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Catholic Diocese of Raleigh plans new cathedral


RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) -- The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh today announced plans for a new cathedral in the capital city.

The campus would be built near Western Blvd. and Centennial Parkway. It would include a 2,000 seat cathedral estimated to cost $75-90 million. The new facility will be called Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral. It will replace Sacred Heart Cathedral built in 1924, which the diocese says is the smallest cathedral in the continental United States.

Bishop Michael Burbidge said prior to groundbreaking, the church requires one-third of the money to be in cash on hand. He hopes to break ground in the spring of 2013.

The diocese comprises 54 counties in eastern North Carolina, serving nearly 500,000 registered and unregistered Catholics.

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Good Choice, Your Excellency

Thank goodness that Bishop Burbidge has chosen an excellent and traditional architectural firm (McCrery) to build the cathedral rather than some reckovator like Richard Vosko. Catholics and Protestants alike have suffered for too long with horrendous buildings from the 60s onward that look like anything but churches. Just think: Orange County gets that horrid Crystal Cathedral and Raleigh gets this. This goes to show you what can happen when you have a Bishop who understands history, tradition and aesthetics.

Oh, we can't have the smallest cathedral, can we?

Of course, once the new one is built, someone ELSE will have the smallest cathedral in the United States, and they'll be forced to build another.

With a nod to General Buck Turgidson in Doctor Strangelove, "Holy Father, we must not allow a cathedral gap!"

The wealth controlled by the Catholic Church boggles the mind. They can drop $80 million on a new cathedral without even flinching. That's because ten commandments weren't enough for them - they had to invent six more, one of which is "Thou shalt contribute to the support of the church."

The new Catholic Cathedral

The new Catholic Cathedral is being built by and paid for by the Catholics of eastern North Carolina. The Sacred Heart Cathedral was built to serve as a parish church but as a Cathedral for the Diocese. It was built during the time of few Catholics in North Carolina. I know as I attended Cathedral Latin High School in Raleigh from 1959-1962. There are now over 500,000 Catholics in eastern North Carolina requiring a larger Cathedral. The present Cathedral will continue as the Sacred Heart Parish Church.


WWJD with $75,000,000. - $90,000,000 ? Sure would FEED alot of Children in this State, Country & around the World.

$75-$90M is a lot of money

$75-$90M is a lot of money for the hurting construction industry. The Church is helping the economy in the construction, not throwing it away.

Are you a Catholic, or more

Are you a Catholic, or more to the point, a member of the Raleigh diocese of the Catholic Church? If not, it's none of your business how they want to spend money raised by their parishoners. The Catholic Church gives away an astounding amount of money in their missions.

Simply put, so that you can understand it, they outgrew thier current sanctuary 20 years ago, and want to build a new one because their membership has increased. What's the problem with that?

They are

They already ARE feeding a lot of children all over the world. Christians do more to help the poor than any other group, but they seldom get any kind of recognition for it.

If they want to praise their God by building a beautiful building to His honor, built by donations from their own church members, why shouldn't they be allowed to do so?

But who can donate?

The question I have as a member of the Church, is WHO is really able to pony up the extra $70m?
The economy impacts us too, and we are asked to participate with time, treasure, and talent and I would think most people, like me, may be finding it difficult to dig and deeper. My parish was $1M in debt last year from too much spending and not enough incoming funds.
I hope the church can set an example for the US right now especially, to show us all how it's done, without stealing from Peter to pay Paul (sorry).