“Without restoration [of St. Patrick’s Cathedral] both we, the visitors and the walkers-by, and the cathedral herself will fall apart,” says Kate Monaghan in today’s column .
An article mentioned on this blog from the New York Times in 2012 (at the official launch of the restoration) re-posed the question: Will those the cathedral is approaching for restoration funds not contribute because of the unpopular beliefs of the Catholic Church? Further, why contribute to a posh cathedral on Fifth Avenue when there are so many in need? . . .
As we work on the restoration, we are mindful of the more important work taking place: that is, the restoration of the heart, of the Church, and finally, of the cathedral. As Pope Francis said, we must make the Church a community where everyone feels welcomed and understood, everyone feels the mercy and love of God . . . ”
Read the full column here .