The beloved Notre Dame Cathedral might never be restored due to the extent of structural damage caused by the accidental fire in April, according to the church’s rector.
Monsignor Patrick Chauvet told The Associated Press the iconic building is in such a precarious state that there is only a 50% chance the church will be restored because scaffolding that was installed before the blaze was threatening its vaults.
“Today it is not out of danger,” Chauvet said in an interview with the AP at a Christmas Eve midnight mass in a nearby church.
“It will be out of danger when we take out the remaining scaffolding.”
“Today we can say that there is maybe a 50% chance that it will be saved. There is also 50% chance of scaffolding falling onto the three vaults, so as you can see the building is still very fragile,” he said.
The world watched in horror as flames consumed the roof and spire of Notre Dame, both of which collapsed in the fire. The church was being renovated at the time.
Although services have reopened in the cathedral since the fire — with priests and lay ministers wearing helmets — for the first time since the French Revolution, Christmas Eve mass could not be held there due to safety risks.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter