Edit: It's clear that the Cathedral of St. Patrick needs considerable restoration and repair. At present, the authorities are making a good case that intervening now to "restore" the building is a worthy project. But as the New York Times says, it's $177 million dollars. Why so much?
This will make it the most expensive renovation project on record at present. Even Cardinal Mahony's garrulous and controversial Los Angeles project is only a bit more expensive at $189 million.
It is certainly the case that at present, Catholic Churches are undergoing restorations that bring churches damaged by modern architectural experimenters and that there are also new Catholic Churches being built which look like churches, but there are still many churches undergoing these destructive attempts to "bring the Church into a new century", as Sacred Architecture opines:
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