Protest held after priest burns LGBTQ flag outside church in ‘exorcism'


A protest was held after a priest on the city's North Side burned an  LGBTQ flag outside his Avondale church last week, against the wishes of Cardinal Blase Cupich. The Rev. Paul Kalchik burned the flag, which features a rainbow with a cross over it, along with seven parishioners during a "prayer of exorcism" at Resurrection Catholic Church last Friday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He has been at Resurrection since 2007. Before he took over at Resurrection, the flag hung inside the church. The priest announced his plans on the church bulletin. The priest told the newspaper he burned the flag because he did not "sit well" with Cupich who he said is trying to minimize the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal. 


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