WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — The Catholic community in Wausau is reacting to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burning on Monday.
Local priests said the loss of the cathedral, especially during Holy Week, is devastating to Catholics worldwide.
“None of us could really imagine the history of civilization without that building,” St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church Canon Aaron Huberfeld said. “If we consider the foundations and the history and development of Christianity and the world, that building, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is of inestimable importance.”
Canon Huberfeld said he’s visited the cathedral several times, so this fire really hits home to him.
“It’s hard for me to imagine just how I’ll feel once this has fully sunk in, about what it is to have lost this building which I have been in and prayed in so many times,” Canon Huberfeld added.
Father Tom Lindner of St. Anne Parish Catholic Church in Wausau said the cathedral was more than just a building.
“When you think of something that was begun in the 1100’s by craftsmen working with chisels, stones, and the labor,” Father Lindner said. “Along with sweat and blood that went into that, and the faith that it manifests.”
Father Lindner believes while the building is gone, it won’t destroy the people that embody that church.
“We also recognize that the real hands and feet, the heart, the soul, the mind and the movement of the church is revealed in it’s people,” Father Lindner stated. “So the church will continue.”
Both churches are extending prayers and they plan to discuss the loss of Notre Dame Cathedral with their congregations.