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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

If Pugin were alive

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there would be no doubt that he would be loud and clear against the proposed "restoration" of the sanctuary of St Colman's Cathedral in Ireland which he designed.

He hated classical architecture as modern. What would he have said about today's buildings. Unlike classical buildings that tend to be of one piece, gothic buildings grow and change organically over centuries. Chartres Cathedral is the one gothic building of the Middle Ages that was built in one generation. Pugin's buildings of their nature are built as an intrinsic unity but this imposition of a sanctuary is no organic change. This unatural change in architecture is mirrored in modernist philosophy and theology. Unnatural and novel and of no intrinsic merit.

The planning application has now been blocked. See also the picture galleries. Posted by Picasa

Diocese of Scranton

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announces its plans for restructuring

Youth Mass in St Poelten, Austria

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Offertory

Reception of Communion












Gather round everyone!


“The total surrender by adults in the face of youth is one of the stranger phenomena to which our epoch is a witness, and one cannot emphasise enough the damage which it has caused to young people and adults alike.”

Etienne Gilson

Techno Mass

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Overdoes the incense.
"The Church for once quite different."

Theme: "Church and Desire".

The advertising for this "event": a collection of the posters serves as the altar frontal. Self-referencing rather than God revering. Posted by Picasa

Chapel of St Ann

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And the nearby spring dedicated to the Five Wounds. Formerly, a site of pilgrimage and healing in Brussels, now lacking in care.
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Ecce Sacerdos Magnus

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50th Anniversary of the First Mass of Fr Dangerfield, St James, Spanish Place, London Posted by Picasa