Chicago Priest Faraway from Ministry after Supplies Discovered on PC
August 3, 2015
Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has faraway from ministry a former director of Casa Jesus, a famend archdiocese coaching program for Latin American males who aspire to develop into clergymen, after supplies have been discovered on a pc in his possession, the archdiocese stated Monday on its web site.
The Rev. Octavio Munoz Capetillo had lately been assigned pastor of St. Pancratius Church on Chicagoís Southwest Aspect.
"Given the character of the fabric, we reported our considerations to the civil authorities and can cooperate absolutely of their investigation," the archdiocese stated in a press release. "Within the interim, Archbishop Cupich has withdrawn Father Munozís Ö authority to minister."
Chicago police have opened a legal investigation into the matter, Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman, stated Monday.
Munoz, who was faraway from ministry July 27, will reside away from St. Pancratius till the matter is resolved, the archdiocese stated. A short lived administrator might be appointed to imagine his duties on the parish.
In his position at Casa Jesus from 2008 to 2015, Munoz, a local of Mexico, sought candidates for the priesthood from Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and different Latin American nations in hopes of recruiting clergy who extra precisely mirrored the church in Chicago.
Parishioners at St. Pancratius came upon about Munozís removing throughout Mass on Sunday.
Munoz, who was ordained in 2004, was first assigned to St. Agnes Catholic Church in Chicago Heights.
Within the assertion, the archdiocese stated itís "dedicated to making sure these serving our parishioners are match for ministry."
"Archbishop Cupich provides his assurance of prayers and solidarity with the group at St. Pancratius, understanding that this improvement is unsettling, and he pledges to offer updates on this example as they develop into out there," the assertion stated.