By Margaret Lyons
March 11, 2009 at 01:55 PM EDT

HBO and the producers of Big Love are defending the show’s upcoming depiction of a sacred Mormon ceremony. The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints released a statement earlier this week that reads in part, “Church members are offended when their most sacred practices are misrepresented or presented without context or understanding.” Still, according to the statement, the Church will not officially join in some members’ call for a boycott of AOL or HBO (which, like Entertainment Weekly, are owned by Time Warner).

The premium cable station responded yesterday with its own statement. “Obviously it was not our intention to do anything disrespectful to the church,” HBO said, “but to those who may be offended, we offer our sincere apology.” Producers for the show said in a separate statement that they “took great pains to depict the ceremony with the dignity and reverence it is due.”