For today’s feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Fr. Dwight Longenecker posts about a “theology of church architecture.” This bit got my attention:

Part of this pattern is the fact that the floor plan is linear–not round. Linear indicates a Christian theology of life. We are on a journey from A to Z from Alpha to Omega, from Baptism to Heaven. Round worship spaces are pagan and reflect a pagan belief in endless cycles of being etc etc.

In the 80s and 90s, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati couldn’t build saucer- or fan-shaped churches fast enough.

And disgraced former bishop Matthew Clark of Rochester did his best to “round-out” the cathedral by placing his butcher’s-block altar in the middle of the church.

Plummeting membership numbers have obviated both tendencies.

Read the rest of Fr. Longenecker’s post here.

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