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  • Lady Gaga outrages Catholics during Holy Week with new single 'Judas'

    Pop provocateur Lady Gaga has managed to outrage and insult many Catholics by leaking her new song, “Judas” just two days before the start of Holy Week.

    “It’s always edgy and always (about) our religion,” Bill Donohue, spokesperson for the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said about frequent pop culture attacks on the Church. “(And) all during Holy Week.”

    In “Judas,” Lady Gaga sings about her love for Judas, the infamous apostle who betrayed Jesus.

    “Jesus in my virtue and Judas is the demon I cling to…I’m just a holy fool, oh baby he’s so cruel, but I’m still in love with Judas baby,” sings Lady Gaga.

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    The 25-year old pop star, who was raised Catholic, seems to be taking cues from Madonna and Sinead O’Conner—both lapsed Catholics who courted controversy (and publicity) by using religious imagery in their performances and videos.

    O’Conner infuriated the entire Eastern Seaboard when she tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II and called him “evil” on “Saturday Night Live” in 1992.

    In 1989, Madonna was condemned by the Vatican for her “Like a Prayer” video, which included scenes of burning crosses, a stigmata, and sharing a passionate kiss with a saint.

    Like O’Conner and Madonna before her, some of Lady Gaga’s antics could be considered blasphemy—including dressing in a nun’s robe and swallowing a rosary on stage.

    But singing the praises of Judas may be her most outrageous act yet.

    “God is God. Satan is Satan, Judas is Judas,” one New Yorker told . “I’ve listened to the lyrics and I don’t know them, exactly, but it’s a not for me.”

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