On October 17, 2008, Catholic priest and radio personality Father John Corapi used his religious position to issue forth a prediction:
If we do not soon stop the genocide of abortion in the United States, we shall run the course of all those that prove by their actions that they are enemies of God—total collapse, economic, social, and national.
Three years before that, in October of 2005, Rabbi Rafael Cohen condemned the pop singer Madonna for singing a song that contained the name “Yitzhak Luria”:
Jewish law forbids the use of the name of the holy rabbi for profit. Her act is just simply unacceptable and I can only sympathize for her because of the punishment that she is going to receive from the heavens.
Abortion is still legal in the United States, and Madonna’s song containing the words “Yitzhak Luria” is still available. The stock market’s higher than it was when Father Corapi uttered his dire prediction, we haven’t started any new wars, there haven’t been any terrorist attacks, and no Uruk Hai stalk the street in search of man flesh. Madonna is still happily and healthily on tour, even taking detours to Israel to sing at concerts and publish notes playing up her Kabbalah connections.
I did so totally collapse into my bed last night, though. Whew! Maybe that’s what Father Corapi was talking about.