October 11th, 2013
11:18 AM ET
Praise 'Lesus'? Vatican pulls misspelled coins
By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-editor
(CNN) - For the love of "Lesus," the Vatican needs a copy editor - preferably an infallible one.
In honor of the first year of Pope Francis' papacy, the Vatican issued a commemorative medal Tuesday. The coin-size medals are sold in Vatican City and usually provide a steady stream of revenue for the church.
Just one problem: The Vatican misspelled the name of Jesus on the medal.
One side depicts Francis and the other a biblical phrase in Latin: Vidit ergo Lesus publicanum et quia miserando atque eligendo vidit, ait illi sequere me.
The phrase means: Jesus, therefore, saw the tax collector, and because he saw, by having mercy and by choosing, He said to him, "Follow me."
Except the tax collector on this particular coin is part of the heretofore unknown Lesus Movement.
The Vatican said the Latin phrase profoundly affected the future Pope Francis at age 17 when he heard God calling him to the priesthood. In his native Argentina and in his nascent papacy, Francis has made a point of ministering to people on the margins and preaching about mercy.
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But when the Vatican drew up the medal, it flubbed the Latin phrase, said spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi. (It's worth noting that Latin doesn't have a "J," so maybe we should cut the Vatican a bit of slack.)
Lombardi said the Vatican is to blame for the mishap, saying the error was made "in the preparation, not the execution."
The Italian Minting Institute made about 6,000 of the "Lesus" medals and retrieved all but three or four, according to media reports, which means a few folks are holding onto some pretty valuable mistakes.
Others are having fun with the misspelled phrase on social media, with some blaming the "Lesuits" and others asking "What would Lesus do?"
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Lesus don't exist, jesus don't exist... it's imaginary character anyways...
Character flaws..? On whose shoulders..?
"Lesus don't..." and "Jesus don't..."? It appears that grammar skills do not exist in your writing either lol
In the article it says "ey," which is not Latin. It needs to be edited to "et," which means "and." Please, whoever wrote this article, edit this. The coin even verifies that it is not "ey."
Pot, meet kettle. Your own infallible copy editor missed you writing "ey" instead of "et" and "antque" instead of "atque".
Never forget the church is a business.
...and like that! a new god is born!!!
Praise be to the lights above!
repent! or burn for eternity...
(love that Lesus smile 🙂
Reminds one of Pope Leo selling absolution.
The Pearly Gates are coin operated....
How many gates can I open for a piggy ban full of coins or is it all just hogwash..?
But only accept Dutch guilders
sweet smelling flowers roam the sidewalks
while big bellied dandelions platoon;
the spring rains are falling a funny tune at the expense
of a funny man;
stepping on and off the curb, looking a bit bored;
eyes up and shoes flexed for the sprint
suddenly bright sun elbows its way between two clouds;
a funny man flaps his ready feat into a small puddle and smiles
the sun was sweet;
it tasted warm on his tongue and eye lids
a funny man went for swim;
flippers flipping and arms waving his funny man water ballet
I appreciate the poetry, but I'm not really sure of the relevance?
Latin is dead.. So is Lesus/Jesus. Move on.
Latin is Dead, as Dead as Dead can be.
First it killed the Romans – and now it's killing me.
I'll offer $1 for a misspelled one.
Lesus? Well, at least it wasn't Reekris.
So the Vatican is selling a fake gold coin with a picture showing a fake god and his fake son, which was misspelled. Ok I have got it now.
LOL. Fake, and anachronistic too..
Margarita! Noriega wrote
"Maybe as the voice of God, his name is actually Lesus, and we've been wrong all this time? Praise Lesus. Jord and Lavior."
So if there is no "J" in Latin, how should the name have been represented in Latin?
Perhaps there is no God – perhaps Jesus or Lesus is just a hoax. Or maybe this is just the work of Jucifer.
Yes, surely it is the work of Jucifer.
As in the "INRI" that you see on the top of Catholic crucifixes.
INRI: (Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum): "Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews"
So much for the infallibility of scripture. They can't even get a coin right. How can we expect the entire Bible to be without error?! What a joke!
You people are so stupid. Your comment would suggest some education, but that isn't the case.
Anyway, In Latin (an ancient language), Jesus could also be spelled as 'Lesus'. This is known as morphology.
Hope you learned something today.
It should be in Jesus' language instead on Latin.
That would be Aramaic-Chaldee.
It's not a big leap to go from a misformed or poorly written "I" with a large lower serif in "Iēsus" to "Lesus".
This is a pretty understandable mistake.
Yeah, I have had to copy/paste some things into a Word doc. and fiddle with fonts to decipher them!
These folks in the Vatican are supposed to be up-to-snuff on Latin words though...
Somebody missed it during the approval stage either of the image to be engraved, or the engraving itself.
Freemasons, at it again.
We have all heard the phrase "that Jesus was a little bit gay" but Lesus?
Crossing the line without knowing
Just for being who you are
What confusion was hard wired?
A developing brain, healthy and ready
Sabotaged as a child