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Thursday, June 29, 2006

"A Unique Ensemble of Buildings"


Cardinal George's weekly column addresses the USCCB's recent meeting in Los Angeles. I couldn't help but laugh, however, after reading the opening paragraph.

"The spring meeting of the United States Bishops' Conference took place last week in Los Angeles. As is the case with most meetings, the bishops spent most of their time in a hotel, but we went one evening to celebrate Mass in the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, a unique ensemble of buildings designed to place the Church and her ministry squarely at the center of Los Angeles' life."

In the words of Edna Krabappel, "Ha!"

I understand that Cardinal George is trying to be "collegial" to his brother bishop, Cardinal Mahony, but I can't help but thinking that Cardinal George thinks the L.A. Cathedral is hideous. After all, if he actually liked the cathedral, wouldn't he say so? I mean, can you imagine Cardinal George describing Notre Dame in Paris, or the Cathedral in Amiens, France, or St. Peter's Basillica as a "unique ensemble of buildings"? But, as I'm sure Cardinal George learned from his mother, if you can't say anything nice, just say nothing at all.

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