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Now that Fr. Frank Phillips has been exonerated of all charges, why is Cdl. Blase Cupich refusing to clear his good name or reinstate his faculties?
Before the official investigation took place, Cdl. Blase Cupich was already claiming back in March that the allegations against Phillips were "credible" and suspended his priestly faculties. The findings of the investigation published on June 20, however, "concluded that Fr. Phillips has not violated any secular criminal, civil or canon law."
In a letter on June 29, Fr. Phillips acknowledged the findings but said he was still suspended.
"The Review Board found me innocent of the accusations which I have vehemently denied," wrote Phillips. "Currently, by decree of Cardinal Cupich, my faculties are suspended only in the Archdiocese of Chicago."