Forgive me, Father!
A Spanish archbishop has apologized for letting a rapper record a raunchy music video inside a 13th-century cathedral.
The steamy clip — which was released on YouTube last Thursday — is for the song “Atheist” by Anton Alvarez, better known by his stage name, C. Tangana.
Alvarez, 31, appears in the music video alongside Argentinian singer-songwriter Nathy Peluso, 26, who also provides vocals on the track.
“Atheist” includes the lyrics: “I was an atheist, but now I believe, because a miracle like you had to come down from heaven.”
The frisky four-minute clip features Alvarez and Peluso grinding up against each other inside the Primatial Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo as pervy priests secretly watch.
One scene shows Alvarez suggestively tugging on Peluso’s hair while another shot — which was not filmed inside the cathedral — shows her naked as she holds his decapitated head.
The archbishop of Toledo, Francisco Cerro, is asking parishioners to show him some mercy after the clip caused widespread offense among Catholics.
Cerro said he “deeply regretted” what happened, but insisted he “was absolutely unaware of the existence of this project, its content and the final result.”
“We humbly and sincerely ask for the forgiveness of all the faithful, whether lay people or priests, who have rightly felt wounded by this inappropriate use of a sacred place,” he added in a statement, obtained by Tablet.
According to the publication, “He also announced a special Mass to be held for the atonement of sins and made a promise that the cathedral would never be used again in this way.”
Meanwhile, the cathedral’s dean, Juan Miguel Ferrer Grenesche, said officials gave the green light for Alvarez to record inside the cathedral in the hopes of “supporting a dialogue with contemporary culture.”
He argued that “Atheist” presented a story about “conversion through love,” but admitted the video clip used “provocative visual language.”
“We’re sorry that some people may have been upset. We ask for forgiveness for hurting their feelings. The aim was only ever to support a dialogue with contemporary culture while always respecting the faith of the Church,” he stated.
“Atheist” has been viewed on YouTube more than 5.7 million times, and while it may have sparked outrage, many viewers left gushing remarks in the comments section.
“What a video! Congratulations,” one stated.
“Absolute hit and the movements of the Peluso could not be sexier!” another cooed.
Alvarez and Peluso have not yet responded to the controversy.