Note the significantly modified design for the sanctuary.
|Fig. 1 | RNS|
Fig. 2a | Architects Newspapers
|Fig. 2b | ibid.|
|Fig. 3 | ibid.|
Critics could be forgiven for concluding that, given the various incongruities, the renovators appear to be struggling to come up with a coherent interior design. Word to the wise: the thrust sanctuary is a relic of a tried-and-died methodology. The cost to theological and practical coherency by forcing the predella forward like the tongue of a glacier (Fig. 2a) is that such a design merely adds to the inertia of distributing the proper focus of the Mass, i.e., on the altar, among worshippers. That is, congregants must contend with the distraction of a lateral dissipation of focus. One can imagine that communion lines will be equally awkward. Imagine, too, the army of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion marching up and down stairs to distribute Holy Communion to congregants in the balconies.
It would seem that cost cutting and ideological bias are conspiring to produce a confused outcome. Is it possible that the challenge exceeds ability to adapt?