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Controversial Chicago priest to be moved from urban parish?

March 17, 2011

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago may soon remove a controversial priest from the urban parish where he has been pastor for 30 years.

Father Michael Pfleger met with Cardinal George this week, evidently to discuss a move out of St. Sabina parish. Father Pfleger, a fiery political activist, has drawn criticism for several public statements. In 2008 he was disciplined with a short leave of absence after he mocked Hillary Clinton, then a Democratic candidate who was opposed Father Pfleger’s own favorite contender, Barack Obama. Last year he was called on the carpet once again after delivering a sermon in which he said flatly that “there should be women priests.”

In spite of the priest’s checkered public career, Cardinal George personally presented Father Pfleger with a Lifetime Achievement Award.


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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Mar. 18, 2011 10:36 AM ET USA

    Well, did he specify a lifetime achievement of what?

  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 17, 2011 6:37 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Francis George, a cardinal of the Church and former President of the USCCB, presented a wacko, political priest with a Lifetime Achievement Award. What a perfect commentary on the state of the Church in the U.S. today!