The older I get the more convinced I become that the beauty of our churches and the corresponding beauty, accessibility and transcendence of our Liturgy, the more our Catholic faith will be strengthened and we will overcome the many cultural obstacles that are being placed before us from outside and from within the Church. In fact what Pope Benedict said recently on his trip to Fatima, that the problem in the Church today comes from within can be applied not just to the mismanagement of errant clergy who sexually abused children, but from the gross mismanagement and misinterpretation of the Second Vatican Council in all of its documents and specifically in Sacrosanctum Concilium, the document on the Liturgy. As well, there was mismanagement from within as it concerns the implementation of the post-conciliar documents of the Liturgy and what happened to music and architecture of the Church. But we can and will recover and the reform of the reform is on the cutting edge of this recovery!
The photos below are of The Archbishop of Westminster, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, who celebrated the Ordinary Form of the Mass at the famous London Oratory Church for this occasion.
Keep in mind this is an Ordinary Form Mass in the splendor of an Extraordinary Form Church. Was there really any need with the reform of the EF Mass to reconfigure our traditional churches in the most hideous way and then celebrate the reformed Mass in the most hideous way, thus obscuring the splendor of Christ and who we are as Christ's Holy Body? I think not. Can you imagine the money that could have been saved, the time and energy that might not have been wasted and all the controversy and parish schisms that could have been avoided if we had just left our Church interior architecture alone and designed new Church in the noble way in which our heritage handed liturgical architecture to us?
I think that the OF Mass celebrated in a church like this, at an altar like this and in a solemn and dignified way like this would have brought about the "new springtime" for the Church that so many had desired after Vatican II, but something went radically wrong and we are paying the price today.