You can even see a four-minute KTLA Channel 5 news video of the 20-foot, 3,500-pound cupola being lifted by crane back to its historic position.
This is only "kind-of" good news, because you notice right away that gone from the cupola is its cross. How symbolic that is of the effects of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles's attack on St. Vibiana back in 1996.
Secular preservationists were the ones to defend St. Vibiana and save her from the Archdiocese's relentless attempts to destroy her.
In 1996, the preservationists had to get a court to issue an emergency restraining order to make the Archdiocese stop its sudden, Saturday morning sneak demolition attempt. Such was its frenzy to obliterate St. Vibiana that the Archdiocese, says the Times, hadn't gotten a demolition permit.
This was a day after the city government had said the Archdiocese needed to "abate" danger that the earthquake-damaged bell tower supposedly posed.
Naturally, repairing the Cathedral would have abated any danger. Yes, that would have cost a lot. But the faithful would have dug deep to save St. Vibiana.
The Archdiocese claimed repairing St. Vibiana would have cost too much. Does that mean it would have cost $200 million (the Armadillo's cost)? Or maybe $773 million (the cost of the clergy sex abuse and cover-up scandals)?
By the time the court's restraining order was served, the Archdiocese had lifted the historic cupola off the tower and dumped it on its side in the parking lot. And, says a preservationist, "They were stripping the interior."
What is with so many members of our hierarchy all over the USA that they rush to demolish historic Catholic churches that are irreplaceable architectural gems filled with artistic treasures and spiritual and historical significance?
In Russia and elsewhere in the ex-Communist-ruled countries of the USSR and the Captive Nations, they are restoring and even re-creating and replicating cathedrals and churches that the Bolsheviks desecrated and destroyed.
America's Catholic hierarchy should follow the example of the church-restorers, not the church-destroyers. The Church needs to grow, not retreat. It can be done!