The Rev. Anthony McGuire notified the 72-year-old Belmont resident, in a sharply worded letter dated Sept. 24, that he is not welcome at the church.
"You informed me that you would not conform with one of the demands which we had agreed to on Thursday, Sept. 20; namely that you would not attend the children's Mass on Friday mornings," McGuire wrote to Foti. "You also agreed to cover the pictures and words on your truck when you came to church. Because you reversed your position ... you are no longer welcome at St. Matthew's Church."
Parents have long complained that their children were being exposed to his graphic poster-size images of aborted fetuses and written words on his truck, which he parks in a public lot adjacent to the church during Mass several days a week. He protests at Planned Parenthood on Palm Avenue in San Mateo after Mass.
"He was not keen about covering up the words, but he was OK with it," McGuire said. "I felt for a while he was moving in a good direction, but it unraveled."
McGuire threatened to call police if Foti entered church property again.
Parents say their children see the pictures and words when they are dropped off for school.
Claire Grant, one
Parents have contacted San Mateocity officials, which prompted the city to look into selling the parking lot to the church.
"The city's interest in conveying the property to the church is there is no public benefit from the parking lot because of its location," City Attorney Shawn Mason said.
Foti refutes McGuire's contention that he agreed to stop attending the children's Mass permanently, and he said he never agreed to cover up the anti-abortion words on his truck.
"I'm not going to give up. I'm going to find every which way I can to beat this in a legal manner," Foti said. "He didn't have a reason to kick me out. I am very distressed and saddened that the pastor sided with the parents."
Foti said he wants a public apology from the church and that he wants to be invited back to St. Matthew. He also contends that the graphic pictures do not harm children. "In time I intend to park there again," Foti said.
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