Already, voices clamor for something completely new that fits the France of today. Ah...the hubris of progressives who happily throw away the past!
That thought leads to some troubling speculations. Will Notre Dame become a multi-cultural center? Or will it be designed with architecture that celebrates Islam? Will the "new" church really be Notre Dame rebuilt, the great gothic cathedral erected over hundreds of years by the faithful? Or will it be something strange? And even possibly a monument to the spirit of the world?
Will the new Notre Dame resemble the glorious old as we see her here?
Or will it look more like the photos shown in this video:
Architectural historian John Harwood had the gall to call the fire an "act of liberation" as Martin Barillas described at LifeSiteNews:
Echoing secularist and leftists, Rolling Stone magazine reported that John Harwood — an architectural historian who teaches at the University of Toronto — believes that it would be a mistake to restore Notre Dame as a church. The article suggested:
Any rebuilding should be a reflection not of an old France, or the France that never was — a non-secular, white European France — but a reflection of the France of today, a France that is currently in the making. “The idea that you can recreate the building is naive. It is to repeat past errors, category errors of thought, and one has to imagine that if anything is done to the building it has to be an expression of what we want — the Catholics of France, the French people — want. What is an expression of who we are now? What does it represent, who is it for?,” he says.
Rolling Stone reported that Harwood wants a redesign of Notre Dame to reflect modernity, arguing, “(I)t’s literally a political monument. All cathedrals are.” The magazine also quoted Harvard professor Patricio Real, who said, “The building was so overburdened with meaning that its burning feels like an act of liberation.”Well, perhaps if Notre Dame should be a "political monument," it ought to look like the new France which is more and more becoming a Muslim country as is all Europe. Remove the towers and spires of churches and replace them with minarets. How would you like to see this on top of Natre Dame?
Or perhaps this:
Think about Hagia Sophia. It was once a great patriarchal Greek orthodox cathedral in the city named after Constantine. The building that stands today was built in 537. When the Ottomans took over Constantinople in 1453, they renamed the city Istanbul and turned the cathedral into a mosque erecting four minarets. Today, the building is a museum.
Is that what we will see happen with Notre Dame? Will we see a Muslim crescent rise over her skyline?
Let us pray that the faithful of France will demand a true restoration of Our Lady's cathedral, but, even more so, let us pray for a restoration of the Catholic country. The best way to see that is for Catholic families to have more children and raise them in the faith. As Cardinal Mindszenty wrote years ago:
|The Most Important Person|
|on earth is a mother. She|
|cannot claim the honor of|
|having built Notre Dame|
|Cathedral. She need not. She|
|has built something more|
|magnificent than any|
|cathedral—a dwelling for an|
|immortal soul, the tiny|
|perfection of her baby's|
|body...The angels have not|
|been blessed with such a|
|grace. They cannot share in|
|God's creative miracle to bring|
|new saints to Heaven. Only a|
|human mother can. Mothers|
|are closer to God the Creator|
|than any other creature; God|
|joins forces with mothers in|
|performing this act of|
|creation... What on God's|
|good earth is more glorious|
|than this: to be a mother?|
|—Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty|