The Chicago priest who burned the LGBT flag was threatened by Cardinal Cupich if he did so

Fr. Paul Kalchik had a call from the archdiocese’s two Vicars for Priests, Monsignor Dennis Lyle and Fr. Jeremy Thomas, calling from their office.

“It was a joint phone call with Fr. [sic] Dennis Lyle [Mundelein seminary rector 2006-2012] and Fr. Jeremy Thomas, who told me the cardinal had a message for me,” Kalchik told PJM.

“They said, ‘the cardinal wants you to know three things. First, you are not to burn the flag and if you do you should know there are canonical penalties for disobeying the cardinal.

“Second, you have put in a transfer request [to a northern Michigan diocese] to move closer to your parents and that will not happen if you do this.

“Thirdly, the cardinal thinks you should get a psychological evaluation.'”

This last is a killer:

Fr. Kalchik has been under psychological care for PTSD and depression since he was sexually assaulted at the age of 11 by a neighbor and then again at the age of 19 by a priest. “It was very insensitive,” he said of the cardinal’s message to him. “My condition is not a secret. All of my adult life I’ve been in treatment for the trauma of my youth. But still I’ve managed to have a functional life and a very successful career.”

Never mind. He apparently is not to provoke or embarrass the LGBT community which endorses violation of church law, under penalties prescribed by church law. Makes quite a tangled web.

via Catholic Priest, a Sexual Abuse Survivor, Burns LGBT Rainbow Flag

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