Cardinal Cupich reinstates Father Paul Guzman

By Chicago Catholic staff
Wednesday, April 5, 2023

On March 21, Cardinal Cupich sent a letter to the community of Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Evergreen Park to tell them that he was reinstating their associate pastor to ministry following an investigation into allegations of abuse that dated from “a long time before he became a priest.”

“In accordance with our policies for the protection of children and youth, the archdiocese Independent Review Board, assisted by our Office of Child Abuse Investigation and Review and outside investigators, conducted a thorough review of the allegation,” the letter said. “The Review Board has concluded that there is insufficient reason to suspect Father [Paul] Guzman is guilty of this allegation. Having given careful consideration to their recommendation, which I accept, I now inform you that I am reinstating Father Guzman’s faculties and his position of associate pastor at Most Holy Redeemer Parish, effective immediately.

“I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the great patience you and Father Guzman have shown in this moment of trial. Yet, Father Guzman is convinced of the need for us as a church to keep our word that the safety of children remains our priority. At the same time, we must keep our commitment to do everything possible to restore Father Guzman’s good name. We will share this letter with our priests, asking them to provide it to their parishioners.”

The letter was also sent to media and posted on the archdiocesan website.


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