Spanish archbishop apologizes for steamy music video filmed in Gothic cathedral

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Spanish artist C. Tangana and Argentine singer Nathi Peluso filmed parts of the video for their track “Atheist,” means “atheist,” in the 13th-century Toledo Cathedral, one of Spain’s most famous religious buildings.

The video, released Thursday, shows C. Tangana and Peluso grinding against each other and dancing in bachata style in the cathedral and includes close-ups of artwork painted on the cathedral’s walls.

“The Archbishop deeply regrets these incidents and condemns the scenes shot in the first church of the Archdiocese,” a Statement Archbishop Francisco Cerro Chaves said in a statement issued on Friday by the archbishop.
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“We humbly and sincerely apologize to all faithful, holy and priests who have felt justifiably hurt by this inappropriate use of the sacred space,” the statement said.

The lyrics of the song include a chorus of “I used to be an atheist, but now I believe, because a miracle like you must have come down from heaven”, while the first verse asks for forgiveness from the Virgin of Almudena “What do I do in your bed? “.”


Elsewhere in the video, a nude and partly pixelated Peluso is shown holding Tangana’s head of head, and at the end of the song, the two singers pose for a photo with the priests and choir outside the cathedral.

Tangana also pulls Peluso’s hair in an echo of one of the paintings inside the cathedral, which depicts a demon pulling a woman’s hair to prevent her from reaching salvation at the Last Judgment. Paintings are also used as lyric artwork.

While the archbishop pledged to “revise procedures to avoid anything like this happening again”, the dean struck a very different note. Statement Also released on Friday.
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Dean Juan Miguel Ferrer Grenache debated the song, saying it “tells the story of a transfiguration through human love,” with the final scenes of the video showing the singers “understanding and welcoming of the Church” for a picture.

Although he acknowledged the “provocative visual language” used, he defended the decision to allow filming in the cathedral, saying “the sole purpose is to promote dialogue with contemporary culture while preserving faith in the church.”

Ferrer went on to say that the song “could do good for those who live away from the church” but apologized to those who were hurt by it.

As of Saturday, the music video had over 2 million views on YouTube.


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