Bernard Joseph Gaillot releases to the press a letter he wrote insisting that he should be excommunicated like his wife, Una Gaillot.
Two days prior, Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel of the Archdiocese of New Orleans excommunicated Una Gaillot, president of "Save Our Nation Inc.," and two others, Judge Leander Perez Sr., and Jackson G. Ricau of the Citizens Council, for organizing protests against the archdiocese for Rummel's decision to integrate church schools.
Bernard Joseph Gaillot says in his letter to Archbishop Rummel:
"If she is truly excommunicated from the Catholic Church, then I too should be excommunicated. We, being two people joined together by God, have done no intentional wrong to our church. "
Gaillot tells reporters during a press conference:
"Frankly, I believe this excommunication order is the result of someone saying we have provoked violence against our Church. That is not true.
My wife and I have never provoked anyone to an act of violence against our Church. We're fighting for what we think is right and there are many, many Catholics who agree with us. ...
I will not go to church next Sunday if my wife is not allowed to. In the sight of God, it is not necessary for us to attend Mass."