Blogger Kate wrote to tell me that France owns Notre Dame, not the catholic church.
Since that’s the case, I wanted to know if the church would pay for reconstruction. They do not seem to be the generous kind and guess what…
From the catholic news agency:
It’s not actually owned by the Archdiocese of Paris
Due to France’s laws regarding secularization, the French government owns all churches built before 1905, including Notre-Dame. The government lets the Archdiocese of Paris use the building for free, and will continue to do so in perpetuity. The Archdiocese of Paris is responsible for the upkeep of the church, as well as for paying employees.
And from CRUX, a catholic publication:
During a press conference at the Vatican on Tuesday, the head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, suggested that the Vatican might help in the reconstruction efforts of the cathedral by lending its knowledge in restoration and art, but added that France has the funds to pay for the damage taking into account that entrance into Notre Dame had to be paid.
So, they are helping rebuild the place they use for free…with ideas. The generosity of the catholic church is so not overwhelming.