Pope Hasn't Begun to Apologize for Irish Abuse

Now do you understand why she ripped up that picture in 1992?
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2010 11:50 AM CDT
In this Oct. 5, 1992 image from video released by NBC, singer Sinead O'Connor tears up a photo of Pope John Paul II during a live appearance in New York on NBC's Saturday Night Live.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – “Almost 18 years ago, I tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II on an episode of Saturday Night Live,” Sinead O’Connor writes. She explains that she wasn't anti-religion but had a deep problem with how the church treated Irish Catholics. Then, “people did not understand.” Maybe now, with the revelation of a startling history of sexual and physical abuse by priests in Ireland, people will get the picture.

The pope’s “pastoral letter of apology—sort of” doesn’t begin to take responsibility for the church’s abuses in Ireland, O’Connor writes in the Washington Post. "It's an insult not only to our intelligence, but to our faith and to our country. To understand why, one must realize that we Irish endured a brutal brand of Catholicism that revolved around the humiliation of children." Benedict must take responsibility for the actions of priests and offer a "sincere reconciliation." If he does, O'Connor will be the first at the church door. (Read more Pope Benedict XVI stories.)

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