DOCUMENTS:Quotes relating to moving the altar. Notice in the reply that center means “center of attention”, not “mathematical” center like under the dome.
INTER OECUMENICI Chapter II. Main Altar 91. The main altar should preferably be freestanding, to permit walking around it andcelebration facing the people. Its location in the place of worship should be truly central sothat the attention of the whole congregation naturally focuses there.
(From “Documents on the Liturgy 1963 to 1979” (DOL Footnote: R28 Note from Notitiae).In response to a question about Inter Oecumenici #91, above, the Vatican gave thefollowing reply).
Reply: The instruction does not refer to the mathematical center of a church but to aconceptual center, saying, "so that the attention of the whole congregation naturallyfocuses there"
Not 1 (1965) 137-138 no.7
Quotes relating to the location of the tabernacle.
THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH1183 The tabernacle is to be situated "
in churches in a most worthy place with thegreatest honor.
" The dignity, placing, and security of the Eucharistic tabernacle should foster adoration before the Lord
really present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar
.1379 As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church becameconscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharisticspecies. It is for this reason that
the tabernacle should be located in an especially worthyplace
in the church and should be constructed in such a way that it
emphasizes andmanifests the truth of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
CODE OF CANON LAWCan. 938 §2 The tabernacle in which the blessed Eucharist is reserved should be sited in a
distinguished place in the church
or oratory, a place which is conspicuous, suitablyadorned and conducive to prayer.INAESTIMABILE DONUM Instruction Concerning Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery 198024. The tabernacle in which the Eucharist is kept
can be located on an altar
, or away fromit, in a spot in the church which is
very prominent, truly noble, and duly decorated
, or in achapel suitable for private prayer and for adoration by the faithful.MYSTERIUM FIDEI Pope Paul VI 1965#66 …In the course of the day the faithful should not omit to visit the Blessed Sacrament,which
according to the liturgical laws must be kept in the churches with greatreverence in a most honorable location.
Such visits are a proof of gratitude, an expressionof love,
an acknowledgment of the Lord's presence.
THERE IS NO REASON TO WASTE TIME AND MONEY ON “RENOVATION”.