On the back of Hozier's runaway hit "Take Me to Church," the Irish-born singer-songwriter has become one of music's most outspoken critics of institutionalized homophobia. In an interview Monday with Larry King Now guest host Kelly Osbourne, Hozier took the Catholic Church and Russia to task on their practices of discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
Speaking about the Catholic Church and Pope Francis' popularity, he said, "This is one of the paradoxes and weird hypocrisy of that organization [Catholic Church]. The pope came here last year and said, 'Who am I to judge with regards to somebody's sexual orientation?' I think it is important to differentiate between lip service towards something and actually making change. I think it is hopeful, but saying this in 2015, 'Who am I to judge?' is something that should have been said 100 years ago."