Catholic Church hears requests to excommunicate mayor

A Chicago man is circulating a petition asking Cardinal Francis George to excommunicate Mayor Richard Daley for his public show of support for same-sex marriage.

Raymond Wardingley, reportedly a perennial political candidate and professional clown, made the request to the cardinal in a letter Monday, reported Newsday yesterday. 

Wardinley has argued that if the mayor or any other Catholic breaks Church law, they should not be allowed to be in the Church.

A spokesperson said the cardinal met with Daley in private last week but would not comment publicly beyond a statement that same-sex marriage is not possible according to Church teaching.

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