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Father Pfleger given new parish duties-- while remaining at St. Sabina

February 07, 2012

A notoriously controversial Chicago priest, who was suspended last year by Cardinal Francis George when he refused to accept a new assignment, has been named temporary administrator of another parish.

When told last year that he would be moved from his long-term assignment as pastor of St. Sabina church, Father Michael Pfleger said that he would rather leave the Church than accept his new assignment as a high-school principal. He later apologized for that outburst, and Cardinal George lifted his suspension.

Father Pfleger has remained at St. Sabina as co-pastor. Now the archdiocese has given him an additional duty as administrator of St. Margaret of Scotland parish. He has also been asked to head archdiocesan efforts against violence, with “a particular focus on issues surrounding gun violence.” Among several controversial incidents in his past, one came when Father Pfleger confronted the owner of a gun shop, accusing him of causing bloodshed.


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  • Posted by: rpp - Feb. 07, 2012 8:55 PM ET USA

    Really? Oh brother. I suppose people in Chicago are unfamiliar with the term "caving in".

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Feb. 07, 2012 8:52 PM ET USA

    I love cardinal George, I really do, but he REALLY needs to quit waffling, flipflopping, and rewarding misbehavior! Pfleger is himself a 'loose cannon' and needs to learn humility and to behave appropriately, as seen by his confrontation of a legal gun business. He needs to know that the vast majority of guns in this country are owned by responsible citizens who acquired them legally and use them safely. Heaven help St. Margaret Parish!

  • Posted by: Defender - Feb. 07, 2012 7:11 PM ET USA

    Is it any wonder that we have (arch-)bishops who won't excommunicate Catholic politicians when they can't keep their own house in order?