I am always dismayed when I see that a new bishop dumbs-down his coat-of-arms, or stemma as it is called in Italian, with a modern language motto. Of course I and some jocular priest friends suggested some less-often-considered mottos here.
Any time there is a total abandonment of Latin for English bad things happen.
From the Daily Telegraph:
Arsenal’s new motto – another blow to Western civilisation
By Harry Mount
Hot on the heels of the BBC’s banal replacement of BC with BCE comes another sad corporate binning of history.
As an Arsenal fan, it pains me to say it, but they too have joined the anti-history club. This season, to celebrate the club’s 125th anniversary, they have commissioned a new crest; as I noticed playing football with my 10-year-old nephew, Tommy, yesterday. Looking at his replica shirt, I saw that, horror of horrors, rather than using Arsenal’s wonderful old motto (“Victoria Concordia Crescit“) they have gone for the dull, Blairite platitude, “Forward”.
As the picture above shows, they try to justify the new motto by saying “Forward” is “one of the first recorded mottos related to armament and battle”. It’s also one of the dreariest and emptiest.
The only consolation I can think of is that Spurs, our arch-rivals, might also be persuaded to drop their Latin motto – “Audere est facere” (“To dare is to do”) – and change it simply to “Backward”.
I don’t have a preference for any team across the pond, but I am tempted now to cheer against Arsenal and any other team that rejects Latin.
I think I saw the Arsenal stadium. Is it possible I passed by it when leaving Kings Cross by train for Letchworth, where Fr. Fortescue’s parish was/is?