Archdiocese of Chicago

Statement on Charges Filed Against
Father Octavio Muñoz Capetillo
September 21, 2016

We learned today that Father Octavio Muñoz Capetillo has been charged with one felony count of possession of child pornography. The charge comes in connection with a police investigation that began after the archdiocese reported that inappropriate material had been found on a computer in his possession. On July 28, 2015, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich removed Father Muñoz from ministry and withdrew his faculties, his authority to minister, after the archdiocese learned that the inappropriate material might involve minors. Given the nature of that material, the archdiocese reported it promptly to the civil authorities and have cooperated fully with their investigation.


In the latest edition of Catholic Chicago, host Todd Williamson talks with Archbishop Cupich about the importance of lay leadership being involved in the political process; couples celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary; and we visit a north-side parish with a highly successful Theology On Tap program. 

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Archdiocese of Chicago to Hold Day of Reflection for National Black Catholic Congress Saturday, September 24, at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica

Chicago, IL (September 15, 2016) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will hold a Day of Reflection for the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) on Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, 3111 West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago.  As a preparation for next summer’s National Black Catholic Congress to be held in Orlando, Florida, every diocese in the United States has been asked to hold a day of reflection to help think about the unique needs and concerns of Black Catholics.

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