Cathechism: This is a Catholic Country

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Cathechism: This is a Catholic Country
Q: Why were a hundred thousand children abused?
A: Because this is a catholic country.
Q: Why did the abusers get away with it?
A: Because this is a catholic country.
Q: Why did the people of the country, to their as yet unpurged disgrace, let the
abusers get away with it?
A: Because this is a catholic country.
Q: Why are LBGT’s still beaten up on our streets, and why are they still afraid
to hold hands on most of our streets, and why are so many young LBGT’s driven to self-hatred and suicide, and why do LBGT’s still not have their equal rights?
A: Because this is a catholic country.
Q: Why did Patrick Kavanagh die of blinding alcohol instead of visionary ecstasy
and why did he end up writing prayers instead of poetry?
A: Because this is a catholic country.
Q: Why did Joyce and Beckett and all our twentieth century genius leave?
A: Because this is a Catholic country.
Q: Why are there sado-masochistic images of semi-naked crucifixions hanging still in most of our schools, branding torture and terror and body-hate and sexual sickness into the brains of our young?
A: Because this is a Catholic country.
Q: Why we are we all so ashamed of our beautiful difference
and why are so many of us often afraid to express it?
A: Because this is a catholic country.
Q: Why are you sometimes better off being a pig than a woman or a child in this country?
A: Because this is a catholic country.
Q: Why do we still kill women in our hospitals instead of saving their lives?
A: Because this is a Catholic country.
Q: When will we be stop being slaves in our bodies, our minds, and our souls,
and when will we stop abusing and sickening our children and allowing them to be
sickened and abused,
and when will we be free from the curse of our historical disgrace
and when will we stop killing women and beating up LBGT’s
and all of the beautifully variant,
and when will we stop writing prayers instead of poetry?
A: When this is no longer a catholic country.
Dave Lordan’s website is davelordanwriter.com

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Dave Lordan is activist, poet and teacher. He blogs at davelordanwriter.com