French President Emmanuel Macran has vowed to rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral within 5 years.
Does Macron have a 5-year future as president of France? And with French Yellow Vests protesting for the past 22 weeks, is he even up for the job of re-builder?
Or will Emmanuel Macron benefit from the crisis, using Rahm Emmanuel's advice: "You never let a serious crisis go to waste."
And into what will Macron rebuild the mangled body of Notre-Dame Cathedral? A museum like the Hagia Sophia? A tourist landmark? A secular urban planner's dream design?
Will -- can -- the agnostic Macron rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral into a structure that embodies the deeply Christian faith of the original builders of 1163 AD? Remember France is the "eldest Daughter of the Church."
Even more troubling questions emerge:
How did -- could -- the burning of one of the world's most historical and magnificent structures happen? On whose watch?
Was it a tragic accident? Is the coincidence of the fire and the beginning of Holy Week suspect? Was it caused by arson? If so, by whom? Are we even allowed to ask such questions as per the "PC Thought Police"?
Is the burning of Notre-Dame connected to a series of recent attacks against Catholics and Catholic Churches in France --
During March, a seven-day spree saw Catholic churches vandalized including Saint-Sulpice, the second largest church in Paris. A total of 10 churches were vandalized during the spree -- the Holy Eucharist was desecrated, statues were smashed, cricifixes smashed, and human excrement was used to defile a Church. During 2017, 875 churches were torched and/or vandalized in France. On July 26, 2016 in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen, Father Hamel was killed (his throat slit by two attackers) while he celebrated Mass.
One source reported even more attacks: "1,063 attacks on Christian churches or symbols (crucifixes, icons, statues) registered in France in 2018. . . . two churches are desecrated every day on average."
Rush Limbaugh asserted that Notre-Dame de Paris was built "with a searing love for Jesus Christ and His Mother." Can such love again rebuild what was once described as the "most glorious church of the most glorious Virgin Mary, mother of God, [which] deservedly shines out, like the sun among stars."?
Called "a small ray of light in a day of darkness for Paris" is the survival, contrary to early reporting, of the Cathedral's three rose windows. The north rose window was originally installed around 1250 and contains original glass from the time. At its center, the Virgin Mary is depicted surrounded by figures from the Old Testament.
Notre-Dame de Paris' three rose windows remain largely intact -- along with many questions.