Following our report that a rainbow banner had been burned by Catholic parishioners acting on orders from Fr Paul Kalchik, inset, comes news that the priest was removed from his church last Saturday – just before he was about to conduct a wedding.
And his sacking from Chicago’s Resurrection Parish, if a church staff member is to be believed, was brutal and smacked of “thuggery”. The staffer told Church Militant:
His options were to leave on his own or be taken out forcibly by the police. I am so glad now that he is gone because we have loud horrible protestors screaming outside our 4:30 Mass. I’m in my office afraid to go out right now. They want his blood.
The sacking was ordered by Cardinal Blase Cupich, above, and Church Militant reports that that a “pastoral associate” of the priest said that Kalchik has “gone into hiding”.
His removal, according to Life Site News – which described the banner as a “homosexualist flag” – occurred a day after two representatives of Cupich confronted Kalchik at the parish and repeatedly used “crude and threatening language” with him in front of parishioners. They reportedly told him that if he refused to submit to psychiatric treatment, Cupich would ensure he’d be taken away by police.Apparently there was no love lost between the priest and the cardinal. Kalchik recently called on Catholics to boycott masses conducted by Cupich, who has been caught up in the Catholic Church’s abuse scandal.
In a letter to members of Resurrection Parish following Kalchik’s removal,Cupich defended his actions.
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. 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.