St Mary’s Hollywood – Priest Ordered to Evacuate
November 1, 2012 96 Comments
FINLEY AVENUE—The siege of St Mary’s of the Angels Church in Los Feliz may be drawing to a conclusion after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael P. Linfield ordered Father Kelley to vacate the church premises by midnight Oct. 31st.
According to Canon Tony Morello, a separate ecclesiastical inquiry held Oct. 11th, found Kelley guilty of all charges, including violations of the constitutions and canons of the church and his vows. One potential outcome of that trial may be to deny Kelley his priesthood.
The ecclesiastical procedure allows Kelley to appeal the decision and apply to the Bishop for mercy, but Morello believes that request will be denied.
“I don’t think they will reverse their decision and will ultimately strip Father Kelley of his priesthood,” Morello said. “The judge has been meticulous in following the law, but the court has to defer to the [Anglican Church of America].”
According to Morello, Judge Linfield told Kelley’s lawyers if he is not out, the next step is sheriff intervention.
“There will be an outreach to hire an interim priest for St. Mary’s and I will remain there for the present,” Morello said. “The church members are happy to get their church back and the services are scheduled to begin again this month. We are working slowly and meticulously to restore the church to normalcy and doing an outreach to all parishioners. Members who had left the church are reacting favorably and returning.”
At this time the church remains under the auspices of the Anglican Church and Morello said there are no plans to enter the Roman Catholic order.
HT: Reece P. Thomson