Letter from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on the reinstatement of Father Christopher Ciomek
Dear Parishioners of St. Peter Damian Parish,
Last April, I informed you of allegations of improper conduct against your pastor, Father Christopher Ciomek. 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.
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. I am hereby informing you that I am reinstating Father Ciomek as your pastor effective immediately.
These have been difficult days and months for you as a parish. You have shown great patience as we attempted to complete our process. I thank you for doing so. 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. I wish you well as you continue with the work of renewing your parish and serving as missionaries for the word of Jesus Christ. Please know that I keep you in prayer and ask that you pray for me and the Church.
Sincerely Your in Christ,
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich