Don't miss Jan Phillips's magnificent poem "If I Were Pope" at Claire Bangasser's A Seat at the Table blog right now. It opens with this provocative declaration:
If I were popeI'd proclaim the end of my infallibilityand banish the word sin from the doctrines of faith
And then it concludes:
If I were pope, I'd throw a party at the Vaticanand invite everyone who's left the churchbecause they didn't feel welcomed.(The overflow crowd would be treated to weekendsat Italian vineyards.)
If I were pope, I'd announce my retirement,and as my last act in office, at the final party,I'd ordain to the priesthood any woman who was ready,marry any gay couple who wanted my blessing,and marry any priest, male or female.
Then I'd get in my jammies,say a prayer of gratitude,and crawl into bed for a much needed nap.
And every word in between that powerful opening and that wonderful conclusion is worth reading.
As Claire notes, the poem is from Phillips's book No Ordinary Time: The Rise of Spiritual Intelligence and Evolutionary Creativity.