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…