The Benalla Experiment
This is the first-hand account of a renovation project in Australia that transformed a jewel of architecture near Melbourne into an over-sized parish hall.
In 1989 a team of “progressive” clerics was assigned to St. Joseph’s Catholic church Benalla and quickly decided that it needed “updating”. They also abolished devotions and encouraged all kinds of liturgical abuse.
During the controversy the church was gutted by an unexplained fire. The renovation carried out afterwards finished off what the fire couldn’t.
This site has been created partly as a tribute to a once magnificent Church where we will provide as many before and after images as we can find to display to you just how beautiful it once was, and to take up the cause of seeing it restored to it’s former glory.
It has been 22 years since the “experiment” began. We intend to look at some of the results of the actions of the “progressive” clerics and see just how this Parish has progressed?
PLEASE NOTE: this site is completely independent of the author of the book Death of a Catholic Parish. It is the independent work of someone who was not even a parishioner of this church at the time, someone who did not witness the storm that hit this small town and the resulting destruction, but is someone who since reading this book is outraged at what has been allowed to happen to such a beautiful and holy place and even though it happened so long ago believes that there is still hope that it can be restored once more. With God all things are possible.