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Radio host Smiley at St. Sabina

From the Faith Community of Saint Sabina, an emailed reminder:

Tavis Smiley will be at the church Saturday, 5/21 to discuss his new book, Fail Up. Mr. Smiley will be here from 12 pm to 2 pm. in McMahon Hall.

It was on Smiley’s show that Fr. Pfleger made the public statement that if he could not preach at St. Sabina, he would do so at Protestant churches.

I want to try to stay in the Catholic Church. If they say You either take this principalship of (Leo High) or pastorship there or leave, then Ill have to look outside the church. I believe my calling is to be a pastor. I believe my calling is to be a voice for justice. I believe my calling is to preach the Gospel. In or out of the church, Im going to continue to do that.

That did it for Cardinal George, who suspended him.

Nonetheless, he’s still pastor, to judge by the flyer.

What a friend he has in Tavis.


St. Sabina prays

St. Sabina parishioners gird their loins.

The leadership is requesting a Corporate Fast on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. The focus scripture for our day of prayer and fasting is 1John 5:14-15. During the fast please pray for the following:

1) The work that God has already began in the lives of his people will continue to prosper ;
2) People of God will declare war on the spirit of distraction, fear, and all the assignments of the
3) The spirit of reconciliation – the people of God will embrace their calling as ministers of

Then on Tuesday evening we will have Corporate prayer in the church starting at 7pm.

If this be protest, it’s something new in Chicago, though not in the Church.

It’s in an e-blast for “Friends of St. Sabina.”

Who owns St. Sabina parish anyway?

Fr. Pfleger’s executive assistant objects to the arrival at the St. Sabina rectory of the new priest.

“Can you just imagine somebody moving into your house that really was not invited by us,” said Kimberly Lymore, the Associate Minister at the Faith Community of St. Sabina.

She’s been misled. It’s not her house, nor the parish council’s. That matter was decided a long time ago, when “trusteeism” was squelched in the American church by Rome.

Trusteeism controversy

ca. 18151840

In its infancy, the Catholic Church in America relied on the initiative and benevolence of laypeople to an extraordinary degree. Lacking priests, many early parishes were established and managed by laity. As the nation grew and the clerical personnel of the Church increased, priests and bishops sought to standardize the Church’s organization in accord with canon law and common practice. The result in some localities was tensionand sometimes hostilitybetween pastors and bishops on one side and lay trustees on the other. Significant battles over control of parishes occurred at St. Mary’s in Philadelphia and in New York, among other places.

Indeed, there is little new under the sun when it comes to the Roman church, periodic clerical chutzpah notwithstanding.

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