Northwest Side Priest Who Burned Rainbow Banner Removed from Church

The Chicago Tribune’s Ese Olumhense reports, “Days after it was revealed that the Rev. Paul Kalchik of Avondale’s Resurrection Catholic Church burned a rainbow banner that once hung in the church, Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, has removed him from his role as head of the North Side church.” Cupich said, “I act out of concern for Fr. Kalchik’s welfare and that of the people of Resurrection Parish,” and a spokeswoman for the archdiocese said that Kalchik’s removal was not related to the banner burning. Olumhense adds, “The church, in its bulletin this week, said Kalchik has received many threats. On Friday, Kalchik said he has had to have police escort him from the church to his home, out of fear he may be attacked.”

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