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Mel Gibson's Church -- Shutting Down Mass Services

12/9/2010 2:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mel Gibson's mega church is putting the brakes on all congregational services because of a picture that was taken on church grounds this weekend and then passed on to TMZ.

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Sources connected with the church tell us ... Gibson was "extremely concerned about the invasion of privacy." One source adds, "He is not just concerned that photos of his daughter were taken at the church, he is concerned for the privacy of his parishioners."

Members of the Holy Family Chapel in Agoura, CA received an email notice from church honchos yesterday which read, "There will be no Masses here at Holy Family Chapel until further notice."

Our sources tell us, however, that limited services will continue to be provided. In fact, a service was conducted yesterday -- the Holy Day of Obligation  -- for long term parishioners.


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Tellthetruth59    

Whoever betrayed Mel and Lucia is a douche.

1228 days ago
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Shell    

That's sad when you can't trust your own parishoners...

1228 days ago
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Shell    

I admit it warmed my heart to see that pic but I'm glad Mel is showing that he does honor his privacy when it comes to his family. Unlike the golddigger....


That douched who sold the pic should donate the proceeds back to the church.

1228 days ago
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carol    

I didn't think that picture would sit well with Mel or the other parishoners. Someone put a higer priority on the almight dollar than on the Almighty and His Flock. I agree with what they are doing.

1228 days ago
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Babushka    

I too was warmed by seeing little Lucia and her father. I noticed that in the photos, other faces were blurred, which I think was simply TMZ covering their behinds, but Mel is right to be concerned for the security of all involved.

That there are no Sunday masses for now, is not surprising. I am sure that Mel is probably trying to work out the best way to move forward. A church is a sanctuary, a haven from the madness of the world. To have it violated by self interested interlopers is pretty devastating to the spirit.

1228 days ago
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Michael    

I know the Oksana Virus will find a way to spin this negatively.

Live with it, Gibson is a caring guy who's first concern has always been his family, in this case his daughter.

1228 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

In other religious news white smoke was seen coming from Ox's chimney announcing that she has just opened her own church "Church of the Immaculate Interception of he Almighty Dollar" and Gloria Allred will be the new pope and Heather Mills will be named a Cardinal.

1228 days ago
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azlee    

dang. It is rough when you have to end church services, specially around Christmas, because of snap happy people.

1228 days ago
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Julie    

It's hard to root for either of them, but this is more evidence that Mel wants his privacy and has the best interests of the baby in mind. The pictures we continuously see of OG are from her - orchestrated shots. Pictures of Mel are from shameful traitors who are selling him out. Don't put too much enthusiasm behind it, but count me as Team Mel.

1228 days ago
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Bubbles The Chimp    

The best thing that Racist Mel can do is close his 'Church Of Hitler' for good.

1228 days ago
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Babushka    

In other religious news white smoke was seen coming from Ox's chimney announcing that she has just opened her own church "Church of the Immaculate Interception of he Almighty Dollar" and Gloria Allred will be the new pope and Heather Mills will be named a Cardinal.

Posted at 9:31 AM on Dec 9, 2010 by Tellthetruth59

LOL!

And Daniel Horowhizz will be named as Catechist of the Chapel of the Pharisees and Money Changers.

1228 days ago
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SOOTHE    

Yeah right Mel your outraged at the picture being taken and published. More like your upset that people saw how transparent
that attempt was to influence the court.

1228 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

@Soothe the only thing transparent in this sad saga is Ox's funeral/depo blouse.

1228 days ago
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maya    

Will TMZ tell us who gave them the photos?

Maya 28

1228 days ago
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azlee    

soothe, that picture is NOT what you want out in the media before a court date after Ox has done a media frenzy. Doesn't look good. you got to think beyond the first layer.

1228 days ago
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