Tuesday, August 31, 2010

FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

I know, I know, this isn't a vestment.  But I run the place so I get to break the rules once in a while.  And since it is as horrible an example of ecclesiastical bad taste as I've ever seen since, well, the post just below this one, I couldn't pass this up.

Anyone care to hazard a guess as to what this is?

(1) An example of that 1970's trend that was going to revolutionize the entire Christian religion.  The roller-disco chapel.

(2) What the Ordained BarbieTM Church Set looks like(only $49.95).

(3) Matthew Fox's rumpus room.

(4) The place where the first openly-homosexual bishop in the Episcopal Church was to be consecrated until Gene Robinson had the good taste to take one look at it and forcefully tell Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold, "Are you people insane?!  Frank, I refuse to be photographed in front of that monstrosity, never mind consecrated there!"

(5) The sanctuary where the ceremony of the beatification of John Newman will be performed in Britain.

Answer here.

35 comments:

Beneath the Firmament said...

God, that's sick!

Zio Rico said...

Time for a Kubrick Coronation.

Anonymous said...

As much as I wish it is any of 1-4 I know it just has to be 5. That is the ugliest papal altar I have ever seen, but it is from the British, so not totally shocked.

Middle Pew said...

My initial thought was 'Oh Dear!', but actually, it's growing on me. It is a simple design, and could be very impressive if it 'works' on the day. It seems to highlight the altar well, and the Pope will be very visible too. I just hope they do something about that slogan off to the right, something involving many gallons of white paint.

Nârwen said...

Middle Pew-
The 'slogan' is "Heart Speaks to Heart"- a translation of the to-be-Blessed's cardinatial motto "Cor ad cor loquitur" . (It's a quote from the writings of St. Francis de Sales. ) It's the one thing I'd keep, since it is actually related to the occasion. That said, I think in would look classier in Latin. And in red letters. With a good reproduction of the Cardinal's arms beneath it.

Anonymous said...

This photo has been showered with ridicule at Catholic blogs I frequent.

My personal interpretation is that the design reflects the concerns of papal security. They want a clear shot at Richard Dawkins as he charges, howling with rage, up the steps toward the Holy Father...

Lancaster Bomber said...

according to Yahoo! News the Pope will 'perform' Mass so that will be why the Sanctuary looks like a huge stage for some pop act...

Fr. John said...

annonymous said,'but it is from the British, so not totally shocked.'

What exactly does being British have to do with this ugly thing?
Westminster Abbey is British, YorkMinster is British...your statement makes no sense whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

I should have been more specific in my comments about it being British, I apologize. That was definitely an unfair characterization on my part. When I saw that West Minster and all of the other beautiful churches in Britain somehow escaped my mind and I immediately though that it was ugly just like Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

I was tired when I posted it and not thinking clearly...I apologize if I offended anyone.

Ben Vallejo said...

It looks like someone sawed off one of the airport concourses either in Hong Kong or in Bangkok!

Fr. John said...

It is rubbish, I do hope they alter the plans before building something.

.....CLIFFORD said...

I said it elsewhere, but once again:

As a licensed architect, let me say this in the most professional, constructive way possible - Yeccccch. That thing says 'holy sanctuary' the same way a '74 Pinto says 'Born To Run'. The canopy looks like a giant Mars robot built by a bunch of MIT geeks, complete with articulating legs and a flip-up parabolic radio antenna. It only needs a few JPL stickers on the side to complete the composition.

Pastor Schuster said...

My lovely wife astutely points out that the whole thing is eerily reminiscent of the look acheived in the Seinfeld episode in which Kramer salvaged the set for the Merv Griffin show from a dumpster and reassembled the pieces in his apartment.

margaretkiaora said...

Someone left the door open in the 'Fridge in a Bishops Palace .

Paul Woodrum said...

A site truly worthy of the Roman Pontiff in England. May it soon join the dust of Newman and his long-time male love, Ambrose St. John. Oh, that's right, they didn't find any remnants in their common grave.

Nârwen said...

Mr. Johnson, do you have any troll repellant spray ? IMHO, that last comment could use a dose...

George said...

