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Church architecture

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 Contents - Apr 2004AD2000 April 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The Passion of the Christ: 'Why do you seek the living among the dead?' - Michael Gilchrist
National Church Life Survey: church-going declines further - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Riccardo Piol of Communion and Liberation makes an impact in Victoria - AD2000 Report
Books: Archbishop Hart launches new book on Dr Mannix - Daniel Mannix: Wit and Wisdom - Archbishop Dennis Hart
Film Review: Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ': a contemporary masterpiece - David Schütz
Events: Adore 2004 Youth Eucharistic Congress - Nicole Osmak
God 'number one' in East Timor - Paul Russell
Events: Chesterton conference to be held in Melbourne - Tony Evans
Theology: Fr Aidan Nichols to lecture on von Balthasar in Melbourne - Tracey Rowland
Whatever happened to reverence at Mass? - Matthew Greene
The Salesians in East Timor: progress report - Br Michael Lynch
Letters: Church architecture
Letters: Catholic schools
Letters: Jehovah's Witnesses
Letters: Corrections - Fr Timothy Deeter
Letters: The Sign of the Cross - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: Life under threat - Brian Harris
Letters: Taking a stand in the culture war - Robert and Carmel Garrett
Letters: Easter greetings from India - Fr S. John Joseph
Poetry: Two Poems on the Passion - Marion Craig and Brian Mulligan
Books: The Catholic Revival in English Literature 1845-1961, by Ian Ker - Francis Phillips (reviewer)
Books: An apology for the revival of Christian Architecture, by Augustus Welby Pugin - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Priestly Fraternity of St Peter - Holy Week 2004
Books: AD Books - More new titles for 2004
Reflection: Right is right, even if nobody does it (G.K. Chesterton) - Fr F.E. Burns

Dr Paul Mees' excellent article, "Modern church design" (February AD2000), was yet another valid criticism of an architectural movement that continues to create church environments no longer conducive to prayer, reflection and devotional concentration. "Spank the architect," by all means, as Dr Mees suggests.

However, unless we hold the facilitators and employers of the "architects from Hell" responsible for their intolerable undermining of a fundamental component of our religious tradition, we will never achieve a remedy or undo the damage. We will remain merely observers who are treated with contempt by those who are effectively weakening the Faith.

There has been too much dialogue, and too little appropriate action.

TOM KING
Elanora, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 3 (April 2004), p. 15

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