Notre Dame Central Cathedral is Lost….

A horrific historic and cultural loss. The 850 year old architectural masterpiece is a central monument to the Catholic faith. A spokesman said the entire wooden frame of the cathedral has come down, and the vault of the edifice could be threatened too. ‘Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame,’ Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media.

The 12th-century cathedral is home to incalculable works of art and is one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions. Pictures showed enormous plumes of smoke billowing into the city’s skyline and flames engulfing large sections of the historic building as firefighters struggled to contain the inferno.

According to French newspaper Le Monde, the fire broke out in the attic of the monument before spreading across the roof. Officials in Paris said the fire could be linked to restoration works as the peak of the church is currently undergoing a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project.

The cathedral is still ablaze during the night in Paris.  [More images here]

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829 Responses to Notre Dame Central Cathedral is Lost….

  1. Some would say this is very analogous to the condition of the Catholic hierarchy itself.

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    • Carson Napier says:

      Close to a perfect metaphor.

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    • PInky1920 says:

      Like who? Ilhan Omar?

      Or you? Wait a few days, can you?

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    • Coast says:

      I’m glad someone finally mentioned that. Nothing will harm “God’s Church”, and His Church is not made of limestone, wood, and glass. Keep in mind that as we approach the end times, this earth and even Heaven will pass away and a new Earth and a new Heaven will be created by God Himself.

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    • Hope says:

      Not even close. Man has turned his back on God, so God is no longer providing his protection. Mankind by their actions and words too, have basically said, “We don’t need you” and so God has stepped back to let us learn the hard way. This is a slap in the face to the French and Europe too. They have abandon God for secularism. Notre-Dame was built to glorify God, but men only grieve the loss of their glory, not God’s. Without God we lose everything…..

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  2. lawton says:

    Shep’s Fox News studio crew clapped when he said its burning down at the 1 minute mark

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  3. PInky1920 says:

    I checked Lucianne to see what’s going on over there and other than a headline banner that Notre Dame is burning, there is not ONE posted article about it, not one thread.

    I find it oddly concerning. Are they afraid of what someone might say about the “religion of peace”…I certainly hope not, but it’s more than weird.

    I think I need a breather, today is really really tough.

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    • pacnwbel says:

      Don’t forget Lucianne has to wait until the article has been written, then vetted by a reader before going public for comment. There will probably be several in an hour or two.

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  4. Perot Conservative says:

    Maybe when they rebuild, they can put a giant, thick wall around it like at the Vatican.

    Looked at Omar’s twitter … nothing … but in her header she includes that she won some fishing contest in Minnesota … voters there so gullible.

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    • scrap1ron says:

      They’ll probably rebuild it as a mosque.

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    • The Hun Driver Widow says:

      Did Omar include “someone did something?”

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    • WRB says:

      Rebuild it? How about right after they finish up the Roman Colosseum? In other words, you cannot replace irreplaceable architecture and art.

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      • andyocoregon says:

        All the craftsmen who built the Cathedral over the course of two centuries are long since dead. You won’t find that kind of craftsmanship anymore. It hasn’t been passed down through the generations.

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    • I was watching Caputo on Fox and Mr. Donahue of the Catholic League called in. Caputo cut him off right away when he said pardon me for being suspicious but there have been a number of churches catch fire in the past month along with desecration of the altar and hosts in other cases. Before Donahue could elaborate, he was cut off. Wonder why. Of course I know. A sad day for us Catholics. Notre Dame is not just a building. It is symbolic of and a display of our faith.

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  5. FPCHmom says:

    Sadly, the collapse and destruction of Notre Dame cathedral is a metaphor for what is happening to the French culture.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Lets try, once more?
      The collapse and destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral is a metaphore for what is happening to Western culture and civilisation.

      I pray its resurection/rebuilding will ALSO be such a metaphore for Western Culture and Civilisation!
      Amen?

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      • Esperanza says:

        When it was built, it was twenty times worse. Similar cultural collapse, little ice age, black death. Yet they built that. Had the confidence in the future to make that. We can and will do it too.

