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Church architecture (letter)

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 Contents - Aug 2002AD2000 August 2002 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The Assumption of Our Lady: 15 August - Michael Gilchrist
Liturgy: New English Missal: Vatican sets guidelines for ICEL - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Education: Beliefs and practices of Catholic students: the decline continues - Michael Gilchrist
New program to apply Papal teachings in Melbourne Archdiocese - Michael Gilchrist
Sexual abuse, celibacy and vocations: a response to the Church's critics - Fr Paul Stuart
Events: Thomas More 2002 Winter School in Bendigo
Helping Catholic school students to love the Church - Br John Moylan CFC
New study of US seminary formation exposes fundamental flaws - John S. Webster
Letters: Experts? (letter) - Jerome Gonzalez
Letters: Church architecture (letter) - Tom King
Letters: Women and the Church (letter) - Maureen Federico
Letters: Sex abuse crisis (letter) - Mark Reidy
Letters: Sexual sin (letter) - John H. Cooney
Letters: Value for money? (letter) - L.L. Booth
Letters: Dissent (letter) - Clair Tieppo
Letters: 'New Catholicism' (letter) - Richard Congram
Letters: Beyond 2000? (letter) - Mrs Peg Santamaria
Letters: God's masculinity (letter) - John Davis
Letters: Theological accuracy (letter) - Jan Chalmers
Letters: Leaving it to God (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Shakespeare (letter) - John A. Rayner
Books: Dynamics Of World History, by Christopher Dawson - Michael Lynch (reviewer)
Books: Abortion And Martyrdom, edited by Aidan Nichols - Tracey Rowland (reviewer)
Music: 'Live Worship: Lifted', by Emmanuel Worship - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: New Titles from AD Books
Reflection: What Catholics should expect of their priests: men 'clothed in holiness' - Fr Fabian Duggan OSB

After suffering for decades the progressive destruction of our fine and traditional church architecture and decoration, I say "bravo" to Sidney Rofe's article (July AD2000).

At some time in the future, a gifted individual will evaluate the absolute cost of support for the Catholic Church in followers lost, as a consequence of the vandalism that masqueraded as Vatican II "reform."

Two classic examples in my home State which come to mind are the new chapel at the Mater Private Hospital and the fine St Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane. Gone are the majority of beautiful, inspirational statues that once assisted reflection and meditation. In their place are modern, sterile, politically correct substitutes.

Even the masterpiece Stations of the Cross, with their ornate wooden frames, that were sponsored by and commemorated departed benefactors, were trashed and left to rot in a church junk yard.

We now have stick men and women 'art' which leaves the viewer with rigor mortis instead of a warm reflective glow. For my part, I find no justification for the Blessed Sacrament being relegated to a side or obscure adjunct to the church proper.

Let us see a concerted movement undertaken to reddress the influences of the ill-advised or trendy, who have contributed to the loss of atmosphere and reverence in our churches.

Elanora, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 15 No 7 (August 2002), p. 13

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