Re: Re: reordering and destruction of irish cathedrals – St Colmans Cathedral, Cobh

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Thanks to P. Clerkin for his mention (#454) of the opposition of parishioners to the proposed “renovations” at the Church of the Immaculate in Guelph, Ontario. The article provided is most interesting, as it draws attention to one of the major figures involved in the destruction of churches in N. America, Fr Richard Vosko. Vosko has his own website at where his projects may be examined. He also provides his “philosophy” which I quote:


Where we worship shapes our prayer and how we pray shapes the way in which we live. Using metaphorical equations to design the worship arena my hope in any project is that the congregation will be transfigured by the very space it is helping to create or transform. I believe that places for worship become sacred when the celebrations of life-cycle events occur there. In this sense the building is designed primarily to house the assembly and its worship of God. It is not an object of devotion by itself nor is it a temple to honor the deity. The fundamental blueprint for the building is found in the memories and hopes of the community. This is why participation of the congregation in the building or renovation journey is extremely important.

The time honored ingredients of a worthy place for worship include stories of faith, pilgrimage pathways, transforming thresholds, intimate settings for personal prayer, art work that prompts works of justice and seating plans that engage the community in the public rituals. To evoke a sense of the sacred the building must be designed with attention to detail, scale, proportion, materials, color, illumination and acoustics. All art and furnishings must be of the highest caliber afforded by the community. Sensitivity to ecological and economical factors cannot be overlooked.

Memory and imagination are the main tools in any worship space project.

I think mention of “worship arena” and the rejection of the notion of the church building as sacred in itself are very indicative of the very strange notions of liturgy behind a lot of Vosko’s highly influential work. Worthy of note too is the fact that Vosko’s description does not mention anything to do with Christianity – his “worship arenas” would suit any deity. Surely anything to do with church building requires an underlying Theology, rather than a philosophy.
In any case, the “philosophy” summarised here says it all!:mad:

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