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Cardinal tempers homage to deceased rock star

Catholic World News - 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.”

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Oct. 30, 2013 6:57 PM ET USA

    Why do prelates (or any other adults with a minimum of taste) feel compelled to extol junk music or rotten literature just because it may be popular? Do they really think this intellectual slumming makes them somehow more attractive or human?

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