See this online text:
- Sacred Architecture: Journal of the Institute of Sacred Architecture, Volume 16 (Fall 2009). May be read online, and available in pdf format, at the Institute for Sacred Architecture.
- [N.B., This includes the address “Seeking the Light of True Faith: Homily from the Reopening of the Pauline Chapel” by Pope Benedict XVI, and the essays “Called to Beauty through Iconography” by Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J and “Awe for the Noble Things: Leon Battista Alberti and the Meaning of Classical Architecture” by Carroll William Westfall.]
- Charles Borromeo’s “Instructiones Fabricae et Supellectilis Ecclesiasticae”, 1577, Book I and Book II, translated with commentary and analysis by Dr. Evelyn Voelker (+2008). The complete text is available in pdf format at EvelynVoelker.com.
- The original dissertation of Dr. Voelker, containing the translation of Book I, is also available: Charles Borromeo’s “Instructiones Fabricae et Supellectilis Ecclesiasticae”: A Translation with Commentary and Analysis, by Dr. Evelyn Voelker (Dissertation, Syracuse University, 1977). May be borrowed at Internet Archive (which requires an Internet Archive account, entailing a very simple signup), and may be accessed by ProQuest subscribers at Syracuse University Libraries.
- [Note 1: Dr. Voelker’s translation of St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Letter to the Clergy of Milan, on page 21 of her original dissertation, translates the title of the work as Instruction for Ecclesiastical Buildings and Furnishings.]
- [Note 2: Dr. Voelker’s original 1977 dissertation includes material unfortunately omitted in the text provided on EvelynVoelker.com, including her translation of St. Charles Borromeo’s Pastoral Letter to the Clergy of Milan, as well as her truly informative Notes to that letter.]
- Decree Promulgating Norms for the Construction and Ordering of Church Buildings in the Diocese of La Crosse, by Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki, Bishop of La Crosse (2006). Available in PDF format (17 pages) on this page of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. [N.B., This document provides a very useful summary of the teachings of the Church on sacred buildings. Although its juridical application appears to be diocesan in scope, the dogmatic teachings it sets out are universal in character.]
- Sacred Architecture, Volume 36 (Fall 2019). May be read online and available in pdf format at the Institute for Sacred Architecture. N.B., This includes the address “We Must Rebuild it as it was Before” by Robert Cardinal Sarah, and the essays “Notre-Dame and Modern Secular France” by Jean Duchesne, “The Throne of Paris” by C. J. Howard, and “Stones Calling to Conversion” by Abbé Eric Iborra.]
- “Via pulchritudinis: respuesta de la iglesia a la crisis contemporánea”, por Padre Santiago Canals Coma, Cuestiones Teológicas, Vol. 39, No. 92 (julio – diciembre, 2012): pp. 345-369. Disponible en linea y en formato PDF en SciELO Colombia.
- “Why Modern Architecture Struggles to Inspire Catholics”, by Julien Meyrat, August 29, 2014. May be read online at New Geography.
On the Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore) in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. For other texts and ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title), the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject), the List of Worth-It Catholic Books & eBooks, and the main page of the Catholic eBooks Project.
“Jacob said to himself, Why, this is the Lord’s dwelling-place… What a fearsome place is this!… This can be nothing other than the house of God; this is the gate of Heaven. So it was that, when he rose in the morning, Jacob took the stone which had been his pillow, and set it up there as a monument, and poured oil upon it; and he called the place Bethel, the House of God… This stone, too, which I have set up as a monument, shall be called the House of God.” (Genesis xxviii, 16-19, 22)
“It is a matter of justice that the sacrifices of parishioners and benefactors result in a beautiful church, one that manifests Christ to our world. Even those who are unable to contribute monetarily to the building of the church, including the poor, have a right to expect their church to be beautiful, a sign of God in our midst.” (Bishop Jerome E. Listecki, Norms for the Construction and Ordering of Church Buildings in the Diocese of La Crosse)