Religion: Death to the Cathedral

Cathedrals (which take their name from cathedra, a bishop's chair or throne) must go, said a bishop last week. Reno's Roman Catholic Bishop Robert J. Dwyer, who blasted Nevada's nightclub nudity last fortnight (TIME, Aug. 18), told a study group in Cincinnati that the concept underlying the cathedral has "lost its reference and validity for the age we live in."

In other centuries the cathedral was a proper symbol. "It was needed to dominate, even in the physical sense, by the employment of the mass and bulk and the arrogance of towers commanding the...

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