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      • nimrodman says:

        I’ll disagree with both of you

        The destruction of Notre Dame cathedral is NOT a “metaphor”

        It’s an actual EVENT in the destruction of French culture and of Western Culture and Civilisation

        A damn sight more than a “metaphor”

        … just sayin’

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        • slowcobra says:

          Nimrodman, there is an expression that sports are a metaphor for life, but that doesn’t mean the event of the game did not take place. It’s understood that the event did indeed take place.

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          • slowcobra says:

            Nimrodman, me again. I re-read your post and get what you mean now. Duh.

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            • nimrodman says:

              thx, cobra

              yeah, I meant it’s more than a metaphor about destruction of the West, its one of the actual events in the destruction of the West

              part and parcel of that destruction, and likely a keystone event at that

              I understand what people are getting at with the “metaphor” business but it just struck me wrong today and I popped off about it

              no need to view this event in abstract terms, it’s very very real and very very much part of destroying Western and Christian culture

              when someone tells you they’re going to kill you, believe them

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    • mikeyboo says:

      Not just a metaphore for the collapse of French culture. To all of Western Europe and making significant inroads in the US. That is what makes Donald Trump such a hero. He is the modern version of Charles Martel.

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  6. Uncle Max says:

    They’ve acknowledged that for many years, they KNEW the ” forest” attic was full of very old wood and a fire risk. I just cannot understand not installing a halon system in a attic like this…. one that would immediately deny any fire of air…. but no. Very sad.

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    • 94corvette says:

      Halon probably wouldn’t have helped, it’s heavier than air and the volume of the structure would have required just too much of it.

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    • The Akh says:

      The height of the structure compounded issue of getting water to the right spots, but some are saying the lead roof essentially shielded the flames too. You got to wonder why no modern suppression systems were in place.

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    • alexx says:

      A dry stand pipe should have been installed until the work was complete

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    • Black Irish Rose says:

      Esperanza: I hope you are correct, but the French Catholics who built Notre Dame do not exist in France today–indeed, one has to ask if they exist anywhere in the West. To rebuild will take a rock-solid faith in God and His promise of hope for the future. Time will tell if the French–with help from Catholics around the globe–will be up to the task. I believe that by allowing ND to collapse, God is trying to tell us more about the state of Christianity in the West than about our architecture.

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  7. sundance says:

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  8. Dora says:

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  9. Carson Napier says:

    The French will replace it all with the biggest Mega Mosque in all Europe. They quit being Catholic years ago and their Muslim overlords need a big place to pray and plan their next attacks.

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  10. Will says:

    Sadly this is likely the result of years of importing “diversity” into Europe. All of the pictures of the cathedral burning are an apt metaphor for what is happening to France and other countries in Europe who have allowed uncontrolled immigration. Only a few nations over there seem to get it and are building fences and walls and restricting immigration.

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  11. I wish folks would step away from the conspiracy spinning until the embers are cold…….at least, please.

    Thank you.

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    • decisiontime16 says:

      Desecrations are going on all over France for several years. People have a right to be suspicious based on facts of recent history.

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      • boogywstew says:

        Being suspicious of this being a terrorist act is prudent. Saying a particular group did this at this point would be FAKE NEWS. My educated guess is that it’s Muslim terrorists.

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    • andyocoregon says:

      That could take a week or more. Just as in a forest of trees, the huge, thick timbers will continue to glow internally and from time to time rekindle. Here in Oregon we’ve had several forest wildfires that continue to smolder and flare up all summer until the autumn rains begin in earnest. That’s very common in fact.

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      • Judith says:

        Speaking of smoldering flare ups: The Twin Towers footprints burned for weeks on end. I saw the plumes of smoke from my town. And the newspaper was filled with their Obituaries every single day, for over a year.

        I knew people who died in there. To say this was heartbreaking doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling.

        It is ..presumptive.. to suggest that those of us who may recall that “some people did something” are somehow less compassionate than others.

        To those who can’t fathom the gravity of my sentiments, forgive me if I am over the candles, the teddy bears, the tears and the empty platitudes.

        Nonetheless, I respect *your* right to grieve as you see fit. Sorry if I have no more tears to shed. Please show “compassion” for my feelings, too.

