By Diogenes (articles ) | June 07, 2007 5:27 PM
Your Uncle Di had a dream the other night that he was the proverbial fly on the wall in a rectory office, listening as one Fr. Mike shuffles into the room to dial up his voice-mail:
Beep, beep, beep... beep, beep, beep, beep...At this point, you Uncle Di was awakened by a mockingbird.
(irksome female computer voice) "Please enter your password."
Beep, beep, beep, beep.
(same irksome female computer voice)"You have... one message... sent on... Monday...May 28, 2007, at... 8:30am"
"Press 1 to listen to your messages."
(older male voice recording) "Yeah, Mike, Fran. Listen, I think we have a problem. The news reports you threatened a store owner for selling guns. Mike, I see a pattern here. You must be getting tired. Don't you think it's time to take a leave of absence? Today's a good day to start. Tom will cover the parish in your absence. We don't need any additional publicity, do we; all that send-off party stuff can wait. Oh, almost forgot. Don't bother Jim over in the chancery legal department, Betty in payrole, or Jan in human resources. I told them that you're on your own.
Maybe we can talk in six months."
Later that morning, he came across the Chicago Archdiocese press release that Phil posted:
STATEMENT OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGOOn Saturday, May 26, 2007, during an anti-gun rally at a Riverdale gun shop, Fr. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina parish, reportedly made aggressive and inappropriate statements threatening the store’s owner.
REGARDING REMARKS MADE BY FR. MICHAEL PFLEGER
June 4, 2007
If the comments reported are accurate, and a threat was made, it is up to the civil authorities to investigate the matter and determine what if any action should be taken against Fr. Pfleger.
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, stated, “publicly delivering a threat against anyone’s life betrays the civil order and is morally outrageous, especially if this threat came from a priest. It is first of all up to the civil authorities to determine what threat might have been contained in the remarks attributed to Fr. Michael Pfleger. With that determination, the sponsors of the anti-gun rally and the Archdiocese can better decide how to respond.”
Yeah, your Uncle Di was dreamin all right.
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Posted by: drl12501082 -
Apr. 10, 2010 10:24 AM ET USA
We are already in schism and still hemorraging. I choose Jesus and His Church not the egomaniacs who see themselves as a savior. They are tunnel focused and driven to be crazy. No thanks.
Posted by: -
Jun. 13, 2007 3:15 PM ET USA
Somebody wake up Uncle Di. He's been sleeping... Last post on 06/07? You really need to warn us before you go on vacation.
Posted by: -
Jun. 08, 2007 7:21 AM ET USA
Wait... first things first... it should be up to the civil authorities to determine if Cardinal George actually authored a quasi-pastoral statement. actually, seems to me that His Emmience issued a "so what"; maybe he's got a little Solomon in him.
Posted by: -
Jun. 07, 2007 6:39 PM ET USA
Uncle Di---This is an example of why even though I live in in the archdiocese of Chicago where it borders the Rockford diocese I have tossed up my hands and defected to Rockford... There are some very good priests and parishes in the archdiocese but none close enough to me to be practical--- Bernadin's legacy pervades all but a few corners and pockets where orthodoxy and fidelity are still alive.
Posted by: -
Jun. 07, 2007 6:38 PM ET USA
Threatening gun shop owners is small potatoes compared to what the bishops have allowed. Maybe they will transfere him to a different diocese before the civil authorities have a chance to investigate. Ten years from now, he and a slew of others will be the center of the next great Catholic scandal. Boston Globe headline: Bishops Knowingly Transfered and Protected Death Threat Dealing Priests. VOTF will get their second wind.