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Many outside of the cathedral praying last night. Would that a generation of Frenchmen had filled that cathedral each week, praying for their country. It would be a different France, and probably a different Europe, today.
I will agree with you on that statement. Europe is falling into the abyss of non believers and if one opens their eyes they could see how things have gone down hill since turning away from Christianity. If not careful they will be forced into another not so peaceful religion that is taking control pretty fast. Same in this country if the population doesn't wise up.
Notre Dame will certainly be rebuilt; even secular Europeans (not just the French, not just Christians) will feel a ferocious allegiance to the structure and want to set it right again. It is Europe’s Twin Towers. Little kids will be putting their coins into cardboard boxes handed out at school. The rebuilt structure may not emphasize Christian faith much, but it will provide a heart-stirring representation of what the European heart, mind, and vision once accomplished.
But taking pride in European accomplishment is emphatically contrary to the attitudes the elites in Europe and the US have been cultivating. They won’t be able to stop the upsurge of pride in this fine old building, with its inevitable implication of pride in one’s own European forebears; they will be helpless before a resurging allegiance to one’s own Western accomplishments and traditions, the whole noble, comforting, and appealing assortment of of them, whether extravagant examples like this cathedral, or the homey customs and recipes of our great-grandparents.
The impulse to rebuild the cathedral will express something that the left has, till now, conditioned us to treat with shame. But when Western culture is celebrated, it conflicts sooner or later with Islam. The changes coming in this wind will be unpredictable, and not necessarily safe.
Yes, there will be arguments about this, with subtleties and hypocrisies. It may be a good battle to have, though. We won't be much part of it over here (though Catholics worldwide might all feel they have a stake in this), but we may be able to read the signs of the times more clearly because of it.
Assistant Village Idiot
I don't understand how Paris Officials can declare its a construction fire before the flames are extinguished and they have inspected the remains?
How does this jib with the widespread desecration of Christian and Jewish Holy sites thats ongoing in France?
And it the week of Lent?
But there is nothing to see here folks. Keep moving.