|Cathedral of St Helena; Helena Montana. (1908-1914)|
One of the finest neo Gothic churches in America
In 2010 I presented a paper on one aspect of this question at "A Living Presence" conference at Catholic University of America: namely, the place of the domus ecclesiae (the 'house church') in ancient Christian and mid-century modern church design.
I am grateful that a version of that paper was recently published in Sacred Architecture Journal as Domus Dei, Quae Est Ecclesia Dei Vivi: The Myth of the Domus Ecclesiae
What recent examples of Catholic church architecture really move you to help pray the Mass better?
Does your own parish church assist you in this, or does it need to be remodeled or improved?
Do you like simpler, plainer, more community oriented, and more functional churches, or more beautiful, richer, symbolic, and traditional churches?
Do churches really need to be one or the other, or can we find an architecture that speaks to both the contemporary world and the traditions of the Catholic faith?