Former Fugee Lauryn Hill was probably scratched off the Pope’s Christmas
card list this weekend after an anti-church outburst midway through a concert at the Vatican.
Speaking between songs the singer told her audience, which included senior church officials, that the church had been corrupted by its clergy, that people should seek blessings “from God not men” and that she did “not believe in representatives of God on earth”.
Alluding to recent high profile cases of sex abuse of children by priests in America, she added: “God has been a witness to the corruption of his leadership, of the exploitation and abuses … by the clergy.” Her outburst was followed by an impromptu performance of a song about social injustice.
Neither Hill’s people nor the Catholic Church have officially commented on the singer’s outburst, although organisers of the concert have hinted her criticisms will be edited out when the show is screened on Italian TV on Christmas Eve.