Madonna Very Aware Of Her Ability To Push Catholics’ Buttons

Sep 8th, 2008 // 8 Comments

AP840914086.jpgMadonna made her initial foray into the pop world just around the time I started buying albums at the nearby Pathmark, and if there was one parental mandate I was to follow in my record-purchasing, it was this: No Madonna albums. I grew up under the guidance of super-Catholic parents, and my mother was not all that pleased by the whole Madonna/virgin/wayward bride/Holy Mary Mother Of God juxtaposition afforded by her imagery at the time, hence the ban. (I should probably confess here that I cheated on this a bit when I bought the 12-inch single for Madonna’s “Material Girl.” Hey, it wasn’t an album, so not only was I abiding by the rules, I learned what a remix was!) Apparently Madonna hasn’t forgotten about how she can get Catholics all riled up, even in this post-priest scandal, “let’s make the Church smaller in order to save it” age. Because everyone’s retro now!

“I dedicate this song to the Pope, because I’m a child of God,” the performer, 50, told 60,000 fans who flocked to the Italian capital for the latest stop on her Sticky & Sweet world tour, Reuters reports. “All of you are also children of God.”

You can probably guess what the song was.

I would have gone with “Oh Father,” myself, but that’s a discussion for me and someone to whom I’m paying an hourly rate.

Madonna Dedicates “Like A Virgin” To The Pope [People]


  1. Nunya B

    I would have thought it’d be “Prayer” myself. But hey, I’m not Madonna.

  2. Rob Murphy

    Hmm, I would’ve bet on “Into The Groove” myself, but what do I know???

  3. bcapirigi

    or papa don’t preach.

  4. Chris Molanphy

    “Act of Contrition”?

  5. Clevertrousers

    “Dress You Up”?

    Who wouldn’t want to dress up the Pope in all those hats and vestments?

  6. Anonymous

    “Justify My Love”?

  7. Anonymous

    She really is becoming like that hilarious Onion piece on Marilyn Manson going door to door to offend people. Do Catholics still really fall for this and get offended?

  8. revmatty

    @JZ13: You’ve never been to the Midwest, have you? Consider yourself lucky.

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