Fr. Ferrer had said Oct. 8 that “the video presents the story of a 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 down from heaven.’”
In addition, the dean criticized “certain attitudes of intolerance,” to which, he said, “is opposed by the understanding and acceptance of the Church, as manifested in the final sequences of the video.”
The Toledo archdiocese said Oct. 8 that the archbishop “was absolutely unaware of the existence of this project, its content and the final result,” and that he “deeply regrets these events and disapproves of the images recorded” in the cathedral.
The Archbishop of Toledo asked “humbly and sincerely for forgiveness from all the lay faithful, consecrated people and priests, who have felt justly hurt by this misuse of a sacred place.”
“From this moment, the archdiocese will work to review the procedure followed to prevent something similar from happening again,” the statement added.
“To do this, a protocol for the recording of images for public broadcasting in any church in the archdiocese will be immediately drawn up.”
About 30 people gathered outside the cathedral Oct. 10 to pray a reparative rosary.
The Archbishop of Toledo announced Oct. 9 there will be an act of reparation carried out during an Oct. 17 Mass.
“As a result of recent events, I want to add to this celebration an invitation to conversion, reparation for sins and purification that this time of grace and interior renewal requires, and that we will carry out in a special penitential act of the Mass,” the archbishop said.
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