The lawyer for two brothers who decades ago accused a nationally known Chicago priest activist of abuse, says the men only want the truth.
Her lawyer Eugene Hollander held a press conference with the alleged victims on Monday. They didn’t want to be identified.
“My clients want a father (Rev. Michael) carer to tell the truth, among other things. Admit what happened,” said Hollander.
The pastor Michael Pfleger was asked to resign in the St. Sabina Church due to the allegations from more than 40 years ago.
He has received high praise for turning a sleepy and struggling community into one of the most thriving in the country’s third largest city. Over the years he has made headlines for his activism and protests. He was arrested for protesting in drug paraphernalia stores and for smearing red paint on cigarette billboards in his neighborhood.
The alleged victims’ lawyer, Eugene Hollander, said they had not ruled out filing a lawsuit if they could not come to an agreement with the archdiocese.
“I have represented dozens of victims of sexual abuse, mostly clergy, clergy, victims of sexual abuse, but my clients went through absolute hell. They deserve to be compensated for what they went through,” he said.
The younger brother said he asked nurses for $ 20,000 in a December letter confronting him about the abuse. But he denied it had anything to do with blackmail.
Foster supporters such as Kimberly Lymone, an associate minister in St. Sabina, disagreed.
“Her allegations were also answered by a handwritten letter to Father Pfleger asking for a payment of $ 20,000,” she said. “While this may or may not be illegal, this request certainly seems like blackmail.”
Pfleger was ordained a priest in 1975 and assigned to St. Sabina Church in the same year. Six years later, according to a biography on the Church’s website, he became a pastor – the youngest full-time pastor in the archdiocese at the time.
Foster, who counts Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a hero and quotes him on his telephone voicemail, was two keynote speakers at the annual King’s memorial service at the former Civil Rights Leader’s Church in Atlanta. At the request of King’s family, he was one of the speakers at King’s widow Coretta Scott King’s funeral in 2006, according to the website.
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