Cardinal tempers homage to deceased rock star
October 30, 2013
The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture acknowledged the death of rock star Lou Reed by quoting the chorus from Reed’s hit, “Perfect Day.” But Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi soon followed up with a cautionary note, indicating that he did not mean to endorse Reed’s way of life, which was notorious characterized by heavy drug use and sexual excess.
Cardinal Ravasi, a popular prelate whose public statements include references ranging from ancient philosophers to punk singers, made it clear that his quote from “Perfect Day” showed an appreciation for Reed’s music, not his lifestyle. “Don’t fool yourselves,” the cardinal cautioned in a follow-up tweet: “You’re going to reap just what you sow.”