Montreal church slammed over ‘a graphic homosexual dance’

Montreal church slammed over ‘a graphic homosexual dance’ August 8, 2019

AN extraordinarily beautiful dance performance, filmed inside the historic St Peter the Apostle Catholic Church earlier this year, has been branded as ‘sacrilegious’ in an article published yesterday (Wednesday) by LifeSiteNews.

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Writing for LSN, Michael Hichborn said:

According to the Code of Canon Law, this performance could very well have constituted acts of both desecration and sacrilege. Canon 1210 says that ‘anything out of harmony with the holiness of the place is forbidden’, and Canon 1211 says that if the acts done are ‘gravely injurious and give scandal to the faithful’, and ‘are so serious and so contrary to the sacred character of the place’, the local bishop may judge that the space has been desecrated and cannot be used for worship until ‘the harm is repaired by means of the penitential rite’.

LGBT artist and activist Matthew Richardson released his most recent production, centred on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, on May 1 of this year. The video was produced to promote a message of tolerance by juxtaposing anti-gay images of hateful posters and violence with religious art. It has had over a million views on YouTube.

LSN included the video in Hichborn’s report with the words:

WARNING: This article contains videos or links to videos that show a sacrilegious, homoerotic event inside a Catholic church and a graphic homosexual dance.

Hichborn said:

Many Catholics have been left to wonder how such a thing could happen in a Catholic church. In an interview with the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, Richardson explained how he had received formal permission from the parish for his performance. ‘I honestly just went into the church, asked who I could speak to about the idea, and then proposed what I had in mind,’Richardson said.  They welcomed me, my message, and our creation with open arms.’

In a Facebook live session just prior to the video’s release, Richardson was asked, “How did the church feel about being at the forefront of a gay relationship?” He responded:

They really support it. The guy who I worked with had already seen my first video, so he knew the message I was wanting to share anyway, and so he really supported what I was doing. I showed him the whole presentation with my message, what it would look like, what it would be, but I wanted them to make sure that I wasn’t saying something bad about religion, I’m just saying, no matter what your faith, you can still be kind.

Hichborn added:

‘Hallelujah’ opens with a semi-nude man standing in the sanctuary of the church, facing the tabernacle and high altar. After images of violence and protests are contrasted with religious art, another semi-nude man walks up the aisle to the sanctuary, where both men embrace and dance in a manner suggestive of homosexual intercourse. At the end of the video, the two men caress and smear each other with colored chalk dust and gyrate together as they produce a banner with a rainbow-colored heart and the words, ‘Choose Love’, and the banner is raised in the sanctuary where they had been dancing.

He concluded:

This sort of controversy is not new for St Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. In 2015, the parish produced a promotional video, explaining the history and architecture of the church. In the last 20 seconds of the video, the narrator explains (in French), ‘Over the years, St Peter the Apostle has become the parish of the gay community in Montreal.’

Just last month, St Peter the Apostle celebrated the funeral Mass for same-sex ‘marriage’ advocate Laurent Mccutcheon. Mccutcheon committed himself to the advancement of public acceptance of homosexuality after the 1969 Stonewall riot, and was a major proponent behind Quebec’s 2005 recognition of same-sex ‘marriage’. In celebration of Mccutcheon’s promotion of homosexuality, St Peter the Apostle was decorated with rainbow-colored streamers.

The determination as to whether the parish has indeed been desecrated by the homoerotic performance is entirely up to the local ordinary, Archbishop Christian Lépine.  

Catholics wishing to contact the archbishop to ask him to investigate this sacrilegious event and make a determination on whether the performance constituted an act of desecration may do so with the information provided below:

Most Reverend Christian Lépine 
2000, Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal (Qc) H3H 1G4
(514) 925-4300.

LifeSiteNews screamed “censorship” recently when it was thrown off the Apple News channel. It has since been reinstated.


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  • Tawreos

    So shorts and a tank top is semi-nude? And from the pose that is showing on the video I am not sure how he thinks gay sex is performed. If any but trained dancers tried that move then both parties are likely to end up sexually unsatisfied and in the hospital, unless that is their kink.

    Just remember, two men dancing makes a church unclean, but priests raping kids does not do the same.

  • Carstonio

    The same old double standard – an opposite-sex couple can hold hands in public and no one gives it a second thought, but if a same-sex couple does it, they’re “forcing” their sexuality on everyone else.

  • Sophotroph

    the local bishop may judge that the space has been desecrated and cannot be used for worship until ‘the harm is repaired by means of the penitential rite’.

    Apparently gay dance is the somatic component for Dispel Magic in the version of Dungeons & Dragons they’re playing in church. Quick! Somebody figure out Magic Missile!

  • Matt G

    Is there a special team they have to call in, à la Ghostbusters?

  • Michael Neville

    Obviously the Exorcism Team will have to be brought in to rid the place of gay demons.

  • Chris Hogue

    It’s the last name from the generational advancement of Fuddruckers in Idiocracy.

  • Chris Hogue
  • anne marie hovgaard

    I think LSN and I have different ideas about what “graphic” means. That was beautiful, I have tears in my eyes.

  • This is blasphemous and disgusting. I am appalled that the Church allowed this…or perhaps I should not be considering what we have become with the Lavender mafia

  • Liturgical dancing is not allowed. period. gay or straight

  • they need to exorcise this church

  • disgusting

  • anonymous

    This was inappropriate regardless of one’s orientation.

  • anne marie hovgaard
  • Fred

    Is this the best you can do, Anne? Pathetic.

  • Tawreos

    I guess you’ll believe whatever it takes to keep you defending kiddy rapers. You are disgusting.

  • anne marie hovgaard

    No, you’re just not worth any more effort.

  • phatkhat

    Sexually mature =/= old enough to give consent.

  • phatkhat

    That would be up to the individual church, I should think. Not up to some uptight busybodies.

  • phatkhat

    Well, bless your heart. And Karen’s, too.

  • phatkhat

    Why? They are incredibly talented. I can only imagine the dedication to their craft that it takes to dance like that! I found it amazing and very beautiful.

  • anonymous

    Not in God’s house. There needs to be a certain reverance and respect to God in His house. This performance did not offer any adoration or praise towards God. It was a performance of self-interest. It had nothing to do with God. This dance was performed at the altar where Mass is celebrated. Mass is when the priest offers up the Eucharist, the living body of Christ. Would these men have performed this dance in front of Jesus when He was hanging on the Cross? Now do you understand why this dance offends so many Catholics?

  • Ah, that would be doctrine…try looking it up

  • phatkhat

    Not all churches abide by “doctrine”, you know. (Admittedly, I am not familiar with all the ins and outs of Catholic rules, having grown up protestant. But I’m not about to waste time hunting for it.)

    This is an atheist blog, and you are odd man/woman out, here. We find your notions… quaint, at best.

  • phatkhat

    You know what’s frikken inappropriate? Churches around here where I live sponsor GUN SHOWS. Now THAT is obscene. This dance is nowhere close.

  • That’s fine but this is taking place in a CATHOLIC CHURCH. Definitely a problem. I could care less if you believe in God or not. I am merely making a statement about this taking place in the Church and it should not be.

  • phatkhat

    You should probably complain about it at a Catholic blog, then. Someone there may actually give a **** about what you think. No one here does.

  • anonymous

    Gun shows are inappropriate in a place of worship. Still, that performance violated the sanctity of the church. It was not appropriate.

  • you eat with that mouth?