Father Pfleger is apartment hunting?
I know that the venerable Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago has directed him to vacate the premises of Saint Sabina’s for a pre-determined time (against Father Pfleger’s wishes)… But news reports (as follows) that he is apartment hunting like I was in my early 20s seems odd.
On Tuesday morning, the cardinal called him at St. Sabina to tell him he thought he should take a leave of absence. Pfleger said no, the cardinal said he’d be forced to act, and by late afternoon, George had issued a statement saying, despite Pfleger’s protestations, he was going on leave, effective immediately.
“I asked the cardinal if I could stay in the rectory during this time and he said no,” Pfleger said late Tuesday night, after his parishioners held a prayer service and rally demanding their pastor’s immediate and full return to the parish, as well as a meeting with George to discuss Pfleger’s future and the future of the unique African-American parish he’s been instrumental in shaping over the last three decades.
“I’m going to buy a bed and get some furniture from the church basement and move into an apartment in the neighborhood,” a deflated-sounding Pfleger told me, while the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ where Pfleger made the fiery statements late last month that got him into this latest donnybrook with the cardinal, waited to take him to a late dinner. “I’m trying to find out what [George] means by ‘a couple of weeks.’ There’s no timeline. There’s no date. Give me a time. It just says a couple of weeks. I don’t know . . . ” (READ ALL)
The thought occurs to me, since Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s retirement package includes a $1.3M home in Chicago, maybe they could be roommates for a few weeks while Father Pfleger sits in the time-out chair of the Archdiocese… Of course Father Pfleger claims friendhsip and brotherhood with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan… Farrakhan resides in Kenwood, a rather affluent neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, and part time at a Nation of Islam farm in New Buffalo, Michigan. It rather seems like Farrakhan should be able to put the “blue eyed priest with a black soul” up for a few weeks in his rich digs or in a cabin at the NOI farm…
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Now if he were to ask my opinion as to where he could go as a Catholic priest for a few weeks with time on his hands… I would suggest that he would do well to go down to Jamaica and work with Father Richard Ho Lung and his venerable Missionaries of the Poor.
Of course he could also use this time of hiatus and reflection to go serve as a chaplain Read the rest of this entry »