Cardinal George has allowed an honor to be bestowed on Fr. Michael Pfleger.
Fr. Pfleger is not "controversial". Fr. Pfleger is an uncontrollable heretic.
In the past I have seen Fr. Pfleger more in terms of a loony punchline rather than a serious problem. I have changed my mind.
Having stupid ideas about politics is one thing, being supremely imprudent is one thing, but attacking the foundation of the priesthood from his highly visible platform is another.
If Card. George will not remove Fr. Pfleger from his mandate as pastor, or remove his faculty to preach and say Mass publicly, the everyone should make an appeal to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to act.
From CMR we see this:
Caught On Video: Pfleger’s Heresy
Just days after Cardinal George awarded him a lifetime achievement award, the Rev. Michael Pfleger has been caught on tape openly dissenting and teaching heresy from the pulpit during mass!
In this stunning video from a Divine Mercy Sunday homily, Fr. Pfleger openly calls for female ordination and female bishops. Pfleger says…
"That’s why there should be woman priests, that’s why there should be married priests, that’s why there should be woman Bishops and women Cardinals"
There is a good poke in the eye for Cardinal George. The Cardinal was already facing criticism for honoring Fr. Pfleger and Pfleger returned the favor by open dissent.
Cardinal George cannot let this stand, especially after just conferring an award. Pfleger must be disciplined and forced to retract his statements or immeasurable harm will be done to the faith. If Pfleger teaching this heresy goes unchallenged by the Cardinal, people will rightly conclude that the Cardinal supports these views, after all he did just give him an award.
Pfire Pfleger, now.
I have had true respect for Card. George. I am therefore very puzzled by this situation. Fr. Pfleger is causing grave scandal to the faithful. Maintaining him in his position also causes scandal.
Perhaps Fr. Pfleger thinks that removing him would cause more problems than he is presently creating because of his popularity - merited or unmerited – with the black community in Chicago.
To leave him there does more harm.
It is an offense to the black community in Chicago not to give them a better pastor, a man who is faithful to Catholic teaching and not a demagogue.
Please, your Eminence, do something about this fellow who is mocking the priesthood, in the Year of the Priest, and mocking your authority as Archbishop of Chicago.
UPDATE 23:18 GMT:
From the site of the Archdiocese of Chicago:
Statement of Rev. Michael Pfleger
Pastor, St. Sabina Parish
April 14, 2010
On Sunday, April 11, while preaching a sermon on the power of fear, I was referring to the fear that paralyzed the apostles, locking them in a room, leaving only John and the women at the foot of the cross. I stated that is why I believe women ought to be able to be ordained, as well as priests ought to be able to get married.
While this is my personal opinion, I do respect and follow the Catholic Church teachings and I am sorry I failed to do this.
Rev. Michael L. Pfleger
I’m sorry… what was that?
What that an apology?
What does "respect and follow" mean to a guy who even in an oblique way… much less the direct way he used… stands in front of people and says that women should be ordained? He even repeats: "I believe women ought to be able to be ordained, as well as priests ought to be able to get married". Right? Am I missing something?
And he still says that that is his "personal opinion".
What about Ordinatio sacerdotalis?
Sorry.. that isn’t adequate.
The black Catholic community in Chicago deserve someone who isn’t a dissident.
Why should the archdiocese toss this fellow to them, as if he were "good enough"?