Pop star Lady Gaga recently got into a social media exchange with a Catholic organization about celebrities sharing their faith.
"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," wrote Roach.
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But Gaga, who grew up Catholic, wasn't too happy with the blog's message and took to Instagram to sound off on Roach. She posted a screenshot of the quote with the following personal response:
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.
In the article, Roach referred to a picture of Lady Gaga with her priest as an example of celebrities who post about their faith but whose lives don't seem to mirror their religion.
Catholic Link responded to Lady Gaga, noting the article was intended as the encouragement to see celebrities as regular people like everyone else and to not idolize them -- and last but not least, to pray for them.
"Your screen shot was 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 sharing their faith," Catholic Link wrote. "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 moments 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," they concluded.