Sinead O’Connor: ‘There Should Be a Full Criminal Investigation of the Pope’

From the L.A. Times:

Years after her controversial ‘Saturday Night Live’ appearance, the Irish singer is still at odds with the Catholic Church, saying it must come clean about sexual-abuse allegations.

Reporting from Bray, Ireland – She shot to fame 20 years ago with her shaved head, chiseled cheeks and haunting rendition of the song “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Then she gained notoriety when she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II on American TV, calling him “the enemy” and urging people to fight child abuse.

Sinead O’Connor is still singing. And she’s still speaking out against abuse — only now her 1992 stunt on “Saturday Night Live” almost seems prescient as the Roman Catholic Church faces a growing catalog of complaints about child sexual and physical assault by priests in her Irish homeland and across Europe.

Such mistreatment was rampant here in Ireland, going back decades. By 1987, the Irish church was alarmed enough that it took out an insurance policy against future lawsuits and claims for compensation stemming from sexual-abuse allegations.

[Read more at the L.A. Times]

16 Comments on "Sinead O’Connor: ‘There Should Be a Full Criminal Investigation of the Pope’"

  1. nick__nick | Mar 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm |


  2. Would that be possible? Vatican City is considered a country so could he be shielded by diplomatic immunity or provisions in the concordats it signs with various nations?

    • He still retains full diplomatic immunity in the minds of his followers. They're the only courts that really have jurisdiction.

  3. Virgendelavacas | Mar 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm |

    Fun fact:

    The age of consent in the Vatican is 12. Seriously.

  4. br0wnb3rry | Mar 27, 2010 at 6:25 pm |

    Maybe rather then war with proxy governments, this “coalition” power in Iraq / Afghanistan should invade Vatican city and have military tribunals at GitMo for the people in collusion of covering up rape / abuse of the worlds children.

    • Hadrian999 | Mar 27, 2010 at 11:35 pm |

      well considering a catholic religious icon was a mandatory part of my uniform when i was deployed to iraq I don't see this happening

      • Come again? My brother is in the military and I don't remember seeing any crosses anywhere on his uniform or anything of that nature. Not picking at you, just curious.

        • Hadrian999 | Mar 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm |

          i was required to have a saints medal on my dog tag chain when i deployed,
          had nco's checking everyone to make sure we had them on.

          • That's fucking crazy! I can't believe nobody has brought this to light. Surely there must be a healthy number of non-christians in the service that would be disgusted by this.
            Is it general military policy, or was your unit run by a zealot who made it his policy?

          • Hadrian999 | Mar 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm |

            the problem is whistle blowers generally get screwed over,
            and in the military there are plenty of quiet ways to screw somebody over without anyone
            being able to prove it is retaliation.

  5. An ex-Nazi Youth who is head of one of the largest, richest, most secretive organizations on the planet and he has doesn't have to take responsibility for what he did or didn't do or what he did or didn't know about the priests who were raping and molesting children all those many decades ago in Germany! WTF?!?! Sinead knew what she was talking about. I applauded her courage then and now.

  6. All of her critics owe her an apology and thanks!

  7. but but but…. he's infallible!

    • Tuna Ghost | Mar 29, 2010 at 9:45 pm |

      Technically, he's not infallible in the way you're thinking–the Pope has the option of invoking Papal infallibility, and that has only been done once or twice in the history of the Catholic Church, and only pertains to Catholic doctrine.

  8. Anonymous | Apr 1, 2010 at 12:26 am |

    I wonder what God (you know, the guy with the long beard and the flowing white robes) thinks about all of this?

  9. I wonder what God (you know, the guy with the long beard and the flowing white robes) thinks about all of this?

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