What is clear… is that forcing modernist principles of building design upon unwilling church congregations and passing them off as if they were principles of the Council simply must stop.
We’ve talked a lot on this blog about what church architecture ought to be; that there is a “theology of architecture” developed and passed down over centuries that should inform how our church buildings are designed.
Many of us are painfully aware that this model of church building was largely abandoned at some point in the recent past. But why? How did centuries of architectural tradition disappear in such a short time? And how did so many Catholics, who should have known better, happily jump on the modernist bandwagon?
The article linked below from the Catholic Culture website provides a fascinating look at how modernist principles came to dominate our church architecture. As you read it, think about the church building in which you currently worship. Does what the author describes sound familiar?