One of my readers hoped that the following might be one of my parodies – unfortunately not.
SECRET discussions between the Roman Catholic Church and Michael Jackson to put the prayers of Pope John Paul II to music appeared to be in disarray last night after the singer fled members of the press who had got wind of the project.
Pope John Paul, who died last April, wrote 24 religious prayers and chants and Church officials now want to set them to music.
Jackson, recently cleared of child sex abuse charges in California, is seen as a prime candidate because of his worldwide celebrity status.
Yesterday, Father Giuseppe Moscati, of the Millennium Music Society, which specialises in church music and organises musical events at the Vatican, reluctantly confirmed the details.
Fr Moscati said: "We have the rights for the 24 prayers written by Pope John Paul.
"We had hoped the fact that we have been in contact with Michael Jackson would remain a secret. But sadly it has leaked out ahead of time. We are in discussions and trying to sort it out."
Fr Moscati dismissed Jackson’s controversial past and insisted it was no barrier to him working with the Catholic Church. The priest said: "He was cleared and found not guilty by a jury.
"Michael Jackson is very interested in this project – we shall see what happens."
Well if true (and a extremely robust skepticism applies here) talk about a really bad decision. Even discounting the charges of pedophilia this is an association that is just plain weird. In fact this decision is just plain Bad and the Vatican should tell him to Beat it since he is Dangerous.
I remember towards the beginning of my Navy career that the Navy actually commissioned the Village People to do their song "In the Navy" as a recruitment related commercial. I remember seeing onboard ship and was dumfounded that in the days of do ask and do tell that anybody thought this association was a good idea.