I've loaded the dice of this poem, if it be a poem, rather too heavily. But I thought I'd post it in spite of that. (And I do like many things about Pope Leo, his labour-friendly encyclical, and his love of the Rosary, which I share.)


If my reader will forgive

trans-credal appropriation,

Jennifer my confessor

is a living mi shebeirach.


So many priests

of the Anglican Communion,

Jennifer among them,

are working to heal the world,


to minister to its ravages,

to help build back

where there is havoc

of matter or of spirit.


A hundred years ago,

good Pope Leo declared

all Anglican ordinations

"invalid, null and void."


Jennifer's priesthood

isn't Vatican-approved,

but what she does,

what Christ does through her,


is far from meaningless:

blessing the broken-hearted,

binding up all their wounds,

and embodying mercy


to those who have despaired of it.

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Written on 2021-03-24 at 01:36

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josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
Amen, Thomas beautifully said. And note that Anglican priests are quietly being brought into Roman Catholic Dioceses in Canada and I Believe in the US to full rights to act as parish priests even when married!. Regrettably though that only has applied to men.