From an article by Matt C. Abbott.
My focus usually isn’t on the secular political scene, but this item begs for a bit of commentary.
Chicago’s liberal activist priest, Father Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina, an "African-American Catholic Church," is warning people not to "touch" U.S. Sen. (and possible 2008 presidential candidate) Barack Obama.
Pfleger, according to a Jan. 16, 2007 story on WBBM780.com, said the following:
"I think Barack Obama is in a class of his own. I think he is the best thing that has come across the political scene since Bobby Kennedy.
"When anybody comes with that much hope, whether it’s a Bobby Kennedy or whether it’s a Martin Luther King Jr., they do become vulnerable. They become vulnerable because they tell the country and the world that we can be better and we don’t have to accept what is. And unfortunately, we live in a world where not everybody wants it to be different.
"Do not touch this man, for if you do, you will answer to us all."
So I guess Pfleger doesn’t want anyone to criticize Obama for anything, or else…
Pfleger apparently doesn’t care a wit that Obama has a 0 percent pro-life voting record.
But given Pfleger’s past support of other pro-abortion politicians, I’m not at all surprised. And Pfleger seems to relish the media attention, which he often receives when espousing some "politically correct" cause.
Pfleger has been doing what he’s doing for quite some time, and the archdiocese, well…I think they pretty much try to ignore him, for better or for worse.
Especially strange is how the use of touch, at least for me, which invokes what Jesus said to Mary Magdalene after the resurrection. Though maybe this gives a clue as towards Fr. Pfleger hopes for Obama as some kind of secular messiah.