The destruction inflicted on our churches in the name of Vatican II still makes the angels weep.
However, a restoration is slowly picking up momentum.
Here is a good example.
I like to visit the Cathedral if my native place, St Paul and Minneapolis. It is now also the National Shrine of Saint Paul. A grand building.
Today I noticed something new, which is something old, restored.
See it over there on the Gospel side wall of the sanctuary?
Let us have a closer look.
The rector found the baldichin for the Archbishop’s cathedra and had it reinstalled.
There is a suitable cloth of honor and the archiepiscopal coat-of-arms.
I am delighted by this, especially because the Archbishop here is leading an effort in defense of marriage.
Minnesota is likely going to be ground zero for defense of marriage, it seems to me, and the bishops will be in the thick of it. Archbp. Nienstedt seems determined. He seems to have nailed his colors to the mast in the run up to the vote on the amendment in defense of marriage. Therefore, I take the restoration of the baldichin to be a small but important symbol that he means business.
WDTPRS kudos to the Rector Fr. Johnson and Archbp. Nienstedt.