Lady Gaga has got a fan in Jesuit Father James Martin – an active supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, and an influential figure that Pope Francis recently appointed as a consultant to the Vatican. Appearing on Good Morning America recently, Martin, 56, revealed that he is a fan of Lady Gaga, and went to praise Mother Monsters iconic LGBTQ+ anthem “Born This Way“: in which he likens the message of the song to that of the bible.
No matter gay, straight, or bi / Lesbian, transgendered life / I’m on the right track baby / I was born to survive.
Father James Martin has been on a quest to raise compassion, love and equality for the LGBTQ+ community, and has called for an end to “the firings” that has been going on in regards to bigotry and judgement against the LGBTQ+ community. In his new book Building a Bridge – Martin sets out to unite the Catholic church and the LGBTQ+ community. A hope that Martin believes is possible if we love and accept each other, regardless of who we love, in an ideal world that bares no judgement or prejudice.
In reference to his new book, ‘Building A Bridge’. ABC’s Dan Harris said to Martin: “In your book, you start with this psalm: ‘You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Before continuing to liken the similarity in the quote to Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way:
‘“Some of my colleagues here at GMA noticed there’s some similarity here to Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way.'”
“I think she got it from the psalm, probably not the other way around…A little theology there,” joked Martin.
“But you like the message she’s spreading?” Harris asked Martin.
“Oh, I do!” replied Martin. “I mean, you know, the sort of shorthand I saw on a bumper sticker once is God doesn’t make crap, basically…We are fearfully and wonderfully made. We’re all beloved children of God and I think that’s one of the prime messages I’m trying to get across in this book to LGBT people.”
Martin continued to reveal that “more and more Catholics” are coming out as homosexual are “signs of change.”
“I’m very clear in the book the onus is on the church because it’s the institutional church that has marginalized the LGBT community, not the other way around,” said Martin, before sharing that “some conservative Catholics” were not happy with” his new book.
“Unfortunately, a lot of people are against the whole topic of welcoming LGBT Catholics and they think it’s caving in, which I think is ridiculous. All I’m calling for in the book is respect, sensitivity, and compassion, which is part of the catechism.”
Father James Martin’ book Building a Bridge is available to buy now.
Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” was the first song in the world to chart at #1 in over 50 countries featuring the word “transgendered” – and went on to receive widespread critical acclaim upon its release back in February, 2011. It will definitely go down in the history books and will be remembered in years to come as a pioneering song for LGBTQ+ rights and equality, a music milestone and that will forever be an anthem of empowerment for millions worldwide, changing many lives and inspiring many people in the process.