Mumpsimus America

Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.

Short-fingered vulgarian and raging follicle infection Donald Trump got called out by Pope Francis Friday because maybe one of his ideas is, oh I don’t know, nuts. Here’s the full transcript of the portion of the interview as presented by the Catholic News Agency:

Phil Pullella, Reuters: Today, you spoke very eloquently about the problems of immigration. On the other side of the border, there is a very tough electoral battle. One of the candidates for the White House, Republican Donald Trump, in an interview recently said that you are a political man and he even said that you are a pawn, an instrument of the Mexican government for migration politics. Trump said that if he’s elected, he wants to build 2,500 kilometers of wall along the border. He wants to deport 11 million illegal immigrants, separating families, etcetera. I would like to ask you, what do you think of these accusations against you and if a North American Catholic can vote for a person like this?

Pope Francis: Thank God he said I was a politician because Aristotle defined the human person as ‘animal politicus.’ At least I am a human person. As to whether I am a pawn, well, maybe, I don’t know. I’ll leave that up to your judgment and that of the people. And then, a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel. As far as what you said about whether I would advise to vote or not to vote, I am not going to get involved in that. I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt.

You’d think Francis personally wrote the man a hall pass to Hell given the reaction. There was a couple of choice comments from homunculus-lite Jerry Falwell, Jr. I plan to trot out next time anyone starts bleating about ‘murica being a Christian country:

“Jesus never intended to give instructions to political leaders on how to run a country,” Mr. Falwell told CNN.

Oh Jerry-lite. Thanks for declaring you’re going to STFU. Can you take Franklin Graham with you?

But what put me over the edge was the “but, but, but there’s a wall around the Vatican!”

Yeah. Built in the First Century AD. Doesn’t completely surround the city anymore. Pretty much got breached all the time. “Yuuuuuge gaps in it. Really, really big gaps.” No gates. Crappy wall. Probably does more to keep the hillside from collapsing than anything else.

I point this out on Facebook.

Instant reaction:

“But it’s still a wall.”

Yeah. A completely ineffective one.

“Still a wall.”

Yeah. It’s a wall. So. What? The Pope is a hypocrite? You’re going there?

Since we’re getting all Old Roman School, I draw your attention to the the word that should replace “E Pluribus Unum” as the motto of the United States: Mumpsimus.

From the Oxford Dictionaries:

1A traditional custom or notion adhered to although shown to be unreasonable.

1.1A person who obstinately adheres to unreasonable customs or notions.


Mid 16th century: erroneously for Latin sumpsimus in quod in ore sumpsimus ‘which we have taken into the mouth’ (Eucharist), in a story of an illiterate priest who, when corrected, replied “I will not change my old mumpsimus for your new sumpsimus.”.

It’s pretty much where we are now.