Desecrations in France

We really don’t know yet that the Notre-Dame fire wasn’t arson, but whether or not it was that or an accident the great cathedral now exists largely as a French Catholic Brigadoon that emerges from secular mists when a monument is needed for some ceremonial purpose. Few come to stand where once young Paul Claudel, filled with a sense of the ineffable, converted from disbelief to his ancestral faith.



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