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Cardinal George to Honor Father Pfleger
LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 4/7/10 | Kathleen Gilbert

Posted on 04/07/2010 7:22:09 AM PDT by schmootman

CHICAGO, April 6, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Racial Justice has announced that Fr. Michael Pfleger, the notoriously controversial priest who has been a prominent supporter of pro-abortion politicians, including President Barack Obama, will be honored at the office's anniversary event in April. Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who is president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, has approved of the honor and will preside at the event.

Fr. Michael Pfleger, the pastor of Saint Sabina Catholic Church in Chicago, was listed as a planned recipient of the Racial Justice Lifetime Achievement award at an event celebrating the Office for Racial Justice's 10th anniversary and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 7th.

Pfleger gained notoriety as a former member of the Catholics for Obama Committee, a voluntary advisory committee to the Obama campaign, and for having called Obama "the best thing to come across the political scene since Bobby Kennedy.”

Pfleger has also drawn criticism from the Archdiocese of Chicago for hosting and supporting various pro-abortion figures, including Rev. Al Sharpton. In 2003, Pfleger violated archdiocesan rules forbidding pro-abortion individuals to speak at the pulpit by inviting singer Harry Belafonte to speak at Sunday Mass at St. Sabina. Belafonte used the opportunity to criticize President George W. Bush for threatening a "woman's right to abortion" with his pro-life policies.

Ironically, the priest has also drawn fire for racist-themed remarks: in 2008 during a videotaped homily, the priest mocked then-senator Hillary Clinton's impending defeat by candidate Obama, implying that Clinton was racist and annoyed that "there's a black man stealing my show." Several days after the remark, which garnered condemnation from both Obama and Cardinal George, Fr. Pfleger apologized, and took a two-week disciplinary leave of absence at the cardinal's urging.

When LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) spoke with Sr. Anita Baird, the founding director of the Office for Racial Justice, she confirmed that Cardinal George had approved the award, and said Fr. Pfleger "has dedicated his life to working for racial justice."

When LSN asked about Pfleger's endorsement of Mr. Obama, Baird interjected, stating that "the president is not pro-abortion, the president is pro-choice." "I think they are two very different things," she said.

Asked to elaborate, Baird continued: "To be pro-abortion is that you believe in abortion and you support it. And I don't think you'll find that the president has ever said that." Baird pointed to President Obama's controversial abortion-themed speech at the University of Notre Dame last May, saying that "his challenge was that we find ways to ensure that women - that would be their last choice, and that they would choose life."

"I just think we need to be clear with our language," said Baird.

Obama's speech at Notre Dame counseled graduates to shun "demonizing" proponents of the killing of unborn children, and to instead seek "common ground" on the issue.

Baird emphasized that "Fr. Pfleger is a priest in good standing in the archdiocese in Chicago," and that Cardinal George reinstated Pfleger as pastor of St. Sabina after the two-week leave. "So that is not an issue here," she said.

Asked about the Office for Racial Justice's position on life, Baird pointed to the "seamless garment" theory of former Chicago Archbishop Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. She declined to take a position on the issue of endorsing pro-choice candidates.

The Chicago Archbishop's office has not responded to LSN's request for comment on the award as of press time.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: cchd; george; usccb
Can you believe that a Catholic Bishop allows a Chancery employee to say things like this?

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When LSN asked about Pfleger's endorsement of Mr. Obama, Baird interjected, stating that "the president is not pro-abortion, the president is pro-choice." "I think they are two very different things," she said.

Asked to elaborate, Baird continued: "To be pro-abortion is that you believe in abortion and you support it. And I don't think you'll find that the president has ever said that." Baird pointed to President Obama's controversial abortion-themed speech at the University of Notre Dame last May, saying that "his challenge was that we find ways to ensure that women - that would be their last choice, and that they would choose life."

1 posted on 04/07/2010 7:22:09 AM PDT by schmootman
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To: schmootman

Disgusting and shameful.


2 posted on 04/07/2010 7:23:57 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: schmootman

pardon me but WTF?


3 posted on 04/07/2010 7:25:09 AM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change =^..^=)
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To: schmootman

Cardinal George is proving to be a heretic himself.


4 posted on 04/07/2010 7:30:18 AM PDT by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come. Judgment Day: Nov 2, 2010)
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To: schmootman
The festering stench of “liberation theology” has infiltrated the hierarchies of all the mainstream Christian Churches.

There needs to be a popular uprising against these heretics and political radicals, their removal from office, and a purging of their political philosophies in order for Christians to stand united against the international threat of militant Islam.

5 posted on 04/07/2010 7:41:12 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: schmootman
Do you have any idea which collections go to USCCB?

I have my packet of collection envelopes and I want to remove them from my packet so that I no longer support the USCCB.

I have had it with them!

6 posted on 04/07/2010 7:41:54 AM PDT by mckenzie7 (Democrats = Trough Sloppers!)
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To: schmootman

Is this Father Pfleger the idiot priest who used to guest speak at Zero’s church in Chicago?


