Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ONE OF THE REASONS SO MANY CATHOLICS LEFT THEIR PARISHES IN DISGUST IS WHAT PRIESTS DID TO THEIR BEAUTIFUL PARISH CHURCHES IN THE 1970'S!

There are many reasons why the Church has dissipated in attendance in Mass over the years since Vatican II. Certainly the upheaval of reckless reform through iconoclastic preaching and behavior by priests and religious has to account for a large part of that. In fact it would account for the largest part and the poor leadership that was given.

Humanae Vitae accounts for an insignificant part of that loss, although progressive iconoclasts prepared a progressive laity for the let-down of Humanae Vitae in the lives of laity leading them to think that the Church's moral doctrines based on Scripture and natural law would be changed. (I fear there will be another let-down caused by the same aging progressive cabal as it concerns some of the silly things they think will occur on Pope Francis watch and of course won't.)

But back to iconoclastic  "wreckovations" of churches, euphemistically called "renovations."  Many church buildings today through the wise leadership of pastors who listen to the pain of parishioners whose beautiful churches were destroyed by unthinking, iconoclastic priests in the 1960's and 70's are restoring these churches back to their beauty. One such church is in Brooklyn, New York.

Take a look at what it was prior to the iconoclasm that was forced on it by dictatorial progressives:

Now, look at what dictatorial, iconoclastic pastors did to it all in the name of the false spirit of Vatican II! It is enough to make me sick and want to cry. Can you image how simple Catholics of that parish must have felt and the anger they must have experienced at the ruination of their once beautiful Church? I wonder how many left in disgust?
And now a new priest, sensitive to the needs and desires of his parishioners for the church to be restored is doing it. It will look like this one day soon:
And here are a couple of videos telling you of their wonderful "reform of the reform" of their once beautiful church made ugly as sin by dictatorial, iconoclastic priests in the fake spirit of Vatican II:

The first video has a wonderful iconoclastic moment of the original iconoclasm! It is delicious! However, and evidently, a deceased Sister of Mercy designed this travesty foisted upon this Church in the 1970's and she evidently gets revenge on the priest who is spearheading the restoration. This part of the video, which should be on America's Funniest Home Videos is at the end and it is truly funny!

This video tells the rest of the story of iconoclasm to restored, reform of the reform, icon!




20 comments:

FrJBS said...

The long process of recovery from invasion and pillage continues. I would say what happened here and elsewhere in the Latin Church was even worse than the iconoclasm of the ancient world, since not just images but whole interiors were torn down and discarded for the sake of Modernism. Thanks be to God there's hope for recovery from this sort of sacrilege.

Robert Kumpel said...

I honestly don't know what's worse, the visual and emotional damage done to Catholics who liked their churches just the way they were or the needless expense of this barbaric destruction. I've witnessed many beautiful churches transformed into existential palaces of nothingness and it is terribly depressing. Every Catholic should be armed with Michael Rose's excellent book, The Renovation Manipulation.

John said...

Women are often accused of unnecessarily redecorating, moving the furniture around. It is probably unjust to single out the fair sex for such criticism. Some men are known to like to rearrange furniture also.

It is my suspicion the re-decorators are unhappy with themselves, their surroundings and what they represent. The high altars must be demolished because if it remains it begs the question: Why we have turned our backs on it?

On the whole, the new ugliness in architecture is symbolic of what is felt internally: a confusion about who we are, who God is for us, and uncertainty or a radically new idea about what building is for.

Gene said...

Art and architecture are outer reflections of an inner condition. Frightening, no?

quicumquevult said...

This is, really and truly, wonderful, and it makes me hopeful that more wreckovated churches might be restored. The de-wreckovation—similarly colossal—of St. Mary's in Fennimore, WI was recently completed also.

Additionally, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu is undergoing significant restoration right now. At some point in the 90s, I believe it was, the cathedral was badly wrecked (and it made me sad every time I was inside it). The high altar and Tabernacle were covered by a screen, a table altar was placed in the center of the church, and the pews were made to face inward toward each other and toward said altar. But now, thank God, the pews are being arranged correctly once again, the altar will go up front, and the screen covering the high altar will come down. I don't know how trustworthy this is, but there are rumors that plans exist to have the Extraordinary Form offered once the renovation is complete. It's possible Bishop Silva (Honolulu's bishop) will himself offer it, since he knows how to, but hey, they are just rumors.

Anonymous said...

So if your church architecture is archaic, cold, unwelcoming, cluttered, .....?

Aloysius Gonzaga said...

Glory to God in the highest! I feel so happy for that parish. This story made my day.

Joseph Johnson said...

Anonymous,
I suppose you find the post-Conciliar CRAP that is, thankfully, being torn down is "up-to-date", "warm", "welcoming" and "uncluttered"? Geeez!

Anonymous said...

"Art and architecture are outer reflections of an inner condition.


If your church is "archaic, cold, unwelcoming, cluttered..."

Joseph Johnson said...

I can't imagine why anyone in their right mind would want an "inner condition" that reflects the ugliness of what was done to that church after the Council . . .

Gene said...

Anonymous, You don't know much about architecture, do you…or theology…LOL!

Anonymous said...

Gene - They are your words...

rcg said...

Fund Raiser Idea: Let people pay $100 for five minutes with a sledge hammer and those weird old Sco-fi demi arches. They could pay for the new altar rail...

Joseph Johnson said...

Weird old Sci-fi demi arches as "outer reflections of an inner condition" . . . I'm sorry, my "inner condition" is that I feel out of place in the weird old Sci-fi church of Star Trek/Lost in Space modernism. Give me an old unwreckovated pre-Conciliar church building where I can attend the ROMAN Rite (in either form)--not a church that looks like the Jupiter II or the Starship Enterprise!

Church buildings and rites should reflect traditional beliefs and piety and should not be a deliberate and studied attempt to remake a 2,000 year old Church.

quicumquevult said...

"Church buildings and rites should reflect traditional beliefs and piety and should not be a deliberate and studied attempt to remake a 2,000 year old Church."

Spot on, sir. I wish more understood this.

Joe Potillor said...

Old > new

The catechism of beauty attracts because beauty points towards Beauty Himself.

Henry said...

The worst example in the universe:

http://www.stmarysrockledge.org/church-and-grounds/

And, believe it or not, it's here on earth.

Scroll down to the last photo--of the "Beam me up, Scottie" Eucharistic chapel. I'd almost be afraid to go in there.

George said...

The church structure should inspire us with reverence and thoughts of the Grandeur and Majesty of God. It should complement an inform the Liturgy and even be in a certain sense liturgical itself.
When looking at ancient Cathedrals, one can get the sense that the bricks, wood mortar and glass which were combined into an impressive structure, together represent praise from the creature to the Creator.
How sad that in too many cases in our modern church buildings this is not the case.

Anonymous said...

George, not everyone is inspired by the same thing(s).

Joseph Johnson said...

Am I the only one who thinks (and thought back then) that when these wreckovations were done back in the 70's that those in charge were just testing us to see if we'd still come to church if beautiful works of art were replaced by ugly, plain, modernistic Sci-fi-inspired crap?

I can just imagine them saying, "we're getting rid of all these treasures that past generations sacrificed to build and we're going to destroy all that stuff (to make it harder to go back) and replace it with this plain cheap looking stuff just to emphasize that we're a "poor" church and to see if you will still come to Mass..."