Falsely Accused Priest Finally Reinstated In Chicago After Long Witch Hunt

Rev. Gary Graf : falsely accused priest

Vindicated: Fr. Gary Graf

Chicago priest Rev. Gary Graf is finally back on the job after being reinstated by Cardinal Blase Cupich.

Church officials ripped Graf from ministry last August after a 17-year-old boy claimed that he received a phone call from a church secretary stating that Graf "found him attractive." The teen also said that Graf "rubbed his shoulders" and offered offered him a free car. Indeed.

Of course the whole thing was insane on several levels. First, it is not even clear what the alleged crime was. "Unwanted shoulder rubbing"? Offer of a "free car"? But with Catholic priests nothing is trivial nowadays.

So the Department of Children and Family Services investigated and found even the allegations, such as they were, not believable. Chicago police then did their own investigation and decided to prosecute. The case later went to trial, and a judge ruled Graf not guilty. An independent Church review also cleared him, making it three investigative bodies looking into the alleged shoulder rubbing.

Many parishioners believed this was a pathetic attempt at a money grab by desperate fraudsters.

In short: Fr. Graf endured three investigations, two public agencies, the Church's own investigation, and a public trial just in order to clear his name over an alleged unwanted shoulder rub. While former Vice President Joe Biden shrugs off similar accusations as his just seeking to "connect" with constituents, the standard is much different for Catholic priests.

Comments

  1. peoples clown says:

    Yes, Jeffrey Epstein, as well!

    This is typical of this age! He was thrown under the bus by everyone, as usual! The difference now, is that the comrade commissars in the media, are being forced to have a story, that shows he's not guilty! Its quite different now that the Covington catholic nick sandman has been calling the media out, by having large lawsuits!! Local Chicago media should be sued by fr. Graf, as that is all they understand. There's been no apologetic attitude, considering they consistently ran this story, making you think the worse! His reputation has been besmirched, and that can never be brought back, no matter how much money he would get!

    • malcolm harris says:

      Peoples Clown, on the 8th April, is absolutely right. This witch-hunt is enabled by the mainstream media… we are foolish to ignore reality.  It will only stop when there is a push-back, as the Covington School student has done… with his own lawsuits against his attackers. Unless the Church fights back there will be more cases like Fr. Graf.  And it will just go on for decades to come , because the media only cares about the hip pocket nerve. It is not concerned about fairness to Catholic priests… or Catholic schools.

    • Dan says:

      News for Malcolm and PC – The Post is asking that charges are dropped, saying everything they reported was the truth. I must ask you Malcolm, were the Catholic priests at all "concerned about fairness" as they molested and raped young boys and little girls? Please, give me a break?! My hope is that Nick Sandman's ridiculous greed will smash him in his smirking face, just like your innocent claims of Rev. Robert DeLand left you with egg in your face.

       

    • LLC says:

      Dan,

      “saying everything they reported was the truth” = incorrect. The WP legal team said, among other statements, that “its stories of that day's interaction were accurate”. Accurate and true are two different things. Furthermore, they claim that the “It was neither false nor defamatory . . . for the Post to report the comments of eyewitnesses”. In other words, the WP claims that as long as they report what other people are saying, they can write everything with impunity. Such statements should send chills down everyone’s spine.

      Personally, I believe that, regardless of the outcome of it, thanks to this lawsuit the media’s bias is now more evident than ever, and its impunity armor is now starting to show cracks and chinks.

    • Dan says:

      LLC, If this greedy kid gets a dime, then I have a damn good billion dollar case against your Church for the lies and slander of priests, catholic cops and the violence of cowardly catholic thugs, hitting me from behind, that wrongly sent me to jails and mental hospitals. But I don't believe true Christians go around suing others, for as the Lord says, "Revenge is mine saith the Lord." Just maybe His fire is just getting started?

    • peoples clown says:

      Dan corner – 4/10/19, 8:41 p.m.,- "egg in your face" = pimple?

      Self defense is not revenge.

    • Dan says:

      Defending a guilty pedophile is not "Self defense". It's ignorance.

  2. LLC says:

    Regardless of the outcome (highly encouraging in this case), is it important to highlight how the Church’s new policies, instituted, if I am not mistaken, around the year 2002, are working properly, with the aim of protecting both the alleged victim and the alleged offender, while at the same time seeking a prompt and just resolution. These policies may require some fine-tuning, but anyone with an open mind can see their positive results.

    It may take some time, but I am hopeful that more and more will come to see that the Church has recognized her past errors, learned from them, and is at the forefront of protecting children from harm in any way possible, surely more than many other institutions where these awful acts have happened and unfortunately keep happening, often completely ignored by the media.

  3. Jim Robertson says:

    So he shouldn't have been arrested and tried? Because you know who's innocent and who's guilty? The judge says not guilty. Fine I've no problem with that. But that's the second Chicago priest falsly accused. Another was Cardinal Bernadin his accuser recanted. If u want to muddy waters have 2 false set ups come from a major American city. Chicago has had it's hands dirty through out this scandal as a sanctuary for SNAP being only one example. Where are the rest of the false allegations? you imply them to be rampant? Where? Is this like Russia-gate? No collusion. No false claims.

    So you have false claims so what? cost of doing business. As if you didn't have enough real cases to discuss and amend.

     

  4. peoples clown says:

    Its great how this has turned out, as states seem to be following anti catholic ag josh Shapiro's lead. The ag of illinois , did the same with a sham "report", and then didn't run for reelection. Some real news that should be investigated, is that the Illinois governor elect wants to make Illinois the Midwest abortion capitol. Maybe there'll be more fake news about abuse , to cover this up!

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