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10 April 2009
Verse Portrait 70: The Cardinal
the first / only time we met:
the Church’s rising star
chairing the prison inquiry;
attentive, serious, seeming to care.
(I represented reform.)
Nothing of course happened.
I saw his report: contrary
to his reassurances on the day,
leaning hard to conservative.
Since, paedophile scandals
he failed to act on;
banning gay worship.
“Pompous, arrogant…” says my husband,
watching him pontificate on TV.