UPDATE: Well, that didn’t last long.
Still, I’m keeping her in my prayers.
The doors to the meeting were no doubt guarded by a group of albino assassin monks:
But now Madonna has apparently ditched the controversial faith and taken up with Opus Dei – the secretive Catholic sect made famous in The Da Vinci Code.
The singer is said to be intrigued by the organisation and spent Friday with priests from the centre’s London HQ.
The move follows her alleged falling out with some Kabbalah leaders after reports that cash raised for her Malawi charity was squandered. Last night a source claimed: “She has invested so much into Kabbalah so she was devastated by these damning accusations.
“She 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.”
A few things: first, I have no idea what it means to be a “fully paid-up member” of Opus Dei. Confession is free, last time I checked. (I just checked again – still free.)
Second: take this “news” with a big heap of salt. After all, this is being reported by the British tabloids – not exactly the golden standard of truth.
Third: … where to start? Madonna has a conflicted past with her Catholic faith (to put it mildly). When asked about her album “Like a Prayer” she responded:
“The theme of Catholicism runs rampant through my album […] It’s me struggling with the mystery and magic that surrounds it. My own Catholicism is in constant upheaval. When I left home at 17 and went to New York, which is the city with the most sinners, I renounced the traditional meaning of Catholicism in terms of how I would live my life. But I never stopped feeling the guilt and shame that are ingrained in you if you are brought up Catholic.
She’s also admitted to “really wanting” to become a nun when she was very young.
Of course, since then she’s made a habit of incorporating blasphemous imagery, etc. into her music tours. I’m sure I’m forgetting a few dozen other stunts she’s pulled mocking the Catholic faith.
That said, grace works in mysterious ways (to quote Bono, while we’re talking music). And I, for one, will be praying that Madonna’s relationship with Opus Dei and the Catholic Church moves beyond “informal chats.”