Of Z-Swag and Hans Küng and stolen vehicles

At the blog Defende nos in proelio there was a great post about what happens when you put Z-Swag on your car.

Go over there and spike their traffic.  It involves Fr. Finigan, and a car blessing and a run in at a gas/fuel station.

Here is the teaser:

After our van was stolen in a burglary last year, we replaced it with another, slightly less snazzy, one. I was determined to make this  new one unstealable, and so applied a selection of stickers that would take hours to remove thereby making our van immediately recognisable and, hopefully, less attractive to any thief. I mean, can you imagine a car thief bombing down the road with “Lex Orandi / Lex Credendi” on the bumper, “We love our priest” on the side window and a large image of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour on the windscreen? Didn’t think so. And that’s only a small selection of the adhesive novelties bedecking our vehicle.


The stickers have attracted attention. A few days after I put a “Thank you Pope Benedict” sticker on the boot (that’s “trunk” for readers across the pond), I was filling up with diesel when an older lady in a car at the pump behind started gesturing rather excitedly at me. Her husband was dressed in North African type clothing and she was wearing a veil over her hair so I assumed that they were Muslim. Perhaps my assumption was wrong: as I looked questioningly at her she gestured again at the back of the car and clearly mouthed “Pope Benedict! Pope Benedict!” then gave me repeated “thumbs up” signs with a huge smile on her face.

More recently, my husband parked at a petrol station to nip in and buy something. As he parked the van, a man in the car beside him gestured and said something out his window in my husband’s direction. As he was in a hurry, and it was clear that whatever the man was saying was friendly, my husband smiled, parked the car and went into the shop. He was standing in the queue to pay when a voice behind him said “So: ‘Save the Liturgy / Save the world’ — what does that mean, then?”


Read the rest of the hijinx there!  What follows is a hoot.

To get Z-Swag of all kinds click HERE.



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  1. PatriciusOenus says:

    And Hans Kung…?

  2. PatriciusOenus says:

    Got it. (It’s through the link.)

  3. Nan says:

    I was expecting Hans Kung to have stolen the van to remove the stickers, as a form of humanitarian aid.

  4. Daniel_Nekic says:

    Hans Kung? The saviour of the Catholic Church? Surely not!

  5. Nan says:

    But if you were an Anglican priest you might think so.

  6. lizaanne says:

    LOL!! I love a good plan!!

  7. AA Cunningham says:

    Kung inspired LCWR swag appearing on a bus of dissident sisters in the near future:

    “In Order To Save The Church We Must Destroy The Church”

  8. Elizabeth D says:

    AA Cunningham, some are more blunt that they just want a new church with a new “feminist sacramental system.” There are some examples in my recently released report on the Sinsinawa Dominicans. http://www.fathermazzuchellisociety.org/sinsinawa-dominicans/

  9. JonPatrick says:

    When I put some Z-swag and other stickers on my car my wife warned me I would probably be harassed because of it. So far the only thing that has happened was a thumbs-up while driving on the Interstate, in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts of all places!

  10. biberin says:

    Oh, goodness. I just read Our Lady of Perpetual Soccour as Our Lady of Perpetual Soccer. And then I thought, “Wow, she covers that, too? So perfect for a minivan.”

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