Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Statement from Cardinal George re: Fr Michael Pfleger

June 3, 2008
To put recent events in some perspective, I have asked Father Michael Pfleger, Pastor of St. Sabina’s Parish, to step back from his obligations there and take leave for a couple of weeks from his pastoral duties, effective today. Fr. 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. I hope that this period will also be a time away from the public spotlight and for rest and attention to family concerns.
I hope also that the life of St. Sabina’s parish may continue in uninterrupted fashion. Fr. William Vanecko, Pastor of St. Kilian’s parish, will be temporary administrator of St. Sabina’s and will assure the full complement of ministerial services during this period. I ask the members of St. Sabina’s parish to cooperate with him and to keep him and Fr. Pfleger in their prayers. They are in mine.
Well done, Cardinal George!


Brian Pearson said...

I believe two weeks of contemplation by Fr Pfleger are far too short.

Nanging said...

We can make a difference, lets tell the ArchBishop that muzzling Pfleger for the 100th time or temporarlily suspending him just will not cut it. We want him removed permanently, defrocked. He is a disgrace to the Catholic church and everything Holy.
Petition site please pass it on.


Maybe he can get a job at TUCC with all the other radical, racist, Marxist..
The Vatican is watching....

Anonymous said...

"The Vatican is watching...."

Lovely. Such a warm embracing place the "orthodox" church is.

You're not going to care or like it, but the the man's own parishioners are very much in support of him, did not like the suspension, and seem to be working things out quietly with Cardinal George.