THE CHURCH OF THE LOCKDOWN, THE LULL AND THE ESCAPE TO THE CATACOMBS
An epic poem (in 4 parts), by Crusader Will
Part 2 of 4.
Part II: Uphill Battle
The Reformer’s remarkably quiet:
Saint Peter’s piazza deserted
But don’t suppose a dearth of riot
Betokens a head-on clash averted.
The State meanwhile hints at Level Two.
The faithful feel a surge of hope –
Dashed, once numbers-allowed comes through,
It’s ten per session. Can priests cope?
Roster jinks Zoom-daunt parish leaders.
Priests can’t say twenty Sunday masses.
Hand-not-tongue fuss pre-empts fast feeders.
Who dares test-drive uphill molasses?
Catholics may not of course come back
En-masse. The Claytonesque may have served
To make the telly-watch change-of-tack
Suit the liturgically-unnerved.
In which case, there’s no Real-Presence crowd
For the Reformer to test live
His changes on, unless they’ve allowed
Home comforts to dull their sense of ‘hive
Of activity’ under one roof
In one large room that’s essential church.
There’s nothing like being kept aloof
To kill togetherness as goal-search..
Contagion’s still around, and people
May still be mad enough for the tried
And true to demarcate the steeple
As the focus for communal pride.
But in due course things may settle down
And cause priest and layman to go back
To ignorance as the source of the renown
That makes popes deciders of ‘right track’.