Show your love for your German shepherd

Show your love for your German shepherd

A family-owned printing business in Springfield, Mass., one of whose members is a regular reader at Bettnet, is printing and selling bumper stickers with a picture of Pope Benedict and the slogan “I love my German Shepherd.” You can order them through their web site. You can only order them online at that site.

Here’s a little blurb about the company:


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Bassette Printers is a 107-year-old printing company (employing about 60 people) in Springfield, MA.  My brother Kevin is the owner (and the third generation of our family to run the place.  My grandfather started here in 1905 as a 14-year-old Irish Catholic orphan living on the streetr the new pallium, as you can see in picture, hangs off-center and is longer than the one that has been used since the 14th century or so.

Patrick notes that the new “old” pallium was not the idea of Pope Benedict, as some have suggested, but was actually planned for use by Archbishop Piero Marini, the much maligned Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations. In a 2003 document called “Liturgy and Beauty”, on “renewal in certain papal liturgical celebrations,” he noted that the Office of Papal Liturgical Celebrations “intends to introduce a modification of the pallium which takes into consideration both its earliest forms and its mediaeval symbolism, in order to express more clearly the ecclesiological and christological significance of this insignia, which was of great importance in antiquity.” He also notes that the traditional Ring of the Fisherman would be reinstated and that both of these would happen at the inauguration of the new Pope.

As Patrick says, it will interesting to see if the pallia conferred upon archbishops on June 29, the traditional date for the ceremony, will also take this new “old” form.

image  I haven’t read the whole document, but it might be interesting to read, especially if Marini stays on in his capacity. Marini has received a lot of criticism for allowing all kinds of oddities to creep into papal Masses, like half-naked native dancers and such. My guess is that Pope Benedict, known for his concern for a reform of the reform of the Liturgy, will want to put his own man in there.

  • When people were bemoaning a “conservative” Pope, I pointed out that Marini still seemed to be around.

    And the Cry is, of course: EVERYBODY DANCE!

    “We can dance if we want to
    We can leave your friends behind
    ‘Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance
    Well they’re no friends of mine
    I say, we can go where we want to
    A place where they will never find
    And we can act like we come from out of this world
    Leave the real one far behind
    And we can dance”

    I loved it when Marini’s nemesis, Cardinal Medina had to ascend the stairs at the installation, and Archbishop Marini was right there.

    I have read some of Marini’s pieces on the Liturgy, and I found I actually liked them.

    “Is it safe to dance?”

  • Count me as someone who did not care for a lot of the accretions in the Masses during Papal visits seen during PJPII’s time. 

    But give credit where it is due—Abp. Marini seems to be on point here.  It should indeed be interesting to watch.

  • I really don’t think that Marini could add or subtract anything from a Papal Mass without JPII’s ok.  In fact, I wouldn’t be suprised if most of the stuff that many seem to find out of line were not the pope’s ideas in the first place.

  • This was a great idea of Marini’s, and I’m no Marini fan.

    Ratzinger – sorry, Benedict (I’m still doing that!) – probably knows the score with Marini. If Marini goes soon (soon = within the next year or so), or if he stays on, well, either one will tell us something.

    Hmmm. A Marini revision project? ;^)

  • I’ve watched Marini and John Paul over the years…I never felt he was interested in accenting the odd in liturgy….but I’m not crazy about the new-old pallium…I don’t know it seems a bit much, though I like the symbolism of the five crosses/5 wounds….sometimes we can get hung up on the small stuff….but you’re right…Benedict XVI is not going to welcome Salome at his liturgical celebrations.

  • Marini’s not stupid.  He will show a great deal of deference to B-16’s proclivities on the Mass.

    Other news stories have stated that Marini assembled the funeral Mass for JPII with all the Latin and Gregorian Chant and Latin motets…

    Wanna bet?