Archbishop warns Filipinos vs. Madonna concert: 'Avoid occasions of sin'
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Ahead of Madonna's two-night concert in Manila, an archbishop warned the Filipinos against watching her concert.
Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles voiced his worry over the Queen of Pop's concert in Manila on Wednesday and Thursday night (February 24 and 25), as posted on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website on Tuesday.
He chastised Filipinos and the faithful against going to occasions that may cause sin, adding that it is a "subtle attack of the evil one."
"Pinoys and all God-loving people should avoid sin and occasions of sin," said Arguelles.
Madonna, who is performing for the first time in the Philippine shores, is known for her provocative lyrics and risqué stage performances.
During her first Rebel Heart concert tour in Montreal last September, the 56-year-old Madonna performed "Holy Water / Vogue" while dancing on a cross-shaped pole. Her back-up dancers, who were dressed as nuns, also pole danced on stage.
Madonna will be performing her hits at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on February 24 and 25. Manila is the pop icon's sixth stop for her Asia leg tour to promote her 13th album,Rebel Heart.
Madonna not Arguelles' first pop star target
In 2012, Archbishop Arguelles also asked Filipinos to boycott Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball tour in Manila for "publicly blaspheming Christ."
The concert pushed through despite protests from civic and religious groups — with Gaga even performing her song "Judas" on Mall of Asia Arena stage.
Philippine Catholic bishops called Wednesday on the faithful to boycott pop diva Madonna's sexually charged concerts in the nation's capital, calling them the devil's work.
- Posted 24 Feb 2016 14:53
MANILA: Philippine Catholic bishops called on Wednesday (Feb 24) on the faithful to boycott pop diva Madonna's sexually charged concerts in the nation's capital, calling them the devil's work.
The 57-year-old Like A Virgin and Erotica hit-maker is scheduled to cavort on a giant cross-shaped stage during two concerts on Wednesday and Thursday as part of her global Rebel Heart tour.
"Pinoys (Filipinos) and all God-loving people should avoid sin and occasions of sin," Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said in a statement posted on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines' official website.
Arguelles said the concerts, Madonna's first in the Philippines, were among "subtle attacks of the evil one". "Why is the Catholic Philippines the favourite venue for blasphemy against God and the Holy Mother?" said Arguelles.
Arguelles had previously campaigned against provocative pop diva Lady Gaga, saying her 2012 Manila concert was the work of Satan. Conservative bishops are famously outspoken in the Philippines, where 80 per cent of its 100 million people are Catholic.
Ahead of her concerts, Madonna visited a shelter for abused children and a Catholic orphanage in Manila on Tuesday.
"Chillin' with my homies," Madonna said in a caption to an Instagram selfie with three children, as they lay on cardboard mats on the floor of Bahay Tuluyan, home to about 500 abused or abandoned children.
Wearing head-to-toe black and oversized shades, Madonna came with an entourage of 20 dancers and burly bodyguards, Bahay Tuluyan executive director Lily Flordelis told AFP. "The children were very happy to see her. She played with them, danced with them and chatted with them," Flordelis said.
Tipping her maroon hat in another Instagram post, Madonna said: "Hats off to the Bahay Tuluyan Foundation in Manila for taking so many kids off the street and providing food and shelter."
Madonna also visited the Hospicio de San Jose, one of Manila's oldest orphanages. She posted a picture of herself carrying a baby in pink overalls while holding the hand of an emaciated girl, also in pink, whom she identified as Celeste.
Madonna is touring the world to support her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, which combines her trademark sexually charged lyrics and imagery with an array of musical genres.
Madonna has courted controversy since bringing her tour to Asia this month. A Catholic bishop in Singapore called for a boycott of her concert for insulting religion. She also drew Chinese anger for draping herself with the Taiwanese flag during a concert in Taipei.
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