December 16, 2003

Lauryn Hill went off on the Catholic Church — and now, a Catholic advocacy group is going off on her.

The Catholic League is out with a statement criticizing Hill for her comments at an appearance in Vatican City over the weekend.

Hill was performing at a benefit concert at the Vatican over the weekend when she read a lengthy statement blasting the church for failing to crack down on priests who abuse children.

The Catholic League’s response, however, was more personal.

Catholic League president William Donohue noted that last year, Hill told an audience in New York that her life was “a mess” — and that her comments indicate that “nothing seems to have changed.”

Calling Hill “pathologically miserable,” the statement said Hill’s problems don’t justify her criticism of the Catholic Church.

The statement says Hill’s recording career is “already in decline” — and that the league expects that her career “will continue to head south.”

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