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Friday, March 28, 2003 San Antonio cathedral renovation
The renovated San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio debuts this weekend. The new retablo looks very promising -- but note it will hang on the back wall, in what used to be the sanctuary. The new altar table is placed amidst the congregation, in the Milwaukee theater-in-the-round style. The new altar "space" looks well suited to the jazz concerts touted at the renovated cathedral. So in the retablo, you have an altar screen with no connection to the altar.
See graphics of the restoration, a collection of images from the local paper, and the official cathedral website.
A local group opposed to the renovation has a site showing what the church once looked like, an article on a proposed high altar that was never built, and a dossier on the renovation consultant, the dreaded Vosko. (Enough said.)