Seems like it. “The God of the Copybook Headings” is pertinent. I doubt Dorothy Day or Cardinal Dolan would appreciate Rudyard Kipling’s poem—it has such wisdom in even the few stanzas below:
When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”
On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”
I am firmly of the opinion that nearly all social, cultural, and governmental issues can be correctly resolved by referring to Kipling’s poems.
Terrorism? The Grave of a Hundred Head and Arithmetic on the Frontier
Islamism? Kitchener’s School
Socialism (and especially Obamacare!)? An Imperial Rescript
Society and Culture in general? The Gods of the Copybook Headings.
Religion and State? Requiem and Hymn before Battle.
All the answers are there, but Gods of the Marketplace and their followers ignore them because they are not pretty, “fair” or “politically correct.” So the lights go out in Rome and the Gods of the Copybook Headings limp up to explain it once more...