Pope Benedict XVI on Beauty in the Church
The only really effective apologia (defense) for Christianity comes down to two arguments, namely the saints the Church has produced and the art which has grown in her womb.
Better witness is borne to the Lord by the splendor of holiness and art which have risen in the community of believers than by the clever excuses which apologetics has come up with to justify the dark side which, sadly, are so frequent in the Church’s human history.
If the Church is to continue to transform and humanize the world, how can she dispense with beauty in her liturgies (and in all of her life) that beauty which is so closely linked with love and with the radiance of the Resurrection? No. Christians must not be too easily satisfied. They must make their Church into a place where beauty–– and hence truth–– is at home. Without this the world will become the first circle of hell.
– Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) (all emphases added)
The Church is not the Church without Beauty and Truth. Enough said.