The dean of the primate cathedral of Toledo, Juan Miguel Ferrer, will not continue in his post as of October 16. It is the result of the authorization granted to the recording of the video ‘Atheist’ by C. Tangana and Nathy Peluso and which has caused the confrontation between the leadership of the Toledo Church and the criticism of the faithful, who came to call a collective prayer at the gates of the temple to achieve the ‘repair’ for what happened.
In a brief statement, the Archdiocese explains that the Archbishop of Toledo, Francisco Cerro, received the Dean of Toledo’s cathedral in audience on Tuesday. It ensures that, after the meeting, the dean “expresses his full communion with the Archbishop and the Diocesan Church.”
In addition, it maintains that Ferrer has requested “institutional forgiveness, in his own name and from the various instances of the Cabildo, insofar as they have been responsible, for all the errors and faults that may have been committed by word, deed and omission in the acts of the last days”.
The third point of the statement indicates that it was the dean who “considering that his term ended on November 5, has deemed it appropriate to request that the Archbishop advance the conclusion of the same to October 16” and his request “has been accepted ”.
The dean will leave his post just one day before Sunday, October 17, the date on which an act is called for the opening of the diocesan phase of the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in the cathedral. The archbishop invited the entire diocesan church to “an act of conversion” that day: religious, laity and the faithful themselves.
In addition, the Archdiocese, which has not officially disclosed how much has been charged for the recording of the video clip, assures that “it is considered appropriate to report that, by internal regulations of the Cabildo, in force for years, the money collected for extraordinary activities of the Cathedral is destined to social works ”. In Toledo’s mentideros it is estimated that an amount that ranges between 15,000 and 30,000 euros could have been charged
Public brawl between the archbishop and the dean
The artists C. Tangana and Nathy Peluso published last Friday their last joint song, ‘Ateo’, and the video clip of the song that was recorded during the month of September in different spaces of the Cathedral of Toledo was also broadcast.
Controversial scenes are added to the sensual dances with which they both interpret ‘Ateo’, such as the nude Nathy Peluso raising the decapitated head of C. Tangana as a trophy, or the Madrid artist holding the Argentine composer by the hair. In the first instance, Dean Juan Miguel Ferrer, did not give importance to the images with the scenery of the temple in the background and argued in a statement that the story of the song represents a “conversion through human love.” Despite acknowledging the “provocative” of the video, he also assured that “it does not affect faith. It is a language typical of the culture of our time and the good that it can produce in those far away has been addressed,” he said.
Minutes later, his words were disavowed by the archbishop, in a second statement. Francisco Cerro Chaves asked “humbly and sincerely forgiveness to all the lay faithful, consecrated persons and priests, who have felt justly hurt by this improper use of a sacred place” and claimed to be unaware of “the existence of this project, its content and the final result “that” regrets and disapproves of the images recorded in the first temple of the Archdiocese. ”
He also promised to “review the procedure followed to prevent something similar from happening again” and that has resulted in the almost immediate resignation of the dean. At this point, the video clip exceeds five million views on YouTube.