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Guest Priest

Guest Priest

The guest priest at my parish seems to buy
The NATO propaganda absolutely.
Oh, he’s repeating every single lie,
The guest priest at my parish. Seems to buy
The whole cartoon. The truth need not apply.
I do resent his crap – but not acutely.
The guest priest at my parish seems to buy
The NATO propaganda absolutely.

–Tom Riley

Donuts in the Desert

Donuts in the Desert

 

“His food was locusts and wild honey.”

 

The Prophet Shea will not make do
With locusts and wild honey.
He needs four meals – and twelve snacks, too!
The Prophet Shea will not make do
With desert fare, St. John, like you.
Such thoughts are far from funny.
The Prophet Shea will not make do
With locusts and wild honey.

 

–Tom Riley

 

Not Economy

Not Economy

 
The pope says people, not economy.
To feed them: loaves and fishes multiplied
By him. Hey, that’s a plan! Don’t you agree?
The pope says people, not economy!
Out of work we must all consent to be
Forever – or till experts can decide.
The pope says people, not economy!
To feed them? Loaves and fishes multiplied!

 
–Tom Riley

 

Pope says putting the economy before people would be 'viral genocide'
(Current Occupant of the Petrine Office instructs world not to sweat the silly economy.)

Thank Him

Thank Him

 
Bergoglio’s fashioning a new religion—
And hoping that you’ll thank him, lad, for that.
Resemblance to the Old Faith? There’s a smidgen.
Bergoglio’s fashioning a new religion,
However. Won’t you be his willing pigeon?
Insisting that he’s not an autocrat,
Bergoglio’s fashioning a new religion—
And hoping that you’ll thank him, lad, for that.

 
–Tom Riley

 

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Talkative

Talkative

 

“I have issued new teachings galore,”

Said Pope Francis.  “I am, at my core,

One real talkative guy.

Wise restraint can’t apply.

Why not try it again?  What’s one more?”

 

–Tom Riley

 

 

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Lenten Sacrifice

Lenten Sacrifice

“I am giving up donuts!” says Shea.
“I shall fast in a wise, Lenten way.
I’ll be strict and not hazy.
Still, no need to go crazy….
I’ll cut down to a dozen a day!”

–Tom Riley

Father Quick

Father Quick

 

 

“Hi.  My name’s Father Quick Rationale!
I befriend every guy, every gal,
by negating confession
with excuse and expression.
Hey, whatever you’ve done, I’m your pal!”

 

 

–Tom Riley

Still Champion

Still Champion

 

 

(in memoriam Charlie Rice, d. 25 February 2015)

 

 

When everyone was all for compromise–
which meant, of course, the easiest surrender–
he saw the truth with never-flinching eyes
and stood as life’s unwearying defender.
In that ring, he was more than mere contender.
He sent opponents to the canvas fast.
His energies were vast — and, cheerful spender,
He labored hard, yet managed still to last.
And is his advocacy in the past?
Of course not. From the realm where Beatrice
gazed down on troubled Dante, unharassed
by all our vain distractions, he will miss
no opportunity to intervene.
Dread ought to fill the pro-abortion scene.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Catholic Pal

Catholic Pal

 

 

Obama and his Catholic pal Mark Shea
invited lots of kids across the border.
What? Screen for measles on that joyful day?
To ask for such a thing was a disorder.
No, no!  Shea gave such attitudes no quarter.
It didn’t matter if there was disease.
As broad pro-lifery’s insistent warder,
he emphasized eternal verities.
Now we have measles back again. A sneeze
can spread the fearful fever far and wide.
Will Mark Shea say he’s sorry? He agrees
to no such thing. He’s on Obama’s side
again — and full of earnest fulminations.
It’s time to mandate measles vaccinations!

 

 

–Tom Riley

Habemus Papam

Habemus Papam

 

 

Now we have the first Jesuit pope.
With such subtlety what heart can cope?
Ah, what sly education
and cool ratiocination!
Many would have preferred, well, a dope….

 

 

–Tom Riley