Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by Pope Francis’s impressive start, and some people questioning whether he is too ‘socialist’ or ‘Marxist’. It is quite topical what with Christmas shining over the mid-winter horizon.
Christian Background, Critical Approach
Marc was brought up a Christian, but doesn’t really believe in it now, although he likes Jesus Christ the historical figure: the rebel socialist. While he would rather a world without religion and royalty, he doesn’t expect either to disappear in his lifetime, so hopes they’ll be as good as can be.
While some people might think a peasant pleb like Marc shouldn’t even be commenting on such things, they should remember that we live in an age of free speech and democracy. Moreover, religious and royal leaders get millions of people listening to their views, so the words of an independent blogger are hardly likely to matter much.
How Christianity Lost Its Way
Marc remembers reading in Peter Prew’s The Human Reality how the Christian church was hijacked by bureaucrats, and turned into a financial enterprise, resulting in its current wealth and use as a cash cow by T.V. evangelists etc.
So maybe Pope Francis is taking the Church back to its roots; after centuries of doing wrong a lot of the time; to the true teachings of Jesus Christ?
Heaven’s Christian Pope, Providing Community Hope
Is Pope Francis
with Marxist thinking
or am I juxtaposing
his Christian actions
with media reactions
Jesus was socialist, criticising corrupt greed
love society’s poor
religions always implore
journalists and politicians too
speaking for you
I’m March Hares
To be as mad as a March hare is a popular idiom.