Excommunication of renegade Sacramento priest roils Catholic diocese. Here’s why it happened

The Sacramento Bee

August 12, 2020

By Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler

The priest excommunicated last week for refusing to acknowledge Pope Francis as his church’s rightful leader might not be well known outside the community of more than 1 million Catholics who belong to the Diocese of Sacramento.

But his last name certainly is familiar in the region.

Father Jeremy Leatherby, 41, is the grandson of the founders of Leatherby’s Family Creamery, a small but popular chain of ice cream parlors.

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