Explicit video 'desecrated' church

Published Sunday, 22 June 2014
Toggle font size

A south Belfast church has said it has been "desecrated" and its parish priest left "grievously distressed" after an explicit scene from a music video was shot in the historic building.

Explicit video 'desecrated' church
The church said the material caused distress. (© UTV)

Part of a promotional video for the internationally-renowned DJ Mark Wilkinson was shot in the Good Shepherd Catholic Church on the Ormeau Road.

In it two actors appeared to engage in a lewd act on the church's altar.

The six-minute film for Half Life was shot in Belfast and has received over 700,000 hits on YouTube, however, the church has requested the offending scene be edited out.

And the scene appears to have been removed from the official YouTube video on the DJ's page.

The church said the producers of the video had no permission to film within the holy sanctum of the church and are taking legal action over the matter.

Fr Edward McGee from the Diocese of Down and Connor added: "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.

"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.

"For these reasons, to protect the Church and its parishioners, the Diocese of Down and Connor immediately brought these concerns to the attention of the distributors and creators of the material which was unlawfully obtained by deception and trespass.

"The originators/creators and distributors gave us an undertaking that the unlawful material would be removed from circulation and destroyed."

London-born DJ Wilkinson is regarded as an up-and-coming star on the dance music scene with over 300,000 sales and over 12m hits for his videos.

UTV has attempted to contact his management and record label, however, no one could be reached for comment.

A spokesperson for the Ram Records told the Sunday World they had no comment to make on the matter.

Police said they have not received a complaint on the matter.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Pat in Bangor wrote (222 days ago):
Ciara.... I would like to think that you are in a very tiny minority in N. Ireland who has never been taught to respect anything or anybody. Because we are in the 21st century does this mean we all do what we want regardless of who it offends? Whether the song was great or not is besides the point. There are plenty of places to shoot this kind of music video and on an alter is not one of them Take your own advice "get a grip" Clint...Maybe you dont realise it but in this day and age clergy are extremely busy people with numerous things to do and arrange, weddings, funerals, visiting the housebound, bereaved, hospital visits etc. to name but a few, so cannot sit around the church all day even if they wanted
eb in eb wrote (222 days ago):
leave her alone, i think it says leave UR comment meaning UR views on the matter not slag other ppl off, it was her view of the matter.
Linda in Lisburn wrote (222 days ago):
An absolute disgrace ,shame on them for using any church in this way.
Marie bell in south belfast wrote (222 days ago):
I am appalled at this happening this is a beautiful church this church is in a very respectable area im glad to hear the church is taking legal action against them as the priests and congregation who attend this church each week in and out will all tell you its one of the best churches in south Belfast and they wont stand for others who try to put the churches name down its a place of worship not to take videos in
Andrew in Belfast wrote (223 days ago):
A conversion between the Priest and the music video maker. Music video maker: Can we film in your church? Priest: Certainly, it will be a music video about prayer and respect? Music video maker: Yes.....
Email address*:    
House Rules:  
Your Comment:  
[All comments are moderated and will not appear immediately. Your name, location and comment will be displayed on this page if your post passes moderation.]
January snow
Tue 13 January 2015
Wintry weather
Wed 28 January 2015
Ravenhill Road fish spill
Sun 25 January 2015