I really like this discussion of the crisis of beauty in the modern age, and the Catholic view of beauty.
I was going to suggest that we try to offer suggestions for the top ten most beautiful Catholic churches in the country, and the worst ten Catholic churches… but then I stopped and thought about the huge number of ugly churches that would vie for that title, and the sparseness of those that would excel.
Other than the amazing Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Christchurch ( ) and St Mary’s of the Angels in Wellington…
I have to say my third position would be those churches that have been maintained by many Catholic Maori in rural areas. Whether it is the original church at Pukekaraka Marae (Otaki, in the Wellington Archdiocese), or that at Waihi Bay Marae (Southern tip of Lake Taupo), or another, these churches have maintained their Catholic and Maori identies, and their beauty.
What would you suggest on the list of most and least beautiful Catholic churches in NZ? Have you any tips on beautiful Catholic churches in rural areas?