Read the Rev. Michael Pfleger’s letter to the community
In a recent letter to the community, the Rev. Michael Pfleger wrote that he intends to find other ways to work in the Auburn Gresham community as the Chicago Archdiocese continues to investigate allegations that he molested two brothers in the 1970s. Read the letter below.chicagotribune.com
Chicago parish fiercely backs priest after sex abuse claims
Michael Pfleger, a charismatic priest of a thriving Black Catholic parish, inspired her to become an activist and recruited her to run his South Side church's violence prevention office. Stories like Bosley’s are recurrent at St. Sabina Church, a close-knit community that’s been a social activism hub for 40 years under Pfleger. Black Catholic parishes are few and dwindling. Of roughly 21,000 American Catholic parishes, about 800, or less than 4%, are mostly Black, according to a University of Notre Dame and National Black Catholic Congress study. Black priests are more rare, making up 250, or under 1%, of roughly 36,500 Catholic priests, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
3rd man accuses a Chicago activist priest of sexual abuse
Michael Pfleger speaks to protesters before marching on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago. A third man has come forward with allegations that Rev. Pfleger made an unwanted sexual advance against him as a teenager, following two brothers' allegations that the priest abused them decades ago when they were teens. The 59-year-old man alleges in an affidavit shared late Tuesday with church officials that the Rev. Pfleger has denied the brothers' allegations.
Read the letter to Father Pfleger from DCFS
On Friday, attorneys for Rev. Michael Pfleger released a letter he received from DCFS confirming its investigation was “unfounded” and that his name will not be added as a perpetrator on the state’s child abuse and neglect central registry. Read more here.chicagotribune.com
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Nearly five decades later, the two men now say that former choir director, the Rev. Michael Pfleger, molested them dozens of times over several years beginning in the early 1970s. The men, who are in their early 60s and live in Texas, said the abuse was a secret they had never revealed, not even to each other, until the younger of the two filed a complaint Jan. 4 to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.chicagotribune.com
Father Michael Pfleger removed from St. Sabina over 40-year-old sex abuse allegation
“We, the Cabinet of the Faith Community of St. Sabina, believe that these accusations are unfounded and we boldly stand behind the integrity, passion, work and ministry of our Sr. Pastor, Rev. Michael Pfleger. His ministry spans over 45 years and he has maintained his mission of Luke 4:18, ‘to proclaim the good news to the poor, proclaim freedom to the prisoners, sight to the blind, and set the oppressed free’, reaching thousands of citizens in the city of Chicago and worldwide,” the statement said.chicagotribune.com
Hunt still on for suspects in ransacking of Chicago stores
FILE In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, file photo, Kajal Dalal walks through the her family's food and liquor store after it was vandalized in downtown Chicago. A Chicago police task force that was formed after crowds swarmed into downtown and smashed their way into hundreds of stores in August is still investigating and making arrests four months later. They keep adding to the nearly 100 video clips they've posted online in the hopes someone might identify suspects. “The message (to suspects) is the task force isn’t quitting ... and you will eventually be found and arrested,” Deputy Chief Brendan Deenihan said. Just as detectives stitched together videos to follow two men who allegedly participated in the attack on Smollett, Looting Task Force detectives followed suspects as they moved from store to store.
Kids getting caught in crossfire as US gun violence surges
Nathan Wallace stands outside of his home holding a button showing his daughter, Natalia Wallace, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Chicago. In New York City, there have been 237 homicides in 2020 compared to 181 for the same period last year. After recording 25 homicides in the first seven months of 2019, Boston had 35 during the same period this year. But every day headlines around the country tell story after story of children dying while doing nothing more than being children. Chicago had suffered 440 homicides by the end of July, compared to 290 for the same period last year.
Chicago chief's firing again rattles confidence in force
Lightfoot's action to fire Johnson came less than a month after she lauded him as he announced plans to transition out of the job early next year and help his interim successor transition into it. Brown called Johnson's firing an "unnecessary humiliation" given that he was so close to retirement. "It's not about Eddie Johnson," FOP President Kevin Graham told the Chicago Sun-Times. Revelations about Johnson came during a week of other troubling stories for the department. The firing has raised concern that the final chapter in Johnson's career might distract from the serious questions about racism and excessive force that continue to dog the department.chicagotribune.com