Notre-Dame Cathedral on fire

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is on fire. There has been major damage, and the spire has collapsed.

The cathedral was being renovated.

Reuters: Paris’ historic Notre-Dame Cathedral hit by fire

A major fire broke out at the medieval Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday afternoon, leading firefighters to clear the area around one of the city’s most visited landmarks.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the fire. France 2 television reported that police were treating the incident as an accident.

A major operation was under way, the fire department said, while a city hall spokesman said on Twitter that the area was being cleared.

Notre-Dame was in the midst of renovations, with some sections under scaffolding, while bronze statues were removed last week for works.

Wikipedia:  Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris (meaning “Our Lady of Paris”)  is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France.

The cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. The innovative use of the rib vault and flying buttress, the enormous and colorful rose windows, and the naturalism and abundance of its sculptural decoration all set it apart from earlier Romanesque architecture.

The cathedral was begun in 1160 and largely completed by 1260, though it was modified frequently in the following centuries. In the 1790s, Notre-Dame suffered desecration during the French Revolution when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed.

A major restoration project supervised by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc began in 1845 and continued for twenty-five years. Beginning in 1963, the facade of the Cathedral was cleaned of centuries of soot and grime, returning it to its original color.

Another campaign of cleaning and restoration was carried out from 1991-2000.

And as reported Notre-Dame was undergoing further restoration, which is thought to be related to a possible cause of the fire.

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  1. Conspiracies are already being seeded – remember Stefan Molyneux?

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  16th April 2019

      Une personne la dit qu’il est un vieux qui doit fermer la gueule (ou quelquechose comme ca)

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    • Corky

       /  16th April 2019

      Apparently where the fire started is only accessible to workman, so it looks fairly straightforward as to what has happened. However, nothing is definite yet…therefore all explanations and conspiracy theories are still on the table as far as I’m concerned.

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      • “all explanations and conspiracy theories are still on the table”

        I disagree. Conspiracy theories should be discounted unless there is solid evidence or good reason to believe them. Any floated so soon with no evidence are nuts or deliberately provocative or malicious.

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        • Corky

           /  16th April 2019

          I’m reminded of the conspiracy theory that was going around that an attempt was made on the Queens life in NZ..and the police kept it quiet. It was true.

          Could the fire have been payback? Did a worker have a beef?

          Ignoring any possibilities means tunnel vision. Nonsense theories are soon shown up for what they are as investigations proceed.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  16th April 2019

            Stale news about the Queen and the half-arsed ‘assassination attempt’.

            There seems to be no reason at all to assume that the fire is anything but an accident. It’s a huge stone building; any arson attempt would be very obvious indeed as it would need to be done on a very large scale. Anyone who’s seen a mediaeval cathedral would realise that this is highly unlikely.

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  2. lurcher1948

     /  16th April 2019

    Where was God,where were the saint’s???

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    • Gezza

       /  16th April 2019

      To be fair, the saints aren’t really up to the task of stopping or fixing a problem like this, but it is a disappoinment they obviously didn’t notify God it was happening so he could.

      It’s incredibly bad luck that’s he’s always awol doing something else at the worst possible time.

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    • Zedd

       /  16th April 2019

      ….there is a part in Revelation 18, (end times) that talks about ‘they will see the smoke of ‘her’ burning’.. that great city

      Notre Dame: Grand Lady !

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  16th April 2019

        Our Lady, but a grand lady in this case.

        I had a feeble hope that it was the US one…

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  16th April 2019

          Or Noter Dame (to rhyme with fame) as they call it there. Please let nobody on the news here call it that.

          What a superb book The Hunchback of Notre Dame is.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  16th April 2019

    Visited it once and was unimpressed. Seemed a very dark, gloomy place. I guess it was winter but other parts of Paris were bright and cheerful.

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    • Kimbo

       /  16th April 2019

      You don’t think that as the gothic cathedral design was state-of-the-art illumination technology…for the pre-oil, gas and electrical lighting era may account for the difference?

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      • Kimbo

         /  16th April 2019

        Or have I missed your figurative meaning? You know, like when Judas leaves the Last Supper to betray Jesus, John’s Gospel comments, “And it was night”. Yes, of course it was night, they had just eaten the Passover meal, which is always celebrated in the evening. 😀

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  16th April 2019

          It felt dark and depressing, like entering a cellar and expecting something to drip on you. Rather like Catholicism itself.

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          • Kimbo

             /  16th April 2019

            Ah, so you can do spiritual metaphors! Or to be exact, in the case of “…like entering a cellar…like Catholicism”, similes. 😃

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          • Duker

             /  16th April 2019

            Isnt the cathedral at Rheims are far more inspiring building. It too burnt after damage from WW1
            The dark gloomy interiors of medieval cathedrals are often because soot from centuries of candlelight , Notre Dame was one of the worst, but a clean up and using LED lights more recent was a huge improvement

            Before

            and after

            https://www.citylab.com/life/2014/03/notre-dame-cathedral-just-got-led-makeover/8606/

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  16th April 2019

              I saw it in 1985 so definitely the former image.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  16th April 2019

              I couldn’t believe that the black houses, of which there were still some in Bath, were like that from pollution.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  16th April 2019

              LED lights glaring in a church ? How horrible in a building of that age. I suppose it’s better than fluorescent tube o

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  16th April 2019

              tubes. Who was the person who did this ? Phyllis Stine ? Van Dal & Co ? LED in a mediaeval cathedral, what sacrilege.

