Cardinal, Pfleger Begin Discussions About St. Sabina Succession

CHICAGO (CBS) — Negotiations are under way between Chicago Archbishop Francis Cardinal George and Father Michael Pfleger about the priest’s plan for leaving St. Sabina parish.

The cardinal requested the plan after he suspended Pfleger last spring over comments Pfleger made about not wanting to leave his South Side base.

The pair met Monday evening at the cardinal’s residence across from Lincoln Park, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

Cardinal George said last month that talks with Pfleger would begin after the holidays, but before the Cardinal left for vacation and a trip to Rome for what’s expected to be his final state of the archdiocese report to Pope Benedict.

The Pfleger affair may be one of the last potential land mines for George. He’s approaching retirement, after serving nearly 15 years as archbishop of Chicago.

His first challenge: succeeding the legendary and beloved Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. But convincing Pfleger, perhaps the most popular parish priest in the archdiocese, that it’s time to move on after 30 years at St. Sabina has been equally difficult.

The often-vocal priest balked at what he might have mistakenly viewed as an ultimatum.

But Pfleger’s threat to leave the church rather than leave St. Sabina was viewed as breaking his vow of obedience, and the cardinal in essence suspended him for several weeks.

Pfleger’s apologetic return to St. Sabina was accompanied by a promise to present a succession plan by Dec. 2, which he did.

  • Thee Yard Ape

    I believe that I can safely speak for the majority when I say PH UK PHLEGER!!! Race-baiting parasite in the guise of a man of the cloth!!!

    • OLD VET

      amen to your comment ! send the jerk to iran to open up a church there !!

    • Afro

      You beat me to the draw YA but it’s good to know when I’m not first their are wise men before me

  • Border Agent 69

    Send him to AFRICA

  • Gloria

    May God be with Father Pleger as he has been a blessing not only to his parishoners, but also to the city of Chicago.


    • James

      you must be black. pfleger blamed everyone except for the blacks.

  • Dominica

    “the legendary and beloved Joseph Cardinal Bernardin”? Seriously? If he didn’t repent at the time of his death, it’s nice and toasty where he is now. As for Pflgeger, he has broken his vow of obedience countless times and should have been defrocked years ago. Cardinal George shouldn’t meet with him about succession — he should just do what needs to be done and tell Pfleger if he doesn’t like it he can stuff it.

  • Handout Hank

    Father Ghetto lover.

  • R.P. Burke

    While I may disagree with many of the activities of Father Pfleger and in the sometimes clumsy attempts at control of the situation by the Cardinal, I have to lament the very ugly comments by some of the posts. I came to this story via a religion website. I can only hope that the authors of the afore mentioned posts came to this article another way.

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