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: wolfdavef3415 -
Mar. 02, 2010 12:37 AM ET USA
They act like this because they are smarter, don't ya know? http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100224132655.htm
Posted by: -
Mar. 02, 2010 12:21 AM ET USA
The BBC has a very myopic view of thuggery. It's the Mr. Magoo of news outlets; and not exactly a neutral party to much that it features, objectivity being low on its list.
Posted by: jeremiahjj -
Mar. 01, 2010 6:58 PM ET USA
May the gay wigs never return unless it's for confession.
Posted by: -
Mar. 01, 2010 1:46 PM ET USA
"The fact that any faithful lay Catholics in the congregation were denied access to the Blessed Sacrament . . . is an injustice that BBC doesn't even recognize." That's because, in this meme, active homosexuals can never be anything but victims of injustice, and the Catholic Church can never be anything but a perpetrator of injustice. The template that might reverse this relationship doesn't exist in the culture.