Worship: The Pros & Cons of Cathedrals

In San Francisco recently, Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph McGucken signed the final contracts to build an $8,000,000 replacement for the old, Gothic St. Mary's Cathedral, which burned to the ground in 1962. Much to his surprise, a group of priests and laymen objected to his plans for the cathedral, on the grounds that the money should be used instead for humanitarian projects such as low-cost housing for the poor. The protesters cited Pope Paul's encyclical Populorum Progressio and the Vatican Council's Constitution on the Church in the Modern World in arguing against...

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