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  12. rf121 says:

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    • jrapdx says:

      Seems this sorta thing has happened before. As I recall there were persistent rumors of prior instances of “celebrations” just like this. What happened in response to Notre Dame is evidently factual, that is, the above tweet is from someone who witnessed, and documents, the reported shameful behavior…

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    • Carson Napier says:

      And the French invited them in. And the British and Germans aren’t that far behind. Charles Marttel would say, “Why did I bother”.

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    • CountryClassVulgarian says:

      Yes, but if you talk about it you’ll be accused of hate. The religion of hate and rape do whatever they please and there are those who will call responding to their aggression “hate”.

      They can destroy structures made with hands. As awful as it is to watch this cathedral go up in flames, the church of Christ cannot be destroyed. The gates of hell – the religion of hate and rape – will not prevail against it.

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  13. Administrators…………..I beg you to lay down some ground rules regarding the conspiracy spinning that is going on in this thread. It is very dispiriting and not appreciated.

    Thank you.

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  14. omyword says:

    Kohmeni, Arafat and countless jihadis and muslim invaders. For decades and more, the French have allowed the haters of Christ to live among them. They have trashed everything and now the roots of your culture. Macroon and his beard have led you into this chaos. You revolted. So now your masters are erasing you.

    America, are you paying attention? Or hage you forgotten?

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  15. My heart is broken over this news. Although I am not Catholic, I was there in 1976. Never felt so close to God as I did inside that Cathedral.

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    • Rudy says:

      I was there in 1972. I agree, you could feel the presence of God in that cathedral. In all of them, but especially that one.
      I am afraid no renovation can re create Notre Dam, but maybe that presence will remain…if they don’t do something really tragic, like build a mosque over it. I don’t trust the French not to do exactly that. It would be pure blasphemy.

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    • mikeyboo says:

      I am also not Catholic-although my partner is a believing Catholic. IF this is a terrorist act,, it is not solely an attack on Catholicism. It is an attack on judeo-christian civilization, on Europe, and on America.

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  16. Esperanza says:

    So, according to the firemen, the structure should be saved. The bells haven’t fallen, the towers have been saved. Two thirds of the roof have burned, hopefully a lot will be the 19 th century part, not the 13 th cent.

    Ow do we rebuild the horrid Viollet Le Duc 19 th cent spire or not? Strange to think it’s his fault, as the works were on his spire.

    Those bells rang for the Liberation of Paris. Thank God they’re still up.

    I went to a concert of the Notre Dame Maîtrise once, the choir boys, they sang the Allegri Misere, it was like an angel.

    Apparently French firefighters, contrary to American ones fight fires from INSIDE. This is why at the beginning you don’t see what is happening from outside.

    Freon could have saved Notre Dame. Environmentalism killed Notre Dame.

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    • alexx says:

      I am an American Fireman and the worst thing you could say to any fireman is “He won’t go inside” wadda you know about it? Have you ever dragged a hose or rescued anyone? Keyboard Kommando

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      • omyword says:

        I have as well fighting a fire aboard ship at sea. Some seem to forget FDNY on 9-11! And countless others who risk all to save others. Thank you for your service.

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      • JIM COMEY IS A WEASEL_DOUG says:

        I heard it reported firefighters didnt go inside because the stone exterior caused the interior to be as hot as an oven.
        Lotta guys get hurt real bad going in to save people.

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      • Esperanza says:

        No disrespect, apparently different techniques. Can you explain, do you fight the fire itself from outside or inside ? Obviously you go inside to rescue people.

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      • Esperanza says:

        You misunderstand my comment, it was about TECHNIQUE not bravery. Do you fight the actual fire from inside or outside?

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        • Alligator Gar says:

          FDNY died by scores fighting fire INSIDE the Twins on 9/11.

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        • Logger says:

          I would imagine firefighters fight from inside, outside, underside, aboveside, wherever they can, according to the structures, weather conditions, and resources. Too many variables and techniques and strategies to enumerate here. Now go back and read your post, and you’ll see why the replies were appropriate.
          Like when an officer takes down a threat based on training and keyboard commandos post questions like, “Why didn’t the officer just shoot the rushing man in the leg?”

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    • boogywstew says:

      343 NYC Firemen died in the Twin Towers collapse and almost every single one were INSIDE the Towers!!! Did it make you feel better to bash Americans?

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      • Maquis says:

        That wasn’t her intent. She noted that the firefighters that we many presumed were absent due to the imagery we saw were actually inside.

