Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Father Pfleger says he will preach at other churches if suspension isn't ended

Outspoken priest sets this weekend as deadline

May 10, 2011|By Dawn Rhodes, Tribune reporter
(Chicago Tribune) The Rev. Michael Pfleger said Tuesday in a meeting with parishioners that if he is not reinstated as pastor of St. Sabina Catholic Church by this weekend, he will begin to preach at other churches.

In his first in-depth public remarks about his suspension by Cardinal Francis George, Pfleger told a group of about 150 people that he has received numerous offers to preach from churches throughout the city and the country and needs to get back to preaching.

He did not specify at what churches he might speak or their denominations.

Still, Pfleger insisted that the only way he will leave St. Sabina is if he is thrown out or if he believes God wants him to go...

While he has consulted with lawyers who told him that George had no legal right to suspend him, he had no intention of suing the Catholic Church, Pfleger said.

But Pfleger said one of his lawyers would send a letter to George saying he violated canonical law by suspending him.

(Colleen) Dolan said all of the protections of being a sitting pastor are over for Pfleger because his term at St. Sabina has expired...

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