There is an interesting piece at Hell’s Bible today about the Diocese of Brooklyn’s new Co-Cathedral, “the enormous, 102-year-old Church of St. Joseph on Pacific Street in Prospect Heights”.
I have visited too few churches in Brooklyn, but the next time I head east I will make a point of it.
Read the story. I think that the article is subtly playing on criticisms of bishops whom libs think have “lavish” residences, but that isn’t over played. What interested me was how the Diocese solved multiple problems in a creative way. Their cathedral is quite small. This huge church shouldn’t be lost. They figured out ways to pay for it. Everyone wins.
And, now that demographics are shifting in that part of Brooklyn again, they have huge potential in the area. Again, everyone wins.
New Evangelization, as far as I can work out, includes keeping our beautiful old structures open and, if possible, also having the older, traditional form of Holy Mass. This is working for Holy Innocents in Manhattan in the Garment District, which is experiencing a revitalization. Moreover, do what St. Agnes did in St. Paul and St. John Cantius did, in Chicago. Make use of the ethnic tradition of the people in a sense of true, authentic inculturation.
Look at this place. What a shame it would have been to lose it.
Fr. Z kudos to Bp. DiMarzio.