When I visited Rome in 1991, this was my favorite of the four major basilicas. I went on and on to The Wife about it. Alas. Problem number one: the rose window, installed in 1995:

Hey, look, it’s the cover from Today’s Missal! But leaving aside my own personal private assessment of the window’s particular aesthetic merit, I don’t think there’s anybody who still retains the use of at least one eye who can argue that this particular window looks anything but wildly out of place in this particular church:

I just don’t get it.


  1. Why, it is Today’s Missal!

    The buliding committee was probably headed by THAT guy, you know the one… He asks everyone else what they are ordering at dinner and keeps sending the waiter away because he can’t decide—Old or new architecture, Dude, Decide!!

    Funny confession…When I typed Missal the first time, I spelled it “Missile.” Hee Hee.

  2. Matthew,

    You might as well give your pain a name: look up the word “grimthorping” – and it kind of gets at what happened to your church.



  3. Cubeland Mystic says

    Ya know what’s missing? Hammer and sickle. More hammer and sickle, and you’re cooking.

    I wonder what your friend Poussin would think of the window?

  4. Cover of Today’s Missal! Exactly!!!

  5. I know this web site provides quality dependent articles or reviews and extra data, is there
    any other website which offers these information in quality?

  6. If you wish for to increase your familiarity simply keep visiting
    this web page and be updated with the hottest news posted here.

Speak Your Mind