This despicable image and the report of the papal visit to NYC have inspired us to proclaim the opening of the Totus Pius "The Bad and the Ugly" Photo Contest - a look at structures that must be anathamatized.
You are to email photos of your favorite (or least favorite, as the case may be) churches and chapels to us at firstname.lastname@example.org . You are required to included the name and location of the church.
Each week we will then select the best submissions and post them on this site.
Churches of all denominations will be accepted, though higher ranking will go to those which are Catholic. Both interior and exterior shots will be considered.
Though each image will ultimately be critiqued for its own uniqueness, in order to establish some firm base of comparison, we have devised a scale of rank which is as follows:
- Catholic - 3 points
- Episcopalian or Lutheran - 2 points
- Other denominations - 1 point
- Date of construction
- pre-1940 - 3 points
- 1940-1962 - 2 points
- post-1962 - 1 point
- Location of Our Lord
- front and center - 0 points
- off to the side - 2 points
- hiding in a corner or side chapel - 3 points
- Protestant Church, so He's wasn't home to start with - 0 points
- stripped sanctuary - 6 points
- removal of confessionals - 5 points
- relocated/recycled confessionals - 3 points
- removal of altar rail - 3 points
- recycled altar rail - 1 point
- whitewashed walls
- over murals/frescos - 7 points
- over geometric/floral/other design - 5 points
- over unknown - 3 points
- removal of stained glass (presuming the original stained glass was nice)
- replacement with clear - 5 points
- replacement with new stained - 3 points
The current scale is based largely on what is commonly seen and expected - the higher the score, the worse the church. But bad and ugly is the point of this contest.
More point categories may be added at our discretion. We are also open to the suggestions of the faithful.