7 posted on 04/07/2010 7:43:18 AM PDT by Marathoner ("Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force" -George Washington)
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To: Marathoner

Same guy!


8 posted on 04/07/2010 7:47:12 AM PDT by schmootman
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To: DarthVader

I didn’t know that priests could adopt children. Perhaps the cardinal could explain this.


9 posted on 04/07/2010 7:50:30 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: mckenzie7

The collections are different in every diocese. The worst offender is the USCCB’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which is collected in the fall in some dioceses and in the spring with the Combined Collections in other dioceses. Call the archdiocese and find out — 312-534-8200. You might also mention how you feel about Cardinal George’s leadership!


10 posted on 04/07/2010 7:53:30 AM PDT by schmootman
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To: schmootman
"the president is not pro-abortion, the president is pro-choice." "I think they are two very different things," she said."

So when the President supported partial birth abortion where the baby's head is yanked out of the birthing canal and sometimes the baby is alive and they let him die, that's just being pro choice and not pro abortion. Well, you can play with words but that is pro death and pro abortion. A woman has no more right to kill her baby than I do to kill my son or daughter.
11 posted on 04/07/2010 7:57:37 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: schmootman
Cardinal George has been good on some issues, a bitter disappointment on others.

The Catholics in Chicago need to rise up over this. Enough is enough.
12 posted on 04/07/2010 8:02:30 AM PDT by Antoninus (It's a degenerate society where dogs have more legal rights than unborn babies.)
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To: schmootman

Lets see how some of those statements from this idiot nun looks when you replace abortion with something else horrendous.

“When LSN asked about Pfleger’s endorsement of Mr. Obama, Baird interjected, stating that “the president is not pro-cannibalism, the president is pro-choice on cannibalism.” “I think they are two very different things,” she said.”

“Baird pointed to President Obama’s controversial cannibalism-themed speech at the University of Notre Dame last May, saying that “his challenge was that we find ways to ensure that women - that eating other people would be their last choice, and that they would choose not to.”

Freegards


13 posted on 04/07/2010 8:08:40 AM PDT by Ransomed (Son of Ransomed Says Keep the Faith!)
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To: schmootman
“Baird emphasized that “Fr. Pfleger is a priest in good standing in the archdiocese in Chicago,” and that Cardinal George reinstated Pfleger as pastor of St. Sabina after the two-week leave. “So that is not an issue here,” she said.”

“Can you believe that a Catholic Bishop allows a Chancery employee to say things like this?

Paul Shanley pedophile priest, supporter of man/boy sex and homosexualty, was said to be a “priest in good standing” too by Bishop Robert Banks of Boston, and that Shanley had no problems that should concern those where he was moving.

Why should a mere employee not be able to say such things when cardinals and bishops can say that pedophiles, practicing homosexuals and supporters of abortion are priests “in good standing”?

14 posted on 04/07/2010 8:09:10 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: schmootman

Now that I’m OFFICIALLY a Catholic, I feel I have the right to say: this is completely corrupt, and it must anger and disgust the Lord.


15 posted on 04/07/2010 8:13:05 AM PDT by ottbmare (I could agree wth you, but then we'd both be wrong.)
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To: ottbmare

Welcome. You obviously can distinguish between the “Church” and some people of the Church. Most people can’t. We need more Catholics like you.


16 posted on 04/07/2010 8:33:07 AM PDT by schmootman
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To: schmootman

Thanks. I’ve loved the Church for many years and finally last year decided to stop fighting the urge, stop being just an admirer and fan, and join up! Ex-Episcopalian, got sworn in at the Easter Vigil. Now I’m going to work hard for the Church and run my mouth, and/or my mouse.


17 posted on 04/07/2010 8:51:14 AM PDT by ottbmare (I could agree wth you, but then we'd both be wrong.)
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To: schmootman

ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!!! I am APPALLED!!!! Cardinal George is a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT for a “Holy”man.


18 posted on 04/07/2010 11:49:09 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: FES0844

He’s Disobdeient “priest” who’s getting an award....meanwhile DECENT, HOLY PRIESTS are not!!


19 posted on 04/07/2010 11:50:17 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: schmootman

Sr. Anita Baird is probably a COMMUNIST!


20 posted on 04/07/2010 11:50:47 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: ottbmare

GOD BLESS YOU!!!! SAVE US!!!


21 posted on 04/07/2010 11:52:34 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: schmootman
Thank you for the information.
22 posted on 04/07/2010 3:04:40 PM PDT by mckenzie7 (Democrats = Trough Sloppers!)
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To: ottbmare
Thank you for aiding 'Our Church in Crisis'

Down through the ages many faithful Catholics have had to speak up against moral and ethical decline.

Dante wrote of it, as it isn't just happening today. In fact, Judas was a follower who went astray.

23 posted on 04/07/2010 3:09:26 PM PDT by mckenzie7 (Democrats = Trough Sloppers!)
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