The Pfleger case, continued

From Fr. Pfleger’s St. Sabina allies, via email:

On March 11, 2011, Fr. Pfleger met with Cardinal George where he was asked to take over as president of Leo High School .

On March 19, 2011, Fr. Pfleger sent a letter to Cardinal George saying that he was neither qualified nor experienced being president of a high school but that he was willing to help Leo High School in any way that he could.

There has been no response by phone call or letter from the Cardinal. Today, Fr. Pfleger was called to a meeting at 4:30 at the Pastoral Center . At that meeting Fr. Pfleger was given a letter that he was suspended and the Cardinal did not want to discuss it.

The Leadership of St. Sabina will have an official response tomorrow. We are in shock.
For your information the press received this letter before Fr. Pfleger and the church heard about it through press calls.

There’s lots of church history behind this one, going back centuries.

The shoe dropped

Fr. Pfleger said he’d bail out of the church if he could not stay at St. Sabina.

Cardinal George replied:

If that is truly your attitude, you have already left the Catholic Church and are therefore not able to pastor a Catholic parish.”

George explained:

This conflict is not between you and me; its between you and the church that ordained you a priest, between you and the faith that introduced you to Christ and gives you the right to preach and pastor in his name, said George. If you now formally leave the Catholic Church and her priesthood, its your choice and no one elses. You are not a victim of anyone or anything other than your own statements.

He’s been talking otherwise in recent years, says George:

George wrote that Pfleger told him several times in recent years that he did not want to stay at St. Sabina for the duration of his time in public ministry.

Introducing Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and assorted others.