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Father Pfleger’s termination…

Good morning, Netizens...

You do remember Rev. Michael Pfleger, the priest of St. Sabina Church in Chicago, don't you? He is the priest who made what many have stated were insulting comments about Hillary Clinton from the pulpit.

Father Pfleger of St. Sabina parish was removed from his duties there Tuesday, according to a statement released by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

In the statement, Cardinal Francis George says he asked the Rev. Michael Pfleger, 59, to "take leave for a couple of weeks from his pastoral duties." The statement said Pfleger "does not believe this to be the right step at this time." "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," George said.

I do find it interesting that Cardinal George spent more time debating the termination of a priest who was arrested and charged with molesting boys in his parish than he did Pfleger, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Why did he drag his heels then, but posted so quickly to remove a priest who spoke out against racism?

Oh, I'm sorry Father Pfleger hurt Hillary's feelings. I'm sorry he mocked corporate America's unwillingness to combat racism and sexism by failing to promote women and people of color in the board room. I'm sorry he said all those nasty things about entitlement and the white ruling class. But they were true in my opinion.

I am, in some ways, more fortunate than if I knew I were white, for I do not know what race I am. I was the outcome of a rape, and thus never knew my true father. Perhaps that is why Pfleger speaks to me when he says, "Violence is the sign of inarticulate rage." He reaches my heart when he states that America has a rapist's mentality against people of color, and we must ask for forgiveness.

But why did Cardinal Francis George hasten so in removing Pfleger from the pulpit, when he took his own sweet time about removing a rapist priest who was convicted and sent to prison for gross sexual crimes against little boys?

What hidden darkness lays upon the heart of Cardinal Francis George that he would so hastily reprove a priest for telling it "like it is"?


Picture credits: Cardinal George, the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, AP, Father Michael Pfleger UTube

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