On Monday, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France became engulfed in flames during the sacred Holy Week. This was not only a sad day for the Notre Dame Cathedral and Paris but it was a very sad day for Catholics all around the world.
At the moment, the cause of the fire is still unknown but some people believe it was a work related accident while others are speculating it may be a terrorist attack.
During his show on Monday, Neil Cavuto of Fox News invited Catholic League President Bill Donohue to discuss the ongoing situation.
Donohue began speculating that the fire could be related to terrorism considering there has been a lot of attacks recently in Paris on Catholic churches. After he refused to stop speculating about how the fire stared, Cavuto hung up on him.
“Well, Neil, if it is an accident, it’s a monumental tragedy. But forgive me for being suspicious. Just last month, a 17th-century church was set on fire in Paris. We’ve seen tabernacles knocked down, crosses have been torn down, statues, —” Donohue said.
According to the Daily Caller, “Donohue mentioned, a number of churches in France have been vandalized during the early part of 2019. Vandals have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, burned an altar cloth, destroyed the Eucharist and smeared a cross with excrement.”
“We don’t know that. So if we can avoid what your suspicions might be. I do want to look at what happened now,” Cavuto responded, while cutting off Donohue. “A very pricey rebuilding and renovation effort going on that involved a good deal of Catholic fundraising campaign I know in this country and abroad. This renovation was paid for up front. So, in other words, all the monies were there. Now I’m wondering how much more the Catholic Church commits to this or do you think they now first want to get to the bottom of it?”
“First, they have to get to the bottom of it and they will rebuild it. There’s no question about that. They certainly, the Catholic Church will come up for the money for it, that’s not even a question. I’m sorry. When I find out that the Eucharist is being destroyed and excrement is being smeared on crosses, —” Donohue responded.
“I love you, Bill, but we cannot make conjectures about this. So, thank you. Bill, I’m sorry. Thanks very much. I do want to let people know, and again we’re not trying to be rude to our guests here. There’s so much here we don’t know about what happened here,” Cavuto said while hanging up on him.
It’s completely unclear at the moment how the fire was started so any speculation is valid considering Donohue’s guess is just as good as anyone else’s.
At the moment, French authorities have “ruled out terrorism for now,” which basically means that they still don’t know how the fire was started.
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