Madonna is known for making fun of religion, not following it.
That’s why the 63-year-old pop star raised some eyebrows by tweeting at the pope and asking him to set up a meeting with her. She also described herself as a “good Catholic” in the post.
“Hello @Pontifex Francis – I’m a good Catholic. I swear! I mean, I don’t swear! It’s been a few decades since my last confession. Would it be possible to meet one day to discuss important matters? I Been ex-communicated 3 times. Doesn’t seem fair. Sincerely Madonna,” the tweet read.
Hello @Pontifex François — I am a good Catholic. I swear! I mean, I don’t swear! It’s been a few decades since my last confession. Would it be possible to meet one day to discuss important topics?
I have been ex-communicated 3 times. It doesn’t seem fair. Sincerely, Madonna
– Madonna (@Madonna) May 5, 2022
According to Page Six, Madonna was denounced by the Catholic Church after a performance in Rome in 2006 in which she was “crucified” on stage. The act was deemed blasphemous.
“Crucifying oneself during the concert in the city of popes and martyrs is an act of open hostility. It is nothing less than a scandal and an attempt to generate publicity,” the late Cardinal Ersilio Tonini said with the blessing of Pope Benedict XVI.
“The time will come when this woman will realize that Christ died on the cross for her too, that he shed his blood for her,” the cardinal continued. “I pity her.”
Madonna was raised Catholic but hasn’t adhered to the tenets of the religion for years.
Even before the 2006 drama, Madonna was called out by the Vatican after the release of her 1989 music video for “Like a Prayer,” which featured religious symbols. The Vatican has also urged its supporters to boycott one of its musical tours, per FoxNews.
The video showed the singer dancing in front of flaming crosses, sustaining stigmata (wounds consistent with Jesus’ crucifixion) and kissing a black statue of Jesus which later comes to life in the church.
“Like a Prayer” music video director Mary Lambert described how they created the visuals, telling The Hollywood Reporter“I wanted to explore the correlation between sexual ecstasy and religious ecstasy.”
Lambert also said it came from “Madonna told me she wanted to ‘fuck a black man on the altar'”. So Lambert replied, “Well, why not make it a black Jesus? Let’s go all the way.
These are not the only examples of blatant religious mockery. During the singer’s “Papa Don’t Preach” world tour in 2015-2016, she and her dancers wore modified nun habits and danced around crucifix-shaped strip sticks to the song “Holy Water.” .