Saturday, December 26, 2009

Majestic Irish Cathedral Destroyed by Fire

This Christmas has seen two unfortunate stories. First, the disruption of midnight Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, and now, thanks to a reader tip, we learn from Patrick Madrid that a, Majestic Irish Cathedral Destroyed by Fire between the conclusion of the midnight Mass and Christmas morning.

Patrick Madrid:

The north-central Irish Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise has suffered the tragic loss of its 150-year old cathedral yesterday morning in what may have been an act of arson. Just a few hours after the bishop celebrated Midnight Mass, the fire broke out. By the time it was extinguished the beautiful interior was completely gutted. Of course, it's too soon to know yet what caused the fire, but given the turmoil still at a fever pitch of shock and anger in Ireland over the recently revealed devastating report of clergy sexual abuse (with a number of bishops resigning in disgrace over it) the possibility of arson is certainly plausible. I pray for my Irish Catholic brethren as they are hit by this new and unexpected blow.

A video showing the destroyed cathedral can be seen here.

More on this story here.

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