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Church apologises for hosting satanic fashion show
A London church has apologised for hosting a satanic fashion show.
St Andrew's Church in Holborn received criticism after it offered up its building as part of London fashion week on Monday evening.
The Anglican church's alter was transformed into a runway for models wearing inverted crosses, devil horns and vampire costumes to walk down in Turkish designer Dilara Findikoglu's Spring/Summer 2018 collection.
Dr Adrian Hilton from the Archbishop Cramner blog told Premier the church's decision to host the event was "bizarre".
He said: "How can the Church ask godparents to reject Satan in its liturgy of christening when it's hosting this sort of event?
"There are people dressed up of Lucifer! There are women and men walking around with demonic symbols."
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The Turkish designer who grew up with Muslim parents in Istanbul has admitted to constantly wanting to explore.
She told Vogue magazine: "I'm into parapsychology and all the occult and magic stuff, so when I was reading those books, they thought I was going to be a Satanist."
A spokesperson for the Diocese of London issued a statement to Premier in which the church apologised for permitting the event.
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It read: "The parish of St Andrew's has always supported London Fashion Week.
"We took this booking in good faith and were not aware of the content or design before the show took place.
"This was obviously a mistake, and the content of this show does not reflect the Christian faith of the Church.
"We will be looking at our booking processes going forward to ensure this does not happen again."
Listen to Dr Adrian Hilton from the Archbishop Cramner blog speaking with Premier's Eno Adeogun:
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