Baldy is at it again; ripping the Pope. Love her or hate her (most people definitely hate her) one has to admit that she’s one of a very select breed of public figures who has the testicles (or in her case ovaries) to blast the Catholic Church. And for this, if nothing else, she deserves high praise. TGO
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LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – Does Sinead O’Connor still have a major problem with the papacy?… Come on. Is the Pope Catholic?
He’s not the only one on her dis list. She’s also got a long-standing beef with Bono, as well as Bob Geldof, for being pontiff enablers. She alludes to her upset with her fellow celebrity Irishmen in “VIP,” the rivetingly moralistic, celebrity-bashing number that wraps up her new album.
Said album, “How About I Be Me (And You Be You),” is certainly a return to form — papal-picture-tearing-up form, that is. She slams the church and its adherents for ignoring abuses not just in “VIP” but also “Take Off Your Shoes,” a fierce tune in which she plays a ticked-off Holy Spirit, out to avenge hierarchal church corruption. If you ever wanted to hear the third member of the Holy Trinity use the F-word in a song, your moment has arrived.
Happily, the new album is also a return to form for O’Connor as a firing-on-all-cylinders singer/songwriter, provocations aside. Its surprising strengths may be a hard sell for detractors and former fans who’ve witnessed her squandering a good deal of remaining good will by live-tweeting what seemed to be a six-month nervous breakdown last year. But however unstable she may seem outside of her craft, what she’s doing within it is compelling enough to make the idea of letting Sinead be Sinead actually seem like a good one.
Don’t look for too many clues, though, as to what caused her last fall to advertise her specific sexual needs on Twitter, share suicidal thoughts via social media, and elope in a quickie marriage that resulted in the unhappiest wedding night for any groom this side of Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia.”
She’s said these songs were written a few years ago. So the ebullience of the wedding-themed opener, “4th and Vine” — arguably the catchiest going-to-the-chapel song since “Chapel of Love” itself — wasn’t inspired by her recent odd nuptials, but rather a romance she had going in the late 2000s with the father of her fourth child. Who is, of course, not to be confused with her first husband, John Reynolds, a loyal guy who produced, co-wrote, and played drums on the new album. (We’ll spare you the flow chart.)
The high spirits of that opening number don’t often return. By the second number, “Reason With Me,” she’s singing from the point of view of an addict desperate for some wisdom and compassion. Before too long she’s even moved on to that most evergreen of blues subjects: motherless children.
But if the misery index tends toward the high side, the beauty and force of O’Connor’s still strong voice (especially when she double-tracks it) and her peculiarly powerful songwriting never cease to captivate through all 10 tracks.
The banshee-like moments work, as when O’Connor, as the aforementioned Holy Ghost, marches onto holy ground to confront Jesus’ followers and angrily declares, “You’re running out of battery,” while Reynolds turns up the slashing guitars.
But a quiet, tender rage suits her even better, and that closing “VIP” is an angry corker. In interviews seven years ago and again recently, she’s singled out Bono and Geldof for refusing to join her personal campaign to confront the Catholic hierarchy about endemic child abuse. (You can guess why a charitable superstar might think twice about signing a Sinead petition, but so be it.) There’s no secret which stars she means when she laments: “To whom exactly are we giving hope/When we stand behind the velvet rope/Or get our pictures taken with the pope/Like some sick April Fool kind of joke.”
The song would have been better without those prosaic lines. But her more general broadsides at her fellow celebs, whom she imagines getting nervous at the pearly gates about whether they’ll be on that guest list, ring with conviction amid the nearly liturgical chant-level hush. It’s on par with the famous lyric where Dylan imagined the president standing naked before God, even if Lyndon Johnson was arguably a bigger and better target than the lead singer of U2.
(Editing By Zorianna Kit)
Maybe it’s time that pumpkin-head forgets about marriage; at least for a while. And as the term goes: “God forbid” she ever brings a child into this world – there are already enough fruitcakes on the planet. TGO
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O’Connor, 46, said on her blog that the marriage went wrong three hours after the Dec 8. ceremony in Las Vegas and that the pair had lived together for only seven days before splitting on Christmas Eve.
“Within 3 hours of the ceremony being over the marriage was kyboshed (ruined) by the behavior of certain people in my husband’s life. And also by a bit of a wild ride I took us on looking for a bit of a smoke of weed for me wedding night as I don’t drink,” the controversial singer wrote.
O’Connor, who found fame in the late 1980s with her shaved head and original voice on songs like “Nothing Compares 2 U”, said that Herridge was “enormously wounded and very badly affected by that experience and also by the attitude of those close to him toward our marriage. It became apparent to me that if he were to stay with me he would be losing too much to bear.”
