Lady Gaga's latest hit, Born This Way, is already being touted as the next great gay anthem and female power song. The song begins: It doesn't matter if you love him, or capital H-I-M / Just put your paws up / 'cause you were Born This Way, Baby." It is no surprise of the song's licentiousness and its insistence that people do not become who they are but instead are born that way. After all, this is the pop diva who tells her fans that indeed what she does in public and on state is not a persona. The egg she was carried in at the Grammys: Born that way. The meat dress: born that way. Boozing antics at Yankee's club house: born that way. Rhinestone bikini lingerie as the attire to a baseball game: born that way. Ripping off Madonna: born that way.
I will not get into the problems of the philosophical premise found in the song: that everyone is born the way they are and never change. But to state the problem briefly: would it be tolerated if the wife beater, alcoholic, or kleptomaniac expressed that they do what they do because they were born that way? Not likely.
Yet, I still can't help wonder, what would the Saints say to Lady Gaga's insistence that she did not become the person she is but instead was born that way and in turn has no choice but to do what it is she does?
St. Josemaria Escriva might say to Lady Gaga: "Don's say 'That's the way I am -- it's my character.' It's your lack of character."