"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Crackpots Online: Here's something ...

What's in a logo?

You know the saying, "You can't make this stuff up." But people do - they really do make this stuff up, or at least they believe the crap other people make up.

Chris Moore sees something synergistically sinister in the Jubilee logo ...

The work explicitly takes the Good Shepherd iconography and perverts it into this merging of man and God. Second, the logo displays several uses of an almond shape, also known as the mandorla, or vesica piscis. We know this not only because our eyes tell us so, but because the Pontifical Council does as well. In their words, “[t]he scene is captured within the so called mandorla (the shape of an almond), a figure quite important in early and medieval iconography, for it calls to mind the two natures of Christ, divine and human.”
Without a doubt, orthodox Christian iconography is replete with this shape. The Virgin of Guadalupe stands in the midst of a mandorla, and many depictions of Christ throughout the millennia do as well. In this way, the logo does make use of Christian tradition, but it has clearly done so in an odd way. The fact that the image is surrounded by a mandorla is not, to my eye at least, especially noteworthy in any negative way, but coupled with the merging bodies and with the third eye, which is also almond-shaped, the entire piece takes on an occult feeling. - Read more at 1P5
Reading too much into things.

Obviously, the readers of 1P5 agree with the author and go so far as to expand the conspiracy, claiming it is also homoerotic ...
The image's Freemason teasing is so tickling obvious it acts as a distraction. With that, the image - regardless of the artist's intent - is no stealth surfacing signaling Illuminati plans and conspiracies. The Illuminati wickedly attained power shortly before the French Revolution, ran its course, and is now historical debris. Something other (other wicked things have taken its place. I do not give Satan honors of successfully running an "apostolic succession". With the Devil it's hit and miss: of course, hitting and missing with horrific destruction or great sizzle. Let's face it for him; the guy has been defeated, if not yet chained, tossed, and dungeon door slammed. 
The point being, evil's (and the Evil One's) present presence and current ways and means is what matters, which should arrest our own eyeballing the world about us.
Which brings me to this - and I'll say it, since few are - the image is homoerotic.

I'm not a big fan of logos myself - but these people are reading far too much into the design/composition of Jesuit Father Marko Rupnik.*  His work is outstanding and 'orthodox' and it should stand in testimony and proof of his 'Catholicity'.  A logo is a graphic design-symbol to encapsulate the essence of what it is supposed to represent - in this case the Jubilee or Holy Year of Mercy.  Logos are used to brand a product or in this case identify and summarize the meaning of mercy - to be merciful like the Father.

 Christ goes to seek out our first parent like a lost sheep; 
he wishes to visit those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. 
He goes to free the prisoner Adam and his fellow-prisoner Eve from their pains,
 he who is God, and Adam's son.

Aside from the Pontifical Council's official description, it seems obvious to me at least, that the image is Christocentric - the so-called X cross the Christ figure stands upon is taken from the Resurrection icons of the Descent Into Hell, Christ tramples the gate of hell and redeems Adam - as Son of Man, Son of Adam - the Son of God is united with the fallen Adam - and he lifts him like the Good Shepherd upon his shoulders.  The symbolism is profound and steeped in Christian tradition - the Good Shepherd, the Descent into Hell, freeing the souls detained, rescuing the sinner like the Good Shepherd or the Good Samaritan: Christ the God-man - Son of God-Son of Man, the Divine Mercy, exhibiting the stigmata of the Holy Wounds, Christ the Image of the Father reconciling man to Himself.

A Freemason around every crackpot.

It is so simple and straight forward, yet crackpots with filthy minds and homoerotic memories are reading filth into an otherwise simple graphic depiction for a logo to be used on pamphlets, letterheads and cards in commemoration as well as to identify events and information connected to the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

This conspiracy theory is nearly as crazy as the one promoted by Michael Calace in his documentary titled, Rape of the Soul. Calace billed himself as one of the world's few experts on embedded imagery in art - specifically Roman Catholic religious art.  I wrote about his stuff here.

Some people see the Virgin Mary on a piece of toast, others see demons and Freemasons around every corner and in graphic designs which are often not even presented as objects of devotion or veneration - although Calace obviously sees penises in venerable iconography such as the San Damiano Crucifix of Assisi.