        As to who fights fires how, she didn’t intend to insult in any fashion, she offered her understanding of how things are done, much as we all do, and sometimes we are wrong or unintentionally step on toes.

        She’s one of us, a solid Treeper of long standing, and this might hit her a bit harder than many of us as she lives in Paris and worshipped at Notre Dame. We’re on the same side here.

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  17. Considering the heavily Catholic / Christian orientation of CTH, I expected Treepers to honor this thread and leave the hatred, name calling, and otherwise conspiracy mongering until a later time.

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    • joeknuckles says:

      What are you, the Sharia enforcer of this site? Why are you against allowing others to express their opinion? Everybody is working through it in their own way. It’s called a free exchange of ideas.

      BTW, it is not a conspiract theory to suggest that 2 + 2 = 4

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    • Robert Smith says:

      I’m not Catholic or Christian, but my first thought was those who must not be mentioned.

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    • Tom! says:

      Pope Francis has been attacking our president for 2 years. Not once have I read a post on this site attributing those attacks to the Catholics at large. Most comments today are in the vein of accepting what the Muslims have been saying at face value. They want us and Christianity to die. Violently

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  18. omyword says:

    This is about erasing the foundations of the history and culture. It is about replacing all of this with a new world order. France is only a symptom. Preciew of that which is to come.

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  19. grlangworth says:

    It seems as if the Lord has taken this away in this Holy Week. How will we react?

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  20. Tiffthis says:

    Happy I got to see it with my 3 siblings right before we all graduated college. 😇

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  21. Guyski says:

    Terrorism? Arson? Accident? At this time it should only be ‘under investigation’. French government officials immediately stating ‘it appears to be an accident’ is bothersome as any other statement.

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    • Maquis says:

      Exactement. If the authorities were relentless in truth finding and honest in their findings people would have an easier time of “waiting to see” with less effort to discern the truth before the next atrocity sweeps the subject downriver.

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  22. Henry says:

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    • Maquis says:

      Don’t you feel better now? I feel better now. NOT.

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    • PInky1920 says:

      The investigation is OVER!!!!!

      It’s STILL burning!!!! Nope, no arson, or terrorism.

      Have a nice Easter, Catholics…

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    • Carrie says:

      This reminds me of how Cuomo and DeBlasio were saying the pipe bomb during the New Jersey marathon and the slow cooker bombs in NYC were not related. And these foolish comments were just hours after the blasts. No one knows anything really at that point unless they already have strong leads. I did read elsewhere that the restorers had already left the building much earlier.

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    • Jederman says:

      An insurance scam then? Not.

      The french have an 800 year old cathedral filled with priceless art, recognizable world wide, part of the heart and soul of the true French people and the powers that be could not engineer a fire suppression system to save it?

      It strains credulity but if that’s the party line, ok.

      What next, some poor schmuck, lowly city bureaucrat (fire safety inspector) is going down?

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    • mikeyboo says:

      The reason people are suspicious is because we know they would say EXACTLY the same thing even if they absolutely confirm the fire was an act of Islamic terrorism.

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  23. wtd says:

    Muslims Celebrate The Burning of Notre Dame Cathedral: An Act of Terrorism & Arson.
    Muslims on Facebook celebrate the attack with laughing emojis

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  24. Donald Fisher says:

    According to a poll done for the Catholic church in France 2 years ago only 5% of French Catholics go to mass. It’s tragic the Cathedral burned, but it is essentially a museum and tourist attraction.

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    • This unique cathedral has many layers of beauty and meaning. Christian, spiritual, historical, aesthetic.

      The loss is IMMENSE on all levels.

      Compassion to all Catholics, to all French people who care, and to all people everywhere touched by this incredibly regrettable disaster, regardless of their individual reasons to love a uniquely splendid monument of Humanity.

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    • Wrong. It is an iconic place of worship within the international Catholic Church. Steeped in our tradition, faith, and history.

      Why are some here acting like Westboro Baptist Church nutters?

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      • Darren says:

        Just because you have freedom of speech doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider your words and show a little respect in times of tragedy. You realize you’re acting just like Omar.

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    • PInky1920 says:

      Sorry, DF, you’re entirely wrong.

      Believing any poll, much less a poll about religion, especially Christianity, is futile.

