I recently learned about the Miraculous Staircase from a Chris Stefanick show. It’s such an amazing piece of work, with a wild “legend”, I kept reading things.
It seems it wasn’t always such a mystery before the Chapel was sold for secular use. And researchers have discovered the craftsman with sound evidence.
Now the Church never claimed it was a miracle, in the manner of a Saint from heaven, or miraculously built, rather seeing a miracle by an answered prayer and an inspired work which is more appreciated knowing it was a man and his talent. His name was Francois-Jean Rochas, and he was a French immigrant.
I’m intrigued by the man, on account of the Staircase he created, but also how he slipped out of recognition in order for the myths to form. The Bishop of the Sister’s and their Chapel most likely hired Rochas, but why did Rochas not receive credit due to him in the next decades?
Was it hard to praise the workmanship of a man they thought was a heathen or something? His death was recorded as a suicide, but there is reason to consider murder. Was there scandal with the Bishop, and his French connection (no pun intended) was associated with misconduct?
I feel like there is more to the story. What do you know about Francois-Jean Rochas, the Staircase, or Bishop Lamy?