The translation of the Bible quote (Matthew 10:34) into English from the Latin (the official language of the Roman Catholic Church) in the videoâ€™s opening reads: â€œDo not think I came [to] send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword.â€
â€œIt shows various obscure facets of the church, from corruption to pedophilia, a dark side that many people like to ignore,â€ states SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser about the video. â€œThe actors were very well selected, all with strong and striking expressions. The video tells the story of a priest who wants to leave the church because of all this dirt, and suffers pressure from the inside not to leave. Itâ€™s rather heavy and tense.â€
Directed by Rafael Kent, “The Vatican” was shot in less than 24 hours in a building in downtown SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil.
“We all know dark moments in the Catholic religion,” Kent shares. “The lyrics speak of how the Church dominates man’s mind, how many years of domination through faith have passed, and the bloody past of the Church. We tried to have some visuals that resembled environments from the Church but were not directly in the Church. The filming also accompanies this aesthetic; we looked for darker and more obscure scenes giving the impression that the kind of thing that happens in the clip and story are things that happen on the sly.”
“One of our concerns (or bets) was ‘Let’s bet on how many places the clip will be banned.’ I believe that regarding prohibition, backlash, and so on, this video clip comes with it all.”
According to an interview with the Brazilian newspaper Diario de Pernambuco, SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser described the song as “one of the tracks that has some death metal influences, whose lyrics tell the story of how The Vatican was created, filled with blood, orgy, murders, corruption, adulteryâ€¦ It’s one of the most evil and perverse lyrics I ever wrote.”