Fr Paul Kalchik: A Kind Of Martyr

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin presides over inaugural mass at Resurrection parish. The cross + gay rights rainbow flag was ritually burned by its current priest, subsequently ousted (From


Last week, when I heard news that Father Paul Kalchik and some fellow parishioners from his Chicago parish had burned a rainbow flag he found in the church’s storage, I knew things weren’t going to go well for him in Cardinal Bernardin’s old archdiocese, now administered by Cardinal Cupich. The Chicago Tribune provides context:

Kalchik said he twice was a victim of sexual abuse, the first time by a neighbor, when he was 11, and the second time by a Chicago-area priest when he was a teenager. The priest Kalchik names as the one who abused him died in the 1990s and has not been among those who have been named by the Diocese of Joliet or the Archdiocese of Chicago as a priest with substantiated allegations against them. Kalchik equates the flag with predatory behavior, he said.

The church bulletin further explains Kalchik’s thinking.

“The banner surfaced just when the news of the gay predation of former Cardinal McCarrick broke, and was found by a priest who was a himself a victim of a similar predator,” it read. “We cannot think this happened because God wanted the banner hung back up in our Church. The clandestine nature of the consensual homosexual sex going on among so many in the clergy allowed the intimidation of seminarians and rapes to be covered up also.

“If you don’t like Fr. Paul for burning that banner, at least ask yourself what it represented to him as a victim,” the letter added. It also published the first names of some of those who allegedly made threats, inviting the faithful to pray for the callers.

“Only divine intervention (a miracle) will get them to calm down enough to have a rational discussion,” the note said.

More context, from the Chicago Sun-Times:

Rev. Paul Kalchik says the banner, featuring a cross superimposed over a rainbow, had been featured prominently in the sanctuary at Resurrection Catholic Church but had been taken down and was forgotten in storage at the parish at 3043 N. Francisco for more than a decade.

Kalchik led seven parishioners in a prayer of exorcism Friday, and the flag was burned inside a portable fire pit placed the schoolyard next to the church. The ashes of the flag now rest in a church compost heap.

“That banner and what it stood for doesn’t belong to the Archdiocese or Cardinal Cupich. It belongs to the people of this parish who paid for it,” Kalchik said. “What have we done wrong other than destroy a piece of propaganda that was used to put out a message other than what the church is about?”

Kalchik told the Tribune that he had been advised by the archdiocese’s vicar for priests not to burn the flag.

But he did it anyway, and now Cardinal Cupich has removed him from the parish. 

Church Militant, a conservative activist site, spoke directly to Fr. Kalchik:

Read on at the American Conservative

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5 Responses to Fr Paul Kalchik: A Kind Of Martyr

  1. Mary Salmond says:

    Be Bold, Be Catholic!


  2. johnservorum says:

    To be Catholic – “Universal” – means to embrace the universal doctrines, dogmas and disciplines of the Church.

    Cardinal Cupic does not embrace the fullness of the teachings of the Church because he does not accept the ancient and unchanging doctrine on the intrinsic evil of homosexual sex acts.

    He should take some time to think about these things because someday he will stand before the Lord to give an account for his life and as a teacher of the Church he will be judged more harshly.

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  3. Crow says:

    Not only does Cardinal Cupich not embrace or practice the teaching of the Church, he is ignoring the pain of abuse sufferers in a counterfeit concern for the sensibilities of the abusers. The link provides comments from representatives of Dignity who state that the flag burning violated ‘core values’ of the Catholic community. Father Kalchik was an abuse victim, as were, it appears, thousands in the US, whose abuse has been by males to males. In these circumstances, Father Kalchik’s actions have more relevance than the fake outrage expressed by those at the burning of a gay banner – misrepresenting acceptance of this banner as a ‘core value’ of Christ’s Church.


  4. Crow says:

    It seems that a letter-writing campaign was engineered to have him removed. I think those who are not into pushing the LGBTQ agenda and who want to defend the poor priest should organise in a similar way to the SJW’s.


  5. kathleen says:

    Well said johnservorum and Crow!
    The Church must get rid of these faggot-fawning clerics like Cupich who are leading souls to Hell. What has become of our Holy Catholic Church that dissenters of Her timeless teachings (like Cupich) can punish a good priest for fulfilling his priestly role, and also spout his bile about the environment being more important than Christ’s Word (as he more than insinuated the other day) and receive no reprimand? These men are in Satan’s clutches: they must be booted out and sent to traditional monasteries to relearn the precepts of their Catholic Faith before it’s too late!

    On the other hand, we pew sitters, and all faithful priests and bishops, should rally round our courageous priests like Fr Kalchik who have identified the great evil that has infiltrated the Church – active homosexuals and their sympathisers like pope Francis (although he hypocritically pretends otherwise at times) – and are working to cleanse Her of this filth.

    To the St Peter Damians of the Church.. where are you hiding?


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