Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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The Cobh saga now appears to be focusing on the altar and on the distance between the altar and the nave. The spokesmman for the Trustees has been rabbiting on again about reducing the distance between the altar and the congregation. He believes that this is something “required” by Vatican II liturgy. Clearly, he does not eother know or realize that the source of this idea in modern church architecture has nothing to do with the lirurgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council and a great deal to do with application of universal space to church architecture by Ruudolf Schwarz who spend much of the 1950s busily redefining christian iconography and symbolism. While successful in his efforts, they ended in one significant problem: inaccessibility. there is no use in assigning geometrical shapes to specific theological propositions unless those assignations are generally known and accepted universally. Poor Schwarz ended with aprivate language talking mostly to himself. Both the Cloyne diocesan spokesman, bishop McGhee, Brian McCuteheon and the great Professor Cathal O’Neill would do well reading Schwarz’s Kirchenbau which will immediately source the idea of communal aka universal space in church interiors. If some philantrophist might be persuaded to put copies of this book in the christmas stokings of the above, they might just stop telling us (incorrectly) that Vatican II came up with this idea or that Vatican II canonized Schwarz’s ideas – which it most definitely did not.