than drawing upon the various local customs and traditions, we have found our cities over-run by the 'international style' of architecture: an architecture that has come to exist everywhere, but belongs nowhere. This Modernist modus operandi is especially devastating when applied to sacred architecture. The current design for the...
  • Cathedral Damaged In Apparent Anti-Gay Exorcism

    11/24/2004 9:25:38 AM PST · by wallcrawlr · 244 replies · 6,548+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | November 24, 2004 | Herón Márquez Estrada
    An informal exorcism performed at the Cathedral of St. Paul this month was more profane than sacred and was directed toward gay Catholics, police and church authorities said Tuesday. They said the ritualistic sprinkling of blessed oil and salt around the church and in donation boxes amounted to costly vandalism and possibly even a hate crime. The damage was discovered Nov. 7 after the noon mass, and after words were exchanged between members of the Rainbow Sash Alliance, a gay rights group, and the opposing group, Catholics Against Sacrilege.
  • Heavenly bodies give churchgoers a shock

    11/11/2004 5:38:05 AM PST · by tjwmason · 14 replies · 953+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 11 November, 2004 | Jonathan Petre
    Heavenly bodies give churchgoers a shockBy Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent(Filed: 11/11/2004) The young men of a Church of England cathedral choir have dismayed traditionalists by stripping off their shirts for a charity calendar. The "heavenly hunks" of Portsmouth cathedral choir have been photographed in a series of provocative poses for the 2005 calendar, which has the backing of the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Kenneth Stevenson. A number of the pictures of the choristers, aged between 18 and 26, have a nautical theme to tie in with the city's celebrations next year of the 200th anniversary of the Battle...
  • Satanic group defaces cathedral in Chile

    08/04/2004 10:23:10 AM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 6 replies · 331+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | August 3, 2004
    A group of Satanists vandalized the Cathedral of Linares in Chile this weekend, drawing satanic symbols on the walls and pouring red paint over the main altar, according to police in this city located 170 miles south of Santiago. The unknown group painted inverted crosses and wrote the number six in three different areas of the Cathedral walls. The vandalism took place eight days after the murder of an Italian priest, Father Faustino Gazziero, who was decapitated by a follower of satanic cults at the conclusion of Mass in the Cathedral of Santiago. The priest’s killer, Rodrigo Orias, attempted to...
  • Satanism Linked to Priest's Murder in Chilean Cathedral (Follow-up)

    07/27/2004 7:37:56 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 20 replies · 554+ views
    Zenit ^ | 7/26/2004 | n/a
    p>Satanism Linked to Priest's Murder in Chilean Cathedral Assailant Invoked Devil's Name, Says Servite Superior SANTIAGO, Chile, JULY 26, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The archbishop of Santiago decried the existence of Satanic groups in Chile in the wake of the weekend murder of a priest in the metropolitan cathedral. Cardinal Francisco Errázuriz, archbishop of Santiago and president of the country's episcopate, made that observation Sunday, a day after Servite Father Faustino Gazziero de Stefani, 68, was slain after he had celebrated Mass. The cardinal lamented that legislative proposals to curb Satanic groups have not been addressed with greater care. "They have killed...
  • Bishop gets earful on new Cathedral

    05/08/2004 11:44:19 AM PDT · by MegaSilver · 112 replies · 416+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 08 May 2004 | Peggy Stinnett
    BISHOP ALLEN VIGNERON, shepherd of the Roman Catholic Diocese, heard something he didn't like from his flock about Diocesan plans for the 17-story Christ the Light Cathedral last week at a community meeting. These were not sheep-like Catholics, and they knew the scriptures. What the bishop heard was a respectful bleating. "Baaaaa ..." Several who spoke said the $131 million price tag for building the cathedral complex should instead be spent on the poor and homeless as taught by Jesus Christ and the Bible. The proposed soaring edifice would be a "symbol of wealth and the pride of man," said...
  • Church to Remove (Statue of) Moor-slayer Saint (James) (Save Us From Wimpy Catholics O Lord!)

