(L)ast weekend the Bishop of Charleston consecrated our beautiful new church. Built in the Romanesque style, the church makes a clear statement about the beauty, truth and goodness of our two-thousand-year Catholic traditions in art, architecture, music and liturgy.
Many people (Catholics included) here in America’s Bible belt have never seen a church like this.
With a nineteenth-century hand-painted crucifix in the style of thirteenth-century master Duccio, with a collection of 47 stained-glass windows salvaged from a church in Massachusetts, and with other salvaged artwork as well as commissions by contemporary artists and designers, everyone’s first words about the church are, “It’s beautiful!”
Indeed. Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote, “Beauty will save the world.” What did he mean by that? Why did the people of a small parish in South Carolina take the trouble and go to the expense of building a beautiful church?
We did so for several reasons.