Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Iconoclasm and Liturgy

See the article Iconoclasm and Liturgy, recently translated from the German, describing the roots of the iconoclasm in the Church since the 1960s:
In 1968, the congregation of St. Raphael’s parish, in which the endowers of the altars still lived, was told that the Marmon altars were “controversial”. The date should be noted, an axial year, as Karl Jaspers would have it: student revolts in Germany, France, in the United States; the beginning of the Chinese Cultural Revolution with millions of dead, with its iconoclasm, the devastation of temples and artistic treasures, and the year of the liturgical reform. These events are interrelated, even if they appear not to be. Future historiography will have no choice but to see a connection here.
The author, Martin Mosebach, here tells about the artistic destruction of a simple parish church: first the mosaics were plastered over, and then the altars and the liturgy itself were destroyed, leading to the ruination of souls.

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