George Clements

American priest

George Harold Clements (January 26, 1932 – November 25, 2019) was an American Roman Catholic priest. In 1981, became the first Catholic priest in the Chicago area to adopt a child.[2]

Father George Clements
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Fr. George H. Clements giving Holy Communion, 1973. Photo by John H. White.
Born
George Harold Clements

(1932-01-26)January 26, 1932
DiedNovember 25, 2019(2019-11-25) (aged 87)
OccupationRoman Catholic priest, activist
Years active1957–2019
ChildrenJoey, Friday, Stewart, Saint Anthony[1]

In June 1969, Father Clements became the first black pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church on the South Side of Chicago.[3] He was also well known for his involvement in civil rights activities in the 1960s.[3]

In August 2019, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich asked Clements resign from ministry, while the Church investigates allegations that he sexually abused a minor in 1974.[4][5][6][7]

Clements suffered a stroke on October 12, 2019.[8] He died on November 25, 2019 at a hospital in Hammond, Indiana from a heart attack caused by the stroke, aged 87.[9][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. [1] Ritz, M.K. (2006, January 14). Priest to talk about adoption. Retrieved from http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/Jan/14/il/FP601140324.html
  2. [2] Father george clements. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://celebrities.adoption.com/famous/father-george-clements.html
  3. 3.0 3.1 [3] Richardson, J. (2003, April 23). The historymakers® video oral history interview with george clements. Retrieved from http://www.thehistorymakers.com/programs/dvl/files/Clements_Georgef.html
  4. "Prominent Chicago priest accused in 1974 child sex assault", Associated Press. WSIL-TV. August 8, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  5. "Archdiocese Probes 45-Year-Old Sex Abuse Claim Against Fr. George Clements, Renowned Chicago Priest", CBS 2 Chicago. August 8, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  6. "Prominent Chicago priest accused in 1974 child sex assault", WGN-TV. August 8, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  7. "Retired Chicago Priest Under Investigation for Alleged Sexual Abuse in 1970s", NBC 5 Chicago. August 8, 2019. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Rev. George Clements has died; famed Holy Angels pastor was advocate for civil rights and adoption". The Chicago Sun-Times. November 25, 2019.
  9. Retired Chicago priest, Civil Rights activist Father George Clements dies