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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.

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3 Comments to “Chicago pastor asked to step down amid sexual misconduct allegations”

    Anonymous said:
    December 8, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    I have known fr mike for a very long time. I go to his old perish and I know he has never or will never do anything like this. He it the best and most reverend priest i have ever known. The person who claimed of these charges are just looking for ransom. Complete bologna.

    keeping real said:
    December 9, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    well I hope Father Mike is innocent!!! and jim & thelogicalpositivist are morons!!!

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