I'm looking for various interpretations of "The Purpose of Altar Boys" by Alberto Rios. What does this poem mean?

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I think that you could interpret this poem as a critique of the Catholic Church.

As an altar boy, the speaker can be said to represent the church.  He is supposed to be an example of good.  After all, he is there, taking part in the holiest sacrament of Catholicism...

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I think that you could interpret this poem as a critique of the Catholic Church.

As an altar boy, the speaker can be said to represent the church.  He is supposed to be an example of good.  After all, he is there, taking part in the holiest sacrament of Catholicism and preventing Christ's body from falling to the floor.

Yet, at the same time, he is punishing people for sins that he is just imagining.  And he is obsessed with sexuality.

Having grown up Catholic, I can see where a person would argue that the Church acts in these ways.  You cans say that the speaker is criticizing the Church's focus on finding out people's sins (through confession) and its obsession with sex (forbidding it to priests, etc).

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