st. sabina's hostile.jpgOn June 3, Chicago Cardinal Francis George placed liberal big mouth Fr. Michael Pfleger on a 2-week leave, a sentence much too light and years too late for Catholic Citizens of IL, which has started a drive to get Pfleger pfired.
Meanwhile, Pfleger’s parish members pfreaked, just as they always do when the Archdiocese threatens to remove him. This time they added a teen hunger strike as a piece de resistance. From the Chicago Sun-Times, yesterday:

Defiant St. Sabina parishioners demanded Cardinal Francis George reinstate their controversial pastor, the Rev. Michael Pfleger, just hours after he was removed Tuesday from his post against his wishes….

“We respectfully request the cardinal immediately reinstate Father Pfleger as full pastor of St. Sabina,” Gerald Stewart, president of the parish council, told an estimated 2,000 people packed into the South Side church Tuesday evening. The group included longtime Pfleger friend the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who has been blasted for his own controversial statements on race.
Stewart said parishioners wanted an immediate meeting with the cardinal to discuss “the future of the entire faith community of St. Sabina.” Pfleger did not attend the prayer service, but was on the St. Sabina campus, said Randall Blakey, a parish Cabinet member. Pfleger and Wright went out to dinner after the service.
On Tuesday afternoon, George issued a statement saying he asked Pfleger to “step back” and take a “couple of weeks” of leave from St. Sabina.
Father Pfleger does not believe this to be the right step at this time,” the statement read. “While respecting his disagreement, I have nevertheless asked him to use this opportunity to reflect on his recent statements and actions in the light of the Church’s regulations for all Catholic priests.”
Church members are concerned that the leave could be more than a couple of weeks….
About 15 members of a St. Sabina young adult group called Passing the Baton started a hunger strike in the church sanctuary Tuesday. Blair Matthews, 18, said the group planned to “fast and pray” inside the church until Pfleger is reinstated….

Pfleger is clearly sticking around to pfan the pflames.
This isn’t going to end well, no matter what the Cardinal does. Catholic Citizens wrote, “A few years ago, Pfleger threatened to start a new church rather than be re-assigned. He has started a new church, but on Archdiocese of Chicago property.” That’s how stalwart Catholics view Pfleger and his parish posse.
If the Cardinal tries to permanently move Pfleger, I can’t imagine how St. Sabina’s will react. But if the Cardinal reinstates Pfleger, he’ll lose even more respect from among Chicago’s pfaithful on a topic that is already a sore spot.
I’m pfriends with many CC leaders, and believe me, they wouldn’t take a reinstatement of Pfleger quietly. He has so many times shown pflagrant disregard for the preborn by the public figures he supports, like Jackson, Wright, Obama, and Sharpton.
BTW, have you read Pfleger’s apology letter? It reads more like an “I’m so terribly misunderstood, waaa waaa waaa” letter.
[Photo courtesy of the Chicago Tribune]

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