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Filipino archbishop: Madonna concert could be occasion of sin

February 24, 2016

A Catholic archbishop in the Philippines has warned his people not to attend a Madonna concert in Manila, saying that her "suggestive" performances could have a corrupt moral influence.

Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa City said that all faithful Christians should "avoid sin and occasions of sin." His statement was posted on the web site of the bishops' conference. "Why is the Catholic Phlippines the favorite venue for blasphemy against God and the Holy Mother?" the archbishop asked. 

Madonna will perform in Manila at the same theater where Pope Francis staged a meeting with families last year. 


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  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 25, 2016 10:45 AM ET USA

    I don't believe I have heard a word from the U.S. pulpits about the immoral content popular culture. Why are our bishops too busy to instruct our pastors to "teach as Jesus did"? Bless Archbishop Arguelles and all bishops like him who are leading their flocks rather than letting them scatter to be devoured by the "wolves" in our modern culture.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 25, 2016 6:28 AM ET USA

    We could use some prelates like Archbishop Arguelles over here in the U.S. Not afraid to tell it like it is. The Madonna concert is one of the reasons why Muslims hate us so much. They believe that all Christians support/tolerate public immorality because hardly any Christian leaders speak stridently in public against it. Maybe these leaders do speak against it, and the press does not report it, or they are just not doing their job. Either way, the message is not getting through to young people.