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Excerpts: Beautiful Evidencenext

   Interior, Basilica of Santa Sabina, Rome

   Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

quoteFor so many, the world of image and meaning associated with the old-school Catholic tradition has simply faded from memory. But what a beautiful world it was.


The Catholic love affair with beauty started when it could, in the fourth century, after Christianity ceased to be an outlaw sect. From that point on, Christians could own property and build buildings, which they did with great flair.


The Catholic passion for rich and complex sacred space was still going strong sixteen hundred years later in the urban immigrant churches in Chicago.