I’ve been following and posting about the horrid situation of Fr. Frank Phillips, CR, founder of the Canons of St. John Cantius and now-former pastor of the homonymous parish in Chicago. My previous post HERE
Phillips accomplished astonishing things there over the years.
Phillips was accused of bad behavior, but an independent board found that he did not break an civil or canon laws.
Phillips’ Provincial recommended to the Archdiocese that his faculties be restored even if he weren’t returned as pastor, and that he should have contact with the Canons.
A group supporting Phillips posted online that the board had exonerated him.
Today the parish of St. John Cantius published on their site a letter from Phillips’ Provincial.
The board did NOT exonerate Phillips, even though they found that he hadn’t broken laws.
What did the Review Board really say?
I am not going to hold my breath, but one of these days we may see the report of the Board.
However, today Fr. Phillips’ counsel issued a Press Release:
From Fr. Frank Phillips
June 29, 2018 – Chicago
I wish to express my thanks to Father Gene Szarek, Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Resurrection, for providing an independent Review Board to examine the accusations against me. Thank you to the members of the Review Board who spent hours listening to the accusers as well as individuals who gave testimony of the facts and on behalf of my character. I assure you I have done nothing that would scandalize the faithful.
My prayers were answered when the Review Board returned its finding of no criminal violation, civil violation, or canonical violation in my case. The Review Board found me innocent of the accusations which I have vehemently denied. I am returning to serve God in any capacity under the direction of the Provincial of the Congregation of the Resurrection to build up the Kingdom of God.
I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to all those who called me, sent me letters, made phone calls, and spoke publicly in my defense. To all those who supported me, please rest assured that I remember you daily in my prayers and my heart has swelled with knowing that you stood by me in the difficult times I have just experienced. I will always stand by you.
I am currently in Rome engaged in consultations with the Congregation of the Resurrection and other church leaders. I have heard there is a misunderstanding concerning my status. Currently, by decree of Cardinal Cupitch my faculties are suspended only in the Archdiocese of Chicago. I am free to continue in my calling to serve God in all other geographical locations on the planet. Therefore, I will continue to say mass for you daily and petition for reconciliation with the Cardinal.
Lastly, I want to express my appreciation, gratitude, and thanksgiving for my lawyer Stephen Komie who guided me through the process. As we walked together he provided counsel and advice which allowed me to stay the course, keep my head up, and seek my prayers for justice.