Sinead O'Connor Congratulates Pope Benedict on His 'Greatest Achievement': Retiring
Sinead O'Connor, who famously ripped a portrait of Pope John Paul II to pieces on SNL in 1992 while saying "fight the real enemy," said this today about Pope Benedict XVI's retirement:
I would like to congratulate Pope Benedict on his wise decision to retire before the very worst of what has been going on is discovered. I appreciate his alluding to some of it in his statement and assure him The Most High forgives those who can faithfully say they did wrong.
The church had been brought into dreadful disrepute by lies and blasphemies against The Holy Spirit. Benedict’s greatest achievement is this act of retiring. There is a chance now for the church to be re-built and made fit to house The Holy Spirit.
The Pope has AIDS. Haven't you noticed that camel hump growing on the back of his neck. Think of all the little boys in the world he's infected. There is a special place in hell for that nasty old queen. I hope he goes blind before he dies. God bless her.
She got so much shit and crashed her career over her protests of this Church.
In the end she was right.
Go Sinead! Was she ever abused by the church?
And really, they need a new Pope with a more liberal and modern attitude
Not to forget, lack of Nazi affiliation would be a big improvement.
[quote]Go Sinead! Was she ever abused by the church?
She was a woman growing up in Ireland. By this very definition she was abused by the Church.
Yes, r3. She was put in one of those laundries in Ireland where they did horrific things to youth.
It took a while but history proved her right.
She was surprised by the backlash as she said she had thought the story of the abuse and the cover ups were common knowledge but it wasn't yet in the US.
Sinead was put in those Magadalene Laundries for "wayward girls" which was a very abusive, cruel environment so yes, yes she was.
Foight the real enemy!
Chickens coming home to roost.
This guy was the offical in the church in charge of the child abuse scandals, and with this recent coverage of his role in the investigations of those child abuse allegations, he had to leave before to reduce the liability.
Sinead is naive if she thinks that the Church will change drastically thanks to a new Pope being replaced. It will be business as usual (= hatemongering against gays and heretics while doing whatever they please even if it's what they call a sin).
[quote] There is a chance now for the church to be re-built and made fit to house The Holy Spirit.
That's never going to happen. The Catholic church could cure every person who cancer and I would still not forgive them for the Magdalene Laundries - (which only ended in 1996 because most Irish people owned their own washing machines - it would still be going on) and the child sex abuse in America
And "Nothing Compares 2 U" is one of the most beautiful, moving singles of the last 30 years.
You're welcome, R14.
The next poopy will be black
This is why I love DL. I had not heard of the Magdalene Laundries. After reading about the abuses on wiki and the web, no wonder poor Sinead is and was angry.
And yes, Nothing Compares 2 U is a beautiful and haunting song.
Is that stupid, crazy bitch STILL yapping? I wish she would fuckin die already.
SINEAD WAS RIGHT!
Sinead was sent for rehabilitation in a building that was FORMERLY a Magdalene Laundry. It did not operate as a Magdalene Laundry when she was there. She also said this about her experience:
"I wouldn’t class myself as being abused while I was there. I came in at the tail end of it."
Whether or not she was abused is a moot point.
She had a valid reason to call the church out and she was one of the first high-profile celebrities to do so. Her career paid the price for it.
She is and always has been one fierce yet fragile woman.
Watch the HBO documentary "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," and get an understanding why Ratzinger is stepping down now. The tapioca is about to hit the air conditioner.
The documentary is on now and next airs on February 15 at 6:30pm.
Horrifying, and the cover-up goes all the way to the top, including John Paul II and Benedict. Sure, hire a Black guy now and let him be the fall guy as the Vatican is sued by a worldwide class action suit.
Go crawl back under your rock, Sin-head.
Never could stand her.
Because she is correct, r24?
demented, sick puppy.
r26, isn't there a Planned Parenthood you need to go picket?
Time for a U.S. comeback for siinead. She still sounds good.
Hopefully people will see she was 20 years ahead of her time
This is the first time in 600 YEARS that a pope has resigned.
And yes, Sinead gets part of the credit.
Didn't Patti LuPone give him some shit to?
r26 is referring to the Pope, of course.
She was abused by her mother who was mentally Ill. (It runs in the family.)
The systematic abuse of women in Ireland, especially those with mental illness, is a very real factor in her life. The Church sure as shit didn't help women who had any kind of mental illness. They didnt' help women who were raped or molested. They didn't help women who got pregnant out of wedlock. They didn't help women- period.
When she tore up the head abuser's photo on SNL, I was on my feet cheering and clapping. I would love Sinead for that alone even if she never did anything else.
[quote] The systematic abuse of women in Ireland, especially those with mental illness, is a very real factor in her life. The Church sure as shit didn't help women who had any kind of mental illness. They didn't' help women who were raped or molested. They didn't help women who got pregnant out of wedlock.
That's just your opinion. The Catholic Church's opinion up until 1996 was (and still is) basically that kidnapping and forcing women into slavery actually helped these women. The only reason they closed the laundries is because - even with slaves - it wasn't profitable anymore. They'd still be open if so many people didn't buy washing machines in the last 30 yrs. A lot of people still don't have inside toilets in Ireland (they have outhouses), but they have washing machines
And they recently sort of apologized for the kidnapping, slavery and civil rights violations. It was wonderful sort of "sorry you felt offended" things
Even if you hate her music, politics or appearance, there can be no denial (based in fact) that she was one of the first voices to speak out about this, and did so at significant personal cost and professional peril.
For that alone, she would have my respect.
The fact that she's one of the most magnificent singers of the last 50 years, and can sing rings around most of the tuneless tarts that pass for pop stars these days, is simply icing on the cake. Her new album...and the last five before it...prove her talent never took leave of her.
Her latest album is incredible. It's a total throwback to her first three albums. It received rave reviews. Heard her perform -- perfection. She is not a studio artist.
Will the Church be able to survive a massive sex abuse scandal?
[quote]She got so much shit
I prefer the term "the difficult brown."
Thanks for posting the film link R18. I'd never heard of this horrid treatment of young women in Ireland before. My grandmother grew up in a Catholic orphanage in the US during the depression and has told me horror stories about it, so nothing surprises me when it comes to these evil fucks
The Lion and the Cobra is one amazing album. Every sing track is perfection.
She had a great voice. She never really wanted to be a pop singer though, that just happened accidentally. She considers herself a protest singer. So it's no surprising her pop fame slipped through her fingers so quickly, despite her wonderful talent.
R41 I have a feeling she is totally fine with her pop stardom slipping through her fingers. In a way, she really played it right. She made a ton of money off her early recordings and now is in the position to do whatever she please.