Nothing brings people together like a “Pilgrimage for Justice” to Canterbury. Well, at least that is what the group, Occupy Faith UK is hoping will happen June 7-20. According to the group’s website:
“This summer, a group of concerned citizens from all walks of life will come together to recreate a modern version of an ancient journey in the hope of building a more equitable future. A two week long walk from London to Canterbury will culminate in a conference on social, economic and environmental justice.”
For centuries people have taken pilgrimages to Canterbury Cathedral which is the where Archbishop Thomas Becket was assassinated in 1170. St. Thomas of Canterbury was murdered after a dispute over the authority of the Church vs the State by four knights of King Henry II. It is unclear how Occupy Faith plan to take advantage of this tidbit of history, but no doubt the greedy Bankers of Canary Wharf will be held responsible.
Also of note, it was a pilgrimage to the shrine of this “holy blessed martyr” that gave inspiration to Geoffrey Chaucer’s, The Canterbury Tales. It is difficult to image taking on such an excellent journey without celebrating one of the great works of Western civilization.
So in honor of Chaucer and this illustrious Pilgrimage of Justice, I offer a slightly altered rendering of the introduction to The Canterbury Tales.
When in June the sweet showers fall
That pierce Occupier’s tents and all
And bathed every vein in liquor that has power
To generate therein and sire much discontent;
When Hippy also has with his sour breath,
Filled again, in every holt and heath,
The tender shoots and leaves trampled, and the young son
His half-course in the sign of the Anarchist has run,
And many little rats make melody…
Hopefully they will be more successful than our own Occupy Faith DC.