Father Paul Kalchik was removed from his parish in Chicago.
A Chicago priest who defied orders and went further in the burning of a rainbow flag, generally known as the flag for LGBT pride is removed from his parish in the city’s Avondale neighborhood.
Cardinal Blase Cupich had warned Father Paul Kalchik of Resurrection Parish, not for the burning of the flag, but he reportedly went further with her and wore a prayer of exorcism for the flight.
Chicago Parish to cut, Burn, Rainbow Flag https://t.co/yGsqC5GYhk pic.twitter.com/QYEiHz4hfe
— Militant church/St. Michael’s Media (@Church_Militant) September 15, 2018
The Archdiocese released a letter to say that “Father Kalchik have to take the time away from the parish to receive pastoral support,” amid a swirl of allegations that Cupich had threatened, through his vicars – for Kalchik to be forcibly committed to St. Luke’s Institute for further evaluation and treatment.
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Kalchik announced for the first time the flag would be burned in a church bulletin in the beginning of September, and was immediately alerted by the Archdiocese of Chicago not to continue with such a law. However, Kalchik did go ahead later told a local NBC reporter that it was “a peaceful way” and that the flag, which also had a cross decorated on it, “was cut in seven pieces, so it was burned in stages in the same fire pit that we used for the easter vigil Mass.”
The news spread quickly over the burn, drawing the ire of LGBTQ activists who protested outside the Avondale Church last week, calling what happened a “hate crime and simple.”
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Chicago Priest Explains Why Parish Burned Rainbow Flag https://t.co/rPdxBJ9jt1 pic.twitter.com/mvzVhqIp7M
— Militant church/St. Michael’s Media (@Church_Militant), September 21, 2018
The rainbow flag on fire by the parishioners earlier this month, once hung on the back of the sanctuary. Kalchik had allegedly spoken in the past few months, and even written to Pope Francis, about his own trauma as a victim of a predatory Catholic priest.
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