Are modern churches ugly?
For the Vicariate and cardinals as Gianfranco Ravasi, Minister of Culture of the Holy See, the churches built during the last twenty years in the suburbs of Rome are “conference rooms, similar to sports halls, brutalized and vulgar spaces …”.
The last famous person to jump on the bandwagon of criticism was the Director of the Vatican Museums and Superintendent of the artistic heritage of the Holy See, who, during the presentation of the book “Churches in the Roman suburbs”, published by Electa, said, “Churches? Parishes? At the most we can talk about exhibition spaces, environments that do not call for prayer or meditation” and continued with” Nothing to do with the baroque churches that for centuries have been speaking of Christian faith with visible tabernacles, domes, icons, images of life of the Church that help pastors in their catechesis. Even the Orthodox churches of Russia perform to the tasks of formation and catechesis ”
It’s nice to discover that the Vatican has noticed the new sacred buildings, rather than representing the divine, appear to represent a new deity “Saint Apartment block Administrator.”
New churchs most resembls the buildings of the suburbs than divine and sacred places.