|St. Peter's, London Docks, Wikimedia Commons|
"Moreover, the idea that a hodge-podge worship will necessarily cost less than a splendid one is childish. Even if quality liturgical art is relatively costly (no more and often much less than the tawdriest), what would be stopping the building of churches or altars worthy of the name, or ceasing to make priestly vestments that are not niggardly or hideous, do for the poor? It would suddenly enrich all those petty tradesmen who already extract only too much money from the clergy by soliciting them to accept their lines of supposedly inexpensive trash, but it would pauperize a lot of craftsmen or workers who most deserve our concern. And does not the Church need artists as well as scholars to announce the Gospel in the culture of each age? Yet today her clergy scorn artist and scholar alike. . . ."
Louis Bouyer, The decomposition of Catholicism, trans. Charles Underhill Quinn (Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1969 ), 22-23.