Sinéad O’Connor interview on Music and … the Abuses of Power by the Church


O’Connor says she isn’t at all surprised when she sees stories of stolen babies or mass graves make the news. ‘All that surprises me is that it’s taken this long to come out, because I’ve been studying this stuff for a long time,’ she says, adding darkly: ‘It’s not all that will come out. Whether in Ireland or in Canada, there are bodies that have still not been handed over, those who died in 1910, 20, 30, 40, 50 60, 70… so that will be the next [scandal], then we’ll have trafficked children, and after that it will be the end of the church altogether.’

“O’Connor claims she knew about other recent abuse scandals – from Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris to the alleged child-abuse ring at the heart of the British government – before they were public knowledge. ‘Because I was involved in the church struggle’ – the battle to make the Vatican admit its crimes and face punishment for them – ‘I had to study it like a barrister,” she says. “I read every report and document and biography of every person talking about it. When you do that, it’s like surfing, you end up at all the other stories and realise how it branches out.'”

Sinéad O’Connor interview: ‘I deserve to be a priest. Music is a priesthood’ | Music | The Observer.