This Catholic Church logo is allegedly from 1973 and it won a Los Angeles design award. 


While we have no way to determine the authenticity of the claim of this
logo, we are certainly wary of its perceived covenants in the light of
of the Summer 2007 $660 million payment by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to settle 508 claims of child abuse.

We shudder in the logo’s semiotic sounding of silent alarms.

8 Comments

  1. Oh, and Gordon, we lost 3 Twitter followers right after this article was posted to our stream. I guess some folks are still sensitive to the child abuse matter in the Catholic Church even though it’s been hashed out in the public square for a long time now.

  2. How disturbing! I wasn’t aware that this image even existed!
    I am a firm believer that every image represents something especially when people deny that it does!
    You may not remember but there was a big hype over the design of the UK wildcat on the fans tee shirts. It was contracted to a homosexual man who designed the logos for the fans tees. Needless to say, he found a way to iterate his preferences into the logo design. It went unnoticed for quite a while before people started asking questions.
    The truth did eventually surface and the logo re-designed by another contractor. The fans were infuriated. If you were a big supporter of the homosexual community then it was not big deal. If you were not a supporter then you were manipulated into a “sense of support” without consent.
    So, the true meaning of this image will eventually surface. We just have to be vigilant and not be manipulated into supporting a cause that is not one we share views with.

  3. Kimberley —
    I think you’re right! People may claim they innocently designed a logo without anything memeingful — but closer, logical, inspection can reveal a myriad of meanings — both intentional and unfounded.
    I hadn’t heard about the UK logo issue! I did a little internet searching and found a couple of scratchy examples. If you have any links to the old logo and the story behind it, please let me know!

  4. Oh dear. I really do try to think the best of people and give them the benefit of the doubt… but this is pushing my limits. How could they not have seen what it looks like?

  5. liminal —
    I think people were much less culturally aware in the 1970’s than we are now and we’ve been tempered by outrage and the abuse of children. We took things at face value without reading any semiotic messages.
    We are now appropriately hyper-sensitive to any hint of impropriety — especially in the Catholic Church — and that logo, if real, makes it all so much more horrible and predestined.

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