Some years ago, in a burst of still slightly youthful zeal, I revamped my personal, clerical, family coat of arms with elements that were “meaningful”. A clerical student, deep student, of things heraldic – though rather antisocial – took me to task for my innovations. I was, at the moment, unimpressed by the scathing criticism. I reached out to him a few times about making corrections, but… in vain. He never responded. Even recently I attempted contact… alas. So, I found another herald.
Many ecclesiastical scars, spiritual beatings, and life bruises later, I have simply reverted to my family arms, which are ancient… and mine. An heraldic artist made a nice version for me. I am having it embroidered on vestments and I am having a challenge coin made… they should be here soon!
Now I read that the Archdiocese of Detroit, in a fit of meaningfulness, has undertaken to redo the diocesan stemma. They are making it meaningful. The results are, predictably, risible.
The same clerical heraldic critic who drubbed me, drubs Detroit. HERE
Guess which is the new one.
This is just plain DUMB. I wonder if your opinion might matter.
Whom are they trying to impress?
How many times has unnecessary “rebranding” failed?