She added that she had decided to end the marriage, and said the couple had made a mistake “rushing into getting married” without being prepared for the consequences on his life.
“The marriage was 16 days. We lived together for 7 days only. Until Xmas eve. And we haven’t been awful to each other,” she wrote.
O’Connor has been married three times previously. Her most recent union to musician Steve Cooney ended earlier this year after about one year.
She courted controversy in the 1990s by tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II on live television in a protest over priestly sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, by declaring herself to be a lesbian and then retracting her assertion, and by being ordained as a priest in a breakaway Catholic Church sect.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney)
After looking at this picture of Sinead O’Connor (taken back in April 2005) I can see why she would be sexually frustrated. If she looked this bad back then, one can only imagine what she must look like now. It would take a heavy dose of Viagra and/or an equally frustrated partner to want to have sex with her. TGO
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Irish singer Sinead O’Connor, well known for creating controversy and raising eyebrows, has revealed her sexual frustration in a series of blog and Twitter posts, much to the amusement of her followers.
Writing on her own blog site, 44 year-old O’Connor discloses her desire for intimacy in an explicit manner, often referring to fantasies about Irish politicians, U2 musician Adam Clayton and actor Robert Downey, Jr.
“I am in the peak of my sexual prime and way too lovely to be living like a nun. and it’s VERY depressing,” wrote O’Connor in a blog posted earlier this month.
She has also been sending out messages of a more sexually explicit nature on Twitter, requesting male attention and asking for interested applicants to email her.
The singer, who achieved worldwide success with her 1990 cover of Prince’s song “Nothing Compares 2 U,” has previously spoken of her romantic relationships with men and women.
O’Connor outed herself as a lesbian in an interview with Curve magazine in 2000, but later retracted the statement and in 2005, told Entertainment Weekly “I’m three-quarters heterosexual, a quarter gay. I lean a bit more toward the hairy blokes.”
The singer has four children by four partners and has been married 3 times, most recently to her long-time collaborator Steve Cooney in July 2010.
This is not the first time the singer has behaved out of the ordinary. In 1992, O’Connor famously ripped apart a photograph of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live, for which the producers of the show later issued an apology.
O’Connor is vetting all applications responding to her current personal ads through an assistant, but unemployed suitors need not apply, according to the singer’s checklist of desires. She also makes clear that “Women will also be very much considered.”
(Reporting and Writing by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)
Bishop Denis Brennan wants parishioners to help pay compensation for victims of clerical sex abuse in Ireland. So we have gay priests molesting children and the Church wants Catholics to help cover the expense of settlements to victims of sexual abuse paid by the Vatican! Talk about a depraved bunch…
Sinead O’Connor has been known to be somewhat of a flake, but in this instance she is 100 percent correct. How in the world can the filthy rich Vatican expect or even suggest that people of average means help pay for damages caused by priests employed by the Church? It’s a fact that too much religion can make people crazy, but this clan at the Vatican has completely lost its marbles and obviously has no morals. TGO
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Bishop Denis Brennan appealed for financial help this week saying settlements of 48 cases so far have cost 10.2 million euros (13.8 million dollars) and 13 legal actions are still pending.
O’Connor said the suggestion was an “unbelievable and stupid” attempt to manipulate “good Catholic people.”
“If Christ was here, he would be burning down the Vatican. And I for one would be helping him,” the controversial singer said in a letter to Irish newspapers.
Brennan, bishop of Ferns in southeast Ireland, made his appeal on Tuesday in a diocesan finance report, saying “I would be grateful for whatever ways you might be able to help me.
“It will be necessary to invite the parishes to become part of the process financially,” he added.
Long an outspoken critic of the Catholic authorities, O’Connor asked: “How long do they expect us to restrain ourselves? We have put up with this bull dung for hundreds of years.
“A true Christian is someone who, in any given situation, is supposed to ask themselves what would Jesus do, then try to do that.
“How an organisation which has acted, decade after decade, only to protect its business interests above the interests of children can feel it has the right to dictate to us what Christians should do is beyond belief,” she said.
A series of state judicial reports revealing the extent of clerical abuse and attempts to cover it up by church authorities has rocked the mainly Catholic country.
O’Connor’s biggest hit was a haunting version of the Prince song “Nothing Compares to U”.
The singer has hit the headlines for a number of controversies over the years.
She caused anger when she ripped up a picture of the Pope John Paul II on the US TV show “Saturday Night Live” in 1992.
In 1999, an Irish “rebel” bishop ordained her in Lourdes as a priest in the controversial Latin Tridentine Church. Subsequently, she styled herself as “Mother Bernadette Mary”.