Ugly “road churches” in Germany
Introducing… Autobahn Church!
German Autobahn churches have the ignoble distinction of being typically among the ugliest possible buildings the human race can build, even for Novus Ordo standards.
In this post we will take a close look at just one example, the Autobahn church located in Wilnsdorf, off the A45 interstate expressway in the Siegerland region in southern Westphalia. It is a doozy of an architectural monstrosity. It looks like this:
The infernal building is open 24/7 and has been in operation since 2013. It has its own web site here. Wait till you see the inside (further below)!
The official explanation for the bizarre design is that the architects wanted to build a church that looks just like the church icon that is displayed on the official road sign for Autobahn churches:
Perhaps it never occurred to the architects that the icon itself but mimics the typical look of a traditional church building, like this:
image: Wikimedia Commons (Rudolf Stricker)
Thus, had they really wished to make a building that closely resembles the Autobahn church sign, they should have constructed a traditional church building — one most people would still have quickly recognized as a church. Oh well.
In 2016, the Autobahn “church” Siegerland was featured in a video made by katholisch.de, which is the official web site of the German Conference of Novus Ordo Bishops. They call it a “rest stop for the soul”.
A video in the English language was made by Deutsche Welle, which explains some of the architectural background:
The following clip, made in Spanish, shows images of the construction of the monstrosity:
Some more images of the inside and outside of this “church” can be found in this video:
A number of Germany’s 40+ Autobahn Churches are run by the Novus Ordo Sect. The Siegerland monstrosity is not — it is run by an independent association and seeks to be an “interconfessional”, i.e. “ecumenical”, building. The Vatican II Sect does, however, use the building on occasion to conduct its Modernist worship service.
The idea of a interconfessional “worship space” shared by “Catholics” and heretics alike is not at all foreign to the mind of the Vatican II Sect. In its scandalous 1993 Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism, promulgated by “Pope” John Paul II, the Modernist Church expressly established the permissibility of non-Catholic worship even inside a Catholic church:
Catholic churches are consecrated or blessed buildings which have an important theological and liturgical significance for the Catholic community. They are therefore generally [!] reserved for Catholic worship. However, if priests, ministers or communities not in full communion with the Catholic Church do not have a place or the liturgical objects necessary for celebrating worthily their religious ceremonies, the diocesan Bishop may allow them the use of a church or a Catholic building and also lend them what may be necessary for their services. Under similar circumstances, permission may be given to them for interment or for the celebration of services at Catholic cemeteries.
(John Paul II, Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms of Ecumenism, March 25, 1993, n. 137)
So, what we see in Germany’s Autobahn churches is par for the course for Novus Ordos. And of course we all remember that Anglican vespers liturgy that was celebrated inside the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica.
Words fail: the inside of the Autobahn church Siegerland
Keep in mind that church architecture is always a reflection of theology. When the Novus Ordo religion was instituted in the 1960s, it found its expression not merely in words written down in lengthy documents which most people would never read, but especially in the liturgy — hence the need for a “New Mass” — and in sacred architecture. It is the new liturgical rites and the new church buildings that are most directly responsible for introducing the new religion into people’s minds and souls. It is for this reason that the Vatican II Sect never builds traditional church buildings and has kept a close lid on the Traditional Latin Mass. Even Benedict XVI’s and John Paul II’s concessions in that regard were only granted in order to control and contain the inner-ecclesial opposition to their new religion — and they appear to have been quite successful in that.
It is beyond dispute that the churches built and used by the Novus Ordo Sect are typically incredibly ugly. It is a fitting reflection of their new religion.