I directed them to be placed in a diamond shape pointing toward the communion table and off the pulpit a bit explaining that we tend to focus and center our attention on the master of ceremonies instead of the table.
This has been a controversy of church architecture for centuries. A lot of churches have the pulpit off to one side, for this very reason.
Some believe the communion is the most important element of worship, others believe it's the preaching of the word (not the MC, in particular.)
Over the past 10-15 years, many Catholic churches are being remodeled with the altar in the center of the sanctuary, and the pews on all sides facing the altar. From what I hear, this is done to force the people to look at each other and fellowship -- the very thing that most Cath's have been taught from infancy not
Much ado about nothing, methinks. Either you're worshipping God, or ya ain't.