Saturday, July 11, 2020


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Other Modern: Church of Our Lady, Help of Christians in Gliwice-Sośnica, Poland

The Church of Our Lady, Help of Christians in Gliwice-Sośnica, Poland presents us with yet another example in our Other Modern considerations. As is often the case with Other Modern, the church utilizes rectangular and square shapes but done in a way which is consonant with the tradition, in this case the tradition of the Romanesque and the Roman basilica.

Photo credit: Adrian Tync


Anonymous said...

Concerned and confused. Comments please?

From the Associated Press, July 10:
“The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.
The Church’s haul may have reached — or even exceeded — $3.5 billion, making a global religious institution with more than a billion followers among the biggest winners in the U.S. government’s pandemic relief efforts...”

the Egyptian said...

Yes Anon and the bishops ought to be ashamed of themselves, however that does not reflect on the regular parish priest, I have resigned my self to the fact the the USCCB is corrupt

now to the church, well done, this and art deco done well is quite pleasing, but lookie lookie a PULPIT, bout time puts more emphasis on the sermon as separate from the mass, at least in my humble opinion

Anonymous said...

Truly beautiful..... Wonderful balance of the old and modern.The Church is located in the South of Poland according to my husband. That is my only complaint because it's too far for us to visit when we go see family.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

The USCCB is not "corrupt." The bishops need not be "ashamed." The Paycheck Protection Program funds have been used to pay employees.

WASHINGTON – Following the publication of a national news story on Catholic churches receiving loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued the following statement in response:

“The Catholic Church is the largest non-governmental supplier of social services in the United States. Each year, our parishes, schools and ministries serve millions of people in need, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. The novel coronavirus only intensified the needs of the people we serve and the demand for our ministries. The loans we applied for enabled our essential ministries to continue to function in a time of national emergency.

“In addition, shutdown orders and economic fallout associated with the virus have affected everyone, including the thousands of Catholic ministries -- churches, schools, healthcare and social services -- that employ about 1 million people in the United States. These loans have been an essential lifeline to keep hundreds of thousands of employees on payroll, ensure families maintain their health insurance, and enable lay workers to continue serving their brothers and sisters during this crisis.

“The Paycheck Protection Program was designed to protect the jobs of Americans from all walks of life, regardless of whether they work for for-profit or non-profit employers, faith-based or secular.

“Despite all of this, more than 100 Catholic schools have announced that they plan to close, with hundreds more facing an uncertain future. Businesses, hospitals, schools, and churches all across the country are facing many of the exact same problems.

“We will continue advocating for everyone negatively affected by this terrible pandemic, praying for all the sick, for all who have died and are in mourning, and especially the poor and vulnerable at this time of great need.”

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Reading a headline without getting the facts is a bad idea.

Among the notable recipients are:

The law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, whose chairman David Boies has represented powerful clients such as former Vice President Al Gore in the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court case, received between $5 million and $10 million.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s family’s business, Foremost Maritime, got a loan valued at between $350,000 and $1 million. Chao is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Perdue Inc., a trucking company co-founded by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, was approved for $150,000 to $350,000 in loan money. A spokesperson for the Agriculture Department said Perdue Inc., a trucking service, said the loan was for about $182,000 and supported 27 jobs. Perdue’s adult children are 99% stakeholders in a trust that indirectly owns the company, and the secretary did not have any influence on the SBA’s loan decisions or the company’s decision to apply for aid, the spokesperson said.

Restaurant chains P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and Chop’t received aid of between $5 million and $10 million.

TGI Fridays, which is backed by private equity firm TriArtisan Capital Advisors, received at least $5 million. The private equity firm tried to take the restaurant chain public in a deal with a special purpose vehicle, but that was terminated in April amid market volatility due to the pandemic.

The Archdiocese of New York got a loan valued at between $5 million and $10 million, while the Catholic Charities of the Archdioceses of San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Boston, among others, all received assistance valued at more than $2 million.

The Ayn Rand Institute, named for the objectivist writer cited as an influence on libertarian thought, was approved for $350,000 to $ 1 million.

Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in New Jersey, which is named after Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner’s grandfather, got a loan in the range of $1 million to $2 million. Jared Kushner’s parents’ family foundation supports the school, NBC News reported.

Niche movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse received a loan of at least $5 million. Theaters have been closed while new film releases have been delayed or pushed to streaming platforms.

Numerous news organizations received PPP loans: Forbes Media got at least $5 million; The Washington Times got at least $1 million; The Washingtonian got at least $350,000; The Daily Caller received at least $350,000 and The Daily Caller News Foundation got at least $150,000; The American Prospect received at least $150,000.

