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Father Pfleger willing to leave Church rather than resign pastorate

April 12, 2011

Father Michael Pfleger, the controversial pastor of St. Sabina Parish in Chicago, has said that he would rather leave the Church than accept a position as a high school principal.

“I want to try to stay in the Catholic Church,” he said. “If they say, ‘You either take this principalship of [Leo High School] or pastorship there or leave,’ then I’ll have to look outside the Church.”

“I believe my calling is to be a pastor,” he added. “I believe my calling is to be a voice for justice. I believe my calling is to preach the Gospel. In or out of the Church, I’m going to continue to do that.”


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  • Posted by: impossible - Apr. 14, 2011 10:29 AM ET USA

    Like so many dissenters, Fr. Pfleger believes in infallibility, but only his own. Perhaps he would share the infallibility of Hans Kung.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Apr. 13, 2011 12:27 PM ET USA

    I'm afraid poor Fr. Pfleger is a Hail Mary short of a decade. The things he says and does boggle the mind.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Apr. 12, 2011 9:48 PM ET USA

    Wow, does he actually believe what he is saying? Would he cut out the parts of the Gospel that call for obedience? They wouldn't apply to him.

  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Apr. 12, 2011 9:39 PM ET USA

    Bye ...

  • Posted by: - Apr. 12, 2011 6:54 PM ET USA

    Anybody willing to leave the Church over an assignment already has left the Church.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 12, 2011 6:46 PM ET USA

    "I believe my calling is to be a be a voice for preach the Gospel"- BUT above all else, surely his calling is, like everyone else, to do the will of GOD.Was it not the will of God that he was ordained to holy priesthood?It is therefore the will of God that Fr Pfleger be faithful to his ordination promise of OBEDIENCE to the bishop & his successors.Perhaps it is the will of God that he try some humility!His bishop & the faithul deserve better than his childish behaviour.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Apr. 12, 2011 3:34 PM ET USA

    Fr. Pfleger has slipped away from Abp. George's authority in the past. Pray that he will be held to accounts for the good of his souls and those of his parishioners.

  • Posted by: Cincinnatus - Apr. 12, 2011 11:50 AM ET USA

    Could he take a moment to meditate on the young man in the Gospel who went away sorrowing?

  • Posted by: pauljworthington637024 - Apr. 12, 2011 11:03 AM ET USA

    What does he mean - "...I’ll have to look outside the Church.” He's already outside looking in. This could be a good start.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 12, 2011 10:55 AM ET USA

    'Non serviam, dico vobis!'

  • Posted by: jdieterich616502 - Apr. 12, 2011 10:27 AM ET USA

    I will not dismiss that in some capacities Fr. Pflegler is doing good work on the south side. I have worked with many of his parishoners and they reflect his efforts not just for justice, but for theological education amongst his parishoners. The problem is how far from the orthodox position he is on so many issues. His parishoners deserve the fullness of Truth. I pray for his continued conversion and for him to humbly become obedient to Cardinal George as his vows and public witness require

  • Posted by: New Sister - Apr. 12, 2011 10:15 AM ET USA

    I hope he's speaking theoretically about the high school - that the diocese of Chicago would not consider a dissenting priest (such as he) to oversee the formation of our future - our children!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 12, 2011 8:16 AM ET USA

    I think it's high time to accept the good father's resignation. He can then hang his own shingle, unbound by the burden of Truth.