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      • Donald Fisher says:

        Reality hurts, I guess. My French friends thought the poll was being too generous.

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        • Reality hurts, when enunciated at the wrong time, but compassion doesn’t. Engage in it sometimes. Jesus did.

          If you go to the funeral of a woman’s husband, I’d like to think you are not yelling in the widow’s face: “well, he smoked, didn’t he?”

          I’d hope you are a bit better than that. This “reality hurts” nonsense, TODAY, is truly Westboro “church” territory. I am not Catholic, I have my own problems with the pope and this and that. Today isn’t the moment to be an a..hole. You have the rest of your life in front of you, God willing.

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          • Alligator Gar says:

            So that is your meme? Westboro Church? Two of you supposedly different posters on this ONE thread used it. Cute. You use coordination just like the Communists do in order to paint people whose opinions that you don’t like with a label. Coordinated take-down. Mods?

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            • I read it and I agreed with it.

              “Mods” indeed. I resent the implication of the slanderer above that I’d use different names. Yes please. Check IPs etc. Including those of Donald “Westboro” Fisher and of Alligator Gar.

              Shame on you both, if indeed there are two of you.

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    • boogywstew says:

      NO …it is essentially a Roman Catholic Church and tangentially a museum and tourist attraction.

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  25. JD says:

    Even with state if the art fire apparatus there is almost no chance to save a structure like this once fire gets a hold of the roof. As a retired career firefighter you feel a personal sense of loss for such a celebrated and beautiful structure. I guess a roof sprinkler system was not an option.

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  26. tuskyou says:

    French President Emmanuel Macron just announced that, starting tomorrow, he will launch an international fundraising campaign to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral.

    Macron, speaking from the scene, described the fire as a “terrible tragedy,” but added the “worst had been avoided.” He noted that the cathedral’s facade and two main towers did not collapse during the fire.

    “I’m telling you all tonight — we will rebuild this cathedral together. This is probably part of the French destiny. And we will do it in the next years. Starting tomorrow, a national donation scheme will be started that will extend beyond our borders,” Macron said.

    [link to edition.cnn.com (secure)]

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  27. Sarah Palin sarahpalin.com says:

    Such an enormous loss of tangible history.
    The world is changing in many ways.
    (Ditto, Coast: “Nothing will harm ‘God’s Church’ and His Church is not made of limestone, wood, and glass…”)
    🙏🙏🙏
    Sarah Palin

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    • jrapdx says:

      It is surely tragic to see Notre Dame sustain such terrible damage. Visited the site a number of times when I was stationed in Germany many years ago, and a few times subsequently. Truly a magnificent structure, meaningful to innumerable non-Catholics too among all who admired it.

      Inevitably the fire will spark tremendous controversy concerning its origin. Was it really incidental to ongoing construction work, or was it arson, terrorism as many are speculating? One thing for sure the reported “celebration” by Muslims in the vicinity is grossly inappropriate and fuels suspicions of their involvement in the horrific conflagration.

      The world is changing, no doubt about it, but not for the better in many respects.

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      • mikeyboo says:

        And IF if this tragedy was “incidental to ongoing construction work”-WHO were the workers?

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        • jrapdx says:

          Good question, do you suppose you’ll get an answer? The odds are against it, but yes, the question ought to be investigated though the French government probably doesn’t want to know so the public doesn’t know. Ignorance is definitely not bliss.

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    • Southern Belle says:

      Like!

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  28. alliwantissometruth says:

    I just heard all is not lost. They’ve managed to save some of the historic parts of the building and also historical artifacts stored there

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  29. The Akh says:

    I word of caution about jumping to conclusions. Fires happen during restorations for a variety of reasons, mostly directly related to the work being done. This would not be the first time.

    Please leave speculation out of this. Wait for the facts.

    Speculation is what led to so many assuming Trump was an agent of Russia. Confirmation bias and scant facts do not make for logical conclusions. Coincidences do not change evidence.

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    • Concerned Virginian says:

      Please see the video posted by wtd above. Just saying.

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    • CountryClassVulgarian says:

      No. Anger that the American people refused the lies of the left and their corrupt candidate is what led to so many assuming that Trump was an agent of Russia.

