Thursday, May 31, 2007

The New Architecture of a Cathedral


Construction begins on the new Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland California. Note the Vesica Pisces shaped roof, which has both a pagan and Christian history of use. The Cathedral will house a book store complete with coffee shop. I can't help but wonder, will this be where the cafeteria Catholics hang out?

14 comments:

Benedicat said...

How utterly banal.

Give me this any day:

http://icrsp.com/Evenements-2006/Ordinations-2006/Premieres-messes/images/P7058749.jpg

Anita Moore said...

It looks like either a goat's eye or a football.

Whatever happened to the good, old-fashioned cruciform church?

Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley said...

Now who is Bishop out there...?

AquinaSavio: said...

That's what I was wondering...Mahoney perhaps?

Feathered Friends said...

it looks like a smoke stack, or one of those nuclear stacks. how tacky!!

Ray from MN said...

The Bishop there is Alan Vigneron who is rated highly by Catholic Answers and is reputed to have a Spine.

What is wrong with those people in California?

Karin said...

You know at first glance and granted it was a quick glance it looks like a part of the "female" anatomy...sorry :(

Karin said...

"The Bishop there is Alan Vigneron who is rated highly by Catholic Answers and is reputed to have a Spine."

I dont hold CA too high on knowing what is or is not "Catholic"....sorry once again :(

paramedicgirl said...

Karin, interesting you noted that, because that is part of the pagan history of the symbol.

Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley said...

Well I am glad you said that Karin, because that is what I thought too but decided best to keep it to myself.

Shirley said...

You couldn't pay me to go to Mass there. I'd walk 40 miles in a blizzard to find a real church before going there. Fortunately I usually live in small communities that have older, normal churches.

Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

Yuck!

Don't place all of the responsiblity for this on Vigneron. The planning was completed and paid for under his predecessor. (Though, I wish he would have torn up the plans, told them to start over, and to give him the plans for a CHURCH not a rector cooling tower.

the filthy augustinian said...

Uh oh, look out Rick Warren, there's some new competition in the State!!!

Ok, seriously, I got nauseated when I saw the...lol...uhm, yeah. *cough cough*

Not all Californians are crazy, btw...just the majority. ;)

the filthy augustinian said...

Uh oh, look out Rick Warren, there's some new competition in the State!!!

Ok, seriously, I got nauseated when I saw the...lol...uhm, yeah. *cough cough*

Not all Californians are crazy, btw...just the majority. ;)