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From: "Christopher Crockett" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2001 6:12 PM
Subject: Cathedrals (deconsecration)
but i would seriously doubt that a deliberate deconsecration would proceed
along the lines of a deliberate desecration
Surely the whole point of deconsecration is to PREVENT desecration ?
If the building is to be unused indefinitely, has no custodian, it is
vulnerable to vandals, spiritually motivated or not. By removing "that which
is and/or makes the place holy" it becomes impossible to desecrate it even
if it is "trashed".
The motive is different too.
Desecration is done either in a spirit of mindless violence or with the
deliberate intent of showing hatred and contempt for holy things in order to
cause pain and humiliation to believers.
Deconsecration is done in a spirit of sorrow and reverence.
I am not sure if it works.
A number of deconsecrated churches and chapels have become restaurants or
private houses. I went to one in Chichester that had become a wine bar, and
felt distinctly uneasy all the time I was there - and as for using the