Archdiocese reinstates Father Christopher Ciomek

By Chicago Catholic
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

In a letter to the members of St. Peter Damian Parish in Bartlett on Oct. 30, Cardinal Cupich announced that he had reinstated Father Christopher Ciomek, pastor, following an investigation into allegations that he had sexually abused a minor some 30 years ago, when he was a seminarian.

The investigation was announced in April.

“In keeping with our procedures, Father Ciomek was asked to step aside from his pastoral duties until a thorough investigation and process could be completed,” Cardinal Cupich wrote.  

“The Archdiocese of Chicago, with the assistance of an independent investigative agency, conducted an investigation into those allegations. In addition, the archdiocese conducted a review of Father Ciomek’s fitness for ministry. Father Ciomek has fully cooperated with these investigations.”

“Based on our investigation, the archdiocese found insufficient evidence to verify the allegations against Father Ciomek,” the cardinal continued. “I am hereby informing you that I am reinstating Father Ciomek as your pastor effective immediately.”

Cardinal Cupich thanked parishioners for their patience in awaiting the results of the investigation.

“Please know that we take all allegations of misconduct seriously as well as our obligation to restore the good name of those returned to ministry,” he said.


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