OK, I’m a bit freaked out because I have to say something, speak up for the Church in some way, and I don’t know how or where to start. Irving Layton’s poem “For Jesus Christ” will be discussed and analyzed in my Canadian Lit class as part of the post-WWII Jewish-Canadian set on May 30th and, although I will not be at the class, I can post something on this online forum that is there for the continuation of discussions, etc. This is in a Canadian university, so my classmates come with all the typical liberal, a-Catholic, relativistic, secular viewpoints we all love, with the exception of one other Catholic and possibly a second.
So, you will see if you look up the poem (or I can post it, if somebody asks me) that it is filled with hatred (it’s quite shocking, actually… I couldn’t get through the poem because of how strongly it comes across) and blame for this “evil incarnate” (as someone said on another thread) that is the Church. I assume we will also look at two of his other poems, “Jesus and Saint Paul” and “Newsboy”, which run pretty much along the same vein with the addition of that old drivel that Christ was just a “revolutionary” (though I suppose this comes as no surprise, considering ) and St. Paul “made” him out to be God… :rolleyes:
As for the author, Irving Layton is Jewish, but he seems to show not a shred of charity or compassion in his writing and called himself a “freethinker” (with socialist tendencies). He seems to be well-liked as a poet… o.O Got the Order of Canada, I believe.
In the poem Layton seems to point fingers at the Church for the Holocaust and possibly for the big bad Inquisition, as well… he mentions a “ghetto” that was spurred by the Pope???
Anyway, I am just so overwhelmed because I don’t know where or how to start… Help?