Rorate Caeli

The Church of Vatican II: Going, going, gone
German Edition

Before the post-conciliar changes

The Parish Church of Saint Matthias, in Meiderich, Duisburg (North Rhine Westphalia), was founded in 1898 and was a functioning church with reasonable attendance.

After the post-conciliar changes
The Diocese of Essen decided to close it down in 2008/2009, and sold it to a land developer. On February 26, 2014, after years of protests and hesitations, the new owners finally had the building demolished.

A symbol of a post-conciliar Europe: in the site of what once was a vibrant large church, the corporation will build a complex of six buildings with "barrier-free apartments accessible to the elderly."

(Source of last image and quote; tip: Le forum catholique.)