Bulgarian church condemns Madonna concert

Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:26am EDT
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SOFIA (Reuters Life!) - Madonna has been condemned by Bulgaria's Orthodox Church because of her disrespectful and intolerant attitude toward Christians.

The American singer has upset the clergy in predominantly Christian Bulgaria by staging a concert in Sofia on August 29, when Orthodox Christians mark the beheading of Saint John the Baptist by fasting for a day.

"The Holy Synod expresses its disapproval and disagreement with such musical artistic events which, in many cases, openly profane Christian symbols and events," the church said in a statement on its website on Tuesday.

"Louise Esther Ciccone, with almost every concert in a Christian country, displays a disrespectful and intolerant attitude to the religious feelings of the Christians there."

Earlier this month a group of Polish nationalists condemned Madonna's debut concert in Warsaw, part of her "Sticky and Sweet" world tour, and branded her "a crypto-Satanist."

Madonna has often annoyed conservative Christians, kissing an actor playing Jesus in one of her videos and staging a crucifixion scene on her last world tour.

(Reporting by Tsvetelia Ilieva; editing by Robert Woodward)

<p>U.S. pop singer Madonna performs during her Sticky and Sweet Tour concert in Budapest August 22, 2009. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai</p>