Catholic Church donates to repair National Cathedral

This “national church” commands the highest point in Washington and remains a significant spiritual and historical landmark — and so the Archdiocese of Washington is pitching in to help repair some of the damage from last month’s earthquake:

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is donating $25,000 to help repair the Washington National Cathedral, which sustained millions of dollars in damage in the earthquake that rocked the East Coast on Aug. 23.

“The National Cathedral holds a special place in the hearts of all of us in Washington,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington. “So many recognize it as a national house of prayer, and indeed its magnificent Gothic spires are a reminder of our constant need to raise our hearts in prayer to God in the midst of all our daily preoccupations.”

The Episcopal cathedral’s central spires lost their ornate crowning pieces and decorative angels during the 5.8 magnitude earthquake, which also cracked the cathedral’s flying buttresses.

Much of the repair work will fall to stone carvers, and is expected to take years. Insurance will not pay for repairs, so the church is seeking private donations.

Cathedral Dean Samuel Lloyd called the Catholics’ gift “a testimony to the fellowship that exists between people of different faiths.”

The cathedral has been closed since the earthquake as crews install safety nets and braces so that the building may reopen on Sept. 9. Two days later, President Obama will speak at the cathedral to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

  • Richard Johnson

    Wonderful! Let’s hope this will inspire other churches to make similar contributions so this national icon and be repaired as quickly as possible.

  • KeninIL

    So how much will the Muslim community put in ??

  • George Mason

    $25,000 is a lot for an archdiocese that has many bills.
    My question is did Cardinal Wuerl also donate to the damaged Washington Monument?

  • JustSayin’

    Umm… I know we’re called to be charitable and all, but could you possibly make a much WISER use of all that dough… say by giving it to a CHARITY?!!!!?!!!

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