Refusal To Cast The First Stone

If in the sin you now confess
There was one tithe of tenderness;

If some sweet charity lay hid
Between your purpose and what you did;

If in this sad iniquity
Childlike you were, or sisterly,

Caught by some subtlety of chance,
Victim of merciless circumstance;

If Jesus may plead at the Judgment Seat:
You were less wicked than indiscreet,

Compassing more than your heart intended;
If you were lonely or undefended;

If one small rampart of your will
Fought against Hell and resisted still,

And one white atom of your soul
Was left unsullied and clean and whole: —

Over that atom, you understand,
I lift up no absolving hand.

From Boundaries

  • Patrick

    Which Supreme pontiff do you mean in number 2? I am definitely having some problems with that like most Catholics I know. I think the time for being subtle has past and it’s probably time to tell everyone about Fascism and Communism in the Church, and about Opus Dei and the 1958 conclave. Honesty