The other cathedral...

by David Swatton February. 27, 2019 526 views

When in Norwich I took the time to visit the Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in the city. Again, I marveled at the architecture and the artistry and craftsmanship that it reflects but the overall impression I came away with was simply depressing. Just to be clear, I am in no way religious - as far as I am concerned there is as much evidence to support a belief in any religion as there is to support a belief in Father Christmas; that is, absolutely none. All religions are equally nonsensical but they are not equally damaging, historically and in the present.

That said, the contrast between the Anglican and Catholic cathedrals was marked. The Anglican Cathedral was welcoming, with, for example, volunteers offering tours to tell the history of the building - in typical Anglican tradition you got the impression that tea and cake was more important than doctrine.

But the Catholic Cathedral was simply off-putting to anyone who I guess is not a devout Catholic. The "history" it described was overwhelmingly self-pitying with a focus on how Catholics had been persecuted since the English Reformation - by the way it mentioned nothing of the genocidal policies implemented by the church in central and south America and elsewhere. On top of that throughout the building there were just endless messages about sin and unworthiness... faith equates to fear apparently. Altogether rather unsavoury.

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 6 months ago

I am with you as far as the religion part, but the architecture and craftsmanship of these colossal building are magnificent. You have really captured the magnitude of this Catholic Cathedral. 👏

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Marilyn Grimble 2 years, 6 months ago

Interesting David, I couldn't get out of The Vatican quick enough, I loathe religion in all its forms. Man made to promote fear, and it does.
Like you l marvel at the architectural work. Pillars of the Earth gave great great insight into the construction during the dark ages. Mx

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