Tuesday, April 14, 2009

What is wrong with this picture?


This photo was taken in a Rome church.

It utterly beggars the imagination that such a (consecrated?) altar exists, let alone in a Roman basilica.

What holds sway here? Any Italian art historian can point out the problem: "Tirchio."

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

NO wonder there's so few vocations in Italy, and why so few even bother to go to the Novus Ordo.

I wouldn't.

Sir Francis said...

It's a clever design, because if you don't wish to see it, you can look right through it.

Fr. Jay Toborowsky said...

It reminds me of the 70s TV show, Wonder Woman, and the transparent plane she used to fly.

Anonymous said...

What exactly is on the front of the altar?

Ottaviani said...

Hey - at least it's glass and easier to smash up, when the proper high altar will be used permanently.

(Provided it has no altar relics - which it doesn't by the looks of it)

Anonymous said...

Everything! It drives a man to swear!

Volpius Leonius said...

It's not even a good glass table either.

Rae said...

Wow, that is pretty ugly. I am sure that there was some thought behind it, but I wonder whether even the designers like it now.

Anonymous said...

the altars in lourdes are each more ugly than the last the most recent placed in the convent where st bernadette was taught is perspex

TRUTH AND FAITH said...

God, I hope this is the altar rail.... NOT THE ALTAR... with no relics and marble in sight...