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A Spanish Archdiocese has learned the hard way that rap and religion aren’t supposed to mix …
The Archdiocese of Toledo recently made the grave error of allowing rapper Anton Alvarez, known as C. Tangana, and singer-songwriter Nathy Peluso to film a music video at the 518-year-old Primatial Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo.
But it gets worse …
The music video was for the song “Ateo,” which means “atheist.”
“I was an atheist, but now I believe ’cause a miracle like you has had to come down from heaven,'” a translation of the chorus reads.
“I want to worship your long hair, your mouth and your face. May The Virgin of Almudena forgive me for the things I do in your bed,” a translation of the first verse likewise reads.
But it gets even worse …
The scenes filmed at the cathedral — some of the scenes were filmed elsewhere — depict Peluso and Tangana dancing seductively as several men who’re supposed to represent priests watch.
Watch the music video below:
Ay, Dios, Mío!
The music video provoked so much backlash that the Archdiocese was forced to issue an apology.
The apology began with the Archdiocese stating bluntly that Archbishop Francisco Cerro Chaves wasn’t to blame for this fiasco.
“The Archbishop was absolutely unaware of the existence of this project, the content
of it and the final result. The Archbishop deeply regrets these events and disapproves of the images engraved in the first temple of the Archdiocese,” a translation of a statement from the Archdiocese published on Chaves’ behalf reads.
The statement continued with the Archdiocese promising to do better.
“We humbly and sincerely ask forgiveness of all the lay faithful, consecrated and
priests, who have felt rightly hurt by this improper use of a place sacred. From this moment on, the Archdiocese undertakes to review the procedure often to prevent something similar from happening again. To do this, it begins to immediately develop a protocol for recording broadcast images public in any temple of the Archdiocese,” it reads.
Here’s where the story takes a very unusual turn.
On the same day that the Archdiocese released its statement, the cathedral’s Dean, Juan Miguel Ferrer Grenesche, released his own statement. Except that his statement seemingly defended the filming of the steamy music video.
“The video presents the story of a conversion through human love. The lyrics of the song are precise: ‘I was an atheist, but now I believe, because a miracle like you had to come down from heaven,'” the statement reads.
“It is true that the video uses provocative visual language , but it does not affect faith. It is a language typical of the culture of our time. … We are sorry that some people may find it unpleasant. We apologize if you have been able to hurt your sensitivity. The purpose has been exclusively to promote dialogue with contemporary culture, always preserving the faith of the Church,” it continues.
The stunning statement raised the question of whether it was Grenesche who’d green-lighted the music video.
And indeed it appears that question was answered Tuesday when he submitted his resignation, as reported by The Catholic World Report.
“The Dean expresses his request for forgiveness from the institution, on his own behalf and on behalf of the various elements of the cathedral chapter, insofar as they have had responsibility, for all the errors and faults that may have been committed by word, deed and omission in the recent events,” the Archdiocese reportedly announced in a statement.
However, in a statement to Spanish media, Grenesche kind of doubled down on his initial sentiment, saying he doesn’t regret what happened.
“What he said at that time ‘is true and I explained the reasons why permission was given,’ but he acknowledged that during the recording of the performance there were no representatives of the cathedral to realize ‘the things that later caused some people to be scandalized. That was a failure,'” according to World Report.
He also offered an alibi for the archbishop, admitting that authorization requests aren’t usually forwarded that high up the chain.
“I acknowledge all criticism and that I have been wrong, but when they correct me, I like it to be done with charity and respect. … What I want is for everyone to be serene and live in peace and that there not be any tension,” he said.
“I am convinced that the music of one kind of guy or another, from our faith, what we are looking for is to do good to people and I hope that after all this pain and this controversy we will all strive to do some good to one another,” he added.
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