Snake Eats Cross: Logo for World Youth Day in Panama released
Snake Eats Cross: Logo for World Youth Day 2019 released
Novus Ordo Watch. The next World Youth Day is scheduled for January 22-27, 2019, and it is going to take place in Panama City, Panama. Already preparations for the event are under way, and that includes, first of all, the release of the official logo.
It was released yesterday; and yes, it is as bad as you feared. You can see it here (click image for a larger version):
What does this look like to you? A doodle from a car mechanic? A sketch with a red X pinpointing stomach problems for the gastroenterologist? Or did someone let his four-year-old have the markers again?
Whatever it is, it is horrifyingly ugly
But not to worry: On the official WYD 2019 web site, the Novus Ordo authorities in Panama posted an official explanation of the logo, which was designed by 20-year-old Ambar Calvo, so you too can understand what is really being depicted:
As the press release states, this logo was chosen as the winner from 103 total entries. If this is the best selection they could come up with, we’d hate to see the other 102 submitted works.
Truth be told, this logo seems to depict a snake that is about to devour the cross, although calling this sloppily-written “X” a cross would be to dignify it well beyond its merits. What separates the snake’s head from the rest of its body is the “Panama Canal”. That the figure on the right is supposed to represent the Blessed Virgin Mary can only be guessed by those accustomed to the logo of the March of Dimes. No, the five dots are not supposed to represent the Hawaiian islands, and you get extra brownie points if you can find an “M” in this emblem.
For those who didn’t notice, the whole thing is drawn in the form of a heart, a very popular shape in the Vatican II religion, which has long abandoned the Crucifix.
In a way, the recurring World Youth Day logo drama is quite similar to that of the Olympic Games, whose emblems also tend to be aesthetically challenged; although at least the Olympic Games committee does not claim to stand for goodness, truth, and beauty.