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Pop artist Lady Gaga felt compelled to defend her Catholic faith after a Catholic website responded to an Instagram photo the iconic singer posted thanking a priest for giving a “beautiful homily” at her family’s restaurant.
The photo included the caption: “Thank you Father Duffell for a beautiful homily as always and lunch at my pop’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. .”
Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, considers herself to be a religious person.
“I am very religious,” she told Larry King in 2010. “I was raised Catholic. I believe in Jesus. I believe in God.”
Catholic Link responded to the post with an article titled “From Lady Gaga to Steph Curry: 5 Things to Remember When Celebrities Share Their Faith.”
The piece, written by Becky Roach, included this passage: “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.”
Germanotta saw it as chastisement and countered on Instagram with this:
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.
The Catholic website answered the pop star, saying the article 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.”
To ensure that Germanotta was not offended, the site added that “what you wrote is absolutely beautiful. It is one of the most touching comments we have ever read.”
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