“The song is about loving somebody, and the video is about people who would undermine what it is to love somebody,” Hozier explained.
“I’d been following what was going on in Russia, where far-Right groups were doing these organised attacks, filming them and putting them on social media.
“The damage done by the Church to the people of Ireland is completely irreparable, and the reparations are all too few. There’s still a lack of will to turn around and say, ‘This is not OK’.
“Why is it an organisation that is considered to have any moral standing at all? The track record is just appalling.
“It’s important to remember that it can happen anywhere. It’s very easy for a society to fall into hatefulness, to scapegoat people, especially when times get tough.”
In all cases, the message toured the world, since, according to the music streaming site, "Take Me To Church" would have been streamed more than 87 million times!
Here is the music video of the song viewed over 55 million times on YouTube: