Taking a swipe at the Pope, Sinead O’Connor has taken to her website to write that she’s hopeful for the Church to rebuild itself to house ‘The Holy Spirit’, after the Pope’s announcement that he’s to retire.

Writing on her website, the ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ singer said,

‘I would like to congratulate Pope Benedict on his wise decision to retire before the very worst of what has been going on is discovered. I appreciate his alluding to some of it in his statement and assure him The Most High forgives those who can faithfully say they did wrong.

The church had been brought into dreadful disrepute by lies and blasphemies against The Holy Spirit. Benedict’s greatest achievement is this act of retiring. There is a chance now for the church to be re-built and made fit to house The Holy Spirit.’

 

During an interview with Curve in 2000 O’Connor commented,

“I’m a dyke … although I haven’t been very open about that and throughout most of my life I’ve gone out with blokes because I haven’t necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a big lesbian mule. But I actually am a dyke.”

In 2005 she retracted that statement somewhat by saying to Entertainment Weekly,

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“I’m three-quarters heterosexual, a quarter gay. I lean a bit more towards the hairy blokes”.

 

Sinead O’Connor has long been an opponent of the Vatican’s current leadership, On 26 March 2010, O’Connor appeared on Anderson Cooper 360° to speak out about the Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Ireland. On 28 March 2010, she had an opinion piece published in the Sunday edition of the Washington Post in which she wrote about the Catholic sex abuse scandal and her time in a Magdalene laundry as a teenager. She wrote an article for the Sunday Independent newspaper of 17 July 2011 in response to the sexual abuse scandal in Cloyne diocese in which she described the Vatican as “a nest of devils”. She wrote that an alternative church might have to be established because “Christ is being murdered by liars” in the Vatican.