What was gained in this renovation of Albany, New York's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception? Did it make the clergy and laity of this diocese better Catholics and better disciples in mission?
Rochester and Albany, New York had two of the most progressive bishops in the country and for a long, long time, for decades and decades! It would have been unimaginable that either of these two progressive bishops would celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass in their cathedrals.
But times move on and the Catholic Church modernizes by becoming progressive in new and daring ways when fresh blood is named as new bishops and by Pope Francis no less! I suspect the new Bishop of Rochester will do likewise if he hasn't already!
Thus, as Fr. Z reports, the new Bishop of Albany, Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, celebrated the EF Mass at his cathedral. Looking at this picture, though, one can see that someone (could it have been Rambusch?) updated the sanctuary of this cathedral by pushing the altar into the transept and very high up at that, to make the altar closer to the people and so people could be seated around it on three sides. I wonder how this made Catholics better Christians?
The problem with this set-up is that it presumes the Cathedral is only used for Sunday Mass. It makes weddings and ordinations a bit more difficult to celebrate since everyone and everything has to be on the same level as the altar or everyone else and everything else in on the level of the nave where the pews are and thus no one can see anything except those in the first and second row of pews.
But it does show you that an EF Mass can be celebrated in a sort of wreckovated cathedral in Albany, NY or a newer modern one in the round!