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Take the quiz! Modernist church or communist building?! November 12, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, fun, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the return.

I scored 8/10.  You simply must take this fun if depressingly revealing quiz at ChurchPop, which site I know nothing about but I love the quiz!  A few samples:



Some of the buildings in the quiz are not Catholic, but some are.  I think I’m giving you a cheat.

And those Catholic churches in the quiz are hardly rare examples:

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It is absolutely NO accident that Stalinist brutalism, resplendent (if that is the right word) of modernist errors and almost always iconoclastic with regard to traditional Church art, was for quite some time the dominant form of architecture in the Church, and elements remain in almost every church built even today.  We know that the modernists have tried to foist a new religion on the Church in the post-conciliar period, well, nothing better represents the aspirations and core principles of a people better than its architecture.  All of these structures are to my mind completely obscene and undermine, in a most underhanded but destructive manner, proper instillation of Lex Orandi Lex Credendi Lex Vivendi.

In many ways (or all?), these structures are overt attacks on traditional Catholic piety.  You could even say they are a form of persecution. They speak of a different religion from that which was handed onto the mid-20th century.  They also speak to me of dominant left-wing influence in the Church.  The similarities between communist architectural grotesqueries and many churches built since the 1940s are too many to be coincidental.  Ever been to Eastern Europe?  You will know what I mean in a heartbeat.

Thankfully, aside from some disastrous cathedrals, few Catholic churches built in the US today are this obviously representative of a competing, hostile religion.  But that hardly indicates they are adequate or ideal.


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2. TG - November 12, 2014

I scored 8 out 10.

3. richardmalcolm1564 - November 12, 2014

I don’t think you’re even being fair to Stalin, who at least insisted on classical idiom derived designs for his public architecture (albeit often megalomaniacal in scale), much like Hitler, in fact. Indeed, Le Corbusier wrote him a very bitter letter when Stalin picked a classical design for the Palace of the Soviets over Corbusier’s brutalist proposal.

Now, some of the Balkan Communist regimes were much more keen on brutalism….

4. c matt - November 12, 2014

I got six out of ten, but only because I assumed those with bells were churches. If not, then I would likely have scored 5 of 10 under the laws of probability.

5. Baseballmom - November 12, 2014

I got a ten out of ten!!!!!! Seriously!!!!! Should I be proud?? Or totally depressed?????

6. J Rebecca - November 13, 2014

Eight out of ten. Those buildings are atrocious.

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