Rome • The Vatican's pop culture guru, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, says his Twitter message paying homage to hard-partying rocker Lou Reed was meant to praise his music, not his drug-influenced lifestyle.
Ravasi, an Italian cardinal and the head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, reacted to Reed's death Monday with a tweet made up of some of the lyrics from "Perfect Day," Reed's 1972 cult classic. Given Reed's provocative lifestyle, the tweet shocked many Vatican watchers.
But Ravasi made it clear with a tweet six hours later that he did not condone drug references in the song, or Reed's lifestyle. That tweet warned, "Don't fool yourselves," before closing with another quote from the song (translated into Italian): "You're going to reap just what you sow."