Pop icon Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, is speaking out about her Catholic faith after receiving what she felt was chastisement from a Catholic culture website.
The exchange was sparked by an Instagram photo Gaga posted earlier this week, thanking Father John Duffell of Blessed Sacrament Church for delivering a "beautiful homily" at her family's restaurant.
"I was so moved today when you said, 'The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect but the food that God gives us.' — Father Duffell, Blessed Sacrament Church. Nourishment," the singer-songwriter captioned the photo.
Though Gaga is known for being a provocative performer, the artist, as the Christian Post noted, has been open about her Catholic faith. And, in 2010, Gaga admitted to Larry King that, though she has had struggles, she sees herself as religious.
"I am very religious," she told King. "I was raised Catholic. I believe in Jesus. I believe in God."
Not long after her Instagram posting, Catholic news outlet "CatholicLink" published an article called "From Lady Gaga to Steph Curry: 5 Things to Remember When Celebrities Share Their Faith." The piece praised NBA star Steph Curry for his outspoken faith, but added, "Many celebrities are sharing Bible verses, quoting priests, and singing Christian music while at the same time still leading a typical Hollywood lifestyle void of Christian values such as modesty and purity."
Gaga, offended by the post, took to Instagram again. This time to respond directly to the journalist who wrote the story at "CatholicLink."
Dear, Becky Roach Mary Magdalene washed the feet of Christ and was protected and loved by him. A prostitute. Someone society shames as if she and her body are a man's trash can. He loved her and did not judge. He let her cry over him and dry his feet with the hair of a harlot. We are not just "celebrities" we are humans and sinners, children, and our lives are not void of values because we struggle. We are as equally forgiven as our neighbor. God is never a trend no matter who the believer.
Soon after, "CatholicLink" replied to the pop star's comments on their own Instagram account, telling Gaga the story was not "aimed at judging" the singer, adding that what she wrote was "absolutely beautiful."
Dear @ladygaga, your screen shot was a one part of the article which was not aimed at judging you, rather it was an effort to help Catholics to have a balanced and positive view of when celebrities publicly share their faith. It was an invitation to value the hunger of God that exists in the world of the famous. It was a reminder to not forget that they, like us, are fragile and that we should not judge, rather pray for them. This said, what you wrote is absolutely beautiful. It is one of the most touching comments we have ever read. Know that we will be praying that experience of God's mercy continue to grow and bear fruits for you, for the people that you love, and all of your followers.
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