Vandalism of Catholicism c/p

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Vandalism of Catholicism c/p
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Mon, 09-17-2012 - 7:16pm

The recent state of the world in such dire conflict over the vexed subject of religion is execration to me.  It is not my intent here to alienate myself from believers in Catholicism, but to express my heart-felt opinion that such dogma is not for me.  I give thanks to Henry VIII, late king of this realm for giving me an alternative.

Also, I witnessed, (in my profession as an electrician), whilst installing an alarm system in a Catholic school, the condemning of the souls of six and seven year old kids if they did not conform, I wanted to catch hold of the teacher and beat her, but somehow, I did not.

THE VANDALISM OF CATHOLICISM.

The vandalism of Catholicism
Started right here, it took one harebrained king
to balls it up, no more catechism:
Out with Papa, out with any dumb thing
That would keep this prime stud from his intent
Of providing a true heir and a spare
To the rare English throne. Without relent,
Forcing his way, a king without compare.
And where are we right now? Free from the Holy See,
No bread and wine, ‘thanks be to God,’ He knows
Everything, and I am so sure that we
Will survive such calamity as ensues.
This vandalism of Catholicism,
An inspired thing, such dogma, a schism.


 

 

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Registered: 07-13-2008
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 4:54pm

Ray, you take my breath away! You witnessed the condemning of souls? What does that look/sound like?

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Registered: 12-15-2004
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 7:35am

Oh Jackie!  It looked and sounded just like it was, a demented, lunatic in the guise of a female teacher, frightening and condemning the very souls (whatever they are) of such young kids to eternal damnation if they did not conform.

 

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Registered: 07-13-2008
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 1:48pm

Ray, 

I so love the first two quatrains. I WISH I could write sonnets like that--the words just flow as if you are talking, passionately talking about something you really care about. And since I live in an outpost of your ex-empire, I'm an Anglican by marriage so I've thought often about old Henry.

Somehow the 3rd quatrain makes me stumble. I can't tell what you are saying; maybe that things will be okay? I don't feel the passion anymore.

Vandalism sets up a very specific metaphor, it seems to me. If you want to say that the church will survive the havoc wrought against it, don't you need to go back to the metaphor--how do, or do schools/neighbourhoods survive vandalism?

Just an idea. Your sonnets always inspire me.

Jackie

 

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Registered: 06-13-1999
Thu, 09-20-2012 - 9:18am

Cee/pee my eye ... this is an inspiring work.  Very proud that you've shared it here.

" ... Free from the Holy See,
No bread and wine, ‘thanks be to God,’ He knows
Everything, and I am so sure that we
Will survive ... "

Lately, I've taken to referring to myself as a "Battling Catholic," and as such, your words arouse my own war cry.  I say simply: bravo!

"It is with a strange malice / That I distort the world." -- from The Weeping Burgher by Wallace Stevens
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Sat, 09-22-2012 - 6:58am

Jackie, I believe you can write in any form that you put your mind to.  As for my ex-empire....I wish.

I think the 3rd quatrain sums up just a few of the benefits we gained, (or lost) depending on one's point of view?

Thank you so much for your comments.  Ray. 

 

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Registered: 12-15-2004
Sat, 09-22-2012 - 7:08am

Thanks Pat.  "Battling Catholic"  I can just imagine you in full war-paint giving out with a tremendous yell of expiation: or should that be exhortation?  Don't matter much, the vision alone would be a sight to see.