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Church of Satan mourns loss of the ‘historical and architectural treasure’ Notre Dame Cathedral

In the wake of the devastating fire that ripped through the Notre Dame Cathedral, ultimately toppling its iconic spire, people of all different backgrounds mourned the destruction of one of the world’s most famous and beloved architectural wonders — an outcry so diverse that it even included the Church of Satan.

Founded by Anton Szandor LaVey, the Church of Satan calls itself “the first above-ground organization in history openly dedicated to the acceptance of Man’s true nature—that of a carnal beast, living in a cosmos that is indifferent to our existence.”

In a tweet this Monday from its official Twitter account, the church called the cathedral a “monument to the genius of those who designed and built it.”

“We mourn the loss of this historical and architectural treasure,” the tweet read. “It was a monument to the genius of those who designed and built it, and we grieve with Paris and all who basked in its splendor.”

In a followup tweet, the church quoted one its high priests, Peter H. Gilmore.

“I spent several hours there back in the mid 70’s, toured it, going up one tower and then listened to organist Pierre Cochereau practice. Very moving experience, contemplating all of the history it saw.”

Individuals, companies and institutions have donated around $950 million to rebuild the cathedral, according to The New York Times. French President Emmanuel Macron has set a goal if having the landmark rebuilt in just 5 years.

Featured image: screen grab/CBS News

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