The Pope Hates Rock and Roll!
Forget gay marriage, women priests, abortion and euthanasia. Here's the real reason why you should all FEAR THE POPE!
In a small volume published in 2000 called The Spirit of the Liturgy, itself an expansion of an essay Ratzinger wrote in 1986, the future pope argued," 'Rock'... is the expression of elemental passions, and at rock festivals, it assumes a cultic character, a form of worship, in fact, in opposition to Christian worship. People are, so to speak, released from themselves by the experience of being part of a crowd and by the emotional shock of rhythm, noise, and special lighting effects. However, in the ecstasy of having all their defenses torn down, the participants sink, as it were, beneath the elemental force of the universe."
Rock Snobs parses that as the Pope not liking rock festivals, with their fancy lights and what not. I think they are missing the point. It's obvious that the Pope is a rock snob. He digs the indie music. Think about it. He wouldn't be caught dead at Kiss concert. But I bet you any amount of communion wafers that he'd be up front and center at a Jack Johnson show. No lights, no real noise and certainly no emotional shock.
Besides, who does the big lights extravaganza anymore? Rush, Foghat...now those were bands that knew how to work the lasers. These kids today, they're all about the stripped down sets and mosh pits and grabbing the breasts of female crowd surfers.
Ok, so I can see where his Popeness gets the whole noise and ecstacy thing from. But as far as sinking beneath the elemental force of the universe? He's got it all wrong. No one I know ever melted into the ground and sunk to the fiery pits of hell at a rock show (except that one time at a Grateful Dead concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, but I still to this day insist the dude just got some bad mescaline). Hell, I've been in the middle of an undulating, worshipping, affected Satanic goth crowd for a Type O Negative show and if no one was struck by lightning during Christian Woman, then either God doesn't care or he's just not listening. Either way, the Pope needs to get out more. "Special lighting effects" is soooo 1979.
Update: The thought just occurred to me that the Pope, being German, might have accidently stumbled upon a Rammstein show. In which case (having been to three of those myself), I can sort of understand why he might have these feelings. Must have been the penis thing.