Is Pope Benedict a secret rap lover? No.
The Daily Mail has an article entitled ““The Pontiff’s play list: Is the Pope a secret rap lover” which claims “If his playlist is any indication, the Pope has the most catholic of musical tastes”. Ho. Hum. Apparently the Holy Father listens to Tupac Shakur and Beyonce. Really?
Of course seven paragraphs later, we find out that in fact, this has nothing to do with poor Papa Benny, but rather with Fr Giulio Neroni, artistic director of St Paul’s Multimedia, the brain behind the recently released Alma Mater CD. The album spliced the Pope’s voice over other music–from the sounds of it rather a weird sort of thing–but in his latest wheeze, Fr Neroni has created a 12 song play list for the “Vatican” which includes Tupac and Shirley Bassey.
So no, I don’t think the 82-year-old pontiff is a secret rap lover. Unfortunately I can’t embedd the video of Josef Ratzinger playing the piano but here’s the link
While this can be filed away as silly attempt to cutesify the Pope and make him “more accessible”, others have a genuine passion for the music of their time, people like Fr Stan Fortuna and the recently retired Fratello Metallo