Pastor of Catholic Church Condemned by Right Wing Pundits for Commending Lady Gaga
From "demon jazz" to Elvis Presley’s famed gyrating pelvis and beyond, popular music has remained a favorite target of American evangelicals hoping to stir up their base or fill column inches in their weekly rants.
Little surprise that when the pastor of an upstate New York Catholic Church praised Lady Gaga as the product of a Catholic education, a pair of right wing commentators took to their syndicated column to gas up the christian panic machine.
At the center of the controversy isn’t so much Mother Monster herself, but Rev. John Medwid, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in the upstate New York town of Amsterdam.
In an annual newsletter for the St. Mary’s Institute (the Catholic school affiliated with Medwid’s parish), he said "In September at the opening Mass I officially announced that this was going to be the Year of Lady Gaga at SMI [...]many people may not realize that Lady Gaga is the product of Catholic education [...] "she was someone who followed her own path ... It takes a great deal of courage especially for young people to blaze their own trails in life!"
Lady Gaga (aka Stephani Germanotta) is a graduate of the prestigious Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan where she remains an active alumna.
Medwid’s letter provided the impetus behind an opinion piece written by L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham published on conservative christian (but not Catholic) news outlets Friday. In the piece, Bozell and Graham used the letter as a jumping off point to attack not only Lady Gaga’s more sensational brand of entertainment, but also her support of gay rights.
In a series of facetious questions asking what Catholic children should find commendable about Lady Gaga, Bozell and Graham took particular issue with her history of advocating for gay rights.