NEW YORK (AP) — Pop singer Sabrina Carpenter used a Brooklyn Roman Catholic church as the backdrop for part of her music video, in which she danced next to a pastel-colored coffin, prompting the church’s pastor to After the enactment of church law, he was stripped of his managerial position. After his release, officials held a Mass to restore the “sanctity” of the church.
Carpenter appeared on the Disney Channel when he was younger and released the video for “Feather” on October 31st. In it, she appears in several scenarios with men who do terrible things to her, such as taking photos of her body without her consent, after which she dies a tragic death. Carpenter, 24, was last seen dancing in her Church of the Annunciation wearing a short tulle dress and black veil.
The day after the film’s release, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, which oversees Catholic churches in Brooklyn and Queens, issued a statement saying it was “appalled” that proper procedures regarding filming permits were not followed.
Days later, the diocese stripped the church’s pastor, the Rev. Jamie Gigantiero, of his administrative duties, ending his tenure as the parish’s development minister.
Bishop Robert Brennan also celebrated a Mass of Penance at the church, the diocese said, adding, “Through the offering of this Mass, Bishop Brennan restored the sanctity of this church and repaired the damage.”
Emails seeking comment were sent to Carpenter’s agent and video director Mia Burns.
In a Facebook post asking for forgiveness from the church community in the wake of the incident, Gigantiello said a camera crew had visited them in September and had searched the participants and found nothing untoward. He said he gave permission. He said the agreement was “an effort to further strengthen the bonds between the young creative artists who make up a large part of this community.”
Gigantiello went on to say that he was not at the scene during the filming, did not know anything “provocative” was going on, and did not know that a coffin would be placed in the church.
Carpenter has been singing for several years, appearing on Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World” series, which aired from 2014 to 2017. Her music video has garnered her 11 million views on YouTube since its release.