A New York bishop took action against a parish that allowed the filming of a controversial music video within a century-old Brooklyn church.
Bishop Robert Brennan via a statement released by the Diocese of Brooklyn he was "appalled" that the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Williamsburg was in 24-year-old pop star Sabrina Carpenter's latest music video for her song "Feather."https://t.co/bgOBlJjCKP
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From Fox News:
In a statement released on Thursday, Brooklyn Bishop Robert Brennan condemned pop singer Sabrina Carpenter’s latest music video “Feather,” which was filmed at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. The video features Carpenter in a scantily-clad black dress as several men kill each other over her. It also shows her attending their funerals at the church with candy-colored coffins, one including the inscription “RIP B*tch.”
Brennan was “appalled” at the video and additionally criticized the local parish for failing to prevent its filming based on its policies.
“The parish did not follow diocesan policy regarding the filming on Church property, which includes a review of the scenes and script,” the statement read.
While the parish initially claimed that the video’s production company “failed to accurately represent the video content,” an investigation into the matter concluded that documents given to the parish “while failing to depict the entirety of the scenes, clearly portray inappropriate behavior unsuitable for a church sanctuary.”
As a result, Brennan announced that the parish’s vicar, Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, was relieved of his position and temporarily replaced with Auxiliary Bishop Witold Mroziewski, who took over all administrative responsibilities.
Following the announcement, Brennan and Monsignor Joseph Grimaldi celebrated a Mass of Reparation where the bishop blessed the altar with holy water.
“Through the offering of this Mass, Bishop Brennan has restored the sanctity of this church and repaired the harm,” the diocese said in a statement.
Since it was released on Tuesday, the video has garnered more than 3 million views.
You can check out the video yourself to see if the bishop was overreacting or not.
Carpenter isn’t the first pop star to draw the ire of the Catholic Church. In 1989, Madonna’s hit “Like a Prayer” was famously condemned by the Vatican, while Catholic groups found Lady Gaga’s “Judas” to be offensive.