Lady Gaga thanked a priest on her Facebook page for his “beautiful homily as always,” saying she was “so moved today.”
What moved her so much? She says the priest said “the Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect but the food that God gives us.”
The priest’s words are a reference to a line from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 47: “The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.”
In an accompanying photo, posted in May 2016, she is standing next to the priest and holding what appears to be a Bible, as well as to have either a cross necklace or a rosary in her shirt pocket.
Lady Gaga is one of the most followed celebrities on social media, with 61.6 million Likes on her Facebook page and 59 million followers on Twitter (as of this writing). As a music artist and performer, she is known for her raunchy style and promotion of sexual perversion.
Born as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, she was raised in a Catholic family and attended an all-girls Catholic school through high school. Although her music has often promoted and celebrated things contrary to the Catholic faith, it’s not clear what her religious beliefs and practices are currently.
Here’s the Facebook post:
The text says: “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. [sic]”