I am amazed that Fr. Pfleger continues in his office of pastor at St. Sabina Church in Chicago.
A reader sent me this:
A day or two ago I decided to see what St. Sabina’s website has to offer http://www.saintsabina.org/.
In looking through the various pages on the site I gradually realized a lacuna – there is almost no way to tell whether or not it is still a Catholic parish.
– The parish is ever-referred to as ‘the Faith Community of Saint Sabina".
– On the mission page it states that "St. Sabina is a Word-based, Bible teaching church" and that it is a "Is committed to building a Third Day Church".
– Mass is only mentioned once on the site – in the history, in reference to the first Mass "celebrated in a storefront on South Racine Avenue."
– The only other sacrament that is mentioned, once, is Confirmation – because it is on the calendar of events… even in that entry is a hidden oddity, it states, "If you were baptized in April 2010, please sign the form below and return to Minister Kimberly Lymore by April 5, 2010." I didn’t know ‘Minister’ was a title one could take to herself.
– Mass is never on the schedule, only "worship services".
– Baptism, marriage, confession, Eucharist, pastoral care of the sick in any form are never mentioned.
– the only mention of ordination is, of course, that of Fr. Pfleger [who, it is noted became the youngest – at the time in 1981 – ‘full pastor in the diocese’… perhaps that was one of the first mistakes].
Finally, I found it interesting to see that he had the famous Rev. Jeremiah Wright preach the two last words of the ‘Seven Last Words’ on Good Friday past.
The question is – has he maintained, and helped his parish to maintain Communion with the Catholic Church, whether particular [in Chicago] or Universal [i.e. in Communion with the Apostolic See]?
UPDATE 22:28 GMT
From a reader:
To follow-up on your question as to whether Fr Pfleger is in communion with the Church, I decided to look at his parish’s website.
One thing in particular struck me. He calls himself "Rev. Dr. Michael Louis Pfleger." However, according to the biography, his doctorate is honoris causa.
No person is permitted to affix "Dr" before his name upon receiving an honorary doctorate, even though this is a consistent practise of many Protestant theologians. Jerry Falwell is a classic example of this. I find Fr Pfleger to be strangely Protestant on this point.
Fr Pfleger has done many good works. If only he were more Catholic, his works would be so much more meritorious.