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."