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    • B Woodward says:

      WRONG. It was not speculation that led to so many assuming that Trump was an agent of Russia. It was an unlawful conspiracy by Obama’s and Clinton’s deep state with the willing cooperation of the Trump-hating corporate media, not speculation.

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    • mopar2016 says:

      Wait for the facts?
      The fact is, we don’t get the truth too often these days.
      I don’t think Macron needs any more trouble than he already has.
      I wouldn’t be surprised if they blame it on global warming.

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      • Judith says:

        That is just ridiculous. Everybody knows that 💨 farting cows will destroy our planet in 12 years. (Sorry, gallows humor).

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    • swampfox999 says:

      Agree though, on 9/11/2011, my kids’ public school teachers also cautioned against blaming it on Islamic terrorists even after it was obviously thecase. You’d have to be dishonest or out of touch if the thought hasn’t crossed your mind in this instance as well given the series of underreported desecrations of Catholic churches in France and ISIS threats against Western Civilization.

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    • swampfox999 says:

      Agree though, on 9/11/2011, my kids’ public school teachers also cautioned against blaming it on Islamic terrorists even after it was obviously thecase. You’d have to be dishonest or out of touch if the thought hasn’t crossed your mind in this instance as well given the series of underreported desecrations of Catholic churches in France and ISIS threats against Western Civilization.

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    • boogywstew says:

      Was it “speculation” that led many to assume President Trump was a Russian agent or bald face lying?

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  30. Caius Lowell says:

    Socialism claims another victim…

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    • Alligator Gar says:

      Thank you. God bless you this Eastertide.

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    • Mandy says:

      Fighting for what our ancestors built, bled, toiled and labored to bequeath to us is deemed RACIST by our ‘elected leaders’ who are ACTIVELY REPLACING US.

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      • Cetera says:

        Why would you give a crap about the opinion of someone who is willing to destroy the work of your entire family/cultural/religious history?

        “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven…”

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        • Maquis says:

          Why give a crap about the opinion of the would-be destroyers?
          Because they are in a position to do it.
          Because they have been and are doing it.
          Because we want to put a stop to it.

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  31. wtd says:

    “We will rebuild Notre Dame. Because it is what the French people expect, it is what our history deserves, and it is our destiny” Emmanuel Macron has just addressed the French nation from the scene.


    Gregorio Allegri: Miserere. The work itself is a sublime nine-voice setting of Psalm 51
    Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. … Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

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    • Alligator Gar says:

      I am a cradle Christian, but not Catholic, so forgive and enlighten me if I transgress, but would not the ‘Nunc dimittis’ be more appropriate for this Cathedral?

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  32. ongoing update by a faithful priest who celebrated Mass in the Crown Of Thorns Chapel in Notre Dame Cathedral.

    http://wdtprs.com/blog/2019/04/fire-roof-of-notre-dame-of-paris/

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  33. I am not Catholic, but I can feeling their pain. I am not French, but I can feel their loss. I am in despair over the destruction of the beauty, the history, the art. We can figure out who or what is to blame later, right now we just need to mourn together.

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  35. Publius2016 says:

    Paris once had style and Notre Dame…now the louvre and eiffel tower are prime targets too

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    • PInky1920 says:

      There was a time in my life when I wouldn’t think twice about going to France, or Germany, or Sweden.

      You couldn’t pay me enuf to do it now. They’ve re-entered the dark ages.

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      • Mandy says:

        Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy

        Wanna know what CAUSED the ‘dark ages?’ MUSLIMS. Get that book if you’re interested in this kind of historical assessment. We had it (gifted it to the Church library), and yeah….they’re RE ENTERING the dark ages because THEY’VE BROUGHT IN THE PRECISE CAUSE of dark ages.

        It’s so frustrating to see it happening….

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      “I wouldn’t go to France. No thanks.”

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  36. Imapop says:

    “Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence” My speculation is this is likely related to the renovation work and apparently it is somewhat common for renovation work fires to occur in old structures such as churches, which begs the question, why didn’t someone contemplate this possibility and take preventive measures? My further speculation is that we are going to see ever increasing levels of incompetence driven disasters (looking at you Boeing) as our civilization becomes less concerned with competency and merit and more concerned with social justice and equality, too often resulting in lowering of standards and lessened levels of experience as a means to achieve. One of the theories of a contributing factor in the collapse of ancient Rome is they over time lacked the capability to maintain what they had, let alone build new and better. I’m seeing parallels maybe?

