August 25, 2009 / 12:28 PM / 9 years ago

Bulgarian church condemns Madonna concert

SOFIA (Reuters Life!) - Madonna has been condemned by Bulgaria’s Orthodox Church because of her disrespectful and intolerant attitude toward Christians.

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

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

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