has invited Pope Benedict XVI to be the guest of honor at her Rome, Italy, Confessions
Sunday, which features the mock crucifixion of the singer. Religious leaders in Italy and The Vatican have united to publicly denounce the singer's controversial stage act, in which she is 'crucified'
on a diamante-studded cross, while wearing a crown of thorns.
Ersilio Cardinal Tonino, speaking on behalf of The Pope, said yesterday, "This concert is a blasphemous challenge to the faith and a profanation of the cross. She should be ex-communicated. To crucify herself during the concert in the city of Popes and martyrs is an act of open hostility."
Madonna's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg tells the New York Daily News, "I think the Pope would enjoy the show and would applaud her performance. He has an open invitation to see for himself the eloquence and beauty that Madonna expresses
for humanity while performing her poignant song 'Live To Tell.'"
Vatican scandalized by Madonna crucifixion
VATICAN CITY, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Vatican officials have suggested Madonna -- the U.S. pop singer, that is -- should be excommunicated for re-enacting the crucifixion in her new stage show.
Madonna is scheduled to bring her Confessions Tour to Rome this Sunday, complete with the scene in which she wears a crown of thorns and appears to be hung on a cross, The Telegraph reports.
Cardinal Ersilio Tonino called the scene "an act of open hostility."
"It is nothing short of a scandal and an attempt to generate publicity," he added.
Bishop Velasio De Paolis, another Vatican official, said the show "represents the rotten fruit of secularism and the absurdity of evil," the report said.
Madonna, in the meantime, says she feels closer to God since a riding
accident last year.
"I promised God: 'I am never going to complain, moan or grumble or be ungrateful again,'" she told Vanity Fair in an interview.