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Quotes Side by Side: Is Less More?

“Less is more.” — Modernist architect Mies van der Rohe, early 20th century. “Less is a bore.” — Postmodernist architect Robert Venturi, mid 20th century. “The man who said that ‘less is more’ is also saying that nothing is the… Continue Reading →

A Tale of Two Chapels

There’s been some interest on CMR this week regarding the two new collegiate chapels being built in the United States right now. They provide the kind of comparison which is very instructive. One remains quite close to the inherited classical… Continue Reading →

Why I Won’t Join the Church of Matt

Here’s the thing. I remember when I was a kid a new development was being built and the houses were modern. To a 12 year old, they were really cool. I remember asking my mother if we could move there…. Continue Reading →

Flashback: Benedictine Arrangement Variation

I visited home for Thanksgiving and ran across the copyright 1974 children’s hand missal I was given when I received my first Holy Communion in 1976. I hadn’t seen it in years, and after all the talk about the “Benedictine”… Continue Reading →

Vatican Official: More Modernist Art Needed in Churches

The London newspaper, the Independent, reports that Monsignor Gianfranco Ravasi, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, claims that the Church “is searching for rich patrons to sponsor works in new houses of worship designed by cutting-edge architects.” The… Continue Reading →

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