Thursday, August 26, 2010

More church
We have a good relationship: I like posting them; you love reading them. So here are some more.
  • Demolition OK’d. As I like to say, as a libertarian ‘secular liberal’ I defend churches’ rights to govern themselves and to do what they want with their property, even if it’s spiteful and financially foolish like kicking out a rebellious relatively conservative congregation after your latest change in doctrine and selling their old building to non-Christians with a history of aggression against Christians, even though the rebels offered you more money for the place. ‘It’s a free country’, I really hope. (I’m not just using that as a pose hoping to eventually take over and turn on you. Honest.) But what about when that goes against historic sites and/or historic preservation, as in this Philly story via John Boyden? (Of course Assumption closed. There is no more parish, just rundown shops.) The obvious libertarian solution is for a private pious association (devoted to St Katherine Drexel for example) to try to buy the building to make it a shrine; if that doesn’t work (the archbishop or now owner Siloam says no) then sorry, Charlie.
  • Photo from AMM: Ex-St Ludwig’s, which I’ve been to in my urban exploring. Once upon a time Brewerytown was, of course, German. Of course Prohibition killed Brewerytown. So St L’s was an early victim of white flight, closing in the mid-’70s IIRC. The black church using the undercroft was kind enough to let me into the upper church, now essentially a ruin as you can see here (but with much still there, such as the crucifix above the high altarWhy hast thou forsaken me? — and Stations of the Cross auf Deutsch). The black pastor at ex-St Gregory’s in West Philly was likewise kind, proudly showing me the church he uses (which has most of its Catholic furniture intact but disused).
  • Also from AMM: Holy Ghost Orthodox Church, Phoenixville. Been here a few times as well including on a Sunday. Obviously taken around Christmas. Like upstate. 1930s split from the Greek Catholics in Mont Clare not at all about theology or morals but clerical celibacy and local vs diocesan ownership of parish property. They just wanted to be left in peace. Still 1962 essentially, which is great.
  • Bishop Fellay: Vatican official thinks Novus Ordo will disappear in 25 years! Pope Benedict’s renewal may catch on. The men who pushed the NO are mostly dead and its boomer fans are starting to die. How many other 80-year-olds have a young following like him? The kids may well mop up, deprotestantising and becoming again more like these Orthodox.

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