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‘How Many Divisions Has the Pope?’

Telegraph | News | Vatican fury at 'blasphemous' Madonna

The so-called Queen of Pop brings her show to Rome on Sunday, and Roman Catholic leaders are furious at part of her performance in which she wears a crown of thorns and is apparently crucified.
Cardinal Ersilio Tonino, speaking with the Pope's approval, said: "This is a blasphemous challenge to the faith and a profanation of the Cross. She should be excommunicated. To crucify herself … in the city of popes and martyrs is an act of open hostility. It is nothing short of a scandal and an attempt to generate publicity."

Sometimes, just sometimes, I wish the Vatican acted a bit more like our Mahometan friends. I bet there is one old slapper who wouldn't be so "brave" then.


"bit more like our Mahometan friends". Would that be to threaten or use violence to stifle free speech and freedom of expression? The freedom we wish for ourselves we must wish for others, whether we like them or what they do or say. Nobody with Christian sensibilities is forced to pay to see Madonna nor are they likely to want to. I presume Madonna is performing in Rome because there are enough people willing to pay to see her, that is their right.

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