Sinead O'Connor Calls Pope Benedict's Resignation His 'Greatest Achievement'

Controversial Irish singer shares her thoughts on Pope Benedict's surprising resignation.

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With various explanations regarding Pope Benedict's recent resignation circulating media as the number one topic, one of the Vatican's biggest critics, Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor, has shared her thoughts on the subject.

O'Connor went on to congratulate Benedict on his 'greatest achievement' calling it a 'wise decision before the very worst of what has been going on is discovered'.

"I would like to congratulate Pope Benedict on his wise decision to retire before the very worst of what has been going on is discovered. I appreciate his alluding to some of it in his statement and assure him The Most High forgives those who can faithfully say they did wrong."

"I also note with with interest the choice of a day so close to St Bernadette's feast day to make the announcement. Perhaps her body could now be given a respectful burial and cease to be exploited in the macabre way it has been for decades", O'Connor says in the official statement.

The singer has also added that the church now has a chance to rebuild itself and be 'made fit to house The Holy Spirit'.

"The church has been brought into dreadful disrepute by lies and blasphemies against The Holy Spirit. Benedict's greatest achievement is this act of retiring. There is a chance now for the church to be re-built and made fit to house The Holy Spirit."

Back in 1992, O'Connor caused a huge controversy by ripping up a picture of Benedict's predecessor, Pope John Paul II, at the end of her performance on "Saturday Night Live" show. "Fight the real enemy", she said.

Despite apologizing for her actions seven years later saying 'it was a disrespectful thing to do', the singer has once again went after the Vatican in 2010, after the inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI.

"[Catholicism has] been brought into disrepute by the people running it. The pope should stand down, the Vatican should stand down, not only because of the cover-up, they're incredibly arrogant, they're anti-Christian. They don't have the remotest relationship with God."

"The Vatican is a nest of devils and a haven for criminals. It's evil, the very top of the toppermost is evil. Do we need a f--ing pope? Why do we need a pope? Ten years from now the church will be nothing resembling what it has been", the singer said during an interview with the Guardian in 2010.

Pope Benedict has announced his resignation this Monday, citing health issues as the main reason behind the decision.

"I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry."

"Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects."

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So what are your opinions on this one? Do you agree with the singer or has she gone a bit too far? And how do you see the whole image-tearing incident now over 20 years later. Post your thoughts in the comments section below.

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    I think UG wants to start an argument about religion.
    She's right, though. The Catholic church is a hypocritical, corrupt organization whose representatives only care about personal gain and privileges, sanctions homophobia and intolerance, and that is nothing like what it should and claims to be. Which has been the case for the last two millenia, excluding the defamation, persecution and mass murder of dissidents during the Middle Ages.
    I've seen posts like this before and argued with posts like this before. You are extremely uneducated, ignorant and believe what others tell you. Do yourself a favor and keep your opinions to yourself if you don't have the facts straight which you clearly do not. I studies religions education and you're so far off base and have taken pieces of what others have told you or bits of what you have read online and decided to spew it to others online. It's ignorant and classless.
    I just can't find it in me to give 2 s#!*$ about what sinead O'Connor thinks about the pope.
    This reminds me of that episode of Father Ted where the Irish female singer always mouthed off against priests