Sunday, December 21, 2008

What is wrong with this picture?


Taken in a Rome chapel....

17 comments:

Alex said...

Answer: EVERYTHING!!!

Knock it down and start again.

Anonymous said...

ASre you sure it's not Protestant?

Horrible. It depicts the typical Vatican II chapel or church.

And we wonder why so few go to Mass, or so few pursue religious vocations.
I wouldn't. Not if I had to celebrate Mass with this.

Mark said...

It looks like a spaceship?

PeterHWright said...

What's wrong with it ??? Well, as Alex said, Everything !

If I had a fitted kitchen like this, I'd never use it.

And to Mark I would say : If spaceships are going to look like this, I'll take the bus !

qualcosa di bello said...

i go to rome to escape this stuff...

jcr385 said...

All of the above are good guesses, but I think the real problem is that there is actually (would you believe it!?!?) an icon over there in the corner! That should certainly be promptly removed - waaaaay too pious.

Rommel Lopez said...

Arch. Piero Marini would be ecstatic to see this! Throw in a few dancing Mahoney girls and you have the perfect setting for an oracle reading at what looks like a tabernacle. Go Mahoney!

alban said...

Reminds me of the Blessed Sacrament chapel at a Trappist monastery about 100k from where I presently live : tabernacle in the centre, standing crucifix, simple altar and an icon of the Virgin. No pink bummed Baroque cherubs, no damask, and no mountains of lace. The essentials in a way that can best be done by our beloved Christ-centred Trappists.

Actually, it looks like a few of the umbiquitous railway/bus terminal/airport terminal chapels that one sees in Italy and in parts of Iberia. It's functional and that's the point. Come to think of it, this chapel has much in keeping with the simplicity of the still extant chapels of the Celtic Church one finds in western Ireland.

Simplicity in church decor is not a new, post Vatican II, fad; those who think it is lack knowledge of liturgical history. Baroque is fine - splendid and riotously colourful - but is only one way Catholicism expresses itself; that's part of our Catholic glory.

Raphaela said...

Wrong question. What's right with it?

It would make an excellent airport check-in area, though.

Geoffrey said...

It looks like the chapel of the future... aboard a space ship or something!

Anonymous said...

That chapel is of the Office of Liturgy for the Diocese of Rome. Not in Rome, but in the Vatican! It's also used by the auxiliary bishops of Rome. In the Lateran palace.

David said...

This is not just simple. It is bizzare. And notice it puts word and sacrament on an equal footing which is just plain wrong. I still haven't figured out how the celebrant faces on that little bench.

This is the chapel of the auxiliary bishops of Rome? Egads!!!

P.S. I'll bet it also has the air conditioning turned up too high.

Dymphna said...

Looks like the restroom on a train.

Joe Frances said...

Ok, John, what's the answer?

Anonymous said...

What's wrong? Why, the pad for the transponder beam is missing.

Forget the pews (ew!!): just use giant blocks of ice. In a "chapel" like this, I'm sure they'd never melt.

fr. A.R. said...

apart from the altar set aside, it is all sooooo cold and sharp.
brrrr.

Anonymous said...

Amen, everyone -- looks way too industrial and very uncomfortable and uninviting. Brrr, indeed!