Matt C. Abbott
Father Michael Pfleger has again been cleared of alleged sexual abuse by the Archdiocese of Chicago’s independent review board.
Eugene Hollander, the attorney representing the accusers, released this statement to the media following the announcement of Pfleger’s reinstatement:
What bothers me is that four men have now accused Pfleger of abuse, yet the archdiocese doesn’t have to give any details as to why he was cleared. Call me cynical, but I just don't trust the archdiocese or its supposedly independent review board. The statement released by Hollander is interesting. It seems to me that certain people of the “woke persuasion” are protected by the political and church establishment and can get away with quite a lot.
That's not the case with all priests (and laypersons), of course.
I’m very willing to say that Pfleger was falsely accused by these men – but I’m not willing to take the archdiocese’s word for it. In the interest of transparency, I think the archdiocese should publicly release the review board’s full reports on these four accusers and their specific allegations against Pfleger.
I won’t hold my breath for that to happen. In fact, the chance of that happening is about as likely as Chicagoans electing a conservative Republican mayor in the foreseeable future.
For those who’d like to watch online the entire HLN/CNN episode on the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz – featuring interviews with retired homicide detective Dawn Johnson, Catholic attorney Peter Kelly, investigative journalist Gina Barton, Diocese of Madison priest Father Richard Heilman, and me – one source is Amazon. Presently it’s not free to watch online, but the fee is nominal.
As someone who’s followed and written about the Kunz case for a number of years, I think the show’s producers provided a good overview of it and treated Catholic belief and practice with respect. Click here to view the episode’s trailer.© Matt C. Abbott
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