I just heard the news that Lou Reed passed away. Rolling Stone has an obituary up, as does every other wire service on the planet.
If he was anything like me, he was probably a big time sinner. So I said a prayer for his soul, and the souls of everyone else who have passed on to eternity with him today.
“In May 2000, Reed performed before Pope John Paul II at the Great Jubilee Concert in Rome.” As I wasn’t a Catholic at the time, I missed learning about that appearance. The NY Post had more to say on this,
Howard Rubenstein, the U.S. spokesman for the Vatican Organizing Committee, which is staging the show at Rome University, said the church is looking past Reed’s notorious days of debauchery.
“In the church, there is a spirit of forgiveness,” Rubenstein said.
“He’s repented and he’s living a very decent life now.”
Here’s a little tune he did with The Velvet Underground a long time ago. You probably never heard it on the radio.
Here’s another poem, set to music. Yes, that’s Andy Warhol, the Catholic.
May Jesus help us all to find our proper place. Amen.