Madonna’s career has always thrived on her vulgar stage presence and controversial lyrics in her songs. It comes as no surprise that her most recent performances include using a cross as a stripper pole and coarse dancing on what is supposed to be reminiscent of the Lord’s Supper table.
The Rebel Heart Tour took the seasoned performer to Philadelphia the same time as the visit from Pope. During her show at the Wells Fargo Center, Madonna jokingly said, “Popey-wopey is on his way over. I think he’s stalking me.”
In an interview with “Rolling Stone,” Madonna said that she hoped she would run into the Pope during her time in Philadelphia. When they asked her opinion of the current leader of the Catholic Church, she had positive things to say.
“It’s good to look out into the big, wide world and see that we have changed, and at the end of the day the message of Jesus is to love your neighbor as yourself, and so that means not judging. And to do that, you have to be more open-minded and accepting of people who have lifestyles that you perceive as unconventional,” she said.
“So I think it’s good, yeah. And I also believe that he’s the kind of pope you could sit down and have a cup of tea with, and/or that you could make a joke about something and he would laugh about it,” she added.
Madonna admits that religious themes are always present in much of her work. A great deal of her current tour has to do with challenging the church’s viewpoint of s*xuality. Though she has some qualms with the church, she seems to have respect for the direction that the Pope is taking the church.
“I have a long relationship with the pope, with the Vatican, with the Catholic Church, with my excommunication,” she said. “Anyway, you know, I was raised a Catholic, and no matter what spiritual path I might go down, I always feel some kind of inexplicable connection with Catholicism. It kind of shows up in all of my work, as you may have noticed.”
“At the end of the day, the message of my show is about love, and that’s his message,” she said, giving a comparison and adding that she thinks the pope just might enjoy her show.