Contra Women Priests

[As my brain slowly begins to function again, I have an idea for using the pantoum form to retract an earlier belief. This is a rough approximation of what I would like to do. It needs a lot of work and may yet morph into something quite different. Still working with prompts from Two Sylvias Press.]

The Catholic priesthood, I believe,
Dry rots from the inside out
Those doctrinal decrees only deceive
Bar half of humans without doubt

Dry rots from the inside out
Crack open St. Peter’s throne
Bar half of humans without doubt
With women unworthy and alone

Crack open St. Peter’s throne
Allowing women priests cannot save it
With women unworthy and alone
No man nor woman should brave it

Allowing women priests cannot save it
The Catholic priesthood, I believe,
No man nor woman should brave it
Those doctrinal decrees only deceive

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