WBEZ | Father Pflegar http://www.wbez.org/tags/father-pflegar Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A former priest reacts to Father Pfleger's suspension http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-28/former-priest-reacts-father-pflegers-suspension-85787 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-28/Pfleger Getty Scott Olson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Father Michael Pfleger has led the congregation of <a href="http://www.saintsabina.org/" target="_blank">St. Sabina Church</a> on Chicago’s South Side for more than three decades.&nbsp; Pfleger has been praised for his preaching skills and criticized for his controversial statements like his take on Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations.</p><p>On Wednesday, <a href="http://www.archchicago.org/cardinal/" target="_blank">Cardinal Francis George</a> suspended Pfleger’s post at St. Sabina's along with his sacramental faculties. The head of the Archdiocese of Chicago made this move after Pfleger reportedly threatened to quit the Catholic Church.</p><p>To talk about some of the repercussions of the recent events, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to author and former Catholic priest <a href="http://www.medill.northwestern.edu/alumni/hallofachievement.aspx?id=117387" target="_blank">Robert McClory</a>. He wrote a biography about the embattled pastor called <a href="http://www.chicagoreviewpress.com/catalog/showBook.cfm?ISBN=1569765286" target="_blank"><em>Radical Disciple: Father Pfleger, St. Sabina Church, and the Fight for Social Justice. </em></a></p><p><em>Music Button: The Echocentrics, "Engines of Solitude", from the CD Sunshadows, (Ubiquity)</em></p></p> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 14:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-28/former-priest-reacts-father-pflegers-suspension-85787