The Anglicans in Christchurch New Zealand have provided themselves with a new Cathedral designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and made largely of cardboard.
I notice that even in a cardboard cathedral, the Anglicans make sure they have an eagle lectern.
While it is intended to be a temporary replacement for the cathedral destroyed in the 2011 earthquake, only lasting the projected 50 years it will take to build a new stone cathedral, the architect says it can last much longer than that. Perhaps it will grow on the people and, like the Eiffel Tower, which also began life as a temporary structure, it will become a permanent fixture.
Even (especially?) if it is only temporary it will serve as a reminder of what we are told in this Sunday’s second reading:
By faith [Abraham] sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise; for he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and maker is God.