Catholic priest who burnt a rainbow flag is suspended


A Catholic priest from Chicago, who cut up and burned a rainbow LGBT+ flag, has reportedly been removed from the post he took in the church because his congregation expressed concerns about his behavior. Father Paul Kalchik, a priest at Resurrection Parish, was ordered not to burn the rainbow banner by his diocese, but he still did it in a private ceremony. Kalchik has now been temporarily removed from his role by Blase Cupich, the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, after he found out that it was not the first case of the problematic behavior of the priest. “For some weeks now, I have become increasingly concerned about a number of issues at Resurrection Parish. It has become clear to me that Fr. Kalchik must take time away from the parish to receive pastoral support so his needs can be assessed. … I do not take this step lightly,” Cupich said in the letter to the parishioners, “Rather, I act out of concern for Fr. Kalchik’s welfare and that of the people of Resurrection Parish. I have a responsibility to be supportive of our priests when they have difficulties, but I also have a duty to ensure that those who serve our faithful are fully able to minister to them in the way the Church expects.”


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