The Archbishop of Toledo in Spain has apologised after two artists filmed a raunchy music video in the city's cathedral, claiming he had no clue of the project.
Argentinian singer Nathy Peluso and Spanish artist C. Tangana filmed parts of the racy track at the 13th-century Toledo Cathedral, one of Spain's most famous buildings.
The music video for the duo's track,"Ateo," meaning "Atheist," features the couple grinding against each other spliced in between close-ups of the cathedral's walls, CNN reports.
The Archbishop said he "deeply regrets" the events and "condemns the scenes shot in the first church of the Archdiocese," a statement on Friday said.
Adding: "We humbly and sincerely ask for forgiveness from all the lay faithful, the consecrated and the priests, who have felt rightly hurt by this improper use of a sacred place."
Archbishop Francisco Cerro Chaves has claimed to "revise the procedures in place to avoid anything like this happening again".
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In the racy video, a naked Peluso holds Tangana's decapitated head, before the two dancing singers pose for a photo with priests and choirboys outside the cathedral.
Despite the criticism from the Archbishop, Dean Juan Miguel Ferrer Grenesche argued that the video's final scenes showed the "understanding and welcoming of the Church."
He acknowledged the "provocative visual language" used, but defended the decision to allow the musical duo to film in the cathedral.
The Dean argued the "sole purpose has been to boost dialogue with contemporary culture while preserving faith in the Church."
As of Saturday (9 October), the music video had clocked up more than 2 million views on YouTube.
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