Lady Gaga: What Pope Thinks of Being Gay ‘Does Not Matter to the World’

By Jon Street | September 26, 2012 | 10:55am EDT

Pop-music performer Lady Gaga. (AP)

(  -- Global pop music sensation Lady Gaga told a French radio station that what Pope Benedict XVI thinks about being gay does not matter to the world.

“What the Pope thinks of being gay does not matter to the world. It matters to the people who like the Pope and follow the Pope. It is not a reflection of all religious people,” she said during an interview with Europe 1 on Sept. 24.

Gaga, who was raised Catholic, has won five Grammy awards and has been nominated for 12 more. She has sold an estimated 15 million albums and 51 million singles.

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Gaga was also named as one of Time Magazine’s “Most Influential People” in 2010 and Forbes has listed her as one of the “World’s Most Powerful Celebrities” and one of the world’s “100 Most Powerful Women.”

Pope Benedict XVI, head of the Catholic Church. (AP)

Pope Benedict XVI is the head of the Catholic Church, which has about 1.2 billion members worldwide and 77 million members in the United States.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved. … The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition. (See paragraphs 2357 – 2358.)

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