Soulless modernity. The only Church consecrated in Germany this year.

Bishop Fürst consecrates a new church in Stuttgart

Abstracted Cross, abstracted Faith

Church consecrations have become rare in Germany. Therefore, it was something special that Bishop Gebhard Fürst of Rottenburg consecrated a new place of worship in Stuttgart at the weekend.

In the north of Stuttgart, the Parish of St. John Mary Vianney has had a church building again since Sunday. Bishop Gebhard Fürst of Rottenburg consecrated the new building in Stuttgart-Mönchfeld in a solemn mass. "This is a day of joy," Fürst emphasised in his sermon. A church is more than a house of stone, but "always community with Jesus Christ as its centre and goal".

After the demolition of the previous church from the 1960s, the congregation had been housed for almost four years in rooms of a Caritas nursing home and the Protestant church. The costs for the new church building amounted to 3.9 million euros.

Cathcon: The Church has been ripped off

Smaller than the previous building

The new church is deliberately smaller than its predecessor. "We are fewer Catholics in Mönchfeld, and in the smaller church we experience community in a completely different way again," says Martina Siegl, chairperson of the parish council on the diocesan homepage. In addition to the church, the Stuttgart architectural firm a+r also designed three other buildings for the parish, which house a social centre, a day-care centre for children and flats for senior citizens. The inauguration of the social facilities is to follow next spring.

Bishop Fürst welcomed the development of the neighbourhood. It also stands for a changed understanding of the church. The old and the new should complement each other in the congregation. For example, the parish has integrated its Jesus on the Cross, a statue of the Virgin Mary and the old tabernacle into the new church. 


Cathcon:  Characteristic of modernists- complete lack of any aesthetic sense.


P. O'Brien said…
Fürst should be last.

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