Explicit video 'desecrated' church

Explicit video 'desecrated' church

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.

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.

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