Sinead O’Connor congratulates the Pope on resigning before the ‘very worst’ is discovered

The singer said 'the church has been brought into dreadful disrepute by lies and blasphemies'

Sinead O’Connor has congratulated Pope Benedict XVI on resigning.

The singer took to her website,, to post a statement about the head of the Roman Catholic church stepping down. She wrote:

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.

She added: “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.”

O’Connor has had a famously strained relationship with the Catholic church over the years, ripping up a picture of Pope John Paul II on MTV in 1992 as a protest against the cover up of child abuse by priests.

Sinead O’Connor recently revealed that she once received a marriage proposal from Noel Gallagher.

She told Uncut magazine: “Liam’s brother Noel once asked me to marry him, just before he married Meg Mathews. He won’t remember, as he was off his face at a festival in Amsterdam.”

Noel Gallagher wed Meg Mathews in Las Vegas in June 1997, but the pair divorced in January 2001. He subsequently married Sara McDonald in a private ceremony at a New Forest hotel in June 2011. Sinead O’Connor’s fourth marriage, to therapist Barry Herridge, came to an end after just 17 days in January 2012.