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The Redemption of Sinead O’Connorposted on October 5, 2012
Twenty-two years after the event, Michael Agresta of The Atlantic re-examines the public reaction to Sinead O’Connor’s destruction of a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live. Agresta explains that O’Connor’s motives–to highlight sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Church in Ireland–were completely misunderstood at the time. “O’Connor actually seems to believe that she was specially endowed by God with a powerful voice in order to restore integrity to a corrupted Church and put an end to the pervasive evil of child abuse,” writes Agresta.