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Holy Architecture – A WSJ Article

March 20, 2010

Here’s another Facebook find. A lovely article about beautifully designed new churches here in the USA.

Though its documents say nothing about abandoning traditional Roman Catholic architecture, the “spirit” of the Second Vatican Council has served as justification for doing precisely that. Hence, for example, the Catholic cathedrals in Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif., erected during the past decade—the one a concrete behemoth, the other a glazed, truncated cone. Is ersatz-traditional schlock the only alternative?

The answer is no, as two new churches designed by Duncan Stroik, a 48-year-old, Yale-educated professor at Notre Dame’s architecture school, powerfully attest. As a designer, lecturer and founding editor of the journal Sacred Architecture, Mr. Stroik has labored long and hard to reconnect Catholic artistic patronage with its ancient heritage.

Article continued here.

The architect’s page is here: Duncan Stroik

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  1. March 22, 2010 5:02 pm

    Small world…I was reading parts of this article to my wife this weekend. And the week before, I got this book in the mail, which also examines catholic church architecture:

    http://www.amazon.com/Catholic-Church-Architecture-Spirit-Liturgy/dp/1595250271/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269291654&sr=1-3

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