  4. FarmerPete

     /  16th April 2019

    It was steeped in history and therefore is irreplaceable. Personally, I found its construction to be awe inspiring given the era of its birth. It was iconic and is a very great loss.

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    • Gezza

       /  16th April 2019

      So poignant that such a magnificent edifice so cleverly conceived and constructed at such a time dedicated to the glory of God in reality shows the genius of men.

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  5. NOEL

     /  16th April 2019

    Not irreplaceable. Heaps of UNESCO funded Gothic spires been repaired in Europe at the moment. Plenty of skills around.

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  6. seer

     /  16th April 2019

    from http://www.gearoidocolmain.org/notre-dame-de-paris-fire-and-the-war-on-beauty/

    Notre-Dame de Paris Fire and the War on Beauty
    Gearóid Ó Colmáin 8 hours ago News Leave a comment 584 Views

    [Enguerrand Quarton. Pietà of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. Oil on wood, 163cm x 219cm. Musée du Louvre]

    The burning of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris should be seen as an act of war by the state on the Church. We do not need proof. 200 years of Free Masonic war on the Church in France is enough to justify our suspicion.

    When false flags were waved a few years ago, everyone was posting memes on social media with “Pray for Paris”. Where are the prayers now? The great Catholic theologian Urs Von Balthasar once said that men who would forget the sense of beauty would forget how to pray and eventually forget how to love. Notre-Dame was a testimony to the truth of the church. Its majesty mocked man’s scepticism. It was difficult even for an unbelieving man to enter it without a sense of awe; without feeling a certain…. revulsion at humanist pride.

    We are living in an age of ugliness and lies. It is an age of flat roofs and high-rise windows; of blurs called art, and dins called music – a faithless and craven age. There’s no more art because man is no longer searching for the truth. There’s no more goodness because man is happy in his iniquity.

    In an age of anxiety, men hide in squares and rectangles. Arches and vaults are the abode of spiritual men, confident in their relationship to nature but humble before God.

    After two hundred years of their arrogant nonsense, atheists still cannot explain why no liberal civilisation has ever erected an edifice which could make men wonder. The Greeks could think because they could still experience wonder. They experienced wonder because they were moved by beauty as something real and objective, something that could be studied as a path to the transcendental — to truth. Athens was not great because it produced Socrates; Athens was great because it put him to death for insulting the gods! The greatness of a civilisation is not measured by individuals, but by an architecture of values.

    On 19 March I joined Catholics all over Paris for a pilgrimage to Notre-Dame Cathedral to celebrate St Joseph’s day. It was my first pilgrimage. Thousands of French men marched through the streets of Paris singing hymns in French and Latin. When we arrived in our thousands in the Cathedral, we listened to a sermon by the Bishop who spoke as a man with premonitions of the pain in store for France.

    There is a civil war in the Catholic Church which goes right to the Holy See. It is the deepest and most evil infiltration the Church has ever known. Civil war is brewing in the streets of Paris too. Everyone is talking about it. The working class have risen; the migrant crisis is out of control; and the country’s intellectuals are going to prison for criticising the state religion; a religion which most people are unaware of; but which rules over them. A religion whose temples are locked to the public; a cult of arrogance and superstition and ugliness- the diabolical sect of Free Masonry. Since its inception in the 18th century, Free Masonry has been condemned by several popes. Pope Leo XII warned that not only had it infiltrated European elites but that it was climbing the ranks of the Church itself.

    Revolution in the streets

    There is a reign of terror against anyone who talks about the state religion. Until now, heretics have been mocked. Until now, it has been possible to keep the heretics under control by dismissing them as mentally ill, intellectually challenged, simple-minded, naive, silly. But the State Clergy fear the masses. Week after week, they take to the streets. Bartenders, cafe owners, taxi drivers, workers of all races, creeds and classes are listening to subversive podcasts, sharing subversive blog posts, discussing subversive books and films. Last week, I popped into a café to interview my friend Iuri Rosca, former Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova. He’s on the run too, facing prison on trumped-up charges for his opposition to the EU State Clergy.

    The bartenders knew us from our political work. They gave us the thumbs up in solidarity. In the front page of Le Monde as Nôtre Dame de Paris Cathedral went up in flames, there’s a news story about Alain Soral’s impending incarceration for “negationism” Soral is France’s most famous dissident intellectual. There have been several attempts on his life and he lives in safe houses. He is the leading figure of one of the most dangerous political movements in Europe, dangerous that is in the eyes of the State Clergy.

    The war on the Church in France

    Up to 3 churches per day are attacked in France, yet the public hears nothing from the media. Over 1000 churches were attacked last year. Satanists attacked hosts, spread excrement on the walls, broke statues. No one talks about it. No one even knows. But the attacks grow week by week. The enemies of the Roman Catholic Church fear France more than any other country. France is the only country to have had a king made a saint, Louis IX, or Saint Louis of the 13th century.

