Sinead O'Connor, who made the biggest headlines of her career in 1992 when she ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live and said "fight the real enemy," is speaking out against the current Pope and the epidemic of Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandals.
Says O'Connor to the L.A. Times:
"There should be a full criminal investigation of the Catholic hierarchy of any country in which this has been an issue. There should be a full criminal investigation of the Vatican. There should be a full criminal investigation of the pope. The pope should stand down for the fact that he did not act in a Christian fashion to protect children, and for the fact that his organization acted to preserve their business interests decade after decade rather than be concerned about the interests of children, and for showing so much disrespect for Christ, God, the victims, the rest of us, their own clergy. . . . The Vatican and the pope need to get on their knees and confess the full truth in the same language they make us use in Mass. . . . They need to get on their knees, open everything up, be transparent, tell the truth, ask the people for forgiveness and prayers."
Watch Sinead's 1992 SNL Pope tear-up, AFTER THE JUMP...