People Need a Short, Sharp Shock: SINEAD O'CONNOR

Watch out: an unrepentant Sinead O'Connor blasts the Catholic church, Bob Dylan and the treatment of women

Q. You created an enormous controversy when you tore up a picture of the Pope on American TV a few weeks ago. Why did you do that?

A. It's not the man, obviously -- it's the office and the symbol of the organization that he represents. I consider them to be responsible for the destruction of entire races of people and the subsequent existence of domestic and child abuse in every country they went into.

Q. What connection do you see between the church and child abuse?

A. In Ireland we see our people are manifesting the highest incidence in Europe...

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