For the last forty years the Church has been experiencing an iconclastic movement that claims to be working in the "spirit" of Vatican II.
This movement has succeeded in removing countless treasures from churches and in building edifices that bear more likeness to community centers than to churches.
Until now there has been very little written to combat this movement, even from official Church sources.
Mr. Schloeder's book is the most comprehensive and thoughtful study of the theology and implementation of Catholic Architecture since Vatican II. This
book presents a study of all aspects of church architecture from the floorplan to the choir to the crucifix.
Mr. Schloeder spends a great deal of time explaining the actual documents of Vatican II and subsequent documents that have a bearing on art and architecture,
separating the authoritative from the questionable with great clarity.
One of the most interesting parts of the book is the section devoted to orientation.
The author explains how the Western Church has lost its sense of being part of something cosmic, resulting in the loss of the sense that there
is anything beyond the immediate assembly. The author proposes
that reviving the ancient practice of all members of the congregation and the clergy facing East
and the orientation of churches to the East would help the Church to regain a sense of being part of the
The book is written in a clear, approachable style which makes the theology and history of Church architecture
accessible to everyone. Over two hundred pictures serve to illustrate the author's thoughts. If your parish is planning on renovating
or building a new church, we recommend that everyone who cares about the process read this book and avoid the mistakes still being made today in modern church design.