    05/04/2004 8:07:29 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 20 replies · 485+ views
    BBC News ^ | 5/3/2004 | n/a
    Church to remove Moor-slayer saint A statue in a Spanish cathedral showing St James slicing the heads off Moorish invaders is to be removed to avoid causing offence to Muslims. Cathedral authorities in the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela, on Spain's north west coast, plan to move the statue to the museum. Among the reasons for the move is to avoid upsetting the "sensitivities of other ethnic groups". The statue of St James "the Moor-slayer" is expected to be replaced by one depicting the calmer image of St James "the Pilgrim", by the same 18th century artist, Jose Gambino....
  • Muslims seek to worship in Spanish Cathedral [BARF ALERT]

    05/01/2004 10:42:04 AM PDT · by MegaSilver · 29 replies · 502+ views
    BBC News ^ | 01 May 2004 | Malcolm Billings
    In southern Spain, once the centre of an Islamic civilisation in Europe, the Muslim community has appealed to the Vatican to be allowed to pray alongside Christians in what was once the Great Mosque of Cordoba.It is one of the oldest buildings in the Islamic world and one of the most beautiful. The first thing I saw was a courtyard full of orange blossom. A fountain played in the middle. I felt that I was already back in the Middle Ages making my way towards the entrance of the mosque itself. The interior is stunning - a symmetrical forest of...
  • Worshippers subdue man who says he sought to save souls at historic church

    01/14/2004 4:34:33 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 23 replies · 202+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 01/14/2004 | Amy Dorsett
    A man proclaiming himself the "Prince of Peace" intent on saving souls from idol worship ran amok Tuesday morning at San Fernando Cathedral, toppling seven statues, reducing parts of them to piles of dust. Worshippers at the downtown church subdued the man until police arrived at around 8:30 a.m. Officers found statues across the cathedral knocked off their pedestals, some of them split in two, others in dozens of tiny pieces. "He was agitated. He started yelling that he was going to save the people in the church and he was going to start by smashing the statues," said Deacon...
  • More details on gay attack on Argentina cathedral

    11/07/2003 9:02:22 AM PST · by LifeSite News · 121+ views
    LifeSiteNew.com ^ | Nov 6, 2003 | LifeSiteNews.com
    Homosexual Activists Desecrate Catholic Church in Argentina
  • The Ark of Hope (Indianapolis, Indiana)

    11/06/2003 9:18:17 AM PST · by Gretchen Fairchild · 1 replies · 187+ views
    http://earthchartersummits.org/locations/indianapolisin/default.htmhttp://www.Ark-of-Hope.org
  • Italians Say Tourists Trashing Churches

    07/31/2003 7:55:30 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 18 replies · 308+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | Wed Jul 30, 3:17 PM ET | By FRANCES D'EMILIO
    ROME - Visitors can no longer use the splendid entrance at Rome's Basilica of St. Mary Major — it's sealed off because drunks and lovers had made it a hangout. In Florence, Catholic officials complain that church steps are turning into latrines at night. Police in Venice plan to fine tourists for leaving lunch leftovers in the square outside St. Mark's Basilica. Italy's churches draw millions of visitors each year, and anger is mounting over how some mistreat the nation's religious heritage. Monsignor Timothy Verdon, on the staff at Florence's Duomo, or cathedral, held a news conference this week to...
  • Darth Vader Gargoyle on US National Cathedral [NOT humor!]

    04/28/2003 12:34:01 PM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 98 replies · 1,228+ views
    As Washington National Cathedral approached completion, the west towers rose towards the sky, striking toward heaven. During the building a startling idea was hatched: hold a competition for children to design decorative sculpture for the Cathedral.To Find Darth Vader you have to leave the building through the ramp entrance. This is located at the northwest corner of the nave, through the double wooden doors of Lincoln Bay. Go down the ramp, and step into the parking lot. Then, turn around and look back up at the tower closest to you. He is almost impossible to see without the assistance of...
  • Pope John Paull II To Visit Mongolia

    03/13/2003 9:14:28 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 133+ views
    UB Post ^ | March 2003
    Pope John Paul II will visit Mongolia at the end of August. This was reported by Radio Vaticana who quoted the Apostolic Nuncio, Monsignor Giovanni Battista Morandini, who held a press conference this morning in the Mongolian capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Mons. Renato Boccardo, the person in charge of planning the Pope's trips, is already working on the itinerary. The Pope recently received an invitation to visit Mongolia from the President of the Mongolia, Natsagiin Bagabandi. News source: AGI, Vatican city
  • Latin-Rite Cathedral Taking Shape in Bulgarian Capital

