Then Chicago Mayoral Candidate Lori Lightfoot Sent Letter To Cdl. Cupich Threatening Religious Freedom And Demanding Action Against Fr. Kalchik For Burning Rainbow Banner
CHICAGO, IL.- On Wednesday, Church Militant released their second interview with Chicago Priest Fr. Paul Kalchik who has gone into hiding for almost a year after Bishop Rev. Mark Bartosik, per orders of Cardinal Blase Cupich (Archbishop of Chicago), ordered the removal of Fr. Kalchik from his parish of Resurrection after burning a banner with the LGBT rainbow that once hung on the altar. In September 22nd, 2018, Fr. Kalchik’s brother had rushed him out of the state of Illinois after learning that Bishop Rev. Bartosik would call the Chicago Police Department and remove him by force and later send him to the mental institution for a psychological evaluation at St. Luke’s institute in Silver Spring, Maryland (a notorious mental health treatment center for clergy). Fr. Kalchick not only feared to be arrested on the orders of Cardinal Cupich but also feared for his life after receiving multiple death threats from the LGBT community after burning the rainbow banner.
Second Interview with Fr. Kalchik after going into hiding:
In early 2019, once Lori Lightfoot won her election as the first black, LGBT, woman as Chicago’s Mayor, a letter that she sent to Cardinal Blase Cupich was released to the press where she demanded repercussions against Fr. Kalchik for burning the LGBT rainbow banner that he felt was a sacrilege against his faith. Mayor Lightfoot, regardless of her sexual preference, is violating the first amendment right of devout Catholics by preaching her personal beliefs on to others as she trumps Fr. Kalchik’s right to purify his church.
The banner not only signified an ideology completely opposed to the Catholic faith, it also represented evils perpetrated against Father Kalchik himself. Father Kalchik was twice the victim of homosexual assault, once when he was 11 years old and raped by a neighbor, and a second time when he was 19 and assaulted by a Catholic priest.
Roman Catholic Christians believe that homosexuality is a sin against God and should not be praised in a place of worship; However, that does not exclude LGBT members from God’s love nor should they attempt to change the original teachings from its church.
If you wish to support Fr. Kalchik in his legal fight against the Archdiocese of Chicago, you can help by making a donation here. There used to be a GoFundMe page for Fr. Kalchik but it was taken down by GoFundMe after considering the page to be “homophobic.” Your prayers are also important and much appreciated. According to legal experts, Fr. Kalchik may have a case against the Archdiocese of Chicago for violating Canon Law, which forbids any priest to enter a place of rehab against his will.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
– Ephesians 6:12
First Interview with Fr. Paul Kalchik after burning the banner:
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