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LOS ANGELES (ChurchMilitant.com) - Two Catholics were kicked out of the LA cathedral after trying to hand a petition to Abp. Jose Gomez.
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Brother Christopher Sale and a Catholic layman using the name John Paul Norris approached Abp. Gomez in a walkway after Sunday Mass at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral on Feb. 17. The archbishop's security workers tried to stop the two men from getting too close to Abp. Gomez. But the archbishop allowed them to speak, at least initially.
The men were trying to present to Abp. Gomez a copy of a petition to remove retired Cdl. Roger Mahony, his predecessor in the Los Angeles archdiocese. The petition, launched last year, has garnered more than 7,000 signatures. It calls for Cdl. Mahony to be condemned by Church leaders, punished by the Vatican and investigated by law enforcement for covering up sexually abusive clergy.
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While Cdl. Mahony was officially relieved of many public duties in 2013 owing to his legacy of clerical sex abuse cover-ups, he remains embedded in the Los Angeles archdiocese. For instance, he is slated to speak at this year's LA Religious Education Conference.
A short video of the encounter was shared by Clean the Church. In the video, things turn south after someone mentions the name of disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick (recently laicized). A security guard intervenes, saying, "No talking about that, I'm sorry."
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Security officers quickly turned against Norris and Bro. Christopher, widening the space between them and the archbishop. It is unclear whether this was due to the mention of McCarrick's name or the fact that they were being videotaped.
Brother Christopher complied with the security officers, who escorted him from the premises.
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