Modern Church Aesthetics: Back to the Future

  Note: This article is part of a continuing series on Catholicism and art. A common complaint about modern churches is that they look like “warehouses”—bare, soulless barns rather than houses of worship.  Such a style of architecture, many feel, renders the religious experience banal and devoid of transcendence.  Many Catholics attribute this style to the influence […]


God’s Architect

For a while now, I’ve wanted to write about the vocation of the laity because—despite the best efforts of the Second Vatican Council, as well as a great many Popes and saints—it remains widely misunderstood. Many Catholics have the mistaken notion that the laity can get away with not being as holy as priests or […]

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The Basilica of the National Shrine and the Universality of the Church

I was in Washington D.C. two weeks ago and I was able to spend some time (not enough, though) in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. If Catholic art is meant to make visible the invisible truths of our faith, then the Basilica does a superb job of making our belief […]


Eucharistic Art

Scattered across the Southern landscape are hundreds, if not thousands, of small (and not so small) churches. What strikes the non-Southerner as most odd is that they are all so alike with their bare brick walls and white roofs and cross-less steeples. It is as if they had been mass-produced, as if there were a […]