MADONNA has been attacked by Roman Catholics in Poland for a decision to stage her Sticky and Sweet concert on an important feast day.
Religious leaders have said that the decision to hold the concert, at an old Warsaw airfield, on August 15 is “blasphemous” since it coincides with the Feast of the Assumption, the day Roman Catholics believe that the Virgin Mary was taken to Heaven.
August 15 is also the Armed Forces Day, a combination of a religious and patriotic festival, since the Virgin Mary is believed to have defended Poland first from invading Swedes in 1655 and then against the Soviet Army’s cavalry in 1920.
In August, Poland, which is generally considered to be the centre of European Catholicism, is awash with pilgrims. But this year, the faithful are flocking to the centre of Warsaw to pray for God to prevent Madonna’s concert, and open-air masses are being planned to mobilise support for the campaign against her.
They are also considering whether to take legal action against the organisers of the concert.
The Polis Solidarity founder Lech Walesa, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for establishing the first free trade union movement in the communist world, is among those preaching against the Material Girl. “It’s a Satanic provocation,” Mr Walesa told The Times. “I am a man of faith and ask for such events not to happen on such an important feast in my religion.” Father Stanislaw Malkowski, one of the protest leaders, said the concert was “a profanity and blasphemous”. – Daily Telegraph
“This is an attack by the devil on our immaculate Catholic nation, “said Father Malkowski.
It is not the first time the Material Girl has caused controversy in the Catholic world.
The video for her song, Like a Prayer, featured burning crosses and a kiss with a Christlike figure, while her Confessions tour three years ago saw the star crucified herself while wearing a crown of thorns.
At least one Cardinal has called for her to be excommunicated and German prosecutors considered, but later dismissed, charging her with deliberately offending religious communities. - – Daily Telegraph