VIDEO: [Church Militant] Exclusive interview with Father Paul John Kalchik from an undisclosed location [Sep. 26, 2018]
“We did so in a private way, a quiet way, so as not to bring the ire of the gay community down upon this parish,” Kalchik told NBC News. “It’s our full right to destroy it, and we did so privately because the archdiocese was breathing on our back.” (Despite quoting Kalchik at length, NBC News made no mention of his own painful history as a victim of Catholic sexual abuse from predatory priests.)
The priest argued that burning the LGBT flag has a particular resonance while the Roman Catholic Church is raked with the recent scandals of yet more revelations of sexual abuse carried out by predatory priests and covered up by higher authorities. In this context, burning a symbol of homosexual “pride” is part of the broader “exorcism” of the sexual demons in the church.
Kalchik said the archdiocese had told him not to burn the flag in front of the church. “We can confirm that the pastor has agreed not to move forward with these activities,” Anne Maselli, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Chicago, told the Windy City Times.
“We put an end to a depiction of our Lord’s cross that was profane,” Kalchik further told NBC News. The flag in question melded a rainbow — meant to symbolize the LGBT movement — with a cross. To use the image of the cross as anything other than a “reminder of our Lord’s passion and death,” the priest explained, “is what we consider a sacrilege.”
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