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Lady Gaga's New Song 'Judas' Causes Holy Week Uproar

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Lady Gaga's latest single, "Judas," may be a hit with her fans but not with the Catholic church.

The fame monster has created a Holy Week uproar after the single leaked on the Internet last Friday. The song, which is now available for download on iTunes, expresses love for Judas -- the apostle who betrayed Jesus.

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"Because of her fame and her notoriety and the influence that she has with young people on the culture, one would think that she would learn to back off," Bill Donohue, of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, told 1010 WINS. "Why does she always have to be edgy with my religion? Why can't she just simply say, 'Look, it didn't work out,' get divorced from Catholicism and move on."

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This is not Gaga's first run-in with the Catholic church. In the video for her chart-topping single, "Alejandro," the New York native dressed up as a nun and swallowed a rosary.

Donohue believes the release of the single at the start of Holy Week was intentional and that it's "one more example of her ethics."

"She chooses Holy Week to basically stick it to Catholics again," Donohue said. "One would think that a Grammy award winner would be able to do this on her own merits without engaging in these kinds of antics. While it's not the worst we've seen here at the Catholic League, she is bothersome."

In the song, Gaga proclaims, "I'm just a holy fool, oh baby he's so cruel but I'm still in love with Judas, baby" and "Jesus is my virtue but Judas is the demon I cling to."

Lady Gaga has not released a comment.

Her new album, "Born This Way," will be released next month. HBO will also be showing a special concert series on her "Monster Ball" Tour on May 7.

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