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SAN DIEGO ( - Some San Diego Catholics are complaining that the diocese had them removed from a question and answer session on the Catholic clerical sex abuse scandal.

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Bishop Robert McElroy of the San Diego diocese announced in August that there would be a series of eight "listening sessions" throughout October and into early November. One of the things that happen at these events is the bishop fields questions from the laity about the clerical sex abuse crisis.

The second listening session, on Wednesday, was a packed house. Some lay Catholics who tried to attend the event were asked to leave, and not just for lack of space. Two men told FOX 5 San Diego that they were removed from Wednesday's event.

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"I am grateful that the bishop is having these sessions," one of them told FOX 5, "and that we have the opportunity to engage with him in discussion, but I do feel like there were a lot of questions that were left unanswered."

Kevin Eckery, a spokesman for the San Diego diocese, defended the practice of removing certain participants, saying, "They had attended the last one as well and they were mildly disruptive. So that we could actually have a quality discussion, they were asked to leave."

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Church Militant received several tips from Catholics in San Diego claiming that the people removed from the event Wednesday were young, devout Catholics who asked challenging questions on Monday about the problem of homosexuality in the clerical ranks.

Faithful Catholics in San Diego recently launched a petition demanding that Bp. McElroy answer a series of questions about homosexual predation among priests in relation to the sex abuse scandal. One of the...
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