October 6, 2002
Bill Wolfe's railing against the money spent on the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, when it could have been spent on the poor, parallels the Gospels, including Matthew 26:6-13 (Letters, Sept. 29). In the Gospels, a woman uses expensive oils to wash and consecrate the feet of Jesus. This act outraged the Apostles, saying that the money spent for the oils should have been spent on the poor. Jesus replied that the poor will always be with us, but there are times when men and women need to spend money to consecrate God in our humanly ways.
September 22, 2002
Who is to say what Mary looked like? Nobody really knows (Letters, Sept. 8, 15). We all are used to the conventions used to depict her--flowing robes, covered head, downcast eyes and sad expression. Is this really how she dressed, or is this how we imagine she dressed? Or did she look like the Mary in Notre Dame in Paris, with crown on head, body-hugging dress, body in Gothic s-curve pose with baby Jesus on hip? She looks decidedly medieval French in that statue. In other words, those who built Notre Dame put her in their own time, just as Robert Graham did with his Mary.
September 18, 2011 |
Dawn broke high in the Colorado Rockies, the enormous blot on the horizon revealing itself slowly, regally against an indigo sky. I dropped my pack on the frozen tundra, overcome by awe and a taut, primal fear. Before me stood cathedral upon cathedral of stone, a mysterious citadel crisscrossed by narrow ledges and vertical walls lashed by fierce winds. This was the sheer eastern face of Longs Peak, a 14,259-foot fortress of rock that had recently killed three climbers and has sent hundreds more scurrying in retreat.
September 2, 2002
Cardinal Roger Mahony's personal tour of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels gives new meaning to the word "grandiosity" ("Mahony Shares His Delight at a Dream Made Manifest," Aug. 28). With each of Mahony's breathless descriptions, I was taken back to Jackie Kennedy's gushy televised tour of the White House during her stint as first lady. In a city plagued by a host of human tragedies resulting from poverty, among other ills, it's comforting to know that someone like Mahony can still find a place for high camp.
July 6, 2005
The right to worship without fear or retribution is one of our country's most cherished freedoms. On June 26, a protester from the Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests entered the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and handcuffed himself to the archbishop's chair in the sanctuary. The disruption disturbed a sacred service and frightened many among the thousands gathered to pray. His action is a crime under California law. It was not, as SNAP leaders have tried to spin it, a simple exercise of civil rights.
September 7, 2002
Cardinal Roger Mahony now has the rare opportunity to make the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels the most important attraction in all of Los Angeles. Now that the pageantry and the formalities are over, along with the elitism that accompanied the opening ceremonies, it is time to turn the cathedral over to the ordinary people to whom it rightly belongs. One should look to those cathedrals that draw thousands of worshipers and tourists almost daily to their sites, and we can easily duplicate their commonality.