Lauryn Hill Disses The Catholic Church
The Vatican got an earful from Lauryn Hill
when she blasted the Catholic Church from the stage during a Christmas
Concert on Saturday.
Hill was invited to participate in the
Christmas Concert at the Vatican which was filmed for Italian TV. Hill
took the opportunity to accuse the church of exploitation and moral corruption,
alluding to sexual abuse of children by U.S. priests and challenged them
"I'm not here to celebrate, like you, the
birth of Christ, but to ask you why you are not in mourning for his death
in this place," Hill said from the stage according to press reports.
"Holy God has witnessed the corruption
of your leadership of the exploitation and abuses which are the minimum
that can be said for the clergy."
"I realize some of you may be offended
by what I'm saying, but what do you say to the families who were betrayed
by the people in whom they believed?"
The Church was not pleased with the outburst.
Cardinal Camillo Ruini, a senior member of the Holy Sea attended the concert.
Ruini is the Pope's vicar for Rome and
the head of the Italian Bishops Conference, although he and Church did
not have an official comment on Hills statement, Allhiphop.com reports
that his aid accused the singer of disrespecting "the place she was in
and for those who invited her."
Hill reportedly did not perform the song
she was scheduled to sing but instead performed a protest song.
According to that same report, Hills statement
and performance are expected to be edited out of the concert when it is
broadcast on Italian television on Christmas Eve.