Archdiocese of Chicago

Statement on Charges Filed Against
Father Octavio Muñoz Capetillo
September 21, 2016

We learned today that Father Octavio Muñoz Capetillo has been charged with one felony count of possession of child pornography. The charge comes in connection with a police investigation that began after the archdiocese reported that inappropriate material had been found on a computer in his possession. On July 28, 2015, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich removed Father Muñoz from ministry and withdrew his faculties, his authority to minister, after the archdiocese learned that the inappropriate material might involve minors. Given the nature of that material, the archdiocese reported it promptly to the civil authorities and have cooperated fully with their investigation.


In the latest edition of Catholic Chicago, host Todd Williamson talks with Archbishop Cupich about the importance of lay leadership being involved in the political process; couples celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary; and we visit a north-side parish with a highly successful Theology On Tap program. 

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Archdiocese of Chicago Celebrates 18th Annual Noche de Gala with Theme “Celebrating the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy” Friday, September 30, at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace

Chicago, IL (September 27, 2016) – The Eighteenth Annual Noche de Gala, will take place at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, September 30, at Drury Lane Theater and Conference Center, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. Very Rev. Ronald A. Hicks, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will attend this annual recognition dinner and award ceremony that honors Catholics who serve and work in Hispanic Ministry in Cook and Lake Counties. Almost 150 parishes offering Hispanic Ministry as well as various Archdiocesan Agencies will be represented by the evening’s attendees.

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