Those popes who bear the name, "Pius," are the greatest guardians of the Church against heresy. This blog is a watchdog for modernism in the Church. In reality, outside this blog, the members of the board temper their criticisms and opinions with prudence and charity so as to help souls in their journey towards Christ. But sometimes, for the sake of their own sanity, the authors of this blog just need to blow off some steam. The result is Totus Pius.

20 June 2007

Fr Brankin on the Cult of Ugliness

As everyone well knows, We have a hatred of hideous ecclesiastical architecture - hence our newly instituted ministry. Ma Beck posted the following excerpt from Fr. Anthony Brankin on her blog this yesterday.

Now, you might think that at least on Sunday you could be rescued from all of this visual and spiritual ugliness by going to church; but ugliness is there, too, for chances are that your church has already been despoiled by modern Catholic barbarians who haven't even the artistic sense of the Unitarians who sit on your towns' historic preservation boards.

The modernists will already have removed the tabernacle to a closet and the crucifix to the rectory basement. They will have torn up the sanctuary and torn down the shrines; and they will have done their expensive best to ruin whatever vision of spiritual loveliness the first parishioners and the first architect possessed. But, again, you are so used to it by now that what they have done to your church in the name of reform barely registers anymore in your minds - at least not until you have to confront what they have also done to the Mass - ever-perky, ever-childish, ever-changing, ever-boring, ever-therapeutic, until you are no longer sure who should be more embarrassed, you for still being there or the liturgists who invented it all.

No, the cult of ugliness is so pervasive, so all around us, in every nook and cranny of our lives, that we stand the risk at every moment of missing it, of no longer being able to see it or even be repelled by it. -Father Anthony Brankin

Fr. Brankin brings out a very good point in noting "they will have done their expensive best to ruin whatever vision of spiritual loveliness the first parishioners and the first architect possessed." If any of our current readers remember last year's scuffle over architecture, they may also remember that among the points brought up against our rants against ugly churches was the claim "churches are ugly because the congregation has no money to beautify them." While this is true in a few cases, we know all too well that many churches have undergone extensive renovations which cost exorbitant sums of money. You can not tell us that the wretched results are due to lack of funding. We'll post some examples of this later.


Ma Beck said...

You can read the entire talk Father Brankin gave here.
I wish more priests were like him - unafraid to call a spade a spade or a horrifically ugly church a horrifically ugly church.

Papa Sanctus Pius V said...


Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley said...

Yes, and to whom has the money been paid?

I have a suspicion...wheels within wheels.