MOSCOW. Aug 5 (Interfax) - The Russian Orthodox Church has argued
that U.S. pop singer Madonna "needs spiritual assistance" and
advised Orthodox Christians against attending her concerts in
"This is not the first year that this lady has been mixing singing
about human passions with Christian symbols - crosses, statues of
the Virgin, beads, and now it's self-crucifixion. This means the
singer needs spiritual assistance," Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin,
deputy head of the External Church Relations Department of the
Moscow Patriarchate, told Interfax.
Earlier, an Italian cardinal, Ersilio Tonini, accused Madonna of
blasphemy and threatened that the Roman Catholic Church would
excommunicate her for performances in which she wears a crown of
thorns and hangs from a mirrored cross.
"It appears that, by this interest in Christian symbolism, an
interest more than strange, the singer seeks to justify her own
passions and solve her own internal problems," Chaplin said.