Saturday, February 1, 2014

The newest Novus Ordo temple in Boston Archdiocese

Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is [administered] either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude [of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.

-Saint Ignatius of Antioch, First Century A.D.


I begin with this very important quote from Saint Ignatius on his feast day to put the following in perspective: most recent disturbing news item that took place last Sunday in the Boston Archdiocese. This one involves one of my professional topics: architecture.

More specifically, Cardinal O'Malley dedicated the newest Novus Ordo temple, named for Saint Bonaventure in Plymouth. (Click here for the photo gallery, and view at your own risk!)

The only religious item that is orthodox is the crucifix, and that's it. If you look at the photos, they pretty much show the Novus Ordo "Dedication of a Church and Altar," altar girls, and a bunch of pagan-looking rituals instead of the solemn Consecration that a church building of Sacred Tradition would undergo. The Blessed Sacrament is of to the side on a pedestal.

When Saint Ignatius means "a proper Eucharist," he means the received and approved rites of the Church that began at the Last Supper in the Upper Room. As Tradition holds it, the First Christians offered what is called the Traditional Latin Mass, albeit in the catacombs because Christianity was illegal in the Ancient Roman Empire until 313.  

In terms of "the bishop shall appear," this means a bishop who says the "proper Eucharist" (i.e. the Traditional Latin Mass). Neither Cardinal O'Malley nor one of his auxiliary bishops have offered the Traditional Latin Mass here, same with most of the presbyters. So therefore, the Archdiocese of Boston is mission territory.

Clearly, the architects of this church building did a lousy job on the interior sanctuary. Instead of hiring architects who design traditional buildings, the Archdiocese will often go to the modernist who will botch a job like this for generations to come.

Speaking of modernist architects, I was forced out of my architecture school because of my traditional-minded design philosophies, so I am on a fundraising crusade to help start a classical architecture school in the Boston area. For more info and/or donate, please click here.

I would never, ever design a church building in a modernist style, ever! 

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