Madonna in trouble with Church leaders

The giant mirrored cross hasn't gone down well

Madonna has been slammed by The Church of England as well as senior Catholics after her appearance on a cross when she kicked off her ‘Confessions’ tour in Los Angeles.

The star performs her 1986 hit ‘Live To Tell’ while suspended from a giant mirrored cross during the set, which was given its first airing at the LA Forum at the weekend (May 21-22).

While up on the cross, screens behind show images of Third World poverty.

“Why would someone with so much talent seem to feel the need to promote herself by offending so many people?” said the church in a statement.

A spokesperson for the Catholic Church in England and Wales said believers would be offended.

He stated: “The crucifixion is at the heart of the story of God becoming man and suffering to redeem us.

“To use it as a stage prop is a banal perversion of that magnificent event.”

It’s not the first time Madonna’s concerts have upset the Church. In 1990, the Pope called for a boycott of the ‘Blond Ambition’ tour, in which Madonna simulated masturbation on a bed during a version of her 1984 hit ‘Like A Virgin’.

The tour will reach Britain in July.

The full list of UK dates is now:

Cardiff Millennium Stadium (July 30)

London Wembley Arena (August 1/3/9/10/12/13/15/16)

Tickets for the newly announced August 16 show go on sale this Friday (May 26) at 9am. For ticket availability go to NME.COM/Gigs.