(No, I don't care if it's the non-alcoholic kind. Have you looked at the nutritional label and seen how bad that stuff is for you? Yeesh.)
Project fan and reader Christopher Purdom offers the following note:
You're most welcome!
I run http://www.philart.net/ which catalogs publicly visible art in Philadelphia, much of which is on churches.
And thank you for your site. Some really nice stuff there--check it out, if you haven't already.
I've been trying to find references to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church because in the parking lot behind the Archdiocese there's a crucifixion scene with a plaque that says "St. Elizabeth Catholic Church founded 1872" and no other explanation at all.
Your suspicions are most likely correct.
While I don't have "official" confirmation, a few readers have said that scene was rescued (or, depending on who you ask, looted) from the failing St. Elizabeth Church. The fact that Philly's St. Elizabeth was indeed founded in 1872, and that the Archdiocese has a long history of, ahem, re-appropriating material from closed parishes, only makes the case stronger.
Oh, and for those who can't picture the statues in question, here's an image courtesy Christopher's own site:
That's an interesting place, as it's also home to the University of Pennsylvania's Iron Gate Theatre. A church and a performance space? A very admirable example of religious mixed-use, if nothing else. More churches could (and should) embrace the concept.