Top Ten Rejected Papal Mottoes

Pope Francis has been officially inaugurated as the 266th Pope. Yay us! Yay the Catholic Church!

His papal motto is “Miserando Atque Eligendo”, which, according to every other Catholic who can translate Latin, can be interpreted in any number of ways. I can’t translate it, so I rely on an expert – in this case, Fr Z, who translated it thus: “By showing compassion and by choosing”.

As Fr. Z put it: A good motto for a reformer.

I think it’s an awesome motto, and one that provides us with plenty to meditate on.

But it wasn’t Pope Francis’ first choice. The Vatican Bureau Chief for AoftheA News came upon a list of the Top Ten Rejected Papal Mottoes (apparently, Dan Quayle is the AoftheA News Vatican Bureau Chief, but never mind that now). Would you like to see them?

Of course you would!

10.  The Wise Latino

9.  You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.

8.  Got Vapors?

7.  Meek ≠ Weak

6.  Hold The Latte And Pour The Maté

5.  I Also Do My Own Taxes

4.  It’s Okay To Say Schadenfreude

3.  I’m No Georgetown Jesuit

2.  Caring For Creation ≠ Environmental Wacko-ism

1.  Surprise!  I’m Catholic!

I wouldn’t be surprised if there were other rejected mottoes as well…


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12 Responses to Top Ten Rejected Papal Mottoes

  1. In my pathetic Latin, it looked at first blush something like ‘misery although chosen.’ Heehee.


  2. Tom Perna says:

    What about – Hugging Trees and Going Green.


  3. dailytridentine says:

    I think it is supposed to be the Latin version of his motto as cardinal which translated from Spanish is ” I am lowly/pitiable yet I am chosen”


  4. dailytridentine says:

    Rejected motto:
    Dynamite comes in small packages.


  5. Sherry says:

    Saint Francis is not A Sissy.


  6. Tunces says:

    Fr. Z has the other top ten list – that one is funny too!


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  8. G says:

    All bishops have a motto. JP11 broke with heraldic practice and inserted the M for Mary, BXV1 adapted his Munich archbishop motto. Mt 9;9 is the simple call of Matthew, no qualifying language, Francis does not seem to have done anything with his bishop motto so far. Regardless of Bede. the Gospel and Francis so far and the context of Mt 9 the Pope is in the Tradition of proclaiming the choice of the Holy Spirit to freely call each for a free response. The miracles in MT 9 and Jesus’ compassion for the crowd with no shepherd (9:35) and FEELING SORRY (36) which is having compassion cum passio in Latin a frequent phrase in the NT and the Hesed Jahweh, the loving-kindness of God from the OT and repeated by Paul. Francis stopping the Papal truck to bless the handicapped man is all the motto incarnate in that gesture we who believe need. let Jesus’ enemies rattle on about abuse and blame a 30-year old Jesuit in Junta controlled Argentina. The Gospel of John especially tell us that Jesus’ enemies tried to kill Him when great miracles and impressed crowds made them JEALOUS.


  9. How about my families motto: Sad, But Faithful? Something tells me that PF1 will be both by the time his Papacy ends!


  10. Tony Layne says:

    No References to Evita … Please
    Nobody Expects the Argentinian Jesuit

    Or, given his humility:
    I Hope I’m Not Interrupting You While I Exercise My Infallibility


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