The principal of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic School on Chicago's South Side resigned Tuesday, saying he felt disrespected, said the Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Catholic Church where the principal worships.
Rickey Harris, a former administrator at Whitney Young High School and St. Sabina Catholic School, reportedly sent a letter home to families Tuesday, explaining that the new pastor, the Rev. Bill O'Donnell, didn't meet with the faculty to discuss school matters until the school year began.
"He resigned because he felt very disrespected," said Pfleger, who said Harris told him he had resigned. Pfleger served earlier this year as a part-time administrator at St. Margaret.
When O'Donnell arrived "he never had a conversation as to what was wrong and what were the concerns and [Harris] felt under attack. He just felt it got to the point that it was impossible to stay there,” Pfleger said.
The principal's departure comes just a few days after controversy swirled around where the parish's pastor emeritus, the Rev. Daniel Mallette, would live for the next six months.
When priests retire in the Chicago Archdiocese, protocol requires them to live off the premises for six months to allow a new pastor to get settled. In addition, the rectory at St. Margaret is in need of repairs, the archdiocese said in a statement last week. Though Mallette had been offered several places to stay during his six-month hiatus, he declined all of them, the church said.
Mallette was beaten and robbed last December when two masked men broke into the rectory.
O'Donnell and Harris could not be reached for comment.
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