Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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The appeal decision has advanced the protection of our ecclesiastical architectural heritage and hopefully what remains of a great period in Irish architecture as well as Irish Catholicism will not (sic) [did you mean “now”?] be preserved and appreciated for what it is.
Should church architecture be preserved in a way that physically restricts liturgical change? In this particular case the decision happens to suit the liturgical conservatives. But what if a future Bishop of Kerry wanted to reorder St. Mary’s Cathedral and An Taisce insisted that the present layout of the sanctuary be preserved as one of the finest examples of late 20th century iconoclasm?
The appeal decision is a Pyrrhic victory. If you hand over control of the sanctuary to the secular authorities will you ever be able to take it back? The liturgical debate should be resolved within the church and should never be brought into the planning process.
FOSCC should support the Bishop’s right under the planning code to reorder the sanctuary in accordance the diocesan liturgical requirements. At the same time they should seek to influence those requirements by using the internal church procedures outlined by Dr. Kershaw.