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Father Flakey and the Armed Guard

 

 

 

 

One of the truisms of Catholic journalism in this country is that it is never a waste of time to inquire what “Father Flakey”, as he was christened long ago by legendary Chicago columnist, the late and great Mike Royko, is up to:

 

 

An armed security guard associated with staunch anti-gun and nationally known social activist, Father Michael Pfleger, was arrested on May 27 outside St. Sabina’s Roman Catholic Church on the South Side where Pfleger is a senior pastor. 

The Chicago Police (CPD) charged Henry Eugene Hale, 35, with possessing a firearm without a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card. He was released on $150 bond.

Go here to read the rest.  Like most gun control activists Father Flakey wants you to be unarmed while he has an armed guard at his back.  Makes perfect sense as long as one is not bothered by blatant hypocrisy.  Time to take a trip down memory lane for a few of Father Flakey’s greatest hits:

“Pfleger generated controversy by inviting Al Sharpton to speak at a Mass during Black History Month celebrations. Cardinal Francis George disapproved of Sharpton’s appearance, due to Sharpton’s support of abortion. Sharpton was also a presidential candidate at the time, and archdiocese officials were concerned that having a political candidate speak in church would cause them to lose their tax-exempt status. However, George decided that trying to stop Sharpton from coming “would be a futile gesture and a waste of effort”.”

“In May 2007, During a Rainbow/PUSH Coalition protest outside a suburban Chicago gun shop, Pfleger was accused of threatening the life of the owner, John Riggio. The Illinois State Rifle Association released a tape where Pfleger was heard telling the assembled crowd, “He’s the owner of Chuck’s. John Riggio. R-i-g-g-i-o. We’re going to find you and snuff you out… you know you’re going to hide like a rat. You’re going to hide but like a rat we’re going to catch you and pull you out.” Pfleger later claimed his use of the phrase “snuff you out” was misinterpreted.”

“Cardinal George rebuked Pfleger, saying, “Publicly delivering a threat against anyone’s life betrays the civil order and is morally outrageous, especially if this threat came from a priest.” Pfleger claimed that he did not intend to use the word “snuff” as a slang term for “kill”, but rather as a substitute for “pull”, as he used later in his statement.”

“On May 25, 2008, Pfleger gave a sermon at Trinity United Church of Christ, then Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s church, where he made controversial statements concerning Senator Hillary Clinton, Obama’s opponent for the Democratic Party nomination. Pfleger said, “I really believe that she just always thought, ‘This is mine. I’m Bill’s wife. I’m white, and this is mine. I just gotta get up and step into the plate.’ Then out of nowhere came, ‘Hey, I’m Barack Obama,’ and she said, ‘Oh, damn! Where did you come from? I’m white! I’m entitled! There’s a black man stealing my show!’” He then pretended to wipe tears from his face, a reference to Clinton’s emotional speech before the New Hampshire primary, and added, “She wasn’t the only one crying. There was a whole lot of white people crying.”

“After hearing about Pfleger’s remarks, Obama said he was “deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger’s divisive, backward-looking rhetoric”. Pfleger later released a statement through St. Sabina that read, “I regret the words I chose Sunday. These words are inconsistent with Sen. Obama’s life and message, and I am deeply sorry if they offended Sen. Clinton or anyone else who saw them.” On May 31, 2008, Obama resigned his membership in Trinity Church, saying that his campaign had caused the church to receive excessive media attention. On June 1, 2008, Pfleger released a longer apology to the St. Sabina parish regarding the incident and its aftermath.”

“On June 3, 2008, Cardinal George asked Pfleger to take a disciplinary leave of absence from St. Sabina. George said in a statement, “I have asked Father Michael Pfleger, Pastor of St. Sabina’s Parish, to step back from his obligations there and take leave for a couple of weeks from his pastoral duties, effective today. Fr. Pfleger does not believe this to be the right step at this time. While respecting his disagreement, I have nevertheless asked him to use this opportunity to reflect on his recent statements and actions in the light of the Church’s regulations for all Catholic priests. I hope that this period will also be a time away from the public spotlight and for rest and attention to family concerns.” Pfleger resumed his parish duties on June 16, 2008.”

“On April 11, 2010, Pfleger delivered a 70-minute sermon in which he said the Apostles “had run out on” Jesus. “They had turned their backs on Him. They had left the One they had been with for three years, 24/7, and they ran away from Him when He most needed them. Only John, at the foot of the Cross and the women. That’s why there should be woman priests. That’s why there should be married priests. That’s why there should be women bishops and women cardinals.” The Archdiocese of Chicago later issued a statement by Pfleger in which he apologized for his remarks but reaffirmed his support for women’s ordination. Pfleger said on his Facebook fan page that he was told to apologize, despite still holding those opinions. Pfleger denounced critics of his comments as “ignorant haters” who took his homily “out of context” and used them “for their own particular motives.”

Will Rogers used to say that he was not a member of any organized political party, he was a Democrat.  In viewing the colorful career of Father Flakey, and how he remains a priest in good standing, I often reflect that I must be no member of any organized religion, I am a Catholic.

 

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

10 Comments

  1. Father Flakey is no father of mine. If father flakey had a true vocation, he would recognize that women are not called to the ordained priesthood. Father flakey probably wanted the power of God to rule over people…usurper.

  2. He’s a brainless liberal running around with his hair on fire. A set of wind chimes in a hurricane is more rational.

  3. Time is overdue for Fr Pleger to make an honest, congruous move, and join
    the Episcopal Church. They have everything that he appears to desire. To his credit, this is what Mathew Fox did some years ago.

  4. Despite my great admiration for the late Cardinal George, his willingness to allow this ridiculous parody of a Catholic priest to continue embarrassing the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Universal Church totally mystifies me. “Flakey” richly deserved to be, at the very least, removed from active ministry and sent to a monastery to live out his days in penitence.

  5. if he spent this much energy in oh, I don’t know, pro-life cause, or spreading the faith – he’d be excommunicated by now.

  6. I have to play devil’s advocate here. I too am not a fan of Pfleger. I think he’s ego-driven and clueless. He’s mean and he doesn’t understand Church teaching.

    However, we have a mutual friend. This person is reliable and often very critical of his old high school classmate. He told me that Pfleger will not marry a couple if they are cohabiting. They have to spend several months NOT living together before they can even begin to plan a wedding. I was shocked when I leaned this. But, apparently the couple usually listens to Pfleger’s counsel.

    Also, Pfleger is the last of a generation of priests, particularly Chicago priests, who had very poor formation. Very poor. Not to sound conspiracy-minded, but when Pfleger was a seminarian, Saul Alinsky was a consultant at Mundelein. Social activists were being “groomed” there. Alinsky mentions this weird relationship in “Rules for Radicals”–the book he dedicated to Lucifer.

    As for the ongoing question of, “Why are other priests shuffled around and Pflger gets to stay at St. Sabina?” I would ask, “What other priest would want that assignment, honestly? Pfleger remains because there is not anyone else asking for that parish.”

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