Brooklyn Bishop Robert Brennan has taken decisive action against the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church for allowing the filming of a controversial music video within its century-old walls. The music video in question, titled “Feather” by pop singer Sabrina Carpenter, has ignited a wave of criticism for its provocative content and the use of the church as a backdrop.
Bishop Brennan, in a statement released on Thursday, expressed his deep dismay at the video’s content, particularly condemning the scenes featuring Carpenter in a scantily-clad black dress as men engage in violent altercations over her. The video further depicts funerals at the church with candy-colored coffins, one bearing the inscription “RIP B*tch.” Brennan asserted that the parish failed to adhere to diocesan policy regarding the filming on church property, which includes a thorough review of scenes and scripts.
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Initially, the parish claimed that the production company misrepresented the video content. However, an investigation revealed that documents provided to the parish, while not fully depicting the scenes, clearly portrayed inappropriate behavior unsuitable for a church sanctuary. Consequently, Brennan announced the removal of the parish’s vicar, Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, who was temporarily replaced by Auxiliary Bishop Witold Mroziewski, assuming all administrative responsibilities.
John Notaro, executive director of the Catholic Foundation of Brooklyn and Queens, along with Futures in Education, has taken over Gigantiello’s administrative duties for the respective organizations. Despite the removal from his administrative role, Gigantiello will continue to serve as the pastor of the church.
In response to these actions, Brennan and Monsignor Joseph Grimaldi conducted a Mass of Reparation, where the bishop blessed the altar with holy water. The diocese released a statement affirming that through this Mass, Bishop Brennan aimed to restore the sanctity of the church and repair the harm caused by the controversial music video.
The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish, established in 1863, has a unique history as a home for Lithuanian Americans. Reports indicate that it is the only parish offering a weekly Sunday Mass entirely in Lithuanian. The church’s involvement in the filming of the “Feather” music video has sparked concerns about the sanctity of religious spaces and adherence to established diocesan policies.