Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Wreckovation
Another Bad Fruit of Vat II

It was bad enough when the Vatican II modernists stopped building churches as “houses of God” with towers and spires that reached toward heaven and began constructing ugly buildings for their “faith communities.” Not satisfied with that, they started wasting more of their parishioners’ hard-earned money “wreckovating” the existing churches. Sadly, too many of these modernists were more than happy to join in plans to strip away the pre-Vatican II beauty of these sacred edifices. (Yeah, eliminate that vertical dimension of worship and bring in your flat ol’ horizontal, “see how great we are” version.) Case in point, Bishop (gag) Rembert (I-never-saw-a-male-package-I-didn’t-like) Weakland’s disgraceful vandalism of St. John’s cathedral in Milwaukee.

Well, recently, I had occasion to attend Mass at an old church that looked like a church from the outside. High on the walls, beautiful stained glassed windows memorialized a dozen or more saints. Inside, the magnificent high altar still stood alone and forlorn at the front of the sanctuary. Flanking it on either side were the pipes of a giant organ where, no doubt, Gregorian chant was once played. (There was none during my visit.) A simple altar now stood at the foot of the altar, spitting distance from the front pew.
I know with the attempted Protestantization of the Catholic Church by the Vat II hijackers, giant wading pools are being installed as baptismal fonts, but this was the first time I had ever seen pews torn out of the very center of the church to accommodate one of these fonts. Well, given the continuing decline in attendance at the “New Mass,” they probably don’t need the seating.

4 Comments:

Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

Right on FAB!

Weaklend did a lot of damage to the Millwaukee Arch. and though Dolan is a major step in the right direction it will take a long time before the Weaklend effect is erased.

Your posting on churches with wonderful outsides and gutted reminded me of a church I researched once. The history section of their website describes the sacking of the Church with glee, each multi million dollar renovation further profaned the Holy.

"The church underwent major renovations. The pulpit and much of the ornateness was removed. The ceiling paintings of The Madonna and other figures were covered and a side exit was installed."

Thats right, hide the Virgin Marry and put in another exit so people can sneak out after communion!

"Work on the Parish Hall progressed 113-year-old hand-carved altars and communion rail was removed, and new pews were installed. Portions of the school were rented out in the early 1970s with CCD classes being held there at night. The convent's ground floor was renovated to accommodate the parish administration offices. The original convent was re-opened as The Thrift Shop in the mid 1970s."

Sick.

"The altar and pulpit were brought out into the body of the church, with pews surrounding on the sides."

From bad to worse.

Great post though man!

12:22 AM  
Blogger prevat2 said...

The entire post-Vatican II era reminds one of the present day Vatican. Beautiful on the outside, but empty within.

Dear Lord, when will we return to Tradition? May Pope Benedict XVI move quickly, or has he forgotten what he talked about so often as Cardinal Ratzinger? He now is the man with "the Keys." Therefore, start swinging them, and end this 40 year horror!

8:57 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Fortunately, there is also a movement to undo the damage done. Henry Hardinge Menzies has done quite a bit towards this end.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Dave, that's great news. Other than FFSP or SSPX trying to buy some of the churches or at least the statues, windows, candle holders, altar railings, and even altars from the wrockovated churches, I wasn't aware such a movement was afoot. Praise God!

2:14 AM  

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