Catholic priest in Chicago cut up and burnt a rainbow flag

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The flag, which featured a cross merged with a rainbow, was hung up in the sanctuary of the church during a number of services, including the first mass at the parish in 1991. Father Paul Kalchik, a priest at Resurrection Parish, had previously announced his plans to destroy the rainbow banner in a homily message published on Christian website Church Militant. And even though his own congregation begged him to leave this ridiculous idea, it did not stop him. Following Kalchik’s homily, the Archdiocese of Chicago reportedly said that the priest had promised to let go the plans but did not keep his word. “Parishioners of Resurrection Parish in Chicago, Illinois, held a rainbow flag-burning event last week, cutting up and setting on fire an LGBT flag that once hung in the sanctuary at the parish’s first Mass,” an article dated September 15 on the website reads, “Father Paul was asked not to go through with a public burning of the rainbow banner, as complaints were heard from the gay community, and those complaints never fall on deaf ears in today’s culture. Therefore, the burning was carried out privately, by a few parishioners.”

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