The photos below which I got from Rorate Caeli are from the Augustinian church in Würzburg, Germany. The first is how the Church looked prior to World War II. Obviously it is Baroque in architecture and decorations in this picture (or maybe Rococo, I can't remember the difference). The Second picture is how the Church looked in the 1970's after a major renovation that took out the Baroque and substituted Puritanical simplicity. The third renovation just completed and costing over 1.7 million euros which is well over $2 million, is nothing more than a Masonic meeting hall in design. It is the place where the Holy Supper is celebrated and takes its theology from the 1970's which I describe so well in my article on Albany, Georgia's renovation of St. Teresa Church in 1980.
The last picture is art work that hangs in front of and thus hides a piece of art that actually goes with the Church. Talk about vandalism of a Church and her liturgy!
Martin Luther who began the Protestant Reformation and was an Augustinian Monk would probably be turning in Purgatory if not hell realizing that the Augustinians have become Masons.
Keep in mind that this is from Germany whose Bishops own the most profit producing publishing company in all of Germany that also produces pornography! This is what the bishops finally decided to do after the story went worldwide and the pope rebuked the German bishops:
AUGSBURG, Germany, November 23, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – After a decade of complaints by lay Catholics, and a public rebuke from the Pope himself, Germany’s bishops have reportedly decided to sell WELTBILD – the lucrative book publishing company that was recently outed by mainstream media for carrying some 2,500 pornographic titles.
“We can’t make money all week long with something we condemn from the pulpit on Sunday,” said Cardinal Joachim Meissner of Cologne, according to Deutsche Welle.
My comments: Really, Cardinal Meissner!? And you wonder why the German bishops allowed the selling of porn for well over ten years? Look at what they allow in the Liturgy and in Church renovations below and you'll understand!
I'm not a fan of Baroque as I think it is too fussy and busy, but I respect it for its time, place and as a part of legitimate art history. The Church prior to the 1970 renovation:
John Calvin and John Knox would be pleased. This is what the Puritans did to the Church during the 1970's revolution:
This is what the European Masons did to the Church and just recently believe it or not, although it looks like the 1970's. Yikes!
A contemporary painting ("The Heavenly Jerusalem") now covers the painting over the high altar. The latter depicts the Battle of Lepanto and is the only painting in the church that was saved from the flames of World War II. You can see the painting behind this "artwork" in the first two pictures above!