Monday, November 30, 2015

Does Religiosity Negate Cultural Significance? Save Mission Church.

by Dick Mac

Mission Church (the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help), on Tremont Street, in Mission Hill, is one of the most significant pieces of architecture in the City of Boston.  It was/is the spiritual home of immigrants from Europe, South America, and all points.

I believe that buildings like Mission Church play a significant role in American History, irrespective of their religiosity.  This impressive edifice defines much of Boston's late-19th and early-20th century development.  It is important beyond any of our spiritual or religious beliefs.

Like most Catholic churches, it is struggling to stay afloat.  We all have opinions about why this has happened, and we are all appalled by the crimes committed by clergy of the Catholic church.

Does that mean this building no longer matters?

This building was and is a safe haven for immigrants, a food pantry for the hungry, a warm place for the homeless, a destination for tourists who want to know more about Boston and America, and much more.

I think this building matters a lot, and that we should support it as a cultural landmark.

No, the government isn't going to bail it out, and shouldn't.  And none of us should want it to become part of the national treasure chest of government-financed heritage sites.

Citizens have to save this building.  We can pretend that only Catholics have to save an edifice like this; but, I think this building and others like it, transcend religiosity, and are worth saving.

Please consider a donation to the fund established by the Redemptorist Priests of Boston in support Mission Church by visiting their website or  Facebook page.

Or go directly to the YouTube video.

Also see, Saving the bells.

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