Essence (for the Catholic Church and many others)

An idea initially begats a movement
that the anointed soon have to protect
What was once blasphemy becomes orthodox
until its morality turns crosswired and murky

For individual divinity is too anarchistic
personal communion threatens the hierarchy
So the newest heretics become the shunned
while authenticity is infected and cannibalized

So strip away all layers to bare essence
do not bow to dogma’s weighty rule
Be pious for love, beauty, justice
with truth as the lamppost, never the institution