Ryan Chalk staff writer at Vacaville Reporter, asked Rev. Sebastian Meyer about a parishioner being expelled from Mass for having an Barack Obama painting on their car.
Chalk said Meyer then threatened to file a lawsuit if any story were written and told him it was “illegal because it’s none of your business.”
“At that point, I took my notepad out and asked what was illegal,” Chalk said.
Meyer became more agitated and lunged at him, Chalk said, clawing at his arm and reaching for his notepad.
Stunned, the reporter turned to run out the door as Meyer continued to grab at him.
“He yelled, ‘Where are you going?'” said Chalk, who admitted he cursed and told the priest and another man in the parish office to stay back and threatened to call police on them if they didn’t.
“It was absolutely shocking,” Chalk said. “It’s the last thing I would expect from a priest. I mean, I’m sure this was not the first time he’s dealt with inquiries from the media, especially with his years in that position. He should know ways to step around it or simply say ‘I don’t wish to comment.’ That would have been fine.”
“I mean, I’m sure this was not the first time he’s dealt with inquiries from the media.” Ya think? Probably not his last now.
FBLA ask Joey Piscitelli, the Northern California Director of SNAP (Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests) and he said (of the report), “It’s very believable and typical.”