Shock as church 'desecrated' after it was used for 'sex scenes' in music promo
A HISTORICAL church has been desecrated after actors were filmed having sexual intercourse on the altar for a new music video.
The Good Shepherd Church on the Ormeau Road in Belfast was used to shoot the video which went viral.
Priests and parishioners of the Holy Rosary Parish were unaware of the action until the footage went online.
A statement from the Diocese of Down and Connor described the behaviour as a “desecration of the Church”.
They also insisted that the material was “unlawfully obtained by deception and trespass”.
"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,” the statement said.
Agents acting for the Diocese contacted the distributors and creators of the material and have been assured the “unlawful material would be removed from circulation and destroyed”.
The complete footage lasts six minutes and shows a couple having sex at a number of different locations, including a nightclub.
However, it is the sex scenes that were shot in the Good Shepherd Church which caused the most distress.
Sacred relics can be seen in the footage as the couple have sex on the altar.
The footage is part of a music video promo for London-born DJ Wilkinson.