- Aug 9, 2020
The religious superior of Father C. Frank Phillips, former pastor of St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago, recommended last month that Chicago’s archbishop permit the priest to return to public ministry.
For the past 10 years, at the start of summer, Father Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Church in Chicago, and St. Sabina parishioners have held a rally to kick off weekly marches for peace in the surrounding neighborhood.
The Archdiocese of Chicago at the Region VII encuentro took place early June at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The episcopal regions of the U.S. Catholic Church have had encuentros; these regionals are leading to the National Fifth Encuentro, or V Encuentro, set for September in Grapevine, Texas.
Chicago Public Schools’ correspondence provided to The Associated Press shows that the nation’s third largest school district gave a former Roman Catholic priest access to its schools for months despite knowing he was forced to leave the priesthood for sexually abusing a boy of 6 when he was around 15.
Father Matt O’Donnell was given the 2018 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the U.S. bishops’ domestic anti-poverty and social justice program.
The first African American priest in the U.S. could become the country’s first African American saint as his cause took another step forward this week.