“It was taken when he visited Ireland in 1979. ‘Young people of Ireland,’ he had said after making a show of kissing the ground at the Dublin airport like the flight had been overly frightening, ‘I love you,'” the excerpt reads. “What a load of claptrap. Nobody loved us. Not even God. Sure, even our mothers and fathers couldn’t stand us.”
She also was angry at that time because a man she knew in New York City had confessed to her he was a drug dealer who had been using children as “mules” and was expecting to be killed by a rival drug dealer, according to the passage in Rolling Stone.
“My intention had always been to destroy my mother’s photo of the pope,” O’Connor wrote. “It represented lies and liars and abuse.”
During rehearsal of her late-night performance of Bob Marley’s “War,” O’Connor held up a photo of a Brazilian street kid who had been killed by police, she writes in the memoir selection.
But when it came time for the live “SNL” show, she ripped the photo of the Pope, stirring widespread outrage.
“Everyone wants a pop star, see? But I am a protest singer,” she writes in the memoir passage. “I just had stuff to get off my chest.”