As some of you may or may not know, I do like some contemporary church architecture, but certainly not all and I don't like every aspect of modern church architecture that I generally like.
Christ our Light Cathedral in Oakland and the Catholic Cathedral in San Francisco are two that I admire greatly. The Oakland Cathedral needs to be seen in person, pictures do not help sell it.
What you don't see in the pictures are the many different side chapels or shrines dedicated to various saints. These are wonder places to pray and for popular devotions. The San Francisco Cathedral is much more open and airy. It has out in the open side shrines for popular devotion too.
At any rate enjoy this article and tell me what you think:
Melbourne, Australia, Jan 21, 2015 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).
An upcoming symposium at
Australian Catholic University aims to study
the relationship of liturgy and architecture, and takes the Cathedral of
Christ the Light in Oakland as a model for church architecture.
“The symposium is about making architecture and art for Catholic
worship,” a Jan. 16 release of the Australian Catholic Bishops
Conference press office stated.
With the theme “God is in the
Detail,” The National Liturgical Architecture and Art Board (NLAAB) and
Australian Catholic University, Melbourne will host the symposium on the
“process of church design” at the ACU Melbourne campus Feb. 11–13,
The keynote addresses at the symposium will be delivered by
the architect and liturgist who were instrumental in the design and
inauguration of the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland,
California: Craig Hartman, of Skidmore Owings & Merrill in San
Francisco, and Fr. Paul Minnihan of the Diocese of Oakland.
Australian bishop’s press office described that the symposium is
intended for architects, artists, liturgists, clergy, teachers, church
design consultants, theologians, academics, researchers, diocesan
property officers, architecture and theology students, parishioners, and
members of other Catholic communities, and all who are interested in
church design today.
Organizers hope the symposium will
facilitate a conversation about the essential importance and
relationship between liturgy and architecture in both designing new
churches and redesigning existing churches.
Fr Stephen Hackett,
chair of the NLAAB, said the “Cathedral of Christ the Light is one of
the great contemporary works of sacred architecture, bringing together
tradition and innovation.”
Fr. Hackett added that “designed for
the liturgy, the Cathedral of Christ the Light will be a key focus and
point of reference during the symposium.”
Wilson of Adelaide endorsed the importance of the symposium, saying, “I
believe this is a very important moment for the whole Church in
Australia to increase its understanding and competency in liturgical
architecture and art.”
The event will also include the launch of
“And When Churches are to be built: Preparation, Planning and
Construction of Places of Worship,” a document of the Australian bishops
conference on sacred architecture. The document is being prepared for
publication by Liturgy Brisbane and is inspired by Sacrosanctum
concilium, Vatican II's constitution on the sacred liturgy.
Tom Elich, who was on the drafting committee of the document, stated,
“it will be invaluable for the Australian Church to have an accessible
reference document, which can be used by clergy, parish planning teams
“It collects together many ideas and principles
necessary not only for building new churches, but also for evaluating
and renovating existing liturgical spaces,” he said.
My Final Comment: I suspect this conference is kind of 1970's in scope and would like to turn traditional church architecture upside down. If so, it is ideological and narrow and does not take into account that we have moved from the narrow understanding of Liturgy prior to Summorum Pontificum to a more inclusive understanding which has ramification for church architecture and renovating exisiting buildings, especially those built in the 1970's.
If this conference is a throw back to 1970's liturgical sensibilities, stay far, far, far away from it.