Archdiocese removes suburban priest for ‘inappropriate relationship’

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DES PLAINES, Ill. - A high-profile priest in the Chicago Archdiocese has been removed from ministry for what's being described as an "inappropriate relationship" with an adult man.

Archbishop Blase Cupich announced Father Marco Mercado would no longer serve as rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines.

He's also been ordered to live away from the Shrine effective immediately.
The Shrine is home to an all night vigil that draws thousands of faithful every December.



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