Was this sacrilege? Historic Montreal Catholic church hosted homosexual dance performance

Was this sacrilege? Historic Montreal Catholic church hosted homosexual dance performance

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[LifeSite News] An historic Catholic church in Montreal is at the center of a major controversy regarding the use of its sacred space for a profane and sinful act performed in the sanctuary.

VIDEO: [Matthew Richardson] The sacrilegious, homoerotic HALLELUJAH, a circus/queer dance, desecrated God’s holy alter when it was performed at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Montreal by semi-nude men. [May 1, 2019]


LGBT artist and activist Matthew Richardson released his most recent production titled, “Hallelujah” on May 1 of this year. The video was set in the sanctuary of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and was produced in order to promote a message of “tolerance” by juxtaposing messages of “hate,” religious images, and homoerotic choreography. And while Richardson claims to have hoped “not to say something bad about religion,” the fact remains that the production of his performance within the church may have constituted acts of sacrilege and desecration.

“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. All of this takes place to an adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s song, “Hallelujah.” 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.

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.”

Can. 1210 In a sacred place only those things are to be permitted which serve to exercise or promote worship, piety and religion. Anything out of harmony with the holiness of the place is forbidden. The Ordinary may however, for individual cases, permit other uses, provided they are not contrary to the sacred character of the place.

Can. 1211 Sacred places are desecrated by acts done in them which are gravely injurious and give scandal to the faithful when, in the judgement of the local Ordinary, these acts are so serious and so contrary to the sacred character of the place that worship may not be held there until the harm is repaired by means of the penitential rite which is prescribed in the liturgical books.

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