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vatican poem long“He’s out of touch as he can be,
Now filling up the Holy See
With rabble-rousers, populists,
With throngs of half-baked dogmatists;
Who make us weep, or maybe laugh,
Who cannot read a simple graph,
Who can’t perceive the bottom line,
Who deign to cavil, moan and whine;
Far too unlettered to ensure
That we stay rich to feed the poor! 

“As if pronouncements from on high
Could change the order, bye and bye!
As if he plans some grand repast
As last come first and first go last!
He dares demand that we should bow
Just because he rules—for now!
He’s out of touch as he could be,
That radical from Galilee;
We’ll need good lawyers, and a plan,
If we’ll impeach the Son of Man.”





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Published: Dec 21, 2014
Stephen Masty
Stephen Masty (1954-2015) was a Senior Contributor to The Imaginative Conservative. He was a journalist, a development expert, and a speechwriter for three US presidents, British royalty and heads of government in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. He spent most of his adulthood working in South Asia including Afghanistan, and he was a writer, poet and artist in Kathmandu.
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  1. A pope may, as the worn cliché puts it, reach out, make his presence known, exert a moral authority, and engage in a civilized manner appropriate to the Hole See.
    On the other hand he should be a tad more circumspect in his choices of issues, bearing in mind the historic authority of the Papacy and the millennia that have graced the Vatican.
    Cuba, the Castros ? Was it a slow day in Rome?

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