Pfleger Doesn't Pfly with Cardinal
"To avoid months of turmoil in the church, Father Pfleger has promised me that he will not enter into campaigning," (Cardinal Francis) George said in a statement. "[He] will not publicly mention any candidate by name and will abide by the discipline common to all Catholic priests."George said Pfleger's remarks were off course:
"Racial issues are both political and moral and are also highly charged," George said. "Words can be differently interpreted, but Father Pfleger's remarks about Senator Clinton are both partisan and amount to a personal attack. I regret that deeply."How does Pfleger survive in the Catholic Church? He's good for business.
His rebellious style has set him apart from Chicago's Roman Catholic clergy as far back as Pfleger's seminary days, when he protested the Vietnam War and befriended Black Panthers on the city's West Side.
But it also helped the priest, who is white, turn the once-dwindling congregation at St. Sabina into a thriving, predominantly African-American parish. More than 2,100 parishioners call St. Sabina, at the corner of South Racine Avenue and West 78th Place, their spiritual home.