Saturday May 07, 2022

‘I’m a good Catholic, I swear!’: Madonna asks Pope Francis to meet and discuss her ‘blasphemous’ behaviour

‘I’m a good Catholic, I swear!’: Madonna asks Pope Francis to meet and discuss her ‘blasphemous’ behaviour

Madonna

Madonna has extended an olive branch to Pope Francis after she was condemned for her “blasphemous” behaviour.

The singer is famous for her tensions with the Catholic Church. Her 1989 music video for the song “Like a Prayer” – featuring burning crosses and a sacrilegious depiction of Jesus – was banned by the Vatican, with Italian Roman Catholic historian Roberto de Mattei saying at the time: “The video is a blasphemy and insult because it shows immorals inside a church.”

‘I’m a good Catholic, I swear!’: Madonna asks Pope Francis to meet and discuss her ‘blasphemous’ behaviour
Pope Francis

Pope John Paul II also encouraged fans to boycott Madonna in Italy and not attend her Blond Ambition tour.

In a tweet on Thursday (5 May), Madonna tagged the head of the Catholic Church, writing: “Hello @Pontifex Francis – I’m a good Catholic. I Swear! I mean I don’t Swear!


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“Its [sic] been a few decades since my last confession. Would it be possible to meet up one day to discuss some important matters?”

Madonna also came under fire for staging a mock crucifixion during a concert in Rome in 2006, leading to Cardinal Ersilio Tonino, speaking with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI, saying: “This time the limits have really been pushed too far.

“This concert is a blasphemous challenge to the faith and a profanation of the cross. She should be excommunicated,” according to the Independent.

Next month, Madonna will release a new retrospective album to celebrate 50 number one hits on the Billboard Dance Club. The tracklist will include Madonna’s hit numbers like “Vogue”, “Like a Prayer”, “Music” and “Hung Up”.

 

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