Beaten Priest Gets Visit From Mayor Emanuel

UPDATED 12/12/11 5:43 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Five days after he suffered a vicious beating, Father Daniel Mallette welcomed a get-well visitor from City Hall on Sunday: Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

As CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports, it was a sign of solidarity and support for the South Side priest and his parish.

At St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 9849 S. Throop St., parishioners praying for the recovery of their battered pastor, Rev. Daniel Mallette, were joined by the mayor.

“I wanted to express to the congregation, as well as to the father, that all the city is with him and all of them are with the parish as they recuperate; because it’s not just an incident with one person,” Emanuel said.

Mallette, who has been pastor at St. Margaret for 34 years, was brutally beaten by robbers early Tuesday in his bedroom on the rectory’s second floor. He suffered cuts, bruises and two broken ribs.

The mayor visited him Sunday and said Mallette is recovering slowly.

“He’s got his fighting spirit intact. That has not been affected and if anything, it’s been strengthened,” Emanuel said.

The robbers made off with $600 and had the nerve to ask a favor.

“While the guy is kicking him, he said, ‘Now this may sound inappropriate, but I was wondering if you’d pray for me,’” said Father William Kenneally, a friend of Mallette.

The beating touched off an outpouring of emotion. Students at the parish school made a get well card.

“It has to be somebody who has no heart or no soul. They don’t believe in Jesus, because this shoudn’t have happened,” said student Anfernee Kelly.

Parishioners were grappling with why someone who’s done so much good would have to suffer this fate.

“He’s so giving and he’s so involved in the community and helping people. No matter what, he’s always there to help you. So, I couldn’t understand it,” Barbara Massey said.

Maureen O’Connor said, “He’s a great priest. You can’t find a better priest.”

St. Sabina Parish, and its pastor, Father Michael Pfleger, have offered a $7,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the attack.

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  • Jim

    That was definately stepping up to help, by St. Sabina. These guys who did ,..this,..would do this kind of thing to most anyone. They need to be pulled away from the rest of the community / regular people, who are defendeless to thugs.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Chicago is turning into one huge cesspool of criminals, soon we should put a fence around it and take away their right to vote.

  • Lyndia

    Fr. Mallette use to be the priest at St. Agatha Church, on the west side. He was a wonderful person and he helped a lot of families in Lawndale at the time. During the 60’s EVERYBODY depended on him and he never let a person down. The thugs that are responsible for jumping on Father Mallette, deserve to be in jail for the next 50 years.

    • Lyndia

      The BLACK thugs

  • Lyndia

    I drove pass his parish and I noticed that their was not a police or sheriff car parked in front the rectory. Why?

  • Reasonable Doubt

    God rights all wrongs and they will pay, before they leave this existence, here on earth!

  • Lost Soul

    Well Father keep helping these people,next time they might kill you,to bad you can’t help good and decent people like me.who would appreciate your work and help.

  • Barney Lewis

    Why do the Blacks have to be so racist all the time?

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