Rev. Daniel Mallette, 80, not ready to leave rectory - FOX 32 News Chicago

Rev. Daniel Mallette, 80, not ready to leave rectory

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Father Daniel Mallette was the pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland church in the South Side for nearly 40 years, but was replaced last year when the Chicago Archdiocese appointed a new leader priest. Mallette was supposed to be out Monday, but hasn't left the rectory.

Some of the members of the church say Father Mallette is being forced out, but the archdiocese says that's not true.

While some of the members don't want Mallette to go, the church governance says that when a priest turns 70 years old, he is supposed to retire and leave for six months so the new priest is able to lead his flock.

Father Mallette was supposed to move out of the rectory Monday but didn't--and it doesn't look like he has any plans to do it soon.

To many in this Beverly neighborhood, Father Mallette is a mainstay in the community. He stomped for civil rights in the 1960's and marched in Alabama with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mallette is known for his diverse congregation and last year, the former cab driver was beaten when two suspects broke into the rectory. The following Sunday, Mallette was back in church.

"Father Mallette is a pillar in this community--he's devoted his life to this community to helping the people out in this community," says parishioner Felicia Mathis.

"He's getting forced out. Father is the church, he's the school--he's been here over 40 years," says parishioner Pierre Adams. "God forbid, he just took a beating for the school and didn't want to tell on the guys who beat him up."

A spokesperson with the archdiocese told Fox Chicago that they have provided around the clock care for Father Mallette. They've given him ten years since retirement age to lead St. Margaret and they're willing to work with him this week to help him move out.

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