Dec 7, 2007

Archdiocese seeks restraining order against alleged cathedral intruder

A story (click on this post's title) in today's L.A. Times reports:

"The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has sought a temporary restraining order against a man it says made threats against Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other employees of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

"The request for the order, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks to prohibit 61-year-old Edward Filek from stalking, phoning or writing Mahony and two monsignors assigned to his staff. He also would have to stay 100 yards away from where they live, work or visit."

The article says this case is not related to the attack that the Cardinal said he suffered in July. It continues:

"...the incident began Sunday when Filek was escorted from the cathedral after allegedly refusing to leave. The LAPD arrested him that day, the court filing says. He allegedly broke into the cathedral the next day when it was closed, setting off the alarm. He was again arrested, the report says. On Wednesday, the document says, Filek again returned to the cathedral and, when escorted out, said, 'You'll be sorry.'"

News stories such as this are reminders that we should always be praying for the safety of the Blessed Sacrament in the cathedral and all our churches, and for the safety of the Cardinal, bishops and clergy, the staffs of all our parishes and everyone who worships in and visits our churches.

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