Oct 16, 2007
The recent holding of a fashion show in St. Vibiana Cathedral, as reported by the Los Angeles Times (click on this post's title), illustrates the tragedy involved when we close our churches instead of keeping them.
The people who run our archdiocesan offices do not seem to get it, so let me spell it out: A healthy Church, thriving and spreading the Gospel as God wants her to, does not close her cathedrals, churches, seminaries, convents, schools and other facilities; she repairs them as needed and she opens new ones.
A healthy Church expands, not contracts. A "positive development" is opening (and reopening) seminaries and churches, not shutting them down.
But that would suppose we hadn't let liberal Catholics spend the last 45 years demoralizing the faithful, causing them to lose their faith and chasing away potential converts by running down our Church and claiming we need to "remodel" and "update" the Church that Jesus gave us 2,000 years ago.
And it would suppose we hadn't let liberal Catholics, including hierarchy and clergy, decimate the numbers of the faithful by telling them it's just fine to defy the Church and use artificial contraceptives to stop having children.
A healthy Church has Mass, Benediction, Adoration, weddings and baptisms of lots of new babies in its cathedrals, not sterile, ephemeral fashion shows.
P.S. Just to make my position on St. Vibiana clear once more: We could have saved it as a parish church and a core repository of archdiocesan heritage and spirit, and still built a new cathedral elsewhere. Some call that unrealistic; I say the most unrealistic course of all is to close and sell off our patrimony.