In 1992 Sinead O’Connor Tore Up a Photo of the Pope to Expose Priest Child Abuse, No One Listened

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
By Paul Martin

The world owes Sinead O’Connor an apology for mocking and insulting her after she tried to expose rampant child abuse in the Catholic church 25 years ago.

By Matt Agorist
TheFreeThoughtProject.com
August 21, 2018

Over 25 years ago, Sinead O’Connor shocked viewers when she tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II on an episode of Saturday Night Live. The act was broadcast live to millions and broadcasters and commentators could not explain why she did what she did. Now, as the recent horrifying discovery in Pennsylvania illustrates, we now know why O’Connor did this.

In 1992, just before a commercial break, O’Connor grabbed the photo of the pope, held it up to the camera, tore it in half, and declared that “Good will triumph over evil” and noted that we should “Fight the real enemy.”

Pedophilia has long been rampant in the Catholic church. However, until recently these monsters in priests’ clothing have acted under the cover of the church—their misdeeds swept away, the children ignored, and their abuse allowed to continue.

Recently, however, this has all begun to change after the horrifying report to come from Pennsylvania last week detailing the rampant abuse by hundreds of priests in only one state. It would be irresponsible to think that this abuse took place in Pennsylvania alone. Indeed, as O’Connor explains, it crossed oceans.

When O’Connor tore up the photo, she was attempting to expose this abuse. However, the media and the church wrote it off as “voodoo” and falsely attributed it to a woman’s rights movement. As the Atlantic noted in 2012:

On the right, John Cardinal O’Connor in Catholic New York suggested that the singer had employed “voodoo” or “sympathetic magic” to physically destroy her enemy in the Vatican—an extraordinarily poor choice of imagery for a Church authority attempting to silence an outspoken female. On the left, Richard Roeper in the Chicago Sun-Times celebrated Sinead for providing “a moment of truly great television.” He assumed offhand that she was protesting the Vatican’s positions on women’s rights or the ongoing violence in Northern Ireland, but he focused his praise on O’Connor’s acumen as an entertainer.

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