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Theme: St. Vibiana Dishonored

October 27, 2007

Her parents, Flavian and Dafrosa, were martyred in the persecution of Julian the Apostate, and Vivian [Vibiana] and her sister Demetria were turned over to a woman named Rufina who tried to force her into prostitution. Upon her continued refusal, Vivian was imprisoned in a mad house, then flogged to death.

– From Catholic Forum

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St. Vibiana’s in 1885source

From The True Story of Ramona, Its Facts and Fictions, Inspirations and Purpose, Chapter XIV: Dona Mariana de Coronel, University of Arizona Library.:

Bishop Amat was much affected by what he had seen. He begged that the skeleton of Vibiana be given to him, promising that if it were placed in his charge he would bring it to America and build a great cathedral, which would be named for the Saint and dedicated to her memory.

Returning here he at once began the work. Large contributions were offered to him, but all these were refused. He wanted the church built with the offerings of the common people. And so it came about. The money poured in from all quarters, and soon he had enough in the treasury to warrant the building of the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana.

In the upper part of the altar is a crypt in which are deposited the remains of the Saint, in the little brass-bound casket in which they were brought from Rome. Under the altar are the remains of Bishop Amat.

Would it not seem sacrilege ever to remove them?


On the exterior of St. Vibiana’s Cathedral are these letters, ‘‘D.O.M.,’’ being the abbreviations for Deo Optimo Maximo, which means, ‘‘To God the Greatest and Best.’’

Altar, 1940source

From Wikipedia: Cathedral of St. Vibiana:

The former Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, often called St. Vibiana’s, was the mother church cathedral parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles under the pastoral care of the Archbishop of Los Angeles….

The facility was outgrown by the region’s rapidly expanding population, and the Archdiocese decided that it needed a larger main facility; however, preservationists pressured them to not destroy the historic landmark. The situation was complicated further when the 1994 Northridge Earthquake caused extensive damage to the cathedral and its 1,200-seat sanctuary. Deciding that the damage was not worth repairing in such a small structure, the Archdiocese began demolition on the site in 1996, without permits. However, the sudden dismantling of the bell tower on a Saturday morning prompted a frantic save-the-cathedral campaign, and work by the Archdiocese was halted by preservationists who had a temporary restraining order placed on demolition…. A state Court of Appeal rejected the archdiocese’s argument to be allowed to quickly demolish the cathedral…. Finally a compromise was reached: the City of Los Angeles agreed to swap land with the Archdiocese, giving the Church a much larger plot next to the 101 Freeway. The Archdiocese agreed and the land was developed into the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, constructed and consecrated as the new mother church cathedral parish of the Archdiocese…..

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angelssource

Interior of Our Lady of the Angels source

From L.A. Catholic: St. Vibiana rises from the dead :

The Cathedral site was taken over by the city. The city sold the former cathedral building to downtown developer Tom Gilmore in 1999 for $4.6 million; Gilmore has spent a $6 million renovating it and turning it into a performing arts complex, now named “Vibiana”.

The archdiocese approves of the St. Vibiana’s renovation and even loaned the arts center six Art Deco chandeliers that once graced the old cathedral.

“Church law requires that former churches be used for a dignified purpose,” said Tod Tamberg, a spokesman for the archdiocese.

“It’s really a wonderful second life for the former cathedral,” he added.


From California Catholic Daily: Scantily clad women, two men kissing, and a transvestite.:

From Oct. 11-13, the old cathedral served as a venue for LA’s “Fashion Week.” BOXeight, a nonprofit arts organization, held its contribution to Fashion Week at Vibiana’s Place. The event, “Have Faith in LA,” was a “fashion, music and art collaborative.”


Among the entertainment groups featured during three-day event was “You Wear It Well,” which calls itself a “traveling presentation of short films and videos that investigate the intersection of fashion and film.” A short clip, “A Shaded View of Fashion,” featured on the group’s web site features scantily clad women, two men kissing, and a transvestite.

Another entertainment group was the Hysterica Dance Company, whose choreography, with barely clad men and women, emphasizes the erotic.

See also:
L.A. Catholic: Creative new uses for St. Vibiana Cathedral
Bishop Accountability: Taj Mahony

Statue of an androgynous-looking “Our Lady of the Angels” at the entrance to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angelssource


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  1. convivialdingo permalink

    That’s just terrible. I can’t really blame the City for what’s happened – but the Bishop should have known that such a holy place could and would be used like this. But then again, this is the same Bishop that got in an argument with Mother Angelica!

  2. Allie permalink

    well Avalon a club in NYC was a church once. so w/e. its not like theres relics around.

  3. for daily verified coverage of why no laity should be donating until crooks like Mahony are removed and punished or excommunicated.

  4. St.Cecelia permalink

    The desorcration done at St.Vibianas is just sad. I am a part of the Archdiocease and although rather young I appreciate the Traditions of the church(F.S.S.P). Our Current “Cathedral” was named “A place of worship for all peoples” and with the very grotesque statue of our lady(if that is our lady) was mentioned on this one website of the T.F.P. Since I am not schismatic, and since I am conservative, I have to be submissive to him, but he just lost my respect. Also interuppting the work of the Police, he is still protecting mentally sick men who sexually abused many. Thanks to him(His Emmanince Mahony) we are now 66 million in the hole. He does not belive in the true presence of Jesus the blessed sacrament. He has been caught worshiping in non chirstian ceremony’s. He allows the use of Altar girls(at my parish I was discoraged from being an Altar boy,thankfully by gods grace I got in) God help him.

    One of my good friends told me the term “taj Mahony” and I almost fell of my chair laughing.

  5. dacatholicbandorgan permalink

    Although the Cathedral out grew the Archdiocese, it could have been used for a chapel of the extraordinary form.

  6. If the Cathedral was again consecrated and returned to a traditional Catholic Latin Mass, not the post Vatican II mass of worshiping humans, I am confident that it would grow in strenght and grace, like Bishop Amat had intended.

    It has to be done!

    Restore All Things in Christ.

    • Vibian Encarnacion permalink

      Amen it should return to its purpose and not a shin dig
      there is evil at its finest done here, God have mercy.

  7. …”you can” take back the Cathedral and again place the remains of St. Vibiana above the altar and re-consecrate the Church. Both the Patron Saint of the Archdiocese and the Beloved Bishop Amat’s remains are beneath Mahony’s love temple. Jim Gilmore would do it if there was enough of a call for restoration of traditional Catholicism in the face of this Freemasonic homosexuality on display by the New Conciliar Church and our modern society. Our Patron Saint is the saint for Mental Health. This Archdiocese and Los Angeles need her now, more than ever.

    If you want it, it is just a grasp away.


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