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CHICAGO – Prominent Chicago priest Father Michael Pfleger has been asked to step away from ministry following a decades-old child sexual abuse allegation, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Tuesday.

According to a letter sent from Cardinal Blase Cupich to the St. Sabina community, Father Pfleger has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor from more than 40 years ago.

Pfleger is well-known in Chicago as an anti-violence activist and has been the pastor of St. Sabina Catholic Church, located in Auburn-Gresham, since 1981.

Cupich said Father Pfleger has agreed to fully cooperate while the matter is being investigated. The matter has been reported to DCFS and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Archdiocese said.

Read the entire letter from Cardinal Cupich below.

His faith community at St. Sabina is supporting Pfleger and issued the following letter.

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