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Hill Blasts Catholic Church

Former Fugee reads statement at Vatican

December 15, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Lauryn Hill took aim at the Catholic Church while playing a Christmas benefit concert at the Vatican's Paul VI Auditorium on December 13th.

In the middle of her performance, Hill criticized priests who abuse children. "I realize some of you may be offended by what I'm saying," Hill said, according to Italian press reports, "but what do you say to the families who were betrayed by the people in whom they believed? . . . God has been a witness to the corruption of his leadership, of the exploitation and abuses by the clergy." Hill went on to say that there was "no acceptable explanation for defending the church."

The Pope was not in attendance for the performance, though this morning he spoke to an audience and said that Catholic priests must be "confronted and corrected" for scandalous behaviour. Neither the Vatican or Hill's label, Columbia Records, commented specifically on her tirade.

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