Political organizations also received loans: The Ohio Democratic Party got at least $150,000 and the Florida Democratic Party Building Fund got at least $350,000, while the Women’s National Republican Club of New York got at least $350,000, the Black Republican Caucus in Florida got at least $150,000.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

At this link you can "read all about I" instead of making rash judgments about the USCCB - or any other group that received PPP funds for that matter.

Anonymous said...

Bravo Father Kavanaugh! 👏 Can always count on you to check the facts!

TJM said...

The proof is in the pudding. Someone needs to determine if the funds were used to make payroll. If that is the case, if the funds were used to pay employees, then it should not matter which organization received them. The purpose was to provide a safety net to employees.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I asked for comments and I sure did get them. Appreciate it.
BTW, I did read the whole article, not just the headline (:

Anon 5:54 pm

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

How did this post get derailed? Funds were for employees in our diocese and paid not to the parish but, if used otherwise, crucifixion is the answer. All funds were channeled through the company that manages our payroll diocesan wide and issues checks or direct deposit to employees.

TJM said...

Well, just from the photograph, it appears very much to be a Catholic Church. In many respects it resembles many Catholic Churches I have been in which were designed and constructed on the eve of the Council. It is simple, but pleasing to the eye, in my opinion.

Fr. Michael Kavanaugh said...

How did this post get derailed? Look at the post by Anon on July 11 at 5:54.

Anon 5:54 - The AP article presents a very skewed account. For example: "The Archdiocese of New York, for example, received 15 loans worth at least $28 million just for its top executive offices. Its iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue was approved for at least $1 million."

Sounds ominous,nefarious, greedy doesn't it?

"Top executive offices" sounds like the PPP went to top executives. Those offices employ hundreds of non-top executives from janitors to doormen to secretaries to administrative assistancs to building engineers who keep the heat and AC running, the toilets flusing, and the lights working. Their payroll was protected by the program.

The same is true for St. Patricks Cathedral. Security guards get paid, the maintenace crew gets paid, the folks who guide tours get paid, and maybe even the priests employed at the Cathedral get payroll protection.

Some folks, like Egyptian, see "Catholic Bishops" or ""USCCB" in a headline and instantly, like Pavlov's dogs, jump on what they see as a chance to malign the Bishops. This behavior is sinful.

Big Nose said...

Hmmm, we wondered why Dolan and Gomez inappropriately pandered to Trump during that infamous electioneering phone call while the rest of the bishops on the line remained silent? Well, I guess this explains their motivation. Don’t get me wrong, religious bodies should have the same access to covid crisis bail-out funds just like secular and business organisations... but I bet the bishops knew that if they spoke up more forcefully then spiteful Trump would reverse their good fortunes and without access to the funds. In other words, they sold out!

ByzRC said...

I like this type of architecture. Everything is in its expected place without the gingerbread of the prior generation which, to me, is fine. Also, and to me, the fixtures added after the reforms makes for a cluttered look. I like the modern take on a pulpit - it would seem that the speaker would be easily seen and heard. Struggling to see the detail of the altar rail and the high altar.

Anonymous said...

I’m as traditional as they get and I really like this church! The TLM would fit perfectly here, high altar, six candle sticks, crucifix, central Tabernacle and communion rail works for me!

Anonympus said...

Big Nose,

The bishops sold out to Abortion King Obama long ago. Talk about spiteful, what about Obama’s war on the Little Sisters of the Poor?

Anonymous said...

President Trump is more Catholic than the Catholic bishops perfectly stated by Michael Voris at Church Militant and indeed he is, as Voris states Trump needs to convert to Roman Catholicism. Melania Trump born in Catholic Slovenia is more than likely a Roman Catholic and as Voris says has influenced Trump on many social issues, I believe as Voris states that Our Lady has chosen Trump to lead our Nation and to do battle against the Evil that is engulfing our country. Yes he is not perfect no one is as many Saints were not perfect but he is the only one standing up to the Communist onslaught taking place in our country led by the Democrat party. And by the way remember who and what the Black Lives Matter is: This terrorist party was founded by three Black "LESBIAN" and avowed Marxist-Leninist's whose goal is to destroy the nuclear family and Christianity and the ultimate take down of the USA! It never was about Black Lives but pure EVIL Communism and the destruction of the West.

Anonymous said...

Big Nose:

Google Dolan at the 2018 Met Gala that was an absolute disgrace. Our Cardinal pandering to half dresses celebrities pretending to celebrate the Catholic faith.

Anonymous said...

Church militant. Com May 8th 2018:

"The Archbishop of New York was " honored" to support a fashion exhibit that mocked Catholic beauty and the sacred, sponsored by million dollar diocesan donors.

He also joked about letting Rhianna borrow his miter for the occasion.

Anonymous said...

Cardinal Dolan also yucked it up with Abortion King Obama at the annual Al Smith Dinner. The propaganda value of that photo was priceless for the left.