Filth may be in the eye of the beholder ... and that log may not be what you think it is.

Song for this post here.

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*NB: Fr. Rupnik's work can be seen in the Vatican Redemptoris Mater Chapel, and other major churches in the world, including Fatima.  The article from 1P5 is absurd.

The Redemptoris Mater Chapel
It is a masterpiece.


  1. That's why I don't read that stuff. One thing I think everyone with a tiny bit of esthetic sense can agree on is the logo is butt ugly.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Terry. Love ya...

    1. Thanks - you have a great weekend too.

    2. I should have mentioned I don't mind the logo, but I'm familiar with Fr. Rupnik's other works and his style.

    3. I love that particular style of art. I like the Mercy logo beautiful and comforting. I remember there was a nun whose work was similar in style back in the seventies. Her work always appeared in our Missalettes at Sunday Mass.

      Do you happen to know who she is Terry?

  2. Here are two links to share regarding what I mentioned before. Not sure if Sister's work is among them but I love the beauty of the illustrations. When I was a kid and at Mass, I would just stare at the beautiful illustrations as they impressed me and helped me contemplate God's beauty.


    and here:


    Here! I found her! I thought she was a religious but I was wrong.



    1. Yes - she is from here. She was rather notable. Fr. Rupnik's work is more steeped in primitive Christian iconography, while Broderick's work is very much related to mid-century (fashion) illustration - nothing wrong with that of course - but her technique is more related to illustration than iconography.

    2. I understand the differences but what I was referring to was the style. Not sure what other word to use as I am not an expert but both styles are very beautiful to me and help me to lift up my thoughts to the Lord.

    3. I didn't mean it the way it sounded - Broderick's work is edifying to many people - I just wanted to point out for readers that Rupnik's work is very much steeped in tradition - it makes me think of Catalan iconography as well as early Celtic and even Scandanavian iconography. Then the similarities to New Mexican retablo occurred to me as well.

      I'm glad you brought Virginia's work up however - her images appear on many publications and are very good.

    4. Father's work is glorious as well as colorful and uplifting. A screen of heaven to the naked eye.

      I remember when I was a kid and in school, we were taught that the Church, being a great patron of the arts, utilized such beautiful art work to instruct the faithful. Such beauty only made one wonder (in awe) at the awesome beauty and sacred nature that is the Lord of Life. Those of us who were illiterate, could contemplate God's beauty for hours on end ... and to think His beauty is beyond all imagining.

      Gracias, Father Rupnik. ♡

  3. Chris Moore doesn't realize that the mandorla indicates that the action took place out of view. When the Good Shepherd carries us, nobody sees it.

    1. You make icons so you understand the theology.

      I also wanted to mention that the image is evocative of the Good Shepherd as well as the Good Samaritan - people ask what accompany means - passing by, as it were, ignoring the image - but Christ, in the guise of the Good Samaritan demonstrates the meaning of accompany as well as mercy.

      I don't understand how they miss that.

  4. Some see Masonic occult imagery in the Divine Mercy image itself too:

    "The divine mercy image is creepy too. The prism of rays coming forth (which replaces the image of the Sacred Heart) is the most troubling part about it. A new devotion for a new religion. And remember the message: supposedly St. Faustina said that Jesus told her she would not be judged!"

    1. I've come across that too. I was also told once that faces of demons are embedded in the folds of some of the images. Reminds me of the Monastery Icons folklore that curses are placed on the images and they are related to Hindu deities and all of that stuff.

  5. Two weeks ago we took the fam on our first real family vacation to DC for the week. One day our activity was to visit the Basilica and the St. John Paul II National Shrine. The Shrine is full of work by Fr. Rupnik and it is gorgeous. I haven't met a lot of "modern" religious art that has spoken to me, but I loved those mosaics. Google the luminous mysteries chapel. It's beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. The whole family loved it (and the kids loved the blood relic in the front of the altar).

    Speaking of google, my recent search for the logo artist came up with this gem: http://www.redbubble.com/people/superpixus/works/18696510-extraordinary-jubilee-of-mercy?p=pencil-skirt

    Hilarious. I should buy one for my wife just to see her reaction.


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