15 March 2011

Yikes! What is it?


It's happened to most of us.  A well-meaning friend gives us some objet d'art, and you have to spend lots of time and effort trying to figure out how not to hurt their feelings.  Those with no scruples re-gift such things, and let somebody else worry about it.

It looks as though the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has a similar problem.  The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have ear-marked a building for use by the Ordinariate.  St. Anne's, a now-closed Catholic Church on Laxton Street near King's Cross in London, has to be (by every objective standard) one of the ugliest buildings ever designed for public worship.

Dear Lord, what were the bishops thinking when they came up with this idea?