padre despairs

Unhappiness revives the trembling chin
that Padre has sedated twice since tea.
He wonders if his liver will distend
from fortifying jaw with port and Brie.
"The horrors of the news we're forced to see
because of BBC and CNN
no doubt do wonders for the sale of gin.
Why must we witness what we cannot change?
I'd give up drink to get no bulletin
about this evil world that's gone so strange."