Chicago pastor asked to step down amid sexual misconduct allegations
Francis Cardinal George has asked the pastor of a Chicago church to reside away from his congregation while a sex abuse allegation is investigated.
Reverend Michael O’Connell, the pastor of St. Alphonsus parish, agreed to step aside after an allegation that he engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor 20-years ago.
The allegation pertains to a time when he served in a different parish.
The archdiocese said the action is not a judgment of guilt and Rev O’Connell remains at the head of St. Alphonsus parish.
The allegation was also reported to the DCFS and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.