Brothers accuse prominent Chicago priest of sexual abuse

Father Michael Pfleger Accusations

Title: Brothers accuse prominent Chicago priest of sexual abuse
Author: Michael Tarm
Publisher: The Tribune (
Date: 25JAN2021

CHICAGO — Two brothers in their 60s on Monday described years of sexual abuse by a firebrand activist priest who has gained fame speaking out on national politics from the pulpit and for taking on drug dealers in South Side neighborhoods around his Chicago church.The abuse began in the 1970s when Father Michael Pfleger was a seminarian at a West Side church and they were in their early teens singing in the church choir, the brothers said in written statements and during comments at a Monday news conference.

Pfleger, they said, offered them haven from gang violence and family strife, then abused them in Pfleger’s private rooms at Chicago-area rectories dozens of times, including at the Faith Community of Saint Sabina Pfleger has pastored for decades.

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