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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Former Redemptorist Church in Liege

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According to the town council, it has been allowed to decay inside into a deplorable condition.

My house shall be called a house of prayer

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but since 1872 the Eglise Saint-Pierre in Grenoble has been turned into a museum for pagan sculpture
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And what says the Franciscan conscience?
Gillibrand
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Make sure that you always get a full account and inventory of all the precious objects in a closing church. This is how one chalice was treated in France; it became a lamp stand. It goes without saying that justice demands that donated objects be returned to the original donors. But justice and the Diocesan authorities seemed to be estranged from eachother in many cases.
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Truly, this was a dwelling place of God upon earth. Benediction at St-Martin des-Champs 1692.
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Another view of St Martin-des-Champs; the exhibitions may have changed from these old photos but it remains an industrial museum.
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My house shall be called a house of prayer but you have turned St-Martin-des-Champs, France into an industrial museum.
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St Pierre, Senlis in the days as a covered market. The first use after the Revolution was for a coffee blending factory, then as a barracks before becoming an open air market.

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My house shall be called a house of prayer but you have made it into an art centre. The Church of St Pierre, Senlis, France- stolen from the Church at the time of the French Revolution, served for many years as a covered market and is now an arts centre.
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Yesterday was the Feast of St Thomas of Canterbury, Martyr. The location of his shrine in Canterbury Cathedral which was desecrated by King Henry VIII is known by Catholics as the big hole, so vacant and desolate does it now seem where once pilgrims thronged. Not many of the tourists in the Cathedral know of the martyrdom or its implications. And the Church of England guides won't be about to explain it.
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St Florence Church

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Dangerous to presume on the goodwill of the Archdiocese of Boston - given their track record to date.