A lesson in whistleblowing.
Chicago Sun-Times writer Steve Patterson reports today on the disconcerting story of a parish business manager who warned the chancery about his pastor’s questionable spending habits and was told to keep his yap shut–then fired.
Brockhagen was business manager at St. Margaret Mary — the
Northwest Side parish [Rev. Mark] Sorvillo was convicted of stealing thousands of
dollars from. In that role, Brockhagen was responsible for overseeing
Sorvillo, it later emerged, was spending lavishly on himself and a male stripper he met at a gay club.
Says concerns rejected
Brockhagen was never charged with any wrongdoing and never
officially implicated as being involved in Sorvillo’s years-long scam.
Yet the cloud hangs over him, through a skeptical glance or quiet
whispers around the neighborhood, Brockhagen and parishioners say.
He had to know something, they speculate. How could he not have known?
In fact, Brockhagen says, he did know about Sorvillo’s spending
habits — and brought them to the attention of the archdiocese multiple
times. Each time, he claims, archdiocese officials asked him to remain
But now that Brockhagen has been fired — and filed a retaliatory
discharge lawsuit against church leaders — he says he feels more free
to talk about what he knew and when he knew it.
Read the rest right here.