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June 2nd, 2010
02:40 PM ET

Lady Gaga on Catholicism

From the Editors: Larry King Live Senior Producer Nancy Baker was on site in London for Larry King's interview with Lady Gaga. She filed this report:

It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to meet a global sensation. I traveled to London this week for Larry King’s interview with superstar Lady Gaga.

Arranging this special one-on-one – part of our celebration of Larry’s 25th anniversary with CNN – was no easy task. Lady Gaga is in the midst of her sold-out world tour, The Monster’s Ball. To say her schedule is jam-packed is to understate the case.

Still, her team carved out the time. The venue was a designated room in the backstage area of the O2 Arena, where Lady Gaga would thrill (and I do mean THRILL!) her fans with a brilliant concert performance just hours later.

Right on time – to the minute – Lady Gaga walked in, accompanied by just three people.

“Hi everyone, I’m Gaga,” she introduced herself to our CNN crew – which was more than three times as large as her modest entourage. She then proceeded to shake hands with everybody. She could not have been more gracious.

I – and everybody else on the crew – had wondered what she was going to wear. She did not disappoint. Just the opposite. Lady Gaga paid a witty tribute to Larry by donning a white silk shirt and unique black suspenders. To add to the visual punch, Larry took his seat on our New York set sporting a black shirt and white suspenders! Was this study in sartorial opposites planned ahead of time? No. Absolutely not. It was serendipity. And it added a terrific touch to a unique show.

Lady Gaga was as candid as she was articulate throughout the interview. Her frankness extended to her very honest comments about growing up in the Roman Catholic Church.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. DJ

    Of all the things to ask Lady Gaga, her religious views are about the dumbest. It's a lame interview because Larry King is old, out of touch and living in the 60s. He missed a great opportunity for what could have been a WOW session.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  2. Willie12345

    Gee, she'd look cute in a nun's outfit.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  3. Juan Arguelles

    Lady Gaga religion is money and whoring out her body.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
    • dave

      And you base this on...............

      Her whole "act" is a slap at "fame".... are you dense?

      June 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
    • Steve

      Yes, yes he is...

      June 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      ok and where/who collects the 'root of all evil "" on sundays????????$$$$$$

      June 3, 2010 at 12:31 am |
  4. Madonna....

    Is Lady Gaga starting to speak with a faint British Accent? I hear it in there.... How cute.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
    • dave

      It pays the bills..........(and she is in england)

      June 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  5. A-guy

    This is very sad, hopefully she will be able to make a full recovery.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  6. SN

    WTH is she talking about??

    June 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  7. Newton

    I'm 56 and I think Gaga is a thrill! What a performer!

    June 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
    • JoJo

      Hey! Me too! What you said, all of it.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:26 am |
  8. Matt

    Intolerance begets more intolerance. To anyone bashing others for their belief, or lack therof – that is intolerance. It doesn't matter who that's directed at – whether they're the most intellectual or the most stubborn-minded person on earth, their opinions are their own and if you disagree with them and condescend upon them, you only perpetuate a hateful cycle of ungrace. So leaving ugly aggressions aside, let's please talk about the real issue here.

    As a proud Christian, I have to say I can't really believe her. There is a disconnect between being "religious" or "spiritual" and true belief. One can go to church or simply be religious nominally without having true belief in something. What I disregard in her statement? The fact that she simply declares herself to be religious or "Christian" without her actions portraying what true Christianity is. True, no one can live up to that standard and we all mess up, but when I look at her, I can't say she's making an honest effort.

    And as a sidenote, faith and reason are not meant to be opposed to each other. Faith is continuing to have belief in something you've come to reason to be true, despite times you may feel opposed to it. That chair you're sitting on? When you sit full-down upon it without testing its strength each and every time? An act of faith. People can have reasonable and logical premises for faith.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
    • Jon

      Well put Matt!

      June 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
    • Steve

      You are right...so by everything being an act of faith...has to be everything...even facts are subject to faith unless immediately and patently verifiable...but then again you have to have faith that someone else is right, unless you check it yourself...in that case it is only faith in yourself...

      See how stupid saying everything is faith....leave faith to religion and stop trying to murk up the waters with rhetoric. next thing you know, you will have people worshipping f'n chairs just because you said that. Makes as much sense as any other Faith.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
    • Steve

      Also...just wanted to ask you what "true christianity" is since you seem to have the corner on that.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
    • Luke

      And what are these premises for faith? I can't think of a one.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
    • TenPercentLogic

      @ Luke – You have a lot of patience ... I don't know how you do it. Arguing with christ fanatics is like arguing with my 12 year old son. He's just not equipped with the neurons to handle it. He will be in 10 years when his brain is fully developed. The watch, cell and eye arguments are for novices and people who can handle complexity. It is a cop-out. If you don't believe in evolution it's because you don't understand it and that is because you don't want to. It's a very simple concept.

