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Moment when Catholic priest orders a maskless man from mass in Washington, leading to a huge brawl at the altar

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A shocking video shows the moment a brawl broke out in a Catholic church during mass after a maskless troublemaker was ordered by the priest to leave – with the ensuing fight nearly toppling the altar.

The October 24 footage, taken from one of the pews and viewed nearly 170,000 times, shows the man kneeling at the front of the church when Father Paul Brunet stops reading a psalm, puts his outstretched hands and goes to the man points. tell him ‘you are in violation’.

He then urges members of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Lakewood, Washington State, to “get the guards.”

The man ascends the pulpit, approaches the now seated priest, then turns to the congregation and says ‘keep your hands off me’.

He was previously ordered not to enter the church and was also exposed in violation of state and county rules that require people to wear masks in an indoor public space.

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The man stands in the pulpit, approaches the now seated priest, then turns to the congregation and says ‘keep your hands off me’

The first man to approach the intruder speaks unintelligibly to him, pointing at the door, before giving the first push and the pair begin to bump into each other

The first man to approach the intruder speaks unintelligibly to him, pointing at the door, before giving the first push and the pair begin to bump into each other

As about 20 churchgoers flock to the front of the church to join in the inappropriate brawl, the priest asks

As about 20 churchgoers flock to the front of the church to join in the inappropriate brawl, the priest asks “can someone please call 911?” The priest and other churchgoers hold the swinging altar in place as the scuffle unfolds

The congregation moves to do the exact opposite, as the man insists he is “not trespassing,” pointing at the priest. The first man to approach the intruder speaks unintelligibly to him, pointing at the door, before giving the first push and the pair begin to bump into each other

As about 20 churchgoers flock to the front of the church to join in the inappropriate brawl, the priest asks “can someone please call 911?” The priest and other churchgoers hold the swinging altar in place as the scuffle unfolds.

Together, the group drags the man from the podium to, presumably, the front door of the church. Children cry and a woman repeatedly asks ‘what happened to him?’ Then the video stops abruptly.

Together, the group drags the man from the podium to, presumably, the front door of the church.  Children cry and a woman repeatedly asks 'what happened to him?'  Then the video stops abruptly

Together, the group drags the man from the podium to, presumably, the front door of the church. Children cry and a woman repeatedly asks ‘what happened to him?’ Then the video stops abruptly

The incident took place around noon and the unidentified man had been ticketed on Oct. 13 for entering the church grounds two days earlier, according to Lakewood Police.

Both Pierce County and Washington state are currently mandating the use of masks indoors, and the man appears to be the only churchgoer in the video without personal protective equipment — however, it appears the use of questions was not the issue that led to the confrontation .

A department spokesperson said the man had “caused disruptions,” but provided no additional context.

“The church got into trouble with a parishioner whose son went to school there. He started acting irrationally and causing unrest,” Lieutenant Chris Lawler told DailyMail.com.

“At the request of the church, we gave the man a criminal warrant… the man returned to the church and caused another disturbance.”

After the incident was captured on video, police arrived at the scene, arrested the man and charged him with first-degree criminal trespass. He was put in jail and then released on bail.

“The events leading up to this unfortunate incident began last month,” Father Brunet wrote in a letter to parishioners given Kiro 7.

The priest wrote that the man had mistreated and threatened him, the members of the parish and the staff of the church school. Then, he said, the parish and school sought a No Trespass warrant from Lakewood Police, which was delivered to the man on Oct. 13.

“He chose to disregard this order when he appeared at mass yesterday,” the priest wrote.

“Please pray with me for all who were involved in or witnessed this incident and be assured of my prayers for all of you.”

Father Brunet and the parish could not be reached for comment by DailyMail.com.

Yesterday, parishioners were prevented from sharing the viral video, or talking about the incident, on the church’s Facebook page with a post featuring an excerpt from Ephesians 4:29-32: “Never let evil pass your lips; say only the good things men need to hear, things that will really help them.’

“In light of this sacred instruction, please delete all videos and sharing of the disruption of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass last Sunday,” read the post. “People outside the parish like the guy on the east coast don’t have to be involved.”

Yesterday parishioners were prevented from sharing the viral video, or talking about the incident, on the church's Facebook page with a message featuring an excerpt from Ephesians 4:29-32: “Never let evil pass your lips;  say only the good things men need to hear, things that will really help them

Yesterday parishioners were prevented from sharing the viral video, or talking about the incident, on the church’s Facebook page with a message featuring an excerpt from Ephesians 4:29-32: “Never let evil pass your lips; say only the good things men need to hear, things that will really help them”

A number of church members replied, “Amen.” Other commentators on the post said it was “too late” and a further explanation for the incident had to be provided.

“It’s already gone viral and many Catholics are eager for an answer to your congregation’s horrific mob behavior!” wrote Hannah Louise Carter.

“Your priest and congregation must repent. The evil was brought to light,” another Facebook user lamented.

“All he did was kneel down and start praying and your priest pointed at him and said he was trespassing. Pure evil in your church. Then your members, instead of talking to him peacefully, violently removed him and swarmed him out.’

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