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25 December 2010

The Cardinal Sins

- the scandals gripping the Catholic Church

Written late December 2010 - (310 lines)

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Global mission
With a noble vision?

Or a strange cult
Needing change and revolt?

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The planet spins
And here begins
The Cardinal Sins
Where nobody wins
And Satan grins -
Meet some twins:

Cleric
Or heretic?

Cardinal
Or carnival?

Celibacy
Or delicacy?

Appealing
Or appaling?

Confession
Or obsession?

Redemption
Or temptation?

Penance
Or arrogance?

Unnatural
Or dysfunctional?

Pious clergy
Or filthy-dirty?

Explanation
Or exploitation?

Prostration
Or frustration?

Abstinence
Or indulgence?

Litany
Or infamy?

Self-control
Or own goal?

Another fast
Or release at last?

Fantasy
Or reality?

Discipline
Or endorphin?

Gracious
Or salacious?

SENILE PRIEST
OR PEDOPHILE BEAST?

Exclusive use
Of dyslexic clues -
Win or lose?
Victims don't choose:

Pretending to pray
While preparing to prey

Trepidation
And degradation

A trusting child
Misled and defiled

Used and abused
Bruised and confused

Once a happy choir boy
Now a very quiet boy...

Once a helpful altar boy
Now a very altered boy...

Once an innocent choir girl
Now a young for-hire girl...

Athanasian Creed
Or voracious greed?

Apostolic
Or diabolic?

Denomination
Or abomination?

Sole salvation
Or double damnation?

Heaven-sent
Or hell-bent?

Perfect glory
Or purgatory?

Angel chorus
Or Hell before us?

Segregation
Or desecration?

HAIL MARY!
This is scary:

Midnight mass
A chance to harass

Approaching time
For another crime

A belligerent
With evil intent

Officially saved
But in truth depraved

Treacherous
And lecherous

Trembling hands
As the body demands -

Holy communion?
Unholy union...

(Readers relax
Do not turn your backs
For the poem veils
Unpleasant details)

Blessed bread -
Stressed, he misread
Digressed from the thread
Not addressed, it spread
Possessed his head
So caressed as he fed
Progressed where it led
Till undressed in bed
Then assessed with dread:
Not repressed and fled
But transgressed instead...
(Better guessed than said)
A suppressed tear shed
All confessed before dead?

Offering sweets
For special treats
Or pocket money
For something funny...

Now brandy or wine
For the randy swine
Hear him gulp it
Behind the pulpit

Penitence
Or pestilence?

Deep depression
Or regression?

Restitution
Or prostitution?

Apathy
Or therapy?

Honesty
Or hypocrisy?

Revelation
Or rehabilitation?

Exhortation
Or incarceration?

Education
Or eradication?

Congregation
In consternation:

Clerical clowns
In comical gowns
Now stripped bare
As believers stare
In a mixture of grief
And disbelief
At sacred vestments
Reduced to fragments
Of their former respect
Through years of neglect
By the very top man
In the Vatican
Who failed to search
And clean out the Church

Forget the white sleeves
For no-one believes
A word anymore
As they did before
Is it not clear to all
That we witness the fall
Of a Church that is sick
May it all be quick
As it shows every sign
Of terminal decline

The Pope's tall hat
Lies trampled flat
For many feet
Came from the street
To St Peter's Square
To demand a fair
Explanation and
A responsible stand
From the shepherd boss
Who carries the Cross

The earthly rock
To which the flock
Was tethered so long
Appeared so strong
But will any vow
Stop it crumbling now?

A lonely voice
Dares to rejoice
And feebly does raise
A song of praise
But needed still
Is a miracle
To sort this out
There is little doubt
The internal fight
Like dynamite
Will reveal its heart
When it blows it apart
Or even, say some
To Kingdom come

Gone horribly wrong
No need to prolong
The whole sorry story
Reaches end of the glory

Devastatingly dismal
Absolutely abysmal

Remove the nuisance
With jurisprudence

Banish the lust
To rebuild the trust

How can it be done?
Go back to square one:

CELIBACY
Intimacy
Illegitimacy
Causing misery
Not only for them
So time to condemn
The concept as flawed
We should not be awed
Into silent accept
Nor let it be swept
Under the rug
As "a harmless hug"
Or "a friendly kiss"
Interrupts the bliss
And shatters the peace
When another "niece"
Or "nephew" is robbed
Of childhood and fobbed
Off with a lie
Or no reply
Or maybe a threat
Now caught in the net...

Old habits die hard
Be on your guard
For another pervert
Is ready to hurt
So act today
In a logical way:

We cannot purge
Any basic urge
So give it room
Or it will consume
Its prison walls
Till the inmate falls
Tempted by vice
Not once or twice
But again and again
Resulting in pain
Not only for him
But every victim...

And is what to do
Not clear to you?
The simple fix
Requires no tricks:

ALLOW A WIFE
IN A CLERGY-MAN'S LIFE

Nothing new
For indeed so do
Both Muslim and Jew
Why not Catholics too?

Unlock the monk's cell
And all shall be well
Instant cure
For the normal and pure

The Church cannot cope
We demand that the Pope
Drops every defense
And cuts out the offense

What if anything more
Is he waiting for?
A solution from God
Or some human fraud?

If all else fails
To ease the travails
Here is a tip:
A one-way trip
To Jerusalem
Will take care of them -
But then, why infest
The holiest
And most divine
Place in Palestine
With people like these?
Try again please!

As a last resort
He may pledge a report
To be published with haste
Not a cheap cut-and-paste
But without any edit
And he will take credit

Inaction cannot
Be part of his plot
For one more day
If he wishes to stay
Find every fact
Then clean up the act
Or get out of town
And we close the Church down

With the Pope left to weep
Now where will the sheep
Seek better days
And go to graze?
It remains to be seen
But the colour is green
A lush fertile hue -
Now there is a clue

To the better way
Come what may
To live every day
Worship and pray

To restore the calm
Convert to ISLAM

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