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Singing nuns get death threats

Disturbing news out of France, about a group of nuns who made headlines recently:

Benedictine nuns from a secluded convent in southern France have received death threats after winning a deal aimed at creating a chart-topping album, a newspaper reported on Thursday.


The nuns from the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation near Avignon had their prayers answered last week after beating 70 other religious orders from North America and Africa to the deal with Universal Music.

The sisters, whose album is set to be released in November, put a clip of their Gregorian chants online, but realized on Tuesday a raft of death threats had been put at the bottom of the clip, La Provence reported on its website.

“There were threats written in English saying that these nuns had to be killed,” the newspaper reported, citing a person close to the matter.

The newspaper said the nuns had informed the police and asked them to keep a closer eye on the convent.

The sisters are not allowed to leave the convent or receive guests and only communicate with visitors through a grill.

The comments were no longer on the website on Thursday with only messages of encouragement left.

The nuns join a label that includes the likes of Elton John, The Rolling Stones and convent-educated chart topper Lady Gaga.

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posted July 30, 2010 at 10:28 am

Disturbing indeed! I have to wonder how these threats were communicated? Were they comments to a post (like this) or markup code hacked into the website? I wonder what the French Authorities and Interpol are doing about this Hate Crime?

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posted July 30, 2010 at 10:44 am

That’s just crazy.

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Dana MacKenzie

posted July 30, 2010 at 11:10 am

I wonder if the threateners were members of a religion of peace, or peaceful secular humanists?

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Brendan McGrath

posted July 30, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I don’t understand why they’d receive death threats — they’re singing Gregorian chant, not “Gather Us In.”

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posted July 30, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Exactly, Brendan McGrath…”Gather Us In” is a “Weapon of Mass Destruction” which will be spoken about at:
Gregorian Chant is Restoration and Music for the soul:
Modernism and the Protestant influence will be the death of all societies.

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posted July 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Sorry, Deacon Greg.
Can I please try to correct the Link above.
A favorite Gregorian CD

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posted July 30, 2010 at 9:36 pm

May the nuns be protected from evil, including from Lady Gaga. She is not a good woman. I would not associate myself with her, even if to preach the Gospel to all the world, until she changes her evil ways.

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Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk

posted July 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about this. I have only heard female voices demonstrating Gregorian Chant when I was blessed to walk into the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre at just the right moment when a group of sisters were practicing…it was so breathtaking it moved me through prayer to a place of elation…
Thank you, sisters, for agreeing to share your voices with the world. I commend you for sharing your beautiful prayer-filled gift with us!
And ignore the stupid death threats…anyone who fears music praising the Divine Creator of any religion is really fearing the deep reality of the existence of a Creator…a problem, sad to say, that is really in their own hands. I pray for them, as they must be very lonely people. And I pray for you all, because of the generosity of your soul.

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posted July 30, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Well the upside is now they have some street cred if they want to put out a rap album.

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Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk

posted July 31, 2010 at 1:36 am

LOL! Kenneth – that was pretty darn funy!

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