Tee Pee Churches

Fr Ray posts about dreary modern churches.

If you’re interested in an article I wrote for Touchstone Magazine on this issue link here.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05810707774675254803 phbrown

    The wigwam movement is far from universal, however—partly, I think, for the reasons you cite. One local example is the fairly new church at Prince of Peace in Taylors, SC; it’s perhaps not quite traditional in form, but the architecture is clearly intended to function theologically. The building as a whole has a strong vertical sense; there’s a strong horizontal movement from the baptismal font at the door to the altar; and even the slightly odd taper to the side walls has the effect of focusing the room in towards the altar. Even closer to me, the plans for the new sanctuary at St. Paul the Apostle in Spartanburg are plans for a building that is unmistakably a Catholic church. I don’t know that those plans are beyond criticism, and certainly we’ll see what actually gets built in the end—but nobody is going to confuse it with a wigwam.Peace,–Peter

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13749134457209322067 Judge373

    Great article, Father…you really hit the nail on the head.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    Peter, I think the tide is turning. There are lots of great new churches being built.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06692665750427668367 thomas

    What counts as new? On a Catholic scale, I’d say the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (1907) is new.