In childhood it was belief with total innocence,
No questioning or instances of elders disrespect.
Simply, blind faith filled with the flames of fear,
Man-made rules sought to punish and ridicule.
Steadfast until reasoning raised its own doubts,
Infallibility was eventually placed on shaky ground.
Hypocritical men and women of the cloth exposed,
Stifling acts of cruelty and duplicity in dark recesses.
Pontificating from pulpits whilst traumatising souls,
Catechismal canon and doctrines have crumbled away.
Centuries of old habits hidden within terse teachings,
Modernised or erased to appease a fading popularity.
One now expects to set aside what once was mortal,
Sinfulness diluted or deleted has new celebrity status.
Individually, seeking truth is a perilous consideration,
Perhaps a soliloquy of prayer returns more assurance.
©Copyright Eileen T O’Neill 24/05/2015