Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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onq: . . . . as for equating special clothes (vestments?) and ‘setting oneself apart’ (as one having a special function) with paganism, well that is pat on the head time.
Sorry johnglas, that was: Get your own case study . . . onq is my patient
On the Altar rail issue, I don’t think anyone can claim that altar rails actually created a barrier between the congregation and the celebrants as you’d sometimes get the impression from reading Vatican 2 discussions.
There was a period – before the Counter Reformation – when the congregation was litterally separated from the business end of the church by the device of the Rood Screen, but that was all done away with at the Council of Trent, as far as I know.
Praxiteles will be able to tell us not only the date of the critical council meeting, but also who voted for it . . . and post photographs of the building in which they met. 🙂