Television: Singing the News

The 3 p.m. newscast on Pasadena's radio station KRLA led off with the story of the Pope's encyclical on birth control. Then followed the strains of an oboe, flute and English-horn trio that sounded like the walk-in to a commercial jingle—until listeners heard a solemn voice chanting:

Pope Paul VI, fading shadow of the past

Stretching your pallid finger from the Dark Ages. . .

You have no blessed unions to remember,

You have no forgiven sins to repress,

You who are wholly holy are an empty chalice.

Were you ever filled with the sources of life,

Or did you pray them away...

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