You weren’t “Born this Way”: An open letter to Lady Gaga
Hello. I don’t know you personally and you don’t know me, and in all likelihood, the two of us will never meet. I want to congratulate you on your success, though admittedly I have never been a huge fan of yours and frankly, I have never been able to understand all the media fuss (nope, not impressed with the meat dress) over you. A few months ago you were in concert in the area where I live. I wasn’t planning on going but a couple of my friends were. This led me to do a little research in order to find out more about you. I even bought 3 of your songs on iTunes, just wanting to fit in, you see, with my friends because to be honest, I don’t listen to a lot of popular music and I couldn’t name a single song of yours. As I found out more about you, Stephanie, my heart was troubled, torn between wanting to enjoy your music (yes, you are extremely talented) and at the same time concerned for the state of your soul. You see, Stephanie, I am a devout Catholic. I love my faith. I understand and accept all of the Church’s teaching. One of the spiritual works of mercy is to admonish the sinner and please understand, I am not writing this to you in order to judge you. Only God is able to judge what is in your heart. I am able, however to judge whether your actions are right or wrong, and Stephanie, unfortunately, the things you do in your concerts and in your videos that make a mockery of Catholicism are flat out offensive. I don’t care what kind of outrageous stuff you do for the attention (wear the meat dress all you want along with the 10 inch heels) , but, please, please leave the Catholic Faith out of it. For example, your video for Alejandro (dressing in a nun’s habit, sucking on a rosary, taking the story of St. Maria Goretti and turning it on its head, that sort of thing) – all of your videos are disturbing, Stephanie, but Alejandro made me sick. Yes, I am well aware that you are not the first music star to mock Catholicism; Madonna is way ahead of you. The difference between you and Madonna, however, is that while she has openly mocked the Catholic faith her entire career, she does not come out and say that she practices it. What really troubles me the most is that you claim to be a strong and devoted Catholic. I keep hearing that you do practice your faith but I find that hard to believe because your actions and the things you support don’t reflect that. If you really knew your faith, if you really believed it, Stephanie, you would know that the things you do aren’t pleasing to God. Heck, the things I do sometimes aren’t pleasing to God either (we are all sinners) but I am not on a worldwide stage with the ability to influence millions of people. Maybe you are a “cafeteria” Catholic, basically someone who picks and chooses which church teachings to follow, as sadly, many uneducated Catholics out there are. I am not able to say because obviously I don't know you. A few weeks ago a friend of mine and I were discussing you (she is one of the two who attended your concert) and we speculated that you are probably fighting a spiritual battle interiorly (for example, in your song Judas where you say, “Jesus is my virtue; Judas is the demon I cling to”). I can only imagine the kind of pressures you face from the world at age 24, especially with all of your success. Anyway, Stephanie, I just want to tell you once again to please, please stop mocking your Catholic faith in your concerts and videos. You weren’t “Born this Way”, ok? You are a child of God and he loves you so much that he sent his only son into the world to die for you. Do you realize that if you were the only person on the face of the earth in need of redemption, he would have done it all for you, again, because he loves you that much. So Stephanie, please know that I pray for the conversion of your heart. Perhaps one day your eyes will be opened and you will begin to use your God-given talents for his glory. Take care and may God Bless you always.
Your sister in Christ, Marcia