Sexual music video in church was ‘a desecration’

The Good Shepherd Church on the Ormeau Road
The Good Shepherd Church on the Ormeau Road

A sexually-charged music video filmed inside a chapel in Belfast was an act of “desecration”, said the Catholic Church.

Clips of the video show a semi-clothed man and woman writhing intimately together inside the building.

The scenes – filmed in the Good Shepherd Church on the Ormeau Road for a release by DJ Wilkinson – have been edited out.

The diocese of Down and Connor yesterday said that “no permission was either sought or granted to film the interior of the parish church within the context of any conduct or activities that were not relating to prayer or homage and in accordance with the sanctity of the Church”.

It added: “The behaviour in the video was a desecration of the Church and caused most grievous distress to the parish priest and if viewed by the parishioners would cause severe hurt and distress to the wider parish community.”

To protect the church and its parishioners, the diocese took its concerns to the creators of the material.

They then gave the church an assurance that the offending material would be “removed from circulation and destroyed”.