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.
MORE ON CNN: Pope Francis: Church can't 'interfere' with gays
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?"
About this blog
The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.
A gentle judge judges justly now becomes " a gentle ludge ludges lustly".
James jostled Jean while Jean jostled Joan or " Lames lostled Lean while Lean lostled Loan
Du u tink Spelling mtarers r u so dumm yuu cnat raed this.
You made a mistake: spelling was spelled correctly. It was grammatically wrong though (capital S) so you get points there.
Poor spelling can be an indication of a lack of education.
It could also indicate dyslexia, anxiety, stress, visual problems or a hurried state. The truly important thing is that we all ignore the poster's points and point out all the grammar and syntax errors as viciously as possible.
Oops Grammar...I'm off to flog myself with a cat o nine tails be back shortly. 😉
I generally only point out errors to posters I like – I want them to look good. The rest can swing in the wind...
maybe it's more a message about, "less us" and "more Him"
Yes....In Latin diphthongs are usually contracted. Laesus is then possibly read lesus and it means:
laesus m (feminine laesa, neuter laesum); first/second declension
Why would you put the gardeners name on a coin??
You have a gardener?
Yes, it is a spelling error. The correct spelling is Lexus for luxury driving.
Someone's never seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
autism, you mean.
also noticed the word pedophile is spelled differently when speaking of the disorder, paedophilia
These spellings must offend the pope, bishops and cards. They want to be called pedos
So what do all the atheist pedos like to be called?
That's fine. Jebus isn't real, so it won't mind.
'Head fake to defer attention away from the shenanigans at the Vatican bank...."pay no attention to the man with the bags of cash under his robes"
The next Pope will be Pope Lesus the Mol.ester IV. Amen!
It's an encrypted message from the Knights Templar.
Haha they are probably serious about this as they don't follow the Bible anyways...
Oh! LESUS PHRIST!!! How could they do something like that?
"Lesus" means "Jesus" in latin
No ... "Jesus" in Latin is "Iesvs" with a capital "i".