The structure, of German gothic design, looks like a Catholic church should look. To the outside world, it is a fortress of solid granite; inside, it’s a wonderment for the eyes, a reward of beauty for those who belong there. It isn’t an edifice that represents the limp, impotent Church, crawling for a measure of acceptance from the commissars of multiculturalism. The parishioners, too, an unlikely coalition of Germans and Latin Mass Catholics, are an annoyance to the Novus Ordo establishment. The parish was founded in the 19th century to serve the small German community in the city and their descendents have managed to hang on through the storms. As for the Latinists, Cardinal Law grudgingly allowed the Tridentine Mass there in what is now primarily an Asian neighborhood, surely expecting it to fail. Instead, the Traditionalists and Germans combined, not merely to keep the doors open, but to revitalize the parish.
Today, Holy Trinity is what a Catholic parish should be, busy with traditional devotions, ethnic celebrations and concerts of real, western music. Most importantly, though, Holy Trinity is a place of worship for serious Catholics, from seniors to young families. The Jesuits who built the church in the 19th century would recognize the things that go on there as the Church that they knew.
And so, for all these reasons, Holy Trinity has to go. ** Everything about it is a reminder of the Church’s better past, and of all of the church properties to be eliminated, this is the one that must be destroyed primarily for ideological reasons, less than sheer greed. ** If the parishioners declared themselves Jews and the building a synagogue, or if they turned Mohammedan and called it a mosque, or if they became Protestant cultists and the church a kingdom hall, O’Malley would turn sandals over head to placate them. But Catholics receive no such respect and Holy Trinity, if the cardinal has his way, will end up like St. Mary’s and all of the others, physically destroyed or spiritually defiled. The only real question left is, will this house of God be prostituted to a slimy flipper, a false religion, or both.
I’ve heard 88 or 98 churches have been sold, schools etc.