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Dean resigns after filming questionable music video at Toledo Cathedral on the National Catholic Register


The Archbishop of Toledo “humbly and sincerely asked for forgiveness from all lay people, consecrated and priests who have rightly felt offended by this abuse of a holy place”.

Father Juan Miguel Ferrer Grenesche, Dean of Toledo Cathedral, has submitted his resignation after abusing the sacred space in a music video with sensual dance scenes in the church.

“The dean asks the institution on his behalf and on behalf of the various elements of the cathedral chapter, insofar as they are responsible, for forgiveness for all errors and mistakes made by word, deed and omissions in recent events,” said the archdiocese Toledo on October 12th.

Father Ferrer’s resignation will take effect on October 16th. His term of office was supposed to end on November 5th.

The archdiocese said the priest had expressed “full communion” with Archbishop Francisco Cerro Chaves “and the diocesan church”.

The Spanish rapper C. Tangana released a music video for his song “Ateo” (Atheist) on October 7th, which was filmed with the Argentine singer Nathy Peluso. In the video, both perform sensual and provocative dances inside the cathedral.

The archdiocese also pointed out that “according to internal regulations of the cathedral chapter, which have been in force for years, the money raised for extraordinary activities of the cathedral is used for charitable purposes”.

C. Tangana paid 15,000 euros ($ 17,000) to use the cathedral in the music video.

In a statement reported by Europa Press to the Spanish press on October 12, Father Ferrer said that “communication errors” complicated the case and that he does not regret his first statement justifying the recording of the music video.

What he said at the time, “is true, and I have explained the reasons for permission,” but he admitted that no representatives from the cathedral were present during the taping of the performance to “see the things that later outraged some people “. . That was a failure. “

Father Ferrer also said that requests for permission for these types of recordings are usually not sent to the archbishop, which “could be another mistake that would have avoided some of the troubles we would have experienced”.

“I acknowledge any criticism and that I was wrong, but when they correct me I like it when it is done with charity and respect,” he said.

However, the priest said that for him this case is “water under the bridge and I want everyone to be calm and live in peace and that there is no tension”.

“I am convinced that music of one type or another by our belief is what we are looking for to do good to people, and I hope that after all this pain and controversy, we will all strive to do good do each other, ”he said.

Father Ferrer said on October 8th that “the video shows the story of conversion through human love. The lyrics of the song are precise: ‘I was an atheist, but now I believe because a miracle like you had to come from heaven.’ “

In addition, the dean criticized “certain attitudes of intolerance” which, as he said, “stand in the way of the understanding and acceptance of the church, as manifested in the final sequences of the video”.

The Archdiocese of Toledo said on October 8th that the Archbishop “absolutely did not know the existence of this project, its content and the end result” and that he “deeply regrets these events and disapproves of the images taken in the cathedral”.

The Archbishop of Toledo “humbly and sincerely asked for forgiveness from all lay people, consecrated and priests who have rightly felt offended by this abuse of a holy place”.

“From that moment on, the archdiocese will work to review the procedure used to prevent something similar from happening again,” the statement said.

“For this purpose, a protocol for the recording of pictures for the public broadcasting in all churches of the archdiocese will be created immediately.”

About 30 people gathered in front of the cathedral on October 10th to say a rosary of reparation.

The Archbishop of Toledo announced on October 9th that reparation would be carried out during a mass on October 17th.

“In light of recent events, I would like to add to this celebration an invitation to conversion, atonement for sin, and cleansing that this time of grace and inner renewal calls for and that we will perform in a special act of repentance at Mass. “Said the archbishop.


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