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Quick post: Theological Reasoning Behind Traditional Church Architecture July 13, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Art and Architecture, Dallas Diocese, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, paganism, scandals, secularism, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.

In the Church, there is a reason for everything. Inspired by Grace, holy men and women in the Church developed almost every practice, act, or structure you can imagine with deep theological significance.  Given that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the Source and Summit of our glorious Faith, it makes eminent sense that the structure in which the Mass takes place would be of sublime meaning, with significance in even the smallest detail. Indeed, it was long so, prior to the rejection of traditional liturgical piety en masse and its substitution with a modernist academic construct  in its place.  Thus, most modern Church architecture is not only ugly and unfulfilling, it is unfortunately not only disordered but even antithetical to the right understanding and practice of the Faith.

I pray you find the sermon below on the theological basis for classic or traditional Church architecture edifying!  The priest also explores the modern derangement of Church architecture as representative of a different and hostile theology from that which was handed onto us, or at least to the preceding generation.  I am gratified that the priest notes that the primary misunderstanding behind the theological errors that lead to ugly, modernist churches is an improper understanding of what the Church is.  To someone of a collectivist, modernist mindset, the Church is simply the people of God, and the Mass is simply their getting together, and thus human concerns, like being able to see each other or putting everyone on the same level, should predominate.  But the Church is not just the people of God, it is also the Mystical Body of Christ and His vessel on earth for salvation, and the Mass is the Holy Sacrifice of Calvary re-presented.

These are the prime factors that drive hideous church design, that, and what I feel has to be at least a tacit desire to besmirch, belittle, and/or undermine the Faith in a very passive aggressive manner.

I have been in several of the churches depicted in the video,both good and bad!  Of the latter, I recognize the Cistercian chapel in Irving and St.Peter’s in Boerne, TX, where I had a scandalous experience about 10 years ago.



1. Tim - July 14, 2015

The finest I’ve ever been to:

We’ve had the privilege of going here twice with Michael Matt’s Remnant tour. If you ever get the chance….go!!!!

2. Baseballmom - July 14, 2015

Wow. Learned much from this. A dear priest friend made me a huge jug of holy water years ago…. Going to be using it more often….

3. skeinster - July 14, 2015

The Cistercian chapel or the Abbey church? Didn’t recognize the latter. I did see a familiar structure at 7:20…

Tantumblogo - July 14, 2015

Maybe the abbey church. Looked like it to me. I know some folks like it and I guess it is very Cistercian but I’ve never favored such cold, hard church architecture.

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