Cardinal Cupich noted that the investigation and suspension of duties have been difficult for Father Pfleger and the parishioners.
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As he completed reading the cardinal’s letter, Father Walsh conspicuously crushed the paper into a wad.
As is required by archdiocesan child protection policies, the allegation was reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and law enforcement, Cardinal Cupich wrote.
Cardinal Cupich said the Independent Review Board, along with the archdiocesan Office of Child Abuse Investigation and Review as well as outside investigators, conducted “a thorough review” of the allegations in accord with archdiocese policy.
Fr. Michael Pfleger, Still Under Investigation by the Chicago Archdiocese, Says He’ll Return to Ministry
Cardinal Blase Cupich, the archbishop of Chicago, said in a Jan. 5 letter to the archdiocese that he had asked “Father Pfleger to step aside from ministry following receipt” of the abuse allegation. “
The parish said that they would not use the funds for “ministry, outreach, or any current or future programs,” and would pay the archdiocese in full “at the conclusion of the investigation.”
As Father Pfleger Abuse Inquiry Continues, Chicago Archdiocese Counters ‘Misconceptions’ of Priest's Supporters
Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago asked Fr. Pfleger to step away from his duties in early January after the first accusation of abuse.
Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago asked Fr. Pfleger to step away from his duties in early January after the first accusation.
Cardinal Cupich’s Jan. 5 message on the allegation against Fr. Pfleger said the Chicago archdiocese followed its child protection policies and reported the allegation to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Cook County State’s Attorney.