How To Read an Encyclical: From May 18, 1963

David Lawrence read it Right
Lippmann saw a liberal light
William Buckley sounded coolish
Pearson's line was mostly foolish
Courtney Murray wasn't certain
(We haven't heard from Thomas Merton)
Nation-readers learned to hope
That J.F.K. would heed his Pope
Welch saw Red, red, redder than titian
As Rome fell under Birch suspicion
Time caressed each Lucid text
While Playboy found it undersexed
Pravda praised the portions peacenik
(No comment on the UN policenik)
The Dept of State was terribly kind
The Pope, it said, had us in mind
By now we know the simple trick
Of how to read Pope John's encyc
To play the game, you choose your snippet
Of Peace on Earth and boldly clip it

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