Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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For all the jesting, there is here an implied ‘seniority’ relating to those nearest the altar as distinct from the proper hierarchy of clergy and laity defined by the existing architecture. If this proper distinction is muddied then one arrives at a point where things like altar rails are offensive and a ‘fuedal’ barrier. At present there is an equality in the faithful gathered in the nave outside the sanctuary, there is no sense in which sitting at the front is better qualitatively than half way down or at the back. The rails encourage people of all sorts rub shoulders in a posture of humility.
Anyway, I thought Catholics fought for the seats at the back, not he front.