Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Probably the only post I will ever write about Madonna

According to Mirror.co.uk, Madonna has been chatting with Opus Dei!

Why would I want the rights to this?
According to the source, Madonna “has started exploring different religions. Madonna has always been intrigued by Opus Dei. As yet, she’s not a fully paid-up member – she’s just had informal chats.” Not exactly a different religion—with a last name like Ciccione, you would have expected her to be brought up in the Catholic Church, though the story follows the usual fifth-column hype of calling The Work "the secretive Catholic sect made famous in The Da Vinci Code".

I wouldn't put too much stock on it, though. The Mirror is Great Britain's National Enquirer—Twinkies and Ho-Hos for the brain. On the same page for today, you also find links to various ledes: "Startling evidence that Courtney Love is an easier lay than Gwyneth Paltrow" (Really? Who'da thunk it?); "Anyone looking at Katy Perry's hair right now? Us either" (links to an ad picture for a hair product; Perry is lying on her side in an outfit that shows major cleavage); "Blurry picture of Kirsten Dunst naked with surprisingly large boobs? Sure." (Let's not go there.)

In sum, The Mirror reminds me of Joe Cannon's remark about two fellow House members: that neither one could "open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge". And Madonna? I hope she does find her way back to the Faith, that her interest in Opus Dei isn't a search for some rite or system that puts her "in the know" or "in control".

Update: April 13, 2011
Well, that was rather quick for a 'Net meme!  Brian Finnerty, the U.S. communications director for Opus Dei, told John Norton at OSV Daily Take, "We are doing our own checking into this story and it appears to be simply untrue. We are trying to reach the journalist to find out how this got started."

Twinkies and Ho-Hos, ladies and gentlemen. Just how is it that there's even a market for this kind of crap? ... And how did I get suckered into caring whether Madonna was going to go Opus Dei?

Ah, well ... price of being a Catholic. You have to care ... even about silly, self-absorbed megastars.


  1. I wonder how long her confessions would be? Doesn't Opus Dei say you should go to weekly confession? She would first have to acknowledge what a sin is though.......

  2. Valerie Jane, whatever your personal feelings about Madonna she is no more or less deserving of condemnation than any one of us. Just as everyone of us sitting in the pews every Sunday have reasons to hope for God's mercy while dreading His judgment, so too do the public hedonists like Madonnna.

  3. Lady GaGa? That kind of demon can only be driven out by prayer ....

  4. Subvet -

    She has openly criticized Catholic confession on numerous occasions. She went so far as to do a photo shoot with her seducing a priest in the confessional in the early 1990's. She has also mocked Catholic symbolism in many of her video's. She has made no mention of stating that her "sex" book was wrong, nor does she apologize for the nudity and sex simulations she "performs" on stage.

    As much as I would love for her to come home to the Church, she knows exactly what to do to get back in the media. AND when she wants to get back into the media, she brings up Catholicism or defiles a Catholic symbol like the Rosary. Look at all the attention she is getting because of the "leaked" information. Free publicity! No tabloid writer could have made this stuff up without help from her publicists.

    It is an insult to all Catholics that she would have this information released unless she is serious.

    And as for me - I have never said I am not a sinner. Forgiveness is something I am willing to give, but the person who needs forgiving must be willing to acknowledge that need. No need to ask for it, just acknowledge it.