Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pet Peeves

Catholic churches historically have been the most beautiful and lovingly designed buildings built, but there are annoyances. But rather than just complaining, I plan to do something about it, at least in my imagination. Here are some associations for the betterment of church aesthetics!

Mothers Against Depressing Dark Gray Paint. A society opposed to the use of Battleship Gray in church interiors.

Harry Potter Fans and Harry Potter Detractors United Against Ugly Power Lines. A political action committee concerned with the fact that it is often impossible to photograph church exteriors without power lines marring the view.

International Society for the Gothicization/Classicization/Byzantination of Electrical Junction Boxes, Loudspeakers, Light Switches, and Fire Sprinklers. An organization that asks "How would Virtruvius design an illuminated exit sign?"

Priests for Lighting. An association dedicated to judicious selection and use of lighting fixtures and bulbs, and especially encouraging good natural lighting.

Penitential Archconfraternity of Building Code Inspectors. A guild of remorseful inspectors, sorry for imposing rules that have ruined beautiful churches.


  1. I like the Priests for Lighting one. On a side note, you should check out the new St. Clare Church built over here in O'Fallon/Shiloh, IL. It just opened a few weeks ago and I have yet to get inside, but from the outside and the descriptions in the Messenger, it appears to be a fairly traditional looking church. Of course it can never equal the beauty of the old St. Clare Church, but it is definitely a step in the right direction for the construction of new Catholic Churches.

  2. I dunno. Church looks far better than most new ones, but what are the altar girls with streamers doing?