    On the 21 October, 1239 Pope Gregory IX wrote to King Louis IX. He declared the people of France to be the inheritors of the covenant God made with the ancient tribe of Juda. “The Tribe of Juda was the anticipated figure of the Kingdom of France” – he wrote.

    For centuries, France was the protector of Rome. In fact, the Papal States were a gift from France to the Holy See. French missionaries and religious orders did more than any other country in the world to spread the message of the Gospel. From 1309 to 1376, Avignon in the South of France was the seat of the Papacy.

    In recent years, the realisation of the meaning of France has become more apparent. More and more intellectuals are writing and giving conferences about the role France is to play in the end times. There have been more Church-approved Marian apparitions in France than any other country. The nation is dotted with the most beautiful churches in the world; many of them have stood for over a thousand years.

    In France dissident against the New Word Order is Roman Catholic. Everything else is foolishness. When Rome fell to a Free Mason death cult in the 1963 Vatican II council, it was the theologians of France who resisted. They had already had a century and a half of experience resisting the Masonic death cult since occultists took power in 1789.

    Monsignor Marcel Lefèvre said in 1989 that Free Masonry was running the Church in Rome. He said he had written proof they wanted world government under their control. He said if he were to go to Rome he would not have to explain himself to them; they would have to explain themselves to him, as he simply defending the doctrines of the Church.

    When the Blessed Mother is declared Reine de France once again, “negationism” will acquire a new meaning!

    The Fall of Rome

    The takeover of the Catholic Church by Satan was foretold in the 16th century by Our Lady of Good Sucess. It was predicted again in Fatima in 1917. Rome will lose the faith, she said. Well, Rome has not only lost the faith; Rome is rotten to the core. We now have a heretical pope protecting a cabal of child-raping Satanists. But he has the media on his side. He has the UN on his side. He has the nincompoops of petty-bourgeois leftism on his side, and what a bunch of nincompoops they are!

    When Cardinal Vigano revealed that the Pope had been protecting child molesters, the Pope told reporters he wouldn’t say anything as he knew they would defend him.

    Bourgeois Catholics who follow Francis like inebriated sheep are as much to blame as everyone else for the fall of Christian civilisation. The Church has always defended reason against sentimentality. Papal infallibility was a theological concept relating to matters of doctrine. It does not mean one cannot criticise the pope! It is imperative, however, to maintain unity and not to forget that, as the institution is divine and eternal, so are its sacraments.

    With its manners, mores, viticulture, cuisine, landscapes, monuments, culture, language, philosophy and art, no country on earth has had more grace than France. But the nation is dying under a Big Lie.

    Who today is so brainwashed, so devoid of critical capacity, not to see the hollowness of human rights, the declaration of the universal pride and self-love of man, the Catechism of a ruthless money-grabbing bourgeoisie? Human rights are and always have been the rights of the enemies of the French people.

    A time for restraint and reflection

    The provocations against the Church in France are coming from all quarters. Recently, Charlie Hebdo magazine published a front page picture of Christ with genitalia for a face. Christians in France knew it was a provocation and didn’t react. Muslims should learn from them.

    This month the Government is celebrating 30 years of the Masonic glass pyramid in front of the Louvre. The State Clergy never lose an opportunity to mock the people. But Egyptian pyramids, Solomon’s legendary temple and other obsessions of the State Clergy never produced great art. There is only one religion in the world where God comes down to Man, founds a world institution designed to last until the end of time, and no amount of mystical geolatry is going to change that fact.

    Lovers of art come to Louvre to meditate on depictions of the Passion, the Nativity, and the innumerable variations on the greatest story ever imagined. Perhaps one of the most dramatic works in the Louvre is also the most humble. It is an XVth century work from the Carthusian monastery of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. It is called ‘La Pieta d’Avignon – The Avignon Pieta by Enguerrand Quarton. Although painted on a panel, the work is almost a sculpture, with the figures protruding from the scene painted against a golden sky with Moorish architecture in the background, possibly representing Istanbul or Jerusalem. Christ is laid in front of his Mother and Mary Magdalene by Joseph Arimathea, while John dressed as a Priest prays, staring into the distance. Art critic René Hugue writes:

    ‘The intense restraint of gesture belongs to France, to its living realism, to its consciousness of the life of the mind which, undergoing great spiritual experiences and communicating them with deep sincerity, dispenses with their outward manifestations.”

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    About Gearóid Ó Colmáin
    Gearóid Ó Colmáin is an Irish journalist and political analyst based in Paris. His work focuses on globalisation, geopolitics and class struggle.

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    • Mother

       /  16th April 2019

      seer, thank you. You are a beauty lover. I’m sorry for what you suffer by mockers. It hurts me to learn of your hurt.

      God did not ordain an institution of church on earth. He ordained the Body of Christ in heaven, free from man’s schemes/politics and transcending all which is beautiful to our earthly eyes.

      There is nothing like Church on earth. As heart wrenching as it is to see this catastrophe, no building on earth contains God’s Spirit.

      Church is not an institution. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless France.

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