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Fourteen Lines for the Challenger
« on: April 17, 2018, 05:16:05 PM »
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  •        For St. Edmund Campion (1540-1581)
    They would not let you speak. Sometimes the truth
    Must hide; more often it is hid. The right’s
    Constrained by circumstance: soft hands with ruth
    Sequester it, in priest holes where no light
    Wrestles with light, the dark uncomprehending,
    Until its weathered hands can grab and seize
    Where ruthlessness has leave for its offending,
    Past conscience, in the room of Little Ease.
    They would not let you speak. Your speaking then
    Had opened doors that they must keep well closed:
    Wrong answers are inside. Some hiding men
    Dwell in a world where questions die, unposed.
        But your repose is sweet, your words came good,
        Where works speak more than words, on Tyburn’s wood.
    The practice of the Church has always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic communion, and alien to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point of doctrine proposed by her authoritative Magisterium . . . Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum


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