Just think of what Weird Al Yankovic would do with these songs. In weirder than weird news, it’s being reported that Michael Jackson was in talks with the Vatican to set some of Pope John Paul’s prayers to music. Yeah that Michael Jackson. I don’t know whether it’s true or not, but asking a secular musician to set the Pope’s words to music is not without precedent. A few years ago, “Abba Pater” was released around the world by Sony.
I don’t know who this Father Moscati is or what standing he has with the Vatican (if he’s an official of the Holy See or just an Italian priest), but he seems a bit dense about Jackson, and especially tone deaf to how Americans are likely to see an association with a man largely reviled as an alleged child molester (despite being acquitted) and the Church, which has undergone a huge child abuse scandal. Very weird.
I can’t wait to see what Jeff Miller comes up with.
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