In five hundred years we've heard the ideas of Paine, and Huxley and Blake,
For five hundred years we've been the premiers in learning for learning's sake.
In fifty decades we freed the slaves and gave women the right to vote,
In fifty decades came Shakespeare's plays and all that Darwin wrote.
In all those days we've changed the ways that we think about science and space,
For all those days we've striven to raise the wisdom and deeds of the race.
Given that time, it seems like a crime to welcome a bigoted Pope.
But needless to say, I'd hug him today if I found out he really smoked dope.