From readers – May 14, 2019

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Cathedral left out

I was surprised to read Susan Klemond’s article “Preventing the wrinkles from time” (May 2). And more surprised to find that the article is incomplete. The author evidently didn’t take time to consult with the archives of the Cathedral of St. Paul, where she would have found Archbishop John Ireland’s vestments, among them, his mitre, chasuble, cope and stole. It would seem to me that the vestments of the first archbishop of the archdiocese should be included in any discussion of “older liturgical textiles” that are part of Church history. The author would also have learned what the Cathedral archives does to preserve John Ireland’s vestments and those of his successors, Archbishop Austin Dowling and Archbishop John Murray. We have, as a matter of fact, a very special set of vestments purchased by John Ireland at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Hand embroidered by the Royal Embroiderers to the Royal Household, the vestments are carefully preserved. Periodically, we set the vestments on display in the Cathedral museum.

Celeste Raspanti, archivist
Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul

Slime time or fake fun?

I have never understood why people find it amusing to cause another discomfort by such as flipping a person into a dunk tank at a festival or throwing a pie into an unsuspecting person’s face. On April 4, The Catholic Spirit had a full-page article, “Partners in Slime,” showing how St. Rose of Lima School found a way to take this type of entertainment to an even lower level. In a gym full of cheering parents and children, students were awarded for selling raffle tickets by receiving the privilege of dumping green slime onto the head of the parish priest or the school principal. One child from each grade took a turn. A preschooler had the honor of going first and was helped up a ladder to dump a bucket of gooey slop onto the head of the parish priest. The child was applauded for doing something that, if he had done this to a sibling or a friend on his own, would have been considered a very nasty thing to do. In all my teaching days, I thought it was part of a school’s responsibility to promote positive and constructive values. I see no redeeming value in dumping slop on anyone’s head. The administration here might do well to survey the students on fun and worthwhile ideas for a school rewards assembly. Children can be amazingly creative.

Mary DePrey
St. Odilia, Shoreview

Notre Dame more than tour stop

It is too bad that the Catholic News Service article on the tragic Paris fire couldn’t have put a more realistic and spiritual spin to it in its article in the April 18 edition of The Catholic Spirit. It is no secret that France, once a national Catholic country, now is not what it once was but has almost totally lost its Catholic identity, and Mary’s church has become a national and international secular attraction rather than the center of Catholic France. It is not surprising to many that this is a wake up call by the Blessed Virgin to return to her and her Son before it is too late. The church building should be more than a secular tourist attraction to the once Catholic France, and in its destruction one hopes that it will be once again recognized as a spiritual symbol of the country that it once was.

R.J. Houck
Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Paul

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