||Please tear down this church and allow the revitalization to continue. Politics, as usual, is mucking up development just as it assisted in the destruction of a city.
Churches are born of communities, not the other way around. If anyone thinks that there will be no religious presence in this area then their faith is not true. We will have another church because we WANT one. But to derail this wonderful project for a structure that although lovely, IS ABSOLUTELY NO ARCHITECTURAL TREASURE, is ludicrous.
Why don't we all envision a thriving community that builds a new, wonderful monument to God because we are Catholic and united. I see a new structure that rivals the Cathedral itself in beauty and architectural statement of our great city.
(let me digress a little)
This old church was born of a style that frankly was a little grotesque. I mean, what was with the "space helmet" at the point of the altar in the ceiling?! Can't we do a little better than that?
I say tear it down, but quickly, before it becomes part of some idiot's political campaign. Give us good schools. Children and families will follow. Prosperity and Community, not politics, will beget a new church. The desire and controversy alone tells me that this community's beliefs will not be quieted. They will have their church.
I think these reactions are from a city that has been taken - literally. So any idea that they will lose something else is unbearable, no matter how ugly and ruined this church may be. They (we) need to let go and rebuild the chuch on another site.