Sinead O'Connor: Potential Atheist Ally?

As usual, Sinead O'Connor has some choice words about the Catholic church and the Vatican. Speaking about the recent canonization of Mary MacKillop, Australia's first saint:
Mary MacKillop is going to become a very important figure, I'd say, because she fucking stopped a paedophile priest. She was way ahead of her time. She withstood the persecution [of the church authorities who excommunicated her]. She was brave enough to stand up to them
O'Connor took a lot of heat years ago for tearing up a picture of the Pope on Saturday Night Live. She did so in response to the nascent pedophilia scandal that at the time was receiving virtually no press and no Vatican interest. In retrospect, she was right.
I call them the Vatican't. It's a nest of devils that's run by people with no respect for God or children or the rest of us.
What should be done?
The Pope and the top tier of the church should step down immediately, she said. ''And after they step down they should present themselves at their local police stations and ask to be prosecuted.''
After that, she said, ''we should burn the fucking Vatican to the ground, frankly, and I know if Jesus was here that's exactly what would be happening''.
A common tactic is to label O'Connor as anti-Catholic. Nothing could be farther from the truth:
There's a misconception that O'Connor is anti-Catholic, but in fact she's fiercely spiritual, and in 1999 was ordained a priest of a breakaway Catholic order.
''I'm someone who really believes in the Holy Spirit, whatever you want to call it - fucking Allah or Daisy or Fred - and I don't like to see that spirit being misrepresented to the point where people are horrified to even think of the 'G' word,'' she said.
So, far from being an anti-Catholic Atheist, Sinead O'Connor comes from a place of deep respect for the teachings of Jesus and Catholicism.

If only the Vatican showed the same respect.

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Comment by Tarentola Mauritanica on October 26, 2010 at 12:26am
I "know" Sinead since the start of her career. Been listening to her music and following part of her life that means. And since the early 90s she always appeared to be mentally instable. Something I still see in her when i look at her now. She has a way of being "unrestricted" in her behaviour.

This often diminishes her statements to the point where people don't take her seriously anymore.

But the term "Vatican't" surely will make it into my list of top words :-D



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