Singing nun chooses ‘Like a Virgin’ for debut

21 Oct

I don’t think she gets what it’s about.


A singing nun who won the Italian version of the The Voice has released a cover of Madonna’s Like a Virgin for her debut single.

Sister Cristina Scuccia, who won the singing contest in June, says she chose the song herself “without any intention to provoke or shock”, but says she is ready for any criticism. “It’s a song about the ability of love to make people new. To redeem them from their past. And that’s how I wanted to interpret it,” she tells the Catholic newspaper Avvenire.

No, it’s not.

Tarantino’s take on it strikes me as much more plausible.

I mean, this is Madonna we’re talking about here. Not some sweet innocent thing, as that poor sister is.


25 responses to “Singing nun chooses ‘Like a Virgin’ for debut

  1. The Man Who Was . . .

    October 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    A lot of amateur Christian musicians play Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, and have no idea what it’s actually about.

    At least it’s a good song, though.

  2. ray

    October 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Poor sister? Sweet and innocent? Where in the world do you get that?

    She is consciously rebelling against God, and against male authority. Feminism Lite. There is nothing sweet, innocent, or action worthy of our compassion in her behavior and choices.

  3. Agapoula

    October 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I consider it blasphemous. She has a beautiful voice, praise God, it is God given and it sad that she is singing “like a virgin”. God have mercy.

    If we read lyrics of “Like a Virgin”.”Like a virgin, hey
    Touched for the very first time”. – Something about it just makes me not comfortable when we consider this is singing to God. 😦 .
    I would love to hear her chanting. To contrast, here is beautiful song,

  4. Will S.

    October 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    @ Thursday: 🙂

    @ ray: I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt, out of generosity, that she’s just being naïve as far as the meaning of the song she’s singing, and that she’s not conscious about it.

    Perhaps I’m too generous.

    @ Agapoula: Certainly, at the very least, it’s inappropriate and misguided…

    Too bad indeed that she’s not singing that lovely hymn…

  5. Lena S.

    October 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Not exactly Dark Night of the Soul is it.

  6. infowarrior1

    October 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    When I saw a nun on stage. Instantly I felt a disturbance in the force. Like something horrible had happened.

  7. Eric

    October 21, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Father Guido Sarducci would be proud…LOL

  8. superslaviswife

    October 22, 2014 at 10:52 am

    If she really is that innocent, then I can’t make fun of her. That’s something precious.

  9. Will S.

    October 22, 2014 at 10:55 am

    @ Lena: No.

    @ infowarrior1: I know, eh? It’s just so wrong…

    @ Eric: No doubt. :/

  10. Will S.

    October 22, 2014 at 10:56 am

    @ superslaviswife: I think she really is; that’s why I just am sorry for her and about this, rather than castigating her.

  11. Kilrud

    October 22, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I’m really starting to see what conservative Catholics mean when they say Vatican II allowed for “worship” to be more about the self instead of God.

    I can’t wait to give that a listen after work. Right now it’ll just be drowned out by the country music. In the meantime, here is what I would prefer to hear at my church in lieu of contemporary music.

  12. ray

    October 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Well I still don’t get it. Calling rebellion ‘innocence’ invites more rebellion.

    When the REAL singing nun praised St. Dominic, that DID seem sweet to me. Notice she wasn’t singing about HERSELF. Like Sister Scuzzia is.

    Scuzzia would need to be total tabula rasa to rationalize covering a tune by a self-promoting whore, Madonna. I don’t think the Dear Sister is anywhere near that naïve.


  13. infowarrior1

    October 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    @Kilrud Will S.

    Bask in the beauty of their manly voices.

  14. Kilrud

    October 22, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Beautiful stuff infowarrior. I liked the second one even more after the beat was gone. There’s a simplistic beauty to the (a) cultivated voice(s) alone. Also, I always thought of Greece as the Occident, but that sounded quite oriental to me.

  15. Will S.

    October 23, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Thanks infowarrior1.

    Well, ray, like I said, maybe I was being overly generous. Perhaps I’m so disappointed that I don’t want to believe a nun could be so debauched, to sing something like that and be fully aware what she’s doing. A failing on my part, then. But note that I have criticized her action, whether or not she realized what she’s doing is wrong. Because it certainly is, regardless of intent.

  16. Lena S.

    October 23, 2014 at 11:17 am


    One wonders even if she were that innocent where her superiors are in this. Moreover, she knew it would cause controversy (therefore, she must also know the reason for the controversy) and draw attention to herself rather than to God. That in and of itself is probably enough to blow away the “innocence” argument. We are to be not only innocent as doves but wise as serpents.

  17. Will S.

    October 23, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Good point, Lena.

    And we are to love the Lord with all our mind; if we’re being unnecessarily dense, that’s culpable, too.

  18. Lena S.

    October 23, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Ignorance of the law isn’t a defense. Also, she’s not even much of a singer and somehow made that song even more dreary and uninspired than the original. She’d do better making herself scarce and praying to have her eyes opened. She looks ridiculous on the stage and is making a mockery of her religious order. It’s totally undignified.

  19. Will S.

    October 23, 2014 at 11:37 am


  20. josh

    October 23, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Will somebody tell me what the Leonard Cohen song is about, please?

  21. Will S.

    October 23, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Sex, of course.

  22. josh

    October 23, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Ah. Thanks. I must go consult my google machine.

  23. Kilrud

    October 23, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Of course…

    Your faith was strong but you needed proof
    You saw her bathing on the roof
    Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
    She tied you to a kitchen chair
    She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
    And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

    Jeff Buckley does a good cover of it, too.


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