In October of 1992, Sinead O'Connor appeared on Saturday Night Live. In one of her two musical performances she sang Bob Marley's "War" a cappella. When she sang the word "evil," she held up a photo of Pope John Paul II.
Then she tore the photo as she sang "fight the real enemy." The act was meant as a protest against child abuse within the Catholic Church. Soon after, she appeared at a Bob Dylan tribute concert.
The story was recounted in full detail.
And then, Kris Kristofferson got involved.
Kristofferson even wrote a song entitled "Sister Sinead" that appeared on a 2009 album.
The song can be heard below along with video of Kristofferson and O'Connor's interaction.
Kris Kristofferson - Sister Sinead (2009) www.youtube.com
Kristofferson continued to hold space for O'Connor despite the jeers from the crowd.
People were grateful to know the story.
Nearly a decade after O'Connor's performance, Pope John Paul II finally came out and apologized for the abuse that the Catholic Church had perpetuated for decades.