Chicago Archdiocese Temporarily Removes Pfleger

Chicago Archdiocese Temporarily Removes Pfleger

The Chicago Archdiocese is asking activist priest Michael Pfleger to temporarily step back from his role at his church following a recent political flap.

Pfleger is the well-known priest from St. Sabina parish on the city’s southside. He became the center of controversy last week, after speaking at Illinois Senator Barack Obama’s former church—Trinity United Church of Christ.

When Pfleger addressed the congregation, he spoke about white entitlement and mocked New York Senator Hillary Clinton.

The controversy resembled previous tensions surrounding former Trinity pastor Jeremiah Wright. Pfleger publicly apologized and Obama left the church.

This afternoon Cardinal Francis George of the Chicago Archdiocese issued a written statement saying that Plfeger would be removed from his duties at St. Sabina for “a couple weeks.”

The cardinal acknowledged that Pfleger disagreed with the decision.

In past, Pfleger’s activist style has occasionally led to friction with the Archdiocese.

Neither the Cardinal nor Pfleger were available for comment—but St. Sabina plans to issue a statement this evening.