Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

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Weber, Francis J. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. (Mission Hills, California: Saint Francis Historical Society and the Archival Center, Archdiocese of Los Angeles. 2004. Pp. xi, 364. $29.00.)

Church tradition establishes a diocese's bishop as the architectural patron and owner of all churches within his diocese. Historically bishops have directly exercised or relegated this authority to varying degrees. Monsignor Francis Weber in Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels identifies Roger Cardinal Mahony as the über patron of Los Angeles' new cathedral. While the Catholic Church's architectural patronage is central to the development of the Western tradition of architecture, documentation of the decisions that resulted in Catholic churches' specific design attributes is frustratingly incomplete. Monsignor Weber's book in contrast is packed with the circumstances and decisions that brought about the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels as it exists today. The book covers the selection of the project's architect, its financing, the site selection, liturgical furnishings, relations with constituent groups such as the Los Angeles Conservancy, and other important issues. It focuses on events that transpired between the 1994 Northridge Earthquake that damaged the Archdiocese's then existing cathedral and the 2002 dedication of the new cathedral. …

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