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Father C. Frank Phillips Found Innocent —- But Still Barred From Public Ministry?
We were just notified that Father C. Frank Phillips will not be permitted to return as Pastor of St. John Cantius Church in Chicago, Illinois, and as Superior of the Canons Regular which he founded. This decision was handed down by the Archdiocese of Chicago (Cardinal Cupich), in spite of the fact that Fr. Phillips was found by the Review Board of the Congregation of the Resurrection to be completely innocent of any alleged misconduct.
Refer to the email cited below from www.ProtectOurPriests.com, which confirms that Fr. Phillips was cleared of all charges in the investigation. The Review Board concluded that Fr. Phillips had not violated any criminal, civil or canon law. Fr. Phillips was fully exonerated, and this in turn was confirmed by the votum of the Rt. Rev. Gene Szarek, C.R., Ph.D. Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Resurrection upon receipt of the Review Board Report.
But apparently Cardinal Cupich, of the Archdiocese of Chicago, has a political axe to grind. In over-ruling the verdict of the Congregation of the Resurrection, he has instructed that Fr. Phillips not be reinstated. The attached PDF is the written statement from the Congregation of the Resurrection, which states that the Archdiocese of Chicago (Cardinal Cupich) will not allow Fr. Phillips to return to public ministry.
WHY is this? I have several thoughts on the matter.
I believe it was a setup from day one.
This was a raw political move, by a cunning, crafty man, who happens to be the Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Chicago, made against a saintly man, who is a major leader in the restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass and Catholic culture. Cupich has a long history of anti-traditional sentiment and related actions; his naked politics are hard-ball Progressivism. The timing for the removal of Fr. Phillips was also coordinated just prior to Holy Week 2018, in order to provide cover and a distraction for pro-homosexual Fr. James Martin to speak to a youth group at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.
I could cite many other examples of his crimes against the Catholic faith, but the conclusion is clear: Cupich is an anti-Catholic, and I would contend that he’s likely a card-carrying Marxist, one of the Communist Party members disclosed to Bishop Fulton Sheen to have been planted in the Catholic Church with the mission of destroying it from the inside. How else to explain the pattern of destruction left in his path?
I have personally known Fr. Phillips for 25 years; he’s a good man, and I’m certain that he’s not going to take this unacceptable injustice lightly. All of his life he has fought for the faith and worked tirelessly to restore all that is Sacred and Holy in the Catholic Church. I do not expect him to throw in the towel now because too much is at stake.
Therefore, while we continue to pray for this situation to be resolved favorably, we need to seriously take the advice of St. James: “Faith without works is a dead faith.”
Further legal action will be required in this matter to restore Fr. Phillips to his rightful duties.
I ask everyone to continue to donate to his Legal Defense Fund so that together, we can take this fight to the next level. The current legal bill is north of $30,000, and I anticipate that a great deal more will need to be spent in the coming weeks and months to clear the good name of Fr. Phillips and to restore his ministry.
PLEASE be generous, and also kindly continue to help us promote the fundraising campaign via social media and especially via personal contacts. This will help us to widen our base of support for Fr. Phillips.
James Michael Francis Komaniecki, P.E.
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