Prayers for Bishop Wach, his diocese and the parishioners of the co-cathedral. Was this act of vandalism done by a liturgical terrorist concerning the Bishop’s throne being dead center and the tabernacle shunted to the side (please note tabernacle is not targeted) or is this a sign of hatred for the Catholic Church’s bishops and priests, a hate crime? Time will tell:
Yes, it is unfortunate that churches are no longer safe from crime. Our parish in 30327 has an alarm system, and a parish in downtown Atlanta near the State Capitol locks the doors to its sanctuary not just "after hours" but during daylight hours when not in use. No doubt some churches also have cameras in their sanctuaries to monitor who is in there. Some years ago, someone set a fire in Savannah's cathedral, I think to the pulpit. A sign of the not so good changing times...
If any good can come from this, making our Lord central again would be it. The Diocese of Scranton recently renovated their cathedral and, unfortunately, did not seize upon such an opportunity. While nicely renovated and care was given to making the fixtures of the sanctuary be complementary to the building and the era of its construction, it is a shame that the cathedra has a reredos look to it while our Lord continues to reside on a former side altar.
Byz, I grew up in Scranton area but have not been back for over 40 years. I did not know about the renovation. It is magnificent!! Thanks for the info.
A cathedral should NOT reserve the Sacrament on the high altar, but in a specifically dedicated side chapel. Pushing the tabernacle to one side (as here) is not acceptable.
When a bishop celebrates Mass in a church which has a central tabernacle, the tabernacle should be emptied.
John Nolan -
I appreciate your point, however, rightly or wrongly, many cathedrals here in the U.S. were configured this way in the past. The same is the case for the one I mentioned. Presumably, there and within the cathedral referenced below, for a pontifical high mass, the blessed sacrament would have been relocated leaving the tabernacle on the high altar emptied.
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