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Priest being investigation after allegation involving minor

August 28, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — The archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Blase Cupich, has removed a priest from his duties pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct involving a minor.

The removal of Father Gary Graf as pastor of San Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio Parish was announced to parishioners in a Saturday letter from Cupich.

In the letter, Cupich said the archdiocese doesn’t have full details on the allegation. However, Graf agreed to step aside while an investigation was underway.

Archdiocese of Chicago spokeswoman Susan Thomas says the investigation was being conducted by independent, public agencies, but archdiocese would also conduct their own investigation.

Graf could not be reached for comment. He made news in January when he announced a hunger strike in support of undocumented immigrants and of “dreamers.”

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