No doubt the world has heard by now that Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was severely damaged by a fire today. The fire destroyed most of the roof and a spire. Firefighters managed to save a relic of Jesus' Crown of Thorns and a tunic used by King St Louis IX, along with the Blessed Sacrament.
The Cathedral dates back many centuries. It is both a religious and cultural landmark not only of France and Western civilization, but that of the Roman Catholic Church as well. However, I join many others in believing that this disaster is a harbinger of God's judgments that are yet to come. We may well bewail the fate of the Cathedral, But how many of us in Maryland are just as disturbed that Mark Shriver, a dissident Catholic, will befoul another institution names after Our Lady next month? I've already written about that. The question is, what are faithful Catholics doing about that??
We have a pope who scrapes and bows before pagan world leaders, but won't genuflect before Our Lord during Mass. We stand by while he spews forth verbose documents that only serve to obfuscate God's timeless truths. We have prelates who cover for each other as they rape young boys and men. These same prelates wink at priests who lead their parishes in "pride parades" while punishing faithful priests for preaching true Catholic doctrine that some sin-blinded people find too convicting.