Gomez denied the alleged conversation, and even the breakfast, ever took place.
A spokeswoman for the archdiocese told CNA on Wednesday that the archbishop had no breakfast meetings on his calendar during the month of February.
The “ex-donor” who made the claim against Gomez plans to release an affidavit doubling down on his claims, based on an alleged audio recording of the conversation, according to John Paul Norris, one of the founders of Cleanthechurch.com.
However, while Norris claims an audio recording of the alleged conversation is available, he declined to provide it to CNA or to release it publicly.
According to Norris, the accuser, who has declined to be named publicly, had— before the alleged February conversation— been meeting with Gomez at least once a year, and was a significant donor to the archdiocese.
"Everyone in the diocese knows him very well," Norris told CNA, but declined to elaborate.
Norris is a long-time critic of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and has proferred unproven theories about alleged alliances with government officials, among other things.
In 2019, Norris was removed from the Los Angeles cathedral after confronting Gomez about Cardinal Roger Mahony and the McCarrick scandal.
Norris’ blog post this week was appended to a Change.org petition created by Clean the Church in 2018, calling for criminal prosecution of Mahony, who led the Los Angeles archdiocese from 1985 to 2011. Mahony has faced scrutiny for his handling of the sexual abuse crisis during his tenure as archbishop of Los Angeles, and been accused of covering up serial acts of abuse.
The petition calls on all of Los Angeles’ bishops to “act now or resign from their posts.”
Norris also told CNA his group suspects the archdiocese has cut a “deal” with vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.
Despite a history of public anti-Catholic bias on Harris' part, Norris said he believes Gomez favors the Biden/Harris ticket because Harris appeared unwilling to prosecute Cardinal Mahony when she was district attorney in LA.
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Harris was not district attorney in LA. The senator was district attorney in San Francisco and California's attorney general, but was never a prosecutor in Los Angeles.
Norris offered no evidence of his alleged “deal” regarding Mahony, and admitted that allegations of one are likely to remain unproven.
Joe Biden, a Catholic, has in recent months doubled down on his support for legal abortion.
In July, the pro-abortion group NARAL endorsed Biden for president, just over a year after the group issued a scathing statement demanding he reverse his support for the Hyde Amendment, which bars taxpayer funding for abortions. Biden withdrew his decades-long support for the Hyde Amendment and announced in 2019 he was opposed to the policy.
This month, Biden repeated his pledge to codify a right to abortion into federal law should the Supreme Court overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
Norris said his group believes that Gomez is not strong enough in his public pro-life statements.