Catholic Church to close St. Patrick’s Cathedral and replace it with $70 million guesthouse

In old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the walls are covered with relics of saints. But that is set to change after the Catholic Church announced last month that it plans to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral into a chapel and guesthouse, reports Sam De Brito in the Daily Mail.

The new building will replace St. Patrick’s, the historic church in Washington’s famous Georgetown neighborhood, which was converted into condos in 2014. On the market for $51 million, the four-story building sits between Cathedral Church of St. Matthew’s and the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

When St. Patrick’s reopens as an apartment and guesthouse, the church will be closed to worship and any memorials in its tower will be replaced by a plaque noting that “St. Patrick is dead.”

The U.S. Archdiocese of Washington has released a new video explaining the plans to build the new, $70 million build.

“This is not just some visitational enhancements to our church, but a foundational change,” says Vatican expert Father Thomas Reese. “It will be the centerpiece of a nongovernmental initiative that will incorporate Catholic ministries and international partnerships. This is a change we can all be very proud of.”

Not everyone is convinced. Critics warn that the project could be “disastrous,” reports James Verini in The New York Post.

Notre Dame Cathedral has long been a source of controversy for those who consider the aging church — including some of its spiritual leaders — “too holier than thou.” They argue that though the church is modern and may even have a few faults, it’s got enough charm to be a sight worth seeing for the 400,000 foot high church.

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