The article, from the AP, details the often irreparable loss and destruction of tabernacles (God forbid!), altars (God forbid!), confessionals (God forbid!), altarpieces, altar rails, stained glass windows, statues, candlesticks and other holy objects from closed and wreckovated Catholic churches, most of them architectural treasures, around our country.
The news story attributes all this to parish closings caused by "population shift." The reporter does not seem to know about the hideous ideological animus that many "spirit of Vatican II" bishops and pastors have toward traditional Catholic churches and holy Catholic objects.
True, this phenomenon is not exactly new news. But it always hurts to read about it.
The article does contain some good news. A few priests and lay people are trying to save and reclaim holy objects for use in other churches. Father Pat Butler from the Diocese of Albany wishes there was a national clearinghouse for the holy items; now, there is a great and holy cause for an enterprising or wealthy Catholic (why not from L.A.?) to begin!
One heartbreaking photo and caption pretty much sum up the whole article. The photo is of a wreckage-strewn sanctuary of a magnificent Catholic church of the 19th century, with beautiful frescoes above and behind it, literally appearing as if it has been sacked or been hit in a war or by earthquake. The caption reads, "The altar area of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Albany, built 150 years ago by immigrants and recently sold for $1, sits abandoned."
"Sold for $1." St. Joseph's is by no means the only beautiful Catholic church around our country that has been sold for such a price. I am speaking generally here, about America as a whole, and I acknowledge that I do not know the circumstances of the selling of St. Joseph's Church in Albany, nor do I impute bad motives to anyone in the Diocese of Albany.
Let us hope that this $1 sale was a deal with preservationists or the city to save the church.
But it cannot be denied that $1 is about all the value that "progressives" around the USA place on holy Catholic churches. They profess to be strapped for cash to pay sex abuse claims, yet they are so anxious to get rid of traditional churches that they give them away.
Of course, the physical devastation of churches is but a mirror of the spiritual devastation that "progressives" wreak by causing people to lose their Faith. Let us keep praying that God will restore everyone's Faith and that He will restore our churches -- and our Church. Amen.