It looks more like one of the popular "Worship Centers" I have seen springing up, but not a Catholic church, and CERTAINLY! not one worthy of a leader of the Oxford Movement before his conversion to Rome. Hideous.

Joe said...

Baptist mega-church + Roman Catholicism = Star Trek?

Fr. Yousuf said...

I had to look up Paul Woodrum. I wasn't sure if he was a follower of Ian Paisley, some sort of eccentric Integralist or what. Turns out he is TEC. I have long thought a certain strain of the TEC left was becoming quite fundamentalist.

Fr Yousuf Rassam
Tarzana CA

http://frjakestopstheworld.blogspot.com/2007/01/paul-woodrum-because-it-is-right.html

Paul Woodrum said...

A troll? A left-wing fundamentalist? LOL

TEC? Check!

But enough about me. Perhaps we could return to commenting on Mr. Johnson's amusing offerings and skip the pop psychoanalysis.

Fr. Yousuf said...

Paul,

"enough about me" LOL

If you didn't want to draw attention to yourself, you wouldn't have posted like that, and we all know it.
That maybe is psychoanalysis.

What wasn't psychoanalysis was that your post could have been made, with no changes whatsoever, by certain kinds of "right wing" fundamentalists. I really wasn't sure which type of wing nut you were (are), and found out, the link I posted was the first that came up. I have long thought that once the bigoted notion that only the right can be arrogant, narrow-minded, intolerant, and dogmatic is exposed, discourse will improve for all: so I decided to point which intolerance you represented.

In the course of which, I had to give your post the attention it craves, but doesn't deserve, and for that I apologize to all.

Fr Yousuf Rassam

Cantor Nikolaos said...

I hope God in his mercy will strike that place with lightning and cause it to burn down.

liturgy said...

Just mentioned this & your site on http://badvestments.blogspot.com/2010/08/fortress-of-solitude.html

Blessings

Paul Woodrum said...

If a passion for justice makes one a left wing nut fundamentalist, guilty. Or, Rev, you just been watching too much Fox.

Now, could we get back to that hemi, demi, semi igloo for the cool Bishop of Rome?

FrZ+ said...

At a time when many Anglo-Catholics are considering Rome as a refuge from the Anglican liberal far-left and the (equally Anglican) evangelical far right*, here we have proof positive that the holy John Newman erred in leaving Anglo-Catholicism for Rome. Anglo-Catholicism may fall far short of perfection (Romans 3.23), but at least has maintained certain esthetic standards. Look at the liturgy... Anglo-Catholics use a translation from the Latin done when Shakespeare was writing; Rome (and the 'modern' Anglican versions) use translations created when it was the BeeGees.

*Galileo was right! At least in TEC, if you go far enough left or far enough right you meet in the middle somewhere, narrow-minded and completely sure that only you know God's will. The earth is round!

Spiny Pig said...

I though that was the Millennium Lavatory - AKA the Church of God the Father, in Rome, which is (how can I put it ?) a sort of collision between Sydney Opera House & a *very large* public convenience.

The clinical white surfaces - for showing where the pee has gone so it can be cleaned up - are identical.

Apparently the Vicariate of Rome,the commissioners of that carbuncle on the face of the Roman Church, were under the impression that a Church w/ a single cross, no crucifix, and a rather airport-y feel was in the finest traditions of ecclesiastical architecture.

STM it's taking sacred secularity a step too far.

http://www.romeartlover.it/Contarch.html

Steve Hayes said...

I envisage them installing his relics in in an air-contitioning unit, so that he can turn in his grave like a ventilator fan.

Anonymous said...

Bishop's conference...who knows? Read the comments.

Anonymous said...

Option 4 is just LOL-worthy!

Anonymous said...

tacky, tacky, tacky. Looks like Barbarella's command center.

Paul Rodden said...

You missed this one! :)

http://tinyurl.com/5t74tcm

Rev. Allen Yount said...

"Open hailing frequencies to God, Mr. Warf."

Rev. Allen Yount said...

Oops. That should be Mr. *Worf *

diddleymaz said...

It was very nice in real life, much better than the picture and the mass was wonderful..I was there.

Ellie Finlay said...

Truly hideous.