Though separated by time and a continent, the fire at Notre Dame cathedral and the Capitol riots on January 6 symbolizes the same crisis of the West.
The heroic efforts of the first responders to the Notre Dame blaze nearly 18 months ago provide us a reason for hope and the possibility of renewal.
The promise of bloodshed coming alongside or following shortly after is an historic certainty. The symbols of a people never satisfy: People themselves must always come next.
The Notre Dame de Paris is still in grave danger of collapse, the cathedral monsignor warned reporters Christmas Eve at a nearby church.
The West has forgotten its own history, Shapiro argues, and is abandoning Judeo-Christian values and natural law in favor of moral subjectivism.
No tears fall for these parishes in Florida’s panhandle, devastated by hurricanes, that lack the supernal sheen of great architecture.
Before finding public fame through ‘Civilisation,’ Kenneth Clark was a well-known art critic and youngest-ever director of London’s National Gallery.
The symbolism of the burning cathedral is unmistakable: the West has officially entered a post-Christian phase in history.
Notre Dame’s fate is a reminder of the ravages of utilitarianism. What is the purpose of civilization if not the creation and preservation of timeless beauty and transcendent grandeur for posterity?
Notre Dame is, in many ways, much closer in the West’s cultural imagination to a Temple of Apollo than a home of the living God.
Hundreds of Parisian Catholics, many of them young people, were kneeling together on the streets around the burning cathedral for hours, well into the wee hours of the morning.
Anonymous IV worked at the Cathedral of Notre Dame for approximately one decade, in the 1270s, and wrote descriptively about the vibrant music he experienced there.
In its 850 years, the cathedral has also become a symbol for France, the West, and Christendom. In its lifetime, it has seen the highest points and the darkest hours of France.
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