The Rev. Paul Kalchika Catholic priest removed from a Chicago church after burning a rainbow flag, despite being told not totold conservative Catholic news website Church Militant that he has gone into hiding to avoid having archdiocese leaders committing him to a mental facility, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Kalchik claimed that Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich sent two of his top deputies last Friday to take him away from Resurrection Catholic Church, 3043 N. Francisco Ave. ( The church is the result of a 1992 merger of St. Veronica and St. Francis Xavier churches. )
Archdiocese spokeswoman Anne Maselli told the Sun-Times that the decision to remove Kalchik "has been in motion for some time and is not directly due to the flag-burning."
The Sun-Times article is at chicago.suntimes.com/news/flag-burning-priest-kalchik-hiding-cupich-catholic-church-lgbtq/.