STATEMENT OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
REGARDING REMARKS MADE BY FR. MICHAEL PFLEGER
June 4, 2007
On Saturday, May 26, 2007, during an anti-gun rally at a Riverdale gun shop, Fr. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina parish, reportedly made aggressive and inappropriate statements threatening the store’s owner.
If the comments reported are accurate, and a threat was made, it is up to the civil authorities to investigate the matter and determine what if any action should be taken against Fr. Pfleger.
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, stated, “publicly delivering a threat against anyone’s life betrays the civil order and is morally outrageous, especially if this threat came from a priest. It is first of all up to the civil authorities to determine what threat might have been contained in the remarks attributed to Fr. Michael Pfleger. With that determination, the sponsors of the anti-gun rally and the Archdiocese can better decide how to respond.”
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That is a pretty disappointing statement from Cardinal George. Just because something might not be determined to be a prosecutable crime does not mean that it might not warrant discipline from the diocese. If the comments reported accurate line is also quite a dodge since there is audio easily available of what was said. Even if in context the use of the word "snuff" was not meant as murder towards the gun shop order the whole demonstration was quite inappropriate. Of course this is not exactly the first instance of the scandal of Fr. Michael Pfleger who has no problem having pro-abortion speakers at his parish and recently had racist Loius Farrakhan speak who has said such things as "White people are potential humans — they haven’t evolved yet." Fr. Pfleger also appears as a testimonial on Sen. Obama’s campaign page. Yes Sen. Obama who voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act and is one of the Senate’s most ardent protectors of abortion at any time.