On the bright side, the Vatican, the Jewish community and the Muslim League agree on something:

Rome’s Catholic, Muslim and Jewish leaders have united to condemn pop star Madonna’s decision to stage a mock-crucifixion when she performs in the Italian capital on Sunday a stone’s throw away from Vatican City.

The lapsed-Catholic diva’s latest irreverent performance sees her wearing a fake crown of thorns and descending on a suspended, glittery cross as part of her worldwide “Confessions Tour.”

Having already been criticized in the United States, Catholics priests from across the Eternal City have gone one further saying the act “comes close to blasphemy.”

“It is disrespectful, in bad taste and provocative,” Father Manfredo Leone from Rome’s Santa Maria Liberatrice church said late on Wednesday about the star’s latest stage stunt.

“Being raised on a cross with a crown of thorns like a modern Christ is absurd. Doing it in the cradle of Christianity comes close to blasphemy.”

In an unusual show of religious solidarity, Muslim and Jewish leaders added their condemnation of the self-styled Queen of Pop, famous for peppering her concerts and videos with controversial religious and sexual imagery.

“I think her idea is in the worst taste and she’d do better to go home,” Mario Scialoja, head of Italy’s Muslim League said.

Riccardo Pacifici, spokesman and vice president of the Roman Jewish community, added Madonna should have pulled the routine considering where she was performing — a stadium a mile from the gates of Vatican City.

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