Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.
Father Michael Pfleger, the bombastic Obama supporting Chicago priest, recently made some very disturbing comments that call into question his willingness to stay in the Church.
You might remember Fr. Pfleger from his outrageous comments about Hillary Clinton:
Fr. Pfleger has also advocated the ordination of women from the altar, had Al Sharpton speak during Mass from the altar while he was running for President, once threatened to “snuff out” a gun shop owner, and flew the American flag upside down outside the Church in protest of street violence.
But recently, according to news reports, Cardinal Francis George asked Fr. Pfleger to accept a new assignment. Fr. Pfleger has insisted publicly that he wishes to stay at his parish St. Sabina’s but his latest comments seem to go further than wishing and hoping. Catholic Culture reports Fr. Pfleger saying he’d rather leave the Church than accept his new assignment:
“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.”
Apparently Fr. Pfleger snuffed out obedience a while ago. This just seems like an adolescent tantrum to me, as if Fr. Pfleger is threatening to hold his breath until he turns blue. Except with eternal consequences.
His comments seem to preclude any kind of happy ending.
If Fr. Pfleger doesn’t get his way and he leaves the Church, that would be a very sad turn of events that could be harmful to him and all who trust him. But if Fr. Pfleger gets his way that too could be harmful to all who trust him, considering he was threatening to leave the Church because he doesn’t want to be a principal. And finally, if Fr. Pfleger were to accept the principal job shouldn’t we be worried about what the students would learn from him. I’m pretty sure many Catholic parents wouldn’t be too thrilled with Fr. Pfleger heading up their children’s education, especially after these comments.
There just doesn’t seem to be any good options after comments like these.
It seems to me that, while I can’t see inside Fr. Pfleger’s mind, many of his actions tend to shine the spotlight on Fr. Pfleger rather than on the issues he’s espousing. Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of God when looking in the mirror.
Please pray for Cardinal George, Fr. Pfleger, and all those who trust him. While much is now in the hands of Cardinal George, in the end I think Fr. Pfleger will decide how this ends. It’s all about Fr. Pfleger. Maybe it always was. Maybe that’s just how he likes it.