Father Jeremy Leatherby Excommunicated
Title: Accused Priest Excommunicated
Author: William Mahoney
In a statement published on Friday, Bp. Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California declared Fr. Jeremy Leatherby excommunicated for rejecting Francis’ papacy.
“By his words and actions, Fr. Leatherby has incurred a latae sententiae (automatic) excommunication,” reads the statement. The statement explains that Leatherby “has violated my instructions by offering Mass and teaching publicly to a number of the faithful. He has instructed them against the legitimacy of His Holiness, Pope Francis.”
Bishop Soto clearly distinguishes between Leatherby’s excommunication and an “on-going canonical process concerning other alleged behaviors by Fr. Jeremy Leatherby in violation of priestly promises.”
Not long before Bp. Soto’s statement, Fr. Leatherby accidentally sent to an unintended recipient a video of himself addressing a woman as “baby doll” and “my girl,” as well as telling her six times, “I love you.”
“Can I tell you something, though?” he asks rhetorically in the video. “I love that, without mascara, that you are still strikingly beautiful. I love that. I love it, like, a lot … a lot a lot. I loved it earlier when I saw you and you didn’t have it on and I loved it all night long.”
Bishop Soto suspended Leatherby in 2016 over allegations of sexual impropriety with a woman. But despite the suspension, Leatherby continued to celebrate illicit Masses and hear invalid confessions.