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  37. THE MAD RUSSIAN says:

    Some people did things?….and this time they did it during Holy Week.

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  38. Justin says:

    A good time to remember that the people, and not the buildings, are the Church.

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    • Justin Green says:

      And don’t take this as minimizing what has happened. I LOVE old architecture and church history. It’s an INCREDIBLE loss. And I’m not even Catholic.

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  39. SAM-TruthFreedomLiberty says:

    Very symbolic for the state of France and Europe!
    Muslims everywherem, woman running around in Burqas, Men spitting on kafir.

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  40. “Some people did something” …

    The world knows who did this.

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  41. kevin king says:

    I am in Paris right now. I don’t believe this is an accident. This is too much of a coincidence. Too many churches have been desecrated in France in the last few years. They will cover this up, but we already can witness hundreds of thousands celebrating this on social media…and we know the religion this scum subscribes to.

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    • PInky1920 says:

      Kevin, no matter what the “official” cause turns out to be, I won’t believe it. They’re already saying no terrorism or arson. If it weren’t so sad, you could laugh at them.

      It is STILL burning, and they’re already setting up an excuse.

      If it really was terrorism, they won’t admit it anyway; what sane person isn’t more than suspicious of terrorism?

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    • Brenda Johnson says:

      Was this really an accident? This fire just happened with the beginning of Holy Week for Christians. The fire started after closing hours too. A project of this magnitude would have safe guards for fire accidents. The world has just witnessed a massacre of Islamic people killed in a mosque in New Zealand by a white nationalists male who was against immigration. Did the Muslims not warn the world there would be payback. Videos are on YouTube now showing Muslims laughing and smiling as Notre Dame is burning down. Muslims did the same thing on 9/11! They cheered and danced in the streets in the Middle East. We all know that attacks on the Catholic Churches, priest and the white population in France has been increasing over the years. I pray it was an accident, but IMO something just is not right with the fire.

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      • Alligator Gar says:

        Turns out that cursed mesjid was a recruiting ground for radicals…remember the crud I caught for pointing out the bearded wonder with his index finger waggling in the wind IS style while being rolled away by his kufir slaves while strapped on a gurney? I am not unmindful of the loss of kids’ lives. They were the only innocent ones. Yeah.

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  42. Trump's Hammer says:

    It most certainly is a metaphor.

    Our Western heritage is going up in smoke just like the priceless cathedral.

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  43. Carson Napier says:

    By the time Notre Dame is ‘rebuilt’ how many new Mosques will be built in France? 25? 50? 100? More? Way more?

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  44. Publius2016 says:

    Pelosi makes a fool of herself yesterday…60 minutes loses all credibility…Tiger shows RESILIENCE TO OVERCOME HIS DEMONS and PAIN…today, Iconic National and Christian symbol burns to the ground…move along…nothing to see here…

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  45. gildie says:

    Can’t help but feel for how devastated every single Parisian must feel right now. Like
    getting punched hard in the gut. Or what it must have felt like, back in the 1200-1300’s,
    seeing the cathedral finally finished. The pride swelling the heart of every single Parisian
    knowing they all took part, in some way, with it’s building. The money, the labor, the
    technical difficulties, the setbacks. All overcome. Til one day your kneeling in a pew
    looking up in awe at the most magnificent church in Europe.
    But it’s more than the loss of Notre Dame, the church. I think it reminds us all of a time
    when people lived more devoutly. Christian faith was a way of life. Palpable. The Church was
    central to people’s lives.
    Those times have pasted. The Catholic Church today is a weak shadow of it’s former self.
    The finger-pointing, the why’s, for another time.
    The loss of that church definitely hits deeper than the burning down of an old tourist
    attraction. I feel much worse than I should about it.

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  46. Smurfette says:

    The speed of destruction is similar to Twin Towers and the Paradise fires. None of these were by accident. Something bigger going on.

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  47. phattcat says:

    Reports are that a lot of the interior is intact. There’s a hole where the roof collapsed and the spire came down. But definitely much better than reports suggested.

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  48. citizen817 says:

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