I've heard mixed reviews about the architecture of the cathedral, and quite frankly, it's a little hard for me to get a good impression of it by looking at blueprints. Here are several pictures of the cathedral. Hopefully someone with a better eye for this sort of thing can tell me if this looks like a well-constructed, theologically-appropriate building (yes, church architecture does project the philosophy and theology of the builders). Click on each image for a larger view.
One thing I notice is that the pews seem to come around the altar area too much, (yes, "altar area" is the technical name for it, haha), which emphasizes a more communal celebration of the Eucharist instead of one where the priest is the primary celebrant. What else do you all see that you like or dislike? Where's Michael Rose when you need him?
For more about the cathedral and the visit from Arinze, see the following links:
- Church Leaders Prepare for Cathedral Ceremony
- Cardinal Arinze at New Cathedral
- Triumph of the Cross cathedral: Homepage -- Blog -- Podcast -- Gallery