To set the record straight - firstly, it was Jonathan King and not Mr Bates. Secondly, I recall thinking how puerile the gesture was and feeling more embarrassed than anything else.
Additionally, I happen to think that Sinead is a uniquely talented individual who is prepared to take such actions as the 'Pope picture' at the risk of damaging her own career. More power to her. Those who admire her should stand up and be counted. I am among them.