Parody-Is-Dead Department: Case 8,403

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jun 06, 2018

Father Michael Pfleger, the firebrand activist, is perhaps Chicago’s leading voice for gun control. Henry Eugene Hale, who has regularly accompanied Father Pfleger to political rallies, is a security guard—although the Chicago archdiocese insists that he is not the priest’s private bodyguard. Last week Hale was arrested outside Father Pfleger’s parish church, on the charge—you guessed it— illegal possession of a firearm.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jun. 06, 2018 9:20 PM ET USA

    Shrink, that's because we are deplorable.

  • Posted by: feedback - Jun. 06, 2018 6:34 PM ET USA

    It is a perverted political concept, unworthy of a priest, to blame the criminal gun violence in the south side of Chicago on the Constitutional right to carry firearms for the defense of one's life, family and property.

  • Posted by: shrink - Jun. 06, 2018 12:03 PM ET USA

    The leftist, Fr Phleger, deserves protection by firearm because he is a very special person, unlike the rest of us. He is up there, we are down here where personal protection is prohibited. We are, after all, expendable.