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Father Pfleger's supporters protest suspension

April 29, 2011

Scores of supporters of Father Michael Pfleger gathered outside the residence of Cardinal Francis George in Chicago on April 28, to protest the cardinal's suspension of the controversial pastor.

After Cardinal George wrote to Father Pfleger, informing the priest that he was suspended from ministry because of his refusal to accept a new assignment and his threat to leave the Catholic Church, parishioners rallied at the cardinal's residence to show their support for their pastor. One prominent member of his parish in the south side of Chicago, Kimberly Lymore, said that Father Pfleger had been "ambushed" by the cardinal's announcement--despite the fact that Pfleger had made public statements to defy the cardinal.

Kimberly Lymore is identified on the St. Sabina's parish web site as "associate minister."

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Apr. 30, 2011 10:44 PM ET USA

    This is the result of leaving this guy here so long that his parishioners feel like a father is being ripped away. Now they will suffer because of misplaced loyalty to a man who doesn't deserve it. They will follow him out the door and out of the Church.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 29, 2011 11:04 PM ET USA

    For once I completely agree with and support Cardinal George when His Eminence states that for Fr. Pfleger to threaten to abandon the priesthood if he does not get his way means that he has already abandoned the priesthood. Fr. Pfleger to me he is simply another race baiting poverty pimp and hustler. When the Cardinal tried to "kiss up to him" (no, I can't think of anything more diplomatic) it made Pfleger more emboldened. He has already poisoned his parish. Why should a high school be next?

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Apr. 29, 2011 7:35 PM ET USA

    Parishioners who protest the priest's dismissal are themselves risking dismissal. This priest should have been dismissed long ago. When priests are allowed to thumb noses at their superiors, the problem grows larger and larger. Cardinal George should act swiftly and if people keep protesting, close their parish. We aren't the First Congregational Church and if people behave like this they should go down the street and find a church more to their liking.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Apr. 29, 2011 5:45 PM ET USA

    Sadly this was long overdue. This an exercise in charity on the part of the Cardinal. Pray for Fr.Pfleger.

  • Posted by: Obregon - Apr. 29, 2011 3:48 PM ET USA

    Now the Cardinal will see the venom Pfleger spread on his congregation and finally, he might understand "fully" the damage this man has done to the Archdiocese of Chicago. Poor Kimberly, one has to understand she is also fighting for her job, and "insulting" the Cardinal by accusing him of ambushing poor Phleger. I can't call him "Father."

  • Posted by: dfp3234574 - Apr. 29, 2011 1:06 PM ET USA

    "Kimberly Lymore is identified on the St. Sabina's parish web site as 'associate minister'." Does anything more need to be said? Buh-bye, Michael.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 29, 2011 1:01 PM ET USA

    The damage that Fr. Pfleger has done in the parish for so many years is now going to come bubbling to the surface.