.- The Colombian daily, âEl Tiempo,â published a column by a priest who said he has seen Madonnaâs DVD of her latest concert tour and defends her âcrucifixionâ and nudity and calls the show a model of evangelization.
In a column entitled, âMadonna: A Suggestive Presentation of Jesus,â Father Carlos Novoa, SJ, ex-dean of the Department of Theology at the Javeriana University, said he was impressed by the âdeep spiritualityâ of some of Madonnaâs choreography and claimed her parody of the crucifixion âis not a mockery of the cross, but rather the complete opposite: An exaltation of the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesusâ and a âcreative and movingâ work of art.
Father Novoa said the DVD recording of Madonnaâs âThe Confessions Tourâ was something worth viewing for its âhigh aesthetic quality.â The song âLive to Tell,â in which Madonna is âcrucified,â âis one of the best sermons I have witnessed in my life,â and he challenged Catholics to follow the example of the singer.
âIn this postmodern, skeptic world in which so many people abhor or are simply uninterested in the faith, will ministers of the Church and Catholics in general have this audacity and this creativity to communicate a Jesus who truly shakes people up on the inside?â Novoa wondered.
The Jesuit priest also defended âmasculine and feminine nudity,â expressed not through âcheap pornographyâ but through âerotic beauty.â He compared Madonnaâs choreography and nudity with the works of Michelangelo, âwho filled the walls of the Sistine Chapel, the sacrosanct place where the Holy Father is elected, with frescoes of nude men and women.â
Father Novoa said renowned artists and art critics consider Madonna to be âone of the best choreographers of our times.â âIn her excellent stage presentations, she sometimes makes use of both male and female nudes, which scandalizes some, as in the case of Michelangelo,â he claimed.
Novoa acknowledged that some of Madonnaâs antics are âridiculous,â but, he claimed, âthey said the same thing about Beethoven when he debuted some of his best compositions and about Picasso, one of the great guides posts of modern-day art, when he presented his master works in 1907: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.