On Friday, a spokesman for the Diocese of Kaliningrad told our Interfax-Religion correspondent that the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Kaliningrad is undergoing renovation to install a lift for mobility-impaired parishioners (especially, wheelchair users). Our source told us, “initially, we didn’t plan for such a lift, but it appears that there’s a vital need to offer access during religious services and special events at the Cathedral”. Together with two ramps, the lift should provide improved access for people for whom the climb up the stairs to the nave of the church is difficult. The lift has a capacity of 600 kilos (1,321 pounds). From the north entrance, the lift will allow people to access the main level of the church. The authorities plan to have the lift operational by mid-October.
23 August 2013
A contact told me that the lift needs such a capacity in order to accommodate motorised wheelchairs, “which are heavy-assed suckers” (as my source put it so clearly). We should be doing likewise… it’s not “politically-correct”, it’s the “right thing to do” (shades of Wilford Brimley). The Church is there for EVERYBODY… and that’s that…