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The Chicago priest nurse was reinstated after an abuse investigation
CHICAGO – Nationally known activist for the Priest of Chicago, Rev. Michael Pfleger, is reinstated as chairman of his ward after an investigation found “there is no reason to believe” that he has sexually abused children, the Romanian-born Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago on Monday.
The archdiocese announced in January that heads of state and government had asked nurses to resign after the Child Abuse Investigation and Review Bureau received allegations that nurse sexually abused a minor more than 40 years ago.
In a letter to the Saint Sabina Faith Community, Cardinal Blase Cupich said he had accepted the determination of the office and the independent audit committee of the archdiocese and would reinstate caretakers as pastor of the parish of South Side.
Cupich said the change will take effect on the first weekend in June.
“I asked Father Pfleger to take the next two weeks to prepare mentally and emotionally for the return and found that these months have taken a great toll on him,” said Cupich. “He agreed to do this.”
Two brothers, now in their sixties, said in January that male nurses cared for them as children and abused them in vicarages in the Chicago area. They accused the priest of taking advantage of two black boys who trusted him.
A third man later accused Nurse of packing his crotch over his clothes in 1979. The 59-year-old man said he was 18 at the time and pretended to be asleep.
Leaders and parishioners in St. Sabina, a black church in the largely black and low-income district of Auburn Gresham, strongly supported the white carer after the allegations. Annoyed at the removal of their pastor, they tied the archdiocese phone lines together, held rallies, sent letters, and threatened to withhold $ 100,000 in monthly fees.
The nurse who moved out of the rectory maintained his innocence. His lawyer, Jim Figliulo, said Monday that he was delighted that his client was cleared.
“This is as strong as an inference of his innocence as this trial allows,” Figliulo said. “He said he was innocent. He’s innocent. “
Eugene Hollander, an attorney for the three prosecutors, said his clients were disappointed with the news and were considering filing a lawsuit.
“They had not one, not two, but three victims of alleged abuse,” he said. “You are of course very, very disappointed with the results.”
While the third man, who lives outside of Illinois, was unwilling to tell his story, the brothers felt compelled to speak up, Hollander said.
“In order for them to go forward and complete themselves, make themselves whole, they had to tell their stories,” he said.
Pfleger was ordained a priest in 1975 and assigned to the St. Sabina Church that year. Pfleger became pastor six years later and was held responsible for revitalizing the community.
Nationally, the priest, referred to as “Father Mike” by parishioners, is known for his dramatic approach to activism targeting chronic problems in the city, including defacing alcohol and cigarette billboards and paying prostitutes to receive counseling .
Pfleger inspired director Spike Lee, who based the character of actor John Cusack in the 2015 film “Chi-Raq” on him.
The person dies after the car falls off the bridge. Teenager is recovering
CHICAGO – A Chicago suburban man has died and a teenage boy is recovering after they were both rescued from the Calumet River where the car they were driving in left a bridge and ended up in the water, police said.
The bridge went up when the car drove through a restraint net and crashed into the water around 7 p.m. on Sunday, police in Chicago said.
Divers pulled the man out of the water and he was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
He has been identified as Jaime Navarro of Calumet City, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. He was 38, the police said.
A passing boat saved the 16-year-old boy. He was in good shape in a Chicago hospital, police said. Some media reported that he was Navarro’s son.