Nov 12, 2005

St. Vibiana rises from the dead

The earthly remains of the early Christian saint and martyr, St. Vibiana, are kept in an out-of-the-way, one-kneeler niche in the basement of the new cathedral. Click HERE.

St. Vibiana's Cathedral gets new life

LOS ANGELES (CBS TV News, Palms Springs) -- St. Vibiana's Cathedral, the 129-year-old church that narrowly escaped demolition after earthquake damage closed it a decade ago, has been resurrected.

The Spanish-Baroque cathedral has been restored and converted into a community arts center with the name Vibiana Place and a stage in place of the altar. The center was scheduled to be unveiled Saturday night at a $350-a-person fund-raiser for the Los Angeles Conservancy, a preservation group that fought to save the building.

Built in 1876, St. Vibiana's was the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Southern California and a downtown landmark with an 83-foot-tall bell tower, vaulted ceiling, distinctive cupola and carved wooden doors.

It was severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the city declared it uninhabitable. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles wanted to tear down the building and put up a new cathedral on the site. However, demolition plans were abandoned in 1996 after courts forced further environmental studies.

A new $195 million cathedral, Our Lady of the Angels, eventually was built elsewhere.

The archdiocese approves of the St. Vibiana's renovation and even loaned the arts center six Art Deco chandeliers that once graced the old cathedral.

"Church law requires that former churches be used for a dignified purpose," said Tod Tamberg, a spokesman for the archdiocese.

"It's really a wonderful second life for the former cathedral," he added.
What an ass! (the word is in the Bible)

Tip to Rick Lugari.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how wonderful Todd's second life will be when Mahony is finally sent packing.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They did not even have the decency to send the remains elsewhere? My goodness

4:27 PM  
Blogger Quo Vadis said...

Her remains ought to be returned to Rome, or some place suitable such as a church of stature named for her.

Notice that the old cathedral did not have to be torn down. Cardinal Mahony spent 195 million to build his ugly Roj Mahal based on a lie. But he wanted to tear down that which was beautiful and replace it with his cold ugly concrete and modern "art" for his own vainglory. So now that the Archdiocese is going to go in the hole a half billion or more for sex abuse cases, that 195 million plus (he won't say how much it costs) Mahony spent on the new cathedral could have been spent to keep the archdiocese out of bankruptcy court. Sad thing is that LA is stuck with the ugly thing. No one in their right mind would buy it for a fraction of what the Cardinal spent in building his modernist monument.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear anon 3:38

Tod Tamberg is Mahony's Joseph Goebbels.

"in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility"

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Linda said...

The Roj Mahal...........ROFLMAO

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully the cathedral will be worth more than the cost to build it when we sell it to pay to for the pedophile priest scandal.

Big Don

10:06 PM  
Blogger The Dover Beachcomber said...

I wonder when we can expect the first performance of "The Vagina Monologues" at this new community venue -- presumably with the Cardinal in attendance?

7:03 PM  

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