Shaken: quake damage at cathedral worse than first reported

The National Journal reports:

The original reports of the damage were fairly dismissive. Talking Points Memo did a slide show of damage to buildings in the D.C. area, and led with three pictures of tiny pieces of rubble on the front steps. The sarcastic captions read, “See it?” and “Look closely; it’s there,” and have large red arrows, just in case you miss it. Admittedly, the pictures they have don’t show very much. The National Cathedral, which provided these images, has started soliciting donations to help repair the structure of the building. The TPM’s pictures don’t tell the whole story.

Evidently, a lot of the more serious structural problems occurred indoors.  But still, there are scenes like the one below. My first thought was: the people who created some of these pieces are part of dying craft.  They’ve all but vanished.  How can you replace something irreplaceable?

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14 responses to “Shaken: quake damage at cathedral worse than first reported”

  1. They can be copied and remade, but they will pay dearly for them. They’ll need all the donations they can get.

    Peace to all

  2. That certainly is worse than the reports indicated. What a shame. Living in RI, apparently some felt a bit of this—-but I didn’t even know it happened until the news reports told us about it.

  3. No, Ray,

    Teddy Kennedy’s funeral Mass was held in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston.

    However, Ronald Reagan’s state funeral was held in the National Cathedral in Washington.

  4. “He that heareth, and doth not, is like a man building his house upon the earth without a foundation: against which the stream beat, and it fell…”

    The divorce of Henry VIII is a less than ideal foundation.

  5. “The divorce of Henry VIII is a less than ideal foundation.”

    But Henry VIII lived over 500 years ago!

  6. Kyrie, eleison!
    I can relate very closely to the parishioners in these churches. I was received into the Church in the Cathedral of St Francis deSales and was a parishioner there, and my daughter received her Sacraments of Initiation in the Deaf community which worshiped at Sacred Heart Church. Both churches were destroyed in the Loma Prieta Quake here in 1989.
    (We had a small but very noticeable quake here last night and again this morning.)

  7. The National Cathedral (an Episcopal church) is an incredibly beautiful building and I’m sorry it was damaged. I am thankful that the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception has not reported any damage. As a local, I am amazed at the many visitors who think the National Cathedral is a Catholic church. If you visit DC, visit the Basilica: the largest Catholic church in North America, and a magnificent place.

  8. hportiers:

    I have never been an English teacher (just a Religion/Theology teacher) so, perhaps I am missing the point of your metaphor.

  9. It should not be taken to far, given that Catholic churches have suffered. But the symbolic significance of a crumbling ‘Nat’l Cathedral,’ the preemminent edifice of American Episcopalianism, built on the Anglican foundation of Henry VIII’s divorce, perhaps should not be entirely overlooked either.

  10. HMS – I was asking about Teddy Kennedy, not sure what your Ronald Reagan tangent was about.

    hportiers – Speaking of Henry VIII. Wasn’t it ironic that they made a fuss over Edward marrying a divorcee – when the English Church was founded on divorce?

    Anyone know if it is still against the law for a Royal to marry a Catholic?

  11. Ray:

    I guess I was trying to make the point that the National Cathedral would not be appropriate for a Catholic funeral and that it is often the place for state funerals of our presidents, e.g., Ronald Reagan,

    except of course, John F. Kennedy, who had a requiem mass at St Matthew’s Cathedral, cathedral church of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.

    Come to think of it, I wonder why JFK’s funeral was not held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

  12. Ray,
    I believe British royals can marry Catholics. It may cost them the possibility of succeeding to the throne. Certainnly if they become Catholic, they cannot become the reigning monarch.

    Actually, I think it would be a real crisis of conscience for a Catholic the become the legal head of the Church of England, so maybe it’s just as well that none will be placed in that position.

    But what would happen if there were corporate reunion between Canterbury and Rome and the law were not changed? Would it cause the end of the monarchy? It’s sort of like something out of Gilbert and Sullivan. If the law says the monarch is head of the Church of England, and that no Catholic can be monarch, but the Church of England has become Catholic, then whoever becomes monarch automatically becomes Catholic and automatically loses the throne. LOL

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