Church Militant

March 20, 2018

By Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.

Fr. Frank Phillips of St. John Cantius Parish is ‘looking forward to clearing his name’

A Chicago priest accused of “improper conduct” with men is defending himself against the accusations.

On March 16, Cdl. Blase Cupich announced he had removed Fr. Frank Phillips as pastor of St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago over “credible allegations of improper conduct involving adult men.” A spokesman made clear no minors were involved.

“Father Phillips is looking forward to the convocation of the review board,” Steven Komie, attorney for Phillips, told Church Militant. “His religious superiors are going to appoint the board, and he’s looking forward to appearing in front of the board and clearing his name and reputation.”

Phillips founded the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in 1998 under Cdl. Francis George. The parish is known for its beautiful and reverent traditional liturgy, as well as its preaching of orthodoxy. Last year it undertook a historic Fatima procession through the streets of Chicago, in the 100th anniversary year of the apparitions.

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