R.I.P. : 2018 Part 6

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Tue, 03/12/2019 - 3:00am to 5:30am

As promised - here is the translation for the song "Evviva Il Papa" by the Flemish singer  Hugo Raspoet

From Wikipedia:

"Raspoet was born in Ganshoren. He studied Latin philology at the University of Leuven and became a translator at the Flemish public TV channel afterwards.[2] He was a contestant during the musical talent show Ontdek de Ster in 1962, where he performed the song Mijn Koningskind[3] He released a few EP's, but later, under influence of Bob DylanJacques Brel and Georges Brassens, changed his style to more introspective, poetic and socially conscious lyrics. In 1969 his song "Evviva Il Papa" caused controversy because it attacked both the Pope as well as the Vatican. It was banned from radio and TV airplay and Raspoet was often forbidden to perform it on stage.[4][5][6] When he ignored the ban and tried to perform it one time in Borgerhout the police forced him to leave the stage.[7][8][9]Johan Anthierens, who had a radio show about chanson, protested the ban by not playing the record on the air, but reading its lyrics for the listeners. He was still fired nevertheless.[10]"

Now for the song in question: "Evviva Il Papa"

 

 

Who is it that sat so high
in his wealthy Vatican
takes the place of one of the gods
who never actually existed?
But come on, that doesn't matter here,
after all, everyone is free
to invent a deity for oneself,
one can still add one.

His God humbled himself to man,
he made himself god,
surrounded by feudal splendor
from which he has not yet awakened.
He still lives in the Middle Ages,
he belongs to that folklore group
that supplies fabric for women's magazines,
a pointless parade gang.

In all its churches and museums
the treasures are accumulated.
Owning the Vatican alone
is something that runs into the billions.
His God will be happy with that,
he only got poor bread,
and in the neighborhood of those billions
Lazarus is starving to death.

Oh yes, I know, they claim
that he must remain independent.
But isn't that about politics,
much more than he does in religion?
He simply calls himself infallible
where faith and morality are concerned
although none of that in the epistle
or in the gospel.

I am silent about the Inquisition,
that is past tense,
and the church sometimes makes mistakes
despite that great infallibility.
Where now in Greece and Spain
in the name of Christ everything is allowed,
now the pope speaks 'Urbi et Orbi'
about the crisis of authority.

And that he let Hitler bite
when he killed the Jews,
I may still understand that,
the Jews had killed his God.
But why is he so stubborn
when the negro is trampled,
and when all over the world
adapts the clergy with the money?

He always talks about peace,
and i believe he is sincere
don't want a war, who would want that?
But does he never even think about justice?
And if he swears like that to peace,
why does he leave his catholic
still kill other people?
Tell me: where does the encyclical go?

But he only writes encyclicals
when it comes to sex and morals,
and preferably in an old-fashioned Latin,
and preferably a century or more late.
I want to remain silent about the pill
because his veto doesn't touch me,
but it is not terribly pathetic
that he makes himself so ridiculous?

His statement is stupid, but worse
and even sadder is the fact,
that people with reason and reason
still live in that dark time
in which a group of potentates,
headed by an old man,
determines how others should live
and what is now, what is no longer possible.

Dressed in old robes
with his tiara and his ring,
and with billions at his feet
he is an old eccentric.
He has the poverty and the love
replaced by a liturgy.
He has forever buried his God
under a lot of theology.

But he can sit quietly
between the gold of his palace,
and keep praying for peace
with an occasional trip around the world.
And if he likes those peace trips
returns to its golden lock,
then he thinks about the poor
and bless them in the name of God.

 

 

 

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