Obedience took all my drive from me
You’re in the army now
Do as you’re told
The system did not encourage you to flourish
It formed you fervently
Into its own small mould
They are at it still
The thought police are out
You can’t think that
It’s not what we’re about
That clerical dress it gives a clue
We are all the same
There is no you
Just father this and father that
The system sabotages human life
It strangled me
I disappeared all right
The damage was done early
Take the boy from home
He’s a willing lad
We’ll fatten him up for Rome
Jesus called disciples from grown men
And treated them as such those fishermen
Knew their characters
Encouraged them to be
All that was in them
Then come and follow me
5 February 2022
+ Swirling thoughts come together to prompt the above. Tony Flannery CSsR is getting some support now to protest against the ban on his priestly ministry imposed by The Holy Office in Rome. Defending the Faith seems more like ‘thought police’.
I came across Patricia Lockwood, American writer, whose father is a catholic priest of an extremely right wing flavour.
Tony Doyle, priest, has recently spoken about how today’s young priests are so right-wing it scares him.
My own long journey into and out of priesthood and religious life began because the catholic system encouraged young boys away from the influence of home and family in order to mould them into clerical units.