Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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Those plans for Ballaghadereen are saved only because the articulation of the sanctuary and the lateral chapels is so dictated by the architecture that it is impossible to ‘open them out’ as seems to be the current fashion. At present, the cathedral looks like a very dull late 19thC church (from the photographs), so a ‘refurbishment’ is not unjustified. The new movable (?) altar arrangement is pedestrian and, apart from the cathedra, nothing else says anything that this is other than a bigger parish church. There is no space for the chapter (if there is one), nor for any sense of the diocesan clergy gathering ’round’ the bishop on special liturgical occasions; as usual, an opportunity missed.