Your attention is urgently needed.
Last year, St. John Cantius in Chicago ascended the brackets to be Numero Uno in the Church Madness tourney.
This year we see that the last surviving churches are the Institute of Christ the King’s Oratory in St. Louis, Missouri…
…and St. James in Louisville, KY….
Last year, I made the argument that what happens inside the church, liturgically, must be taken into consideration in determining its beauty.
I think we know what goes on at the Institute Church in St. Louis.
QUAERITUR: What goes on in St. James in Kentucky?
A trip to the website show me that at St. James they have a “Children’s Liturgy” (FAIL!), and that that post online which priest is scheduled for which Mass (FAIL!). It is hard to find their Mass schedule (FAIL!). They call most of their Masses “liturgies” (FAIL!).
Furthermore, you can see in their photo, above, that they have unspeakable things in their church, things which grate the very eyeball which which we are asked to gaze. They have twisted their pews and they have in a prominent, visually unavoidable location … I can hardly bring myself to say it… a PIANO!
No. No, a thousand times no. This is infra dignitatem and St. James will not receive my vote. This is the sort of place that would have altar girls. No. No. No.
The rest of the building, as beautiful as it is, is not enough to outweigh these defects.
What happens in the building counts for a great deal.
As of now the results are…
To VOTE for the St. Francis go…
For even thinking about voting for St. James go… HERE. And then…
GO TO CONFESSION!
UPDATE 7 April:
The contest is officially closed. They haven’t announced the winner yet, but the situation looks to be well in hand.