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By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 16, 2006

Ever walked into one of those churches that looked Gothic on the outside but inside appeared to be arranged for a contemporary dance-theater troupe? Vosko'd. And, should you happen to be unenthusiastic about the changes, keep in mind that it's Doctor Richard Vosko to you, pal.

He's a genius. He consults for Cardinal Mahony. And he's having no back-chat from the proles. Whence I'm shocked to see that Gerald Augustinus has ventured to enter a demurral (go here, and here) at what he calls Vosko's "antiseptic, pseudo feng shui-meets-Pottery-Barn style." Does Augustinus know whom he has dared criticize? Has he forgotten that, as church, we are a gathered community of praise?

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  • Posted by: Quadratus - Mar. 17, 2006 6:21 PM ET USA

    Well, more, again, from the "spirit of Vatican II".

  • Posted by: - Mar. 17, 2006 8:50 AM ET USA

    Ab. Weakland's costly 'legacy' to the Milwaukee Archdiocese is till being felt here - and will be for a long time... If Ab. Dolan had any gumption he would have moved his cathedra to St. Josaphat's Basilica until St. John's could be restored to Catholicity. Frankly, I wish I were in Lincoln, Nebraska...or St. Louis...or Denver...or Baker, Oregon...

  • Posted by: Eleazar - Mar. 17, 2006 7:14 AM ET USA

    Could I please be permitted to add "neo-pagan" to "antiseptic, pseudo feng shui-meets-Pottery-Barn style?"

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 17, 2006 12:40 AM ET USA

    I pray every day to Our Lady of the Perpetual Bulldozer (Fatima Division) to send a CAT with a decent caterpillar drive.

  • Posted by: shrink - Mar. 16, 2006 11:18 PM ET USA

    Augustinus: welcome aboard! An astute observation on the Pottery-barns. I must say, you turn an interesting phrase in your post: "that Vosko was Weakland's and Mahony's man." Hmmm, there may be more there than... To my main point: The interior photos of the table in the round really jumped out, reminding me of Ptolemy's old geocentric universe, but in the case of Weakland, Mahoney and the rest, it's the "Me-O-Centric"

  • Posted by: Coemgen - Mar. 16, 2006 6:05 PM ET USA

    I met a seminary prof. from Milwaukee this weekend. He extoled the beauty of the "reconstruction." Very proud it was done "despite the yammering of those conservative nuts." I mentioned that I found baroque and gothic architecture quite beautifull; a gift to us from generations of those who came before us. It stood the test of time, which most modern architecture won't. His response: oh... then you probably wouldn't like our Cathedral. His last words to me for the rest of the dinner.

  • Posted by: Coemgen - Mar. 16, 2006 5:56 PM ET USA

    Hmmm... perhaps these Voskonian works explain the liberal/progressive procilivity to support gay sex and abortion. If the birth rate is kept low enough it reduces the chance that the person designated by God to repair such "reconstruction" work will not be born. My biggest surprise upon viewing the Milwaukee Cathedral virtual tour is that Weakman... I'm sorry, Weakland... didn't have as big a statue as Pope John XXIII. Such humility!

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 16, 2006 5:50 PM ET USA

    Herr Doctor is a fan of Theodore Adorno, no?

  • Posted by: sparch - Mar. 16, 2006 5:49 PM ET USA

    It would be interesting to know if this designer was a product of Father Gil's architectural classes that were offered through the Chicago Theological Union. I considered going until I found some disturbing backround information. The CTU scares the hell out of me!

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Mar. 16, 2006 3:55 PM ET USA

    Vosko's barbaric demolitions and constructs will someday rank high up there with Stalin's famed skyscrapers that pollute the Eastern European cities, the Lego high rises in America, and Mao's scores of palaces that were shaped and built like pillboxes. When a man lacks the integrity of humility that built the Gothic cathedrals with almost saintly anonymity, don't bet on seeing his works when 2100 rolls around.

  • Posted by: Sir William - Mar. 16, 2006 3:27 PM ET USA

    Gerald Augustinus, Don't apologize for being a 'rookie'. The reputation of an awful lot of 'long timers' ain't so hot lately!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 16, 2006 1:28 PM ET USA

    Since I am still a rookie Catholic, I didn't know all the connections, so it was quite interesting to discover that Vosko was Weakland's and Mahony's man.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 16, 2006 1:26 PM ET USA

    I know, I know, I really should respect altar-smashers more!

  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Mar. 16, 2006 1:18 PM ET USA

    "Such, in truth, is the audacity and the wrath employed everywhere in persecuting religion, in combating the dogmas of the faith, in brazen effort to uproot and destroy all relations between man and the Divinity! While, on the other hand, and this according to the same apostle is the distinguishing mark of Antichrist, man has with infinite temerity put himself in the place of God, raising himself above all that is called God..." St. Pius X (E Supremi, 10/4/1904).

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