      June 2, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
  9. Jon

    Not bad Lindsey! It would seem to me that Carlos and DMX are the ones who are a bit confused. Contrary to what might sound good, not all roads lead to God and, I'm sorry to break it to you, all religions are most certianly not basically the same. To hold that view is at best uninformed and at worst ignorant.
    “ God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel” – Ben Franklin

    June 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
    • Al

      Jon, when you mention the Sacred writings, as I told Lindsey I will advise yourself as well. You may not like the Catholic Church, but from comes the Bible. So, if you believe in the Bible, you have to accept the fact that God gave us the Bible through the Catholic Church, this is a historical fact and certainty. Otherwise, logically, any Church could write up a Bible(and some do, aka the Witnesses) and it would be considered 'inspired', the Catholic is THE Church in the Bible.. it's the only one that dates back to the time of Christ, check history...

      June 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  10. Dmitry

    Gaga is the most amazing modern American female artists.

    Sure she might be fragile, emotional, contradictory, religious, and pragmatic at the same time.
    Amazing pianist, and a brave soul from New York who made the Material Girl obsolete and even said so to her face
    🙂

    Gaga – thanks babe... for being who you are!

    June 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  11. melissa

    I love Gaga...shes brilliant I say!

    June 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  12. STUFF

    DIE>

    June 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
    • Steve

      You do realize that by wishing such ill upon others that you are violating the word of Christ? You are no holy person, nor spiritual in any way...you are merely a zealot, looking to appease God due to some unspoken sin you have on your soul.

      May Lucifer have mercy upon you for your transgressions.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
    • think before you speak

      You are kinda angry.

      Is it because you worry about how Jesus could cleanse the temple twice in a three year period, once at the beginning of his ministry, and once at the end, and not be noticed as worth a mention? Is it because the N.T. authors misquoted the the O.T.'s prophesies? Is it because there is no possible way the Jews could have lived in or left Egypt because there is no physical evidence at all. ? Is it because the N.T. rips Pythagoreanism without crediting the source or understanding the meaning when Simon Peter caught exactly 153 fish. Is it because Jesus happens to be "born" on Mithras' birthday.

      You should read the bible a whole lot more, so you can figure these problems out.

      June 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      be charmed............the power of 3 will find you........lol

      June 3, 2010 at 12:29 am |
  13. STUFF

    You atheists are pathetic. I cannot wait to see your sad faces when God comes to destroy you. Wetting yourself as you slowly die.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
    • dave

      What a "Christian" thing to say......awwwwww

      June 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
    • Newton

      Are you still killing ants with your magnifying glass STUFF? What a loser – you really think a compasionate god would do that...

      June 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  14. Katie

    I think everyone can find happiness through various different ways and not just ONE way...maybe she sees her beliefs in a different way than others and she's fine with that. She doesn't have to be a church-going devote crazy fanatic in order to be a believer...and I won't get into anymore details than what I said.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  15. scott farmingdale

    wiley witty wordsmith PLAYWRIGHT LARRY MYERS (who runs St John's Theater) has cunningly placed his Lady Gaga play "Lady Gaga's Gudiebook for Living' with dramas about Haiti, Thailand & The Gulf Oil Horror!
    It isa Global Fringe Fest which Myers dubs "Summer Shock" as it is a bunch of plays about real issues. His gaga play is about gay abuse & the abuse of fame. He ventured to The Oil Spill Area to meet the real folks! the play is "Edgar Cayce's Autograph" and it refers to having to resort to graphology of thge "Sleeping Prophet"'s signature to find mythic answers. Myers' plays are poetic & metaphysical - his vision is mystic & Catholic inclsuive!

    June 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
    • dave

      I may regret this but......HUH???

      June 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  16. Joshua Ludd

    Just another cheap madonna knockoff.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
    • dave

      <------– Joshua Ludd knockoff......

      June 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  17. Deb

    Dave & Jessica: Get a grip, you can't compare this record company created Gaga freak to the likeness of the Beatles or M. Jackson, and Madonna's got her beat by a landslide, as she is the original.
    The rest of you, you should find a religion blog to banter back and forth on, Nobody asked you what your opinion was, or were you both invited to Larry King Live as well?
    This whole thread is a "load"......

    June 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
    • dave

      Bitter much? Can I politly recommend another site for you purhaps?

      June 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
    • Michelle

      You're absolutely right. And no one asked for YOUR opinion, either.

      June 2, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
  18. Mike

    Lindsey, let me get this straight. She questions the aspect of religion that makes people kill, ostricize, and judge people not like us, and wishes for peace. Because of this, you say she doesn't get it? If she wants the world to be a better place, how dare we criticize her for preaching tolerance and peace. I guess Ghandi was flawed too.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      thats because lindsey's the blind sheep that easily gives up the root of all evil $$$$$$$$$$$$ to a 501 irs church corporations, yeah

      June 3, 2010 at 12:22 am |
  19. Sean

    Who cares

    June 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  20. ccb

    Yes, her religion is Gaga oolalah ramamramama.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
    • Amy

      Hehe!! Funny !!

      June 2, 2010 at 11:09 pm |
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