Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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The reason for insisting on the demolition of churches is that this is the canonical means by which a church loses its sacred character. The removal of the walls is the same as the removal of its consecration. See Pietro Gasparri’s de Sanctissima Eucharistia published in Paris in 1897 on this subject.
Praxiteles regards this policy as excessive and short sighted. What may be a depopulated part of a city not requiring a church to-day, may well be tomorrow’s fashionable icon of urban regeneration requiring a church or worse left without one.
Indeed, the various conservation conventions stress the importance of the use and function for which a building was built. In teh case of churches, where one religious order, for exmple the Franciscans or Jesuits in Limerick, no longer require a church, then they should seek to give it to one of the more flourishing younger religious orders – in Limerick, one could think of the Friars of the Atonement, for example, who up to recently had no chapel.