[quote=DominvsVobiscvm]Arguments like this from antiquity aren’t very good ones, and have been used to justify any and all liturgial deviations that we find today in our parishes. Primitivism is actually a very Protestant way of thinking, not Catholic.
I don’t see why we need to disregard thousands of years of developed tradition. We’ve seen the fruits of mispalced tabernacles. Even if the Church today allows it, I don’t see why any sound, tradition-minded priest would put the tabernacle anywhere but on the altar.
(Except in cathedrals, of course, where the bishop’s chair has typically been the focus.)
And likewise to foist American Catholic Church Architecture as the definative norm is to ignore thousands of years of tradition.
To claim that the new modern parishes look like their 5th 6th or even 12th century counterparts is bizzare.
We are talking about the tabernacle. Not the communion rail holy water fonts and kneelers. And don’t get me started on kneelers. Pews and kneelers are for the lazy Standing and kneeling on travertine is far more tradtional.
You can ask our eastern brothers.
The tabelnacle is recent and those in my age group are very comfrotable with it in the center of the sanctuary, that is where is was when we grew up, however, a nice side chapel is certainly welcome and in many cases a better idea. If you think having one in the center of the the sanctuary is the panacea, well go ahead and amuse yourself.