Madonna might start singing, “Pope, Don’t Preach.”
The lapsed-Catholic diva has come under scrutiny from the Vatican because of her support of Kabbalah. The former Material Girl has become the world’s highest-profile member of the Kabbalah Centre, a controversial offshoot of Judaism, and has even taken on the Jewish name Esther. But now, the Vatican is holding a special summit with Catholic leaders from around the world, hammering out a way to deal with so-called “New Age” religions and fads that pose a “threat” to Christianity.
The council, which met last week, singled out “Kabbalah as espoused by Madonna” — as well as a number of other faddish religions, according to a report.
“In the past, the Pope has criticized Madonna for the contents of her concerts,” says cult expert Rick Ross, who has closely followed the activities of the Kabbalah Centre. “Now, ironically, it’s become a theological issue.”
Caught in the Web
The gadfly filmmaker, who is bringing his controversial, Bush-bashing “Fahrenheit 9/11” to theaters later this week, has been showing clips of the flick on the Internet. But he says, “some very sophisticated individuals have been hacking into and shutting down our Web site. It is an hourly fight to keep it up. We are going to find out who is doing this and we are going to pursue a criminal prosecution.”
What’s more, according to Moore, a theater owner in Illinois received death threats when it was revealed he was going to show the movie. “Not a day goes by where we don’t have some new battle to fight thanks to those who are still working overtime to keep people from seeing this film,” writes Moore. “What’s their problem? Are they worried about something?”
Notes from all over
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