Sir, The discussion on the architectural qualities of Glenstal Priory have inevitably led to the wide subject of Church design.
In order to produce an architecture suitable to the Catholic Church, your correspondent Harold McCrone, suggests "applying modern methods and modifications to traditional English styles." Perhaps he could describe what a modern Georgian Church looks like?
Any adaptation of his suggestion could only result in another pseudo classic revival, which would undermine and weaken the basic morality of Art and Architecture. In so far as the Catholic Church is truth, its expression and manifestation in building must also be truthful. A building which is conceived in any pseudo style can only produce design which is banal in its conception and negative in its result.
The only correct solution is to move forward and to accept the best of what modern architecture has in offer. and to mould it into a form which expresses the infallibility of the Catholic Church. In doing so, it would be as well to remember that only those who are properly trained and educated in the dictionary of contemporary architecture should indulge in moulding its intricacies towards worthy design.