According to the AP, a parishioner started the fire at the cathedral in Nantes, France. He was charged with locking the building at night, and according to his lawyer …
He confessed to the allegations against him which, as the prosecutor indicated, are causing destruction and damage by fire. He regrets the facts. That is certain. He is in a sort of repentance.
It was a sadly familiar story. I once served a parish with an interior damaged by an arson attack by one of our community’s volunteers. On one hand, it was a very fruitful year in ministry, forcing us to look outside of our buildings to serve people and minister with them.
Image, right, shows the pipework and window destroyed by the fire. Credit: By GO69 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=77043365