Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 25 January 2015

DJ Wilkinson's Belfast video featuring kissing on church altar edited after complaints from priests

A still from the DJ Wilkinson's Half Light music video that was filmed in Belfast. Photograph: WilkinsonVEVO / YouTube
A still from the DJ Wilkinson's Half Light music video that was filmed in Belfast. Photograph: WilkinsonVEVO / YouTube

DJ Wilkinson has been forced to re-edit his video for Half Light after priests complained that it contained images of a partially nude couple kissing on the altar of their Catholic church.

That video, that went viral, was shot at various locations in Belfast.

The Good Shepherd Church on the Ormeau Road was used for the lewd church altar scene.

The Diocese of Down and Connor said it had not granted permission for a scene of that nature to be filmed in the church.

A statement from the diocese described the behaviour as a “desecration of the Church”.

They also insisted that the material was “unlawfully obtained by deception and trespass”.

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 behaviour in the video was a desecration of the church and caused most grievous distress to the parish priest," the church statement said.

The diocese added: "If viewed by the parishioners it 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."

"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," it said.

Half Light reached number 25 in the UK music chart earlier this month.

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