I thought from the title of this news story that this might be another vandalism story.
Some have never noticed them. Others want to get rid of them. But one thing is for sure: Everyone has an opinion about them.
Five swastika-emblazoned discs found near the roof line of St. Mary’s Cathedral in downtown St. Cloud will finally be replaced after years of debate and fund raising.
Tainted by its association with Nazi atrocities, "the symbol itself can never mean what it used to mean in terms of a decorative cross or a German symbol of good luck," the Rev. Steve Binsfeld said.
St. Cloud-area Catholics and Jews, among others, recently raised the estimated $14,000 to replace the discs on the building’s north and south facades. The work will begin when weather permits with warmer temperatures.
The cathedral’s plan is to replace the discs with symbols that would portray the "Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary" named by Pope John Paul II a few years ago.
Marilu Hornstein of St. Joseph celebrates noon Mass at the church on Eighth Avenue South whenever she has the chance, but she didn’t notice the swastikas until recently.
"I read about it in the St. Cloud Times, and I thought, ‘My goodness! How did I miss it!’" said Hornstein, a lifelong Catholic who attended St. Mary’s grade school as a child.
A Cold Spring Granite Co. artist whose son attends St. Mary’s Cathedral will design the discs’ replacements, which will be done in limestone to match the building’s architecture. [Source]
This is certainly some much needed renovation, but even cooler their replacing them with scenes from the Luminous Mysteries.