A couple of nice articles on the restoration of Kansas City's Old St. Patrick Oratory have appeared over the last couple of weeks (from the Kansas City Star, no less!). With the support of a good Bishop, they're continuing to gain momentum.
The current article by Elaine Garrison is HERE. The previous article, by Helen Gray, HERE, is not quite as good, but still much better than the tripe one usually sees in the Star.
Perhaps somebody should send a copy of this article to the Archbishop across the state line in Kansas? The ironic thing is that the Old St. Paddy's community is somewhere between one-third and one-half the size of the Kansas congregation at the St. Rose Philippine Duschene Community at Blessed Sacrament, and until recently the Missourians suffered under greater restrictions and interference than did the Kansas folks. But suddenly, while Apb. Naumann is presiding over a great retreat in Wyandotte County, and the Latin folks in Kansas are getting kicked around again (they were just forced to move their Mass times again, to odd hours, the second change in a year), Bp. Finn's star is rising, his flock is getting focused, and the Missouri traditionalists are on their way to acheiving something great: a real parish home, and the restoration of an historic church in a reawakening part of the city to boot! Abp. Naumann needs to see, first hand, what can be done when Latin Massers are freed from the machinations and limitations of chancery officials.
And while we're at it, maybe Ms. Garrison should be running the religion page at the Star? Under Tammeus's guidance, it dropped from regular coverage and a once-a-week section of irrelevancies and nonsense to a once-a-week page of irrelevancies and nonsense with a midweek interfaith column by some guy who seems to believe in everything (which of course, is the same as believing in nothing). Fact filled, positive, and well-crafted writing like Garrison's might actually get people to read the religion page, and might get religious news readership and advertising up to the point a full section would once again be justified.