Cardinal Cupich’s Selective Justice?
From an April 6 letter, composed by Cardinal Blase Cupich, published in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s website:
Dear Parishioners of San José Luis Sánchez del Río,
I advised you of this accusation against your pastor, Fr last August. Gary Graf, also that, in keeping with our procedures, he was asked to resign from his duties prior to a comprehensive evaluation and process could be finished. He has cooperated with civil authorities as well as the Archdiocese of Chicago during those months, even letting you know that you should have confidence in the procedures the archdiocese has in place as part of the secure surroundings attempts.
Following the conclusion by country officials, that are charged with the protection of minors, the allegation of child abuse has been unfounded and also a recent court decision that found him not guilty of other associated charges, the Independent Review Board of the Archdiocese of Chicago researched the issue based on our standard processes and discovered that there was insufficient reason to suspect that Fr. Graf had perpetrated sexual abuse of a minor. I am very happy to inform you that I’m reinstating Fr. Graf as your own leader effective immediately[.] …
I advised Fr. Graf that our policies call us to do everything possible to restore the fantastic name of priests once the process has decided that the allegations to be unfounded. This is an issue of justice. So, both out of respect for Fr. Our priests and graf, I’m resolved to see that Fr. Graf name is revived. I will share this letter with all the parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago, requesting them to offer it to their own parishioners. This correspondence will be delivered to the press and published on our archdiocesan website.
A matter of justice, indeed.
It’s too awful Cupich was not nearly as only. Kalchik’s”crime”? Back in September 2018, he allowed the burning of an old rainbow banner in his parish, Resurrection, that had a history of activism. In fact, a previous leader of Resurrection, the gay Father Daniel Montalbano,”was discovered dead in his rectory bedroom hooked up into some’sex machine’ in 1997,” based on a Sept. 28, 2018 story in LifeSiteNews.
The burning of this rainbow banner led to an outcry from local left-wing activists, such as an openly gay attorney who’s now Chicago’s mayor-elect, Lori Lightfoot. Cupich — forced from his parish kalchik — himself a victim of sexual abuse by a priest as well as to my understanding, remains in exile.
And it’s too terrible Cupich wasn’t nearly as only with Father C. Frank Phillips, Chairman of St. John Cantius Church, that gives the traditional Latin Mass.. Phillips also was never accused of the abuse of a minor. Back in March 2018he was removed for alleged”improper conduct with adult men.” A review board then found that Phillips hadn’t violated canon law, or any civil, criminal. In spite of this finding, Cupich refused to reinstate Phillips as pastor, and also the archdiocese never gave a reason as to why. Phillips, a member of the Congregation of the Resurrection, currently resides in a different state.
So why is Cupich currently doing all possible to restore Graf’s good name — and, yes, he must do this for a priest accused — although maybe perhaps not for Kalchik and Phillips?
Call me skeptical, but there’s this piece of advice from that an April 7 narrative from the Chicago Sun-Times that may provide a big clue:
Graf created news when he declared a hunger strike in support of immigrants [sic] and of’dreamers.’
If Phillips and Kalchik was famous for participating in activism that is politically correct, they’d still be priests in good standing at the Archdiocese of Chicago.