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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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106.

azlee    

dd, I read somewhere that the poople of the congregation support the church quite well, so I doubt it. I do, however, believe the church elders (as I call them) would protect the people of it from the paps and could have nontraditional times for services. This isn't the type of church that you walk into on a whim, which kind of saddens me they can't have that. It is necessary to keep their eyes on God and not have to worry who is in the pew behind them.

1329 days ago
107.

middleagedcrazy    

My parish church is 'owned' by the parish, subject to the Diocese regulations (in my own parish, we just paid off the mortgage). They are tax-exempt. I do not know how the Catholic churches who are not affiliated by a Diocese (somebody religious -- are they Tridentine?) do things.

Tee hee

1329 days ago
108.

Tellthetruth59    

Yes, it's true, Team Mel's Church that Mel bought *IS* nasty, religous, extremist, bigotry personfied.

That's what Mel is all about, and always has been. His father raised him to be that way.

Posted at 11:10 AM on Dec 9, 2010 by yo
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The wealthy have owned private chapels throughout history. Mel is not alone in the brand of Catholicism he practices. Did Hutton raise them all, you bigot?

1329 days ago
109.

azlee    

LOL.......ok the people not the poople

1329 days ago
110.

BlancheDevereaux    

NEWSFLASH,Mel Gibson, building your own church doesn't give YOU the fast track to heaven.

And IF you DO get to heaven, and only God would know the learning lesson involved, prepare yourself for all those you have hated for whatever reason, waving you in for THEIR WELCOME!

P E A C E O N E A R T H

Posted at 11:11 AM on Dec 9, 2010 by soulofanangel


LOL @ your screen name!! angel, your soul sounds like it has a lot of hate in it.

1329 days ago
111.

Tellthetruth59    

My parish church is 'owned' by the parish, subject to the Diocese regulations (in my own parish, we just paid off the mortgage). They are tax-exempt. I do not know how the Catholic churches who are not affiliated by a Diocese (somebody religious -- are they Tridentine?) do things.

Tee hee

Posted at 11:14 AM on Dec 9, 2010 by middleagedcrazy
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It is my understand that the building is a private chapel and has nothing to do with any particular parish within the Catholic Church. Maybe someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

1329 days ago
112.

maya    

Yo
Doesn't that make you the bigot? So many religions, and so many people thinking their religion is THE religion. I wish someone would tell me how they know that their religion is THE ONE.
And Yo, what do you know about the relationship between Mel and his father? Did you grow up with Mel Gibson?

Maya 28

1329 days ago
113.

Tellthetruth59    

NEWSFLASH,Mel Gibson, building your own church doesn't give YOU the fast track to heaven.

And IF you DO get to heaven, and only God would know the learning lesson involved, prepare yourself for all those you have hated for whatever reason, waving you in for THEIR WELCOME!

P E A C E O N E A R T H

Posted at 11:11 AM on Dec 9, 2010 by soulofanangel
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Thank you Jesus for coming to TMZ to give us an update and the current status of Mel Gibson's soul.

1329 days ago
114.

BlancheDevereaux    

maya ~ i'm waiting for the cold weather you were going to send to me. :)

1329 days ago
115.

Babushka    

I do not know how the Catholic churches who are not affiliated by a Diocese (somebody religious -- are they Tridentine?) do things.

Tee hee

Posted at 11:14 AM on Dec 9, 2010 by middleagedcrazy

Hi Mac - yes they are Tridentine, and as I understand it, ultimately they are autonomous since they are not in communion with Rome and their diocese is one of spiritual communion, rather than legal, contractual affiliation. It is my understanding that some Tridentine churches have banded together into diocesan bodies. To make matters even more complicated, some Tridentine churches ARE in communion with Rome. Others, like HFC, not.

Additionally, Hutton Gibson is what is called a "sedevacantist" that is he believes the seat of Rome to be empty of a real pope/bishop. He believes that Benedict is not a true successor. Whether or not, Mel is also a sedevacantist is unknown. He has never made any statements about it.
Additionally, it is possible to be a Tridentine Catholic without being a sedevacantist, and all this sort of gets lost in translation. Lots of people paint Mel with Hutton's brush and it's quite unfair.

1329 days ago
116.

M & M    

Fact-checker at TMZ: Yesterday was "a" holy day of obligation, not "The" holy day of obligation. It was the feast of the Immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary, one of several religious holidays in the Catholic Church that require attendance at a mass to celebrate. All Sundays and Christmas,as well as several other days are holy days of obligation.

1329 days ago
117.

yo    

If you want to attend Mel Gibson's church you must fill out an application first, according to
Radaronline.com. The application for Gibson's Holy Family Chapel clearing states that it is not an "open place of worship."

It's also an extremist right wing bigoted cult church, Mel's sect says the Pope is not valid, and has it's own splinter sect which runs by his father's rules.

1329 days ago
118.

Tellthetruth59    

If you want to attend Mel Gibson's church you must fill out an application first, according to
Radaronline.com. The application for Gibson's Holy Family Chapel clearing states that it is not an "open place of worship."

It's also an extremist right wing bigoted cult church, Mel's sect says the Pope is not valid, and has it's own splinter sect which runs by his father's rules.

Posted at 11:24 AM on Dec 9, 2010 by yo
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Yo hates traditional Catholics. Yo is a bigot.

1329 days ago
119.

azlee    

maya, I call that box religion. No religion can say they are the only way. I don't think God would box himself in like that. He is a loving God. Look toward heaven and never to man in these types of things. :-). Man gets to obnoxious and drives people away.

Yo, if you haven't stepped in that church don't think you know what they are teaching. You are like some of the people in the bible belt that falls in the same as above. You turn more people away from God then helping them to him.

1329 days ago
120.

Babushka    

It's also an extremist right wing bigoted cult church, Mel's sect says the Pope is not valid, and has it's own splinter sect which runs by his father's rules.

Posted at 11:24 AM on Dec 9, 2010 by yo

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This is just....well....stupid. And untrue.

HFC is not a sedevacantist parish and it's head priest is not a sedevacantist. Hutton Gibson is not on the parish board of HFC and even if he himself is a sedevacantist that means nothing. That is his own personal opinion, and he does not speak for all Tridentine Catholics.

HFC is a Tridentine Catholic Church, that is not in communion with Rome. There are thousands of such Catholic churches around the world and HFC is only one of them.

You, yo, are an idiot and your village called and wants to know where you are.

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