Fr. Phillips: “The Review Board found me innocent of the accusations which I have vehemently denied.”

Posted by Oakes Spalding on FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018

Fr. Phillips: “The Review Board found me innocent of the accusations which I have vehemently denied.”

A few minutes ago, Fr. Frank Phillips, pastor of St. John Cantius for thirty years and founder of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, released this statement:

Please pray for Fr. Phillips, the Canons and everyone involved in this matter.

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 Cupich 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.

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One comment on “Fr. Phillips: “The Review Board found me innocent of the accusations which I have vehemently denied.”

  1. He did EXACTLY as he should! I hope this courageous example of priestly courage strikes terror in the bellies of Liberals so filled with venomous loathing against the Sacred Tradition of the Church and Her TRUE, IMMEMORIAL HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS! Sincere congratulations to Father and his lawyer! Well done!

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