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Old 04-16-2019, 01:23 PM   #11
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The Catholic Church is arguably the wealthiest organization in the entire world. That Norte Dame burned is tragic, certainly, but nobody was injured or killed, and they saved that thorny crown.

I say, let the Church pay for its own repairs and restoration, and those French billionaires and their $300 donations? Surely there are some homeless and sick people in France who could benefit from that money a lot more?
Actually, one firefighter was seriously injured. But, while the damage to the cathedral saddens me, it's just a building. I had a similar reaction when I heard about the huge donations by the billionaires. There are so many people in need and our planet is practically on fire. I won't go on because it could be considered political.
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Old 04-16-2019, 01:38 PM   #12
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a lot of people, not just millionaires
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Old 04-16-2019, 01:41 PM   #13
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The Catholic Church is arguably the wealthiest organization in the entire world. That Norte Dame burned is tragic, certainly, but nobody was injured or killed, and they saved that thorny crown.

I say, let the Church pay for its own repairs and restoration, and those French billionaires and their $300 donations? Surely there are some homeless and sick people in France who could benefit from that money a lot more?
France has universal health care, so I don't think that's much of a problem. I don't know anything about their homeless situation. Besides, who's to say they don't want already do that? Tho is a way of soothing people in a highly visible situation that is very upsetting to many people around the world, not just the French.
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Actually, one firefighter was seriously injured. But, while the damage to the cathedral saddens me, it's just a building. I had a similar reaction when I heard about the huge donations by the billionaires. There are so many people in need and our planet is practically on fire. I won't go on because it could be considered political.
It's not just a building - it's an irreplaceable piece of of history and an architectural jewel. I'm not a religious person at all, but I appreciate the art and history it represents.
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It's not just a building - it's an irreplaceable piece of of history and an architectural jewel. I'm not a religious person at all, but I appreciate the art and history it represents.
I meant it's just a thing. I didn't mean that it's just any old building. Yes, it's an architectural gem, but it's still just a thing. It's so well documented, recorded, photographed, that even if it wasn't repaired, it wouldn't be a complete loss.

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The Catholic Church is arguably the wealthiest organization in the entire world. That Norte Dame burned is tragic, certainly, but nobody was injured or killed, and they saved that thorny crown.

I say, let the Church pay for its own repairs and restoration, and those French billionaires and their $300 donations? Surely there are some homeless and sick people in France who could benefit from that money a lot more?
Vows of poverty do not apply to the Church. They like to accumulate their wealth. I'd bet if the Vatican was asked to foot the bill for the cathedral's repair, they would refuse.
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It's disturbing to see any historical structures destroyed, but even more so when done intentionally, as in a few cases in recent history.
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I meant it's just a thing. I didn't mean that it's just any old building. Yes, it's an architectural gem, but it's still just a thing. It's so well documented, recorded, photographed, that even if it wasn't repaired, it wouldn't be a complete loss.

And I'll stop now.
Well, I disagree. You can't recreate the sensation of entering into a building like that and experiencing the beauty of the windows with recordings and photographs.
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Yes, the conversation has become political now.

For some this loss mean little, for others the loss can't even be put into words. I'd hope we can show more respect for what this "building" represents to much of the world.
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It's not just a building - it's an irreplaceable piece of of history and an architectural jewel. I'm not a religious person at all, but I appreciate the art and history it represents.
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