March 20, 2012

The Church of Useless

Earlier this week, I went for the very first time in the Sagrario, a church adjacent to the Cathedral in Mexico City. The most obvious thing the visitor will notice is the proliferation of fire extinguishers: next to the altars, next to columns, to confessionaries, they are everywere.

In 1962, a terrible fire consumed a good part of the interior of the Cathedral, so I supposed that Cardinal Norberto Rivera –a pious soul which some years ago left his church-goers to climb into a helicopter in order to attend a birthday party of one of his colleagues– wanted to prevent a fire, whatever it takes, firstly aesthetics.

But, oh, no. Fire extinguishers stopped working five years ago.

Congratulations for contributing to this Church of Useless.

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