    12/26/2002 9:56:36 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 97+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 26, 2002
    >SOFIA, Bulgaria, DEC. 24, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The resurgence of a new Catholic cathedral in Sofia is due in no small measure to John Paul II's visit to the country. Last May 23, the very day the Pope arrived in Sofia, the government approved the construction of the cathedral, dedicated to St. Joseph, in the historic center of the capital. An Orthodox cathedral, a mosque and a synagogue are also located in the center of Sofia, near the headquarters of the Parliament and government, Vatican Radio noted. The new building is located where once stood the old cathedral, destroyed by bombings...
  • Can't Get Out of the Box [The Rog Majal]

    09/13/2002 3:18:10 AM PDT · by maryz · 15 replies · 127+ views
    OpinionJournal (WSJ online) ^ | September 13, 2002 | MICHAEL S. ROSE
    <p>It has been applauded as a "landmark of remarkable architectural intelligence" by some and derided by others as a "concrete monstrosity." Yet most critics are evaluating the new Los Angeles cathedral according to the canons of modernist architecture--i.e., what the building says about itself.</p>
  • The Cardinal's Superdome

    09/03/2002 10:26:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 71 replies · 266+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | September 3, 2002 | George Neumayr
    Missing from the endless line of church officials at Cardinal Roger Mahony's cathedral grand opening on Monday was one of its first associate pastors, Fr. Carl Sutphin. An accused molester, Sutphin held the title of associate pastor at the new "Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels" until Mahony cut him loose in the wake of the Boston church scandals. Mahony knew of Sutphin's checkered clerical career for at least a decade. That troubled Mahony so much he gave him lodging at the new cathedral's apartments and appointed him associate pastor of the church. (Before that, Sutphin resided at the...
  • WNEW Shock Jocks Fired

    08/23/2002 7:07:05 AM PDT · by ELS · 44 replies · 415+ views
    1010wins.com ^ | August 22, 2002 5:13 PM US/Eastern | 1010 WINS
    Opie and Anthony are over and out. The New York-based shock jocks, criticized by Catholic groups for broadcasting a live account of a couple allegedly having sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral, had their nationally syndicated show canceled Thursday. The station, owned by Infinity Broadcasting, offered no further comment. The pair had been pulled off the airwaves Monday, three days after the stunt was aired. The cancellation was announced shortly after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell directed the agency's enforcement bureau to investigate the broadcast. The FCC had been flooded with hundreds of complaints about the show. The rest of...
  • Couple Arrested for Having Sex in New York City Cathedral

    08/16/2002 9:50:33 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 484 replies · 1,796+ views
    Fox News/NY Post ^ | Friday, August 16, 2002 | By Philip Messing, Marianne Garvey and Hasani Gittens
    <p>NEW YORK — A Virginia couple was arrested in New York City Thursday for public lewdness after allegedly having sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral as part of a radio stunt that outraged parishioners and church officials.</p> <p>Also arrested was comedian Paul Mercurio, 40, who provided a running on-air commentary of the sex act, which took place just five feet away from worshippers praying on the Feast of the Assumption, a holy day of obligation for Catholics.</p>
  • SACRED CREATIONS - LA'S NEW CATHEDRAL

    08/06/2002 10:44:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 358+ views
    LA Times ^ | August 4, 2002 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC
    <p>Robert Graham's images stand above the doors of the new cathedral.</p> <p>"Remember 'The Agony and the Ecstasy'? Think of that--times 10." Sculptor Simon Toparovsky is recounting the perils and thrills of creating a life-size bronze crucifix for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Like author Irving Stone's interpretation of Michelangelo's ordeal in the Sistine Chapel, the saga of adorning the enormous new cathedral, which opens Sept. 3 in downtown Los Angeles, is fraught with angst and drama.</p>
  • Follow-Up on the Milwaukee Cathedral Renovations (Must-See pictures!)

    04/14/2002 4:59:18 AM PDT · by Aquinasfan · 39 replies · 1,147+ views
    Seattle Catholic ^ | 2/28/02 | Maureen J. Fitzsimmons-Vanden Heuvel
    First-hand impressions of Weakland's monstrosity Since last May, I have been a part of a wonderful group of people who have opposed the interior "wreckovation" of our historic St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. I decided to view the changes for myself on Saturday, February 17, 2002.... View the damage for yourself.