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American Catholics and the Church of TomorrowBuilding Churches for the Future, 1925-1975$
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Catherine R. Osborne

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226561028

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226561165.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.219) Conclusion
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American Catholics and the Church of Tomorrow
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Catherine R. Osborne

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226561165.003.0008

The conclusion notes that while many mid-twentieth-century American Catholics tried to predict the future of church architecture, their record is poor: they would not have imagined the re-emergence of neohistoricist church architecture, yet that movement now once again dominates American Catholic architecture. The conclusion suggests that it is nevertheless worth returning to examine the ecclesiology advanced through mid-century arguments for architectural futurism; suggestions for worship space were fundamentally theological and political suggestions, not "merely" about aesthetics.

Keywords:   space and place theory, Vatican II, ecclesiology, liturgical movement

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