Mel Gibson has reportedly consulted Vatican officials to enquire about obtaining an annulment of his 28 year marriage to wife Robyn only to be rebuffed but US prelates are praying for him after the actor dropped in on a bishops' conference.
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker says that Gibson had put out feelers to the Vatican despite the fact that the actor regards himself as a "traditional" Catholic with his own Malibu church.
Zwecker also says Gibson's seven children have been left incensed by his split from their mother Robyn Moore Gibson and have cut all ties with him.
Mel Gibson's children are refusing to talk to him.
A Malibu neighbour said: "The children are totally furious about the collapse of their parents' marriage. None of them are talking to their dad right now. They are very upset."
Meanwhile, Gibson has surprised a conference of US Catholic bishops by flying on a private jet to America's heartland and asking them to pray for him, The Australian reports.
"I was more than surprised. I was flabbergasted," Bishop Robert Shaheen of the Maronite Church told St Louis TV station KPLR.
Gibson was interested in talking to the bishops about the Maronite's tradition of using the language of Jesus, Aramaic, during Mass.
His 2004 blockbuster, The Passion of the Christ, used the Aramaic language.
"He didn't ask us of anything," Bishop Shaheen said.
"He didn't ask us to endorse him.
"He never said anything about his personal life except, 'Keep me in your prayers; I'm going through a bad time in my life'."
The meeting was a pleasant one and Gibson and 12 bishops spent the night at a St Louis Italian restaurant.
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