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29th Nov 2023

Catholic priest stripped of duties after allowing pop star to film provocative music video in church

Simon Kelly

Catholic priest music video

“I am genuinely sorry and I deeply regret the incident.”

A priest has reportedly been stripped of his administrative duties after he allowed a pop star to film a provocative music video in his church.

The Brooklyn-based priest, who presides over Williamsburg’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Annunciation Parish, allowed part of Sabrina Carpenter’s music video for her song ‘Feather’ to be shot inside the church.

In the video, the former Disney child star pulls up to the church in a pink hearse, dressed in a black dress and veil. She then dances her way up to the altar, which is lined with multi-coloured coffins, one of which reads “RIP Bitch”.

Despite being pretty tame in terms of the imagery used, it’s caused quite a stir in the local Catholic community, as you can imagine.

Priest stripped of duties following Sabrina Carpenter video in church

According to the New York Times, the priest, Msgr. Jamie J. Gigantiello, has since been reprimanded for stepping aside and letting the 24-year-old singer film her video in the church.

In a statement to Catholic news outlet CNA, Bishop Brennan (Robert, not Len) said the dioceses “is appalled at what was filmed at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Brooklyn.

“The parish did not follow diocesan policy regarding the filming on Church property, which includes a review of the scenes and script,” the statement said.

The pastor has since apologised in a post on the church’s Facebook page, saying that his research of Carpenter “did not reveal anything questionable.”

He added that he approved the project in an “effort to further strengthen the bonds between the young creative artists who make up a large part of this community.”

The priest said in his statement that he is “genuinely sorry and I deeply regret the incident that took place and any distress that my actions may have caused.”

Few Hail Mary’s, you’ll be grand.

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