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Lustful Madonna offends God, says clergyman

Madonna performs on stage during her "Sticky and Sweet" tour at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, December 5, 2008. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Pop star Madonna’s antics are lustful, a stain on humanity and offensive to God, a retired Roman Catholic cardinal said Wednesday during a mass for the late Chilean military dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

Madonna performed in Santiago on the Latin American leg of her Sticky and Sweet Tour to promote her album “Hard Candy.”

“The atmosphere in our city is pretty agitated because this woman is visiting and with incredibly shameful behavior provokes a wild and lustful enthusiasm,” Cardinal Jorge Medina told the congregation.

“Thoughts of lust, impure thoughts, impure acts, are an offense to God and a dirty stain on our heart,” Medina said in his homily marking the second anniversary of Pinochet’s death.

The conservative prelate is reviled by some Chileans for his close ties to Pinochet, who died in 2006 without facing trial for the fate of 3,000 people who died or disappeared during his 1973-1990 rule.

Writing by Simon Gardner, Editing by Anthony Boadle