The New York Times architecture critic seems to think that if only we built churches that look like airport terminals, people would come back to church. Maybe Europeans think differently (after all that’s where the ugly “Euro” design style came from), but I can’t imagine a bunch of buildings, beautiful or ugly, leading people back to the faith. Don’t get me wrong, I think good architecture is a help, but I don’t think it’s as important as they’re making it out to be. And certainly bad architecture isn’t going to do it either.
As Rod Dreher said in reference to the Padre Pio shrine that looks like an airport terminal: “Come fly with me, come fly with Padre Pio.”