It is without doubt the loss of the High Altar that so destroyed the interior of the Pro-Cathedral.
You have the great line of Doric columns marching into the distance, building up the tension and heightening expectation, then they powerfully sweep around at the western end, terminating the vista by enclosing.......well.......nothing.
It's such a let down.
The mind boggles how such drastic alterations could be carried out at any time, even the 1970s, and that they be permitted by so many people, not least the church's own congregation. Was there any disquiet at the time Praxiteles do you know?
The altar rails look magnificent too - so befitting of a classically inspired church
One niggly thing that's always annoyed me about the Pro is the little circles with gold crosses painted on them half-way up every column. They look finicky and inappropriate, an unnecessary detail so typical of Catholic churches - features that are for the most part appealing in a strange way - but here they detract from the power and drama of the columns, especially around the sanctuary.
It is the bold architecture of the Pro-Cathedral that makes it what it is - there is no need for applied decoration.