Apologies lack of updates and for delay in uploading videos. Our video man won’t arrive home til tonight, hopefully he can start uploading to YouTube ASAP from then on…
Sunday went v. well. Around 50ppl attended, although some of them were different people from those who attended on Saturday.
Missa Cantata was followed by the renewal of the Consecration of the SSPX to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, first done by Abp.Lefebvre in 1984, and which Bishop Fellay will no longer renew.
After lunch, some further messsages of support sent to the organisers were read out. One from the Carmelites of Brilon Wald promising their prayers for the success of the conference and for the Resistance in our country. Another from Fr. Patrick Girouard, in which he announced that he had now set up a Resistance priory and chapel in Canada.
Fr. Kramer gave an excellent talk regarding Fatima and the mystery of iniquity, and ended by comprehensively showing the folly and error of claiming that the New Mass was “legitimately promulgated”.
Fr. Pfeiffer raised and then answered many common objections to the Resistance put forward by Menzingen’s apparatchiks. (Fr. complained about the lack of hecklers and said that he had to perform that role himself!)
An open Q&A session concluded the proceedings.
Everyone present was of one mind regarding the current crisis in the SSPX, and my own impression is that everyone spoken to seemed to say they could no longer in conscience attend the SSPX, things being as they are. The practical result is that a resistance Mass centre in London is now a permanent fixture. Expect further announcements.
Heartfelt thanks go to all those who kept us in their prayers.
What is the purpose of art? The purpose of art is to produce beauty which will raise one’s thoughts to God. Architecture is one form of art with many examples which meet this criterion.
The March/April 2013 issue of The Angelus contains an article entitled “Ecclesiastical Architecture” which presents an overview of Catholic architecture. The article gives a brief history of architectural designs from the 5th to the 20th century. Key features of each design are mentioned in an objective fashion; no one design is given preference.
Within the discussion of the 19th and 20th centuries, one church is singled out – the chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp designed by the Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier. The author describes the chapel as “one of the most important examples of twentieth-century religious architecture”. Three photographs are included, showing an asymmetrical building that looks like a mushroom with a silo.
In architecture, as in all other forms of art, the created work is meant to raise one’s thoughts to God. For example, the height and depth of the Baroque cathedrals demonstrate how this can be done. By including the chapel of Notre Dame du Haut on the list of good examples, this article has the audacity to claim that this chapel fits the criterion of good Catholic art. The implication is that we should accept this type of art and learn from it.
To see photos of this chapel, view this link. As an aside, try to find the tabernacle. I could not.
Consider also this quote from the architect noted on the website: “Here we will build a monument dedicated to nature and we will make it our lives’ purpose.” Since when is a Catholic church dedicated to nature?
Further, the issue of The Angelus is dedicated as ‘A Catholic Primer on Art”. It is intended to instruct the reader on Catholic art. This article should come with a warning of what not to accept as true Catholic art.
Instead, the article serves as an example demonstrating that the SSPX has accepted modernist ideas.