WDTMRS: Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean That You Should Edition.


Carpe diem! Carpe capulus! Carpe eos cessoribus!

Deaconette was troubled by the Pleonasmic Porcelain-Peddling Priest‘s choice to co-opt the now President-elect’s campaign materials for some advocacy of his own. She wasn’t a fan of Mr Trump’s hostile and often deeply sinful behavior as he barnstormed the country in search of racists who vote. (She wasn’t a fan of his opponent, either, on the basis of her stated policies.) She doesn’t think the clergy should be directing the faithful toward any particular office-seeker but instead instructing them in values and principles with which to make their own well-informed moral choices. But it’s a free country, for now anyway, and the 4P can say what he’d like. Just because one can, though, does not mean that one should.

Still, there was something else subliminally incorrect about the mug design that seemed to whisper an objection into Deaconette’s ear without ever checking if she was wearing her hearing aid.

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WDTMRS? Going Deeper In History

The Prosaic Predatory Prussian Presbyter (whom Deaconette will henceforth, from time to time, refer to as 4P. Nota bene, do not confuse the 4P with the Profusely Petticoated Proleptically Prevaricating Prostetnic Princely Prelate Provocateur, whom Deaconette abbreviates “Ray.”) several years ago gave us a statement by Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman to reflect upon. He promptly added the phrase to a mug and urged us to (earn him a commission by) buying it. Here it is:

It is a handsome object, Deaconette must agree. The portrait is by Sir John Everett Millais, Bart., PRA, a Pre-Rafaelite whose more famous Ophelia is her favorite example of his work. Deaconette has had the opportunity to inspect the Cardinal’s portrait in the National Portrait Gallery in London, as well as to visit Ophelia at the nearby Tate. Sir John was impressively skillful.

What does the mug say?

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