Mar 262016

So I noticed this series of headlines:

Basically the same basic story appeared in British news sources:

An insider on the tour added: “The band’s team were flabbergasted when the Vatican got in touch via letter and couldn’t believe their eyes.

“As much as they didn’t want to upset the Pope, they had a contract in place to play on the Friday – and in their mind they were going to honour it. They have made a promise to the Cuban people and won’t let them down.”

My spidey-senses are tingling and my first instinct is to call BS on this story (my second and third instincts as well). First off the story is being shaped as “Pope bans”, when at most it might have been someone in the Vatican. Even that seems rather fishy. Where is this letter they received? Seems to me that if The Rolling Stones management ever actually received such a letter it they would make the most of it by posting it online. It makes great publicity.

I really don’t think the Vatican is going to get involved in rock band tour dates.

Although I remember when the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper L’ Osservatore Romano decided to get into music journalism and released a list of the top ten rock and pop albums of all time.

At the time I envisioned their new direction which thankfully didn’t bear out.

  2 Responses to “The Rolling Stones defy the Pope”

  1. “The Rolling Stones defy the Pope”

    Hey Jeff! There’s so much crapaganda, “I” mean propaganda going around about what Catholic Popes have said in the past… Long story short… Even if “I” do say so myself… if you’re not careful, YA might just go crazy and/or go back to joining some of those old atheist cells YA might have worshiped before becoming a good Catholic…lol… 🙂


    God Bless you and yours

  2. Was Victor a Chief like us Jeff? Bet he would tell some great stories in the Club.
    Tom HMC Ret

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