Cleansing Fire

Defending Truth and Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church

Trending to Traditional

June 7th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

Frome the National Catholic Register

New churches and renovations are going old school.

by Anthony Flott


… beginning about 20 to 25 years after Vatican II, Stroik said, laypeople and younger clergy started to question modernism and began asking for “churches that look like churches.”

The trend, he said, is “almost only in the Catholic world” and is driven “by a sacramental sense that Catholics have and an inherent understanding that churches should be beautiful because they reflect the Creator.”

That means rejecting radically sloped floors, auditorium seating in the round, a “big-box-church type of mentality” and other fare of modern architecture that Anthony mentions. Instead, Stroik said, clients are seeking “beauty, verticality and traditional iconography.”

“There are those who want simple elegance and others who believe in rich colors and decoration,” Stroik said. “Both are part of our …

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2 Responses to “Trending to Traditional”

  1. Bruce says:

    I love this trend, and I hope it is permanent.

  2. Raymond Rice says:

    Tell this to the monks at the Abbey of the Genesee!!!

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