CHICAGO (CBS) — The faith community of Saint Sabina wants the world to know they support Father Michael Pfleger.
He has stepped away from the parish while the Archdiocese of Chicago investigates allegations of child sex abuse from 40 years ago.READ MORE: West Side Teens Get Some Maritime Experience Out In Lake Michigan On Boats, Thanks To Community Leader Rev. Walter Jones
“Pastor Pfleger is a fighter who is typically very vocal. However he is sensitive to the gravity of this investigation process,” said Associate Minister Kimberly Lymore. “Pastor Pfleger’s 45 years of ministry speaks for itself.”
Saint Sabina parish leaders are planning several events to demonstrate their support for Father Pfleger, including marches and prayer vigils.READ MORE: Aldermen Urge Passage Of 'Anjanette Young Ordinance' Seeking Sweeping Changes To CPD Search Warrant Procedures; 'We Have An Obligation To Change Policy'
The abuse claim did not happen at the parish.
Pfleger said he is “devastated, hurt and yes angry,” after he was asked to step away from ministry as the Archdiocese of Chicago investigates a child sex abuse claim against him from more than 40 years ago.
“I can’t possibly respond to the hundreds of Texts, emails, and calls that I have received from all across the nation since yesterday,” Pfleger wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday morning. “I am devastated, hurt and yes angry, but I am first, a person of Faith, I Trust God. Please keep me in prayer and the Faith Community of St. Sabina. I have been asked by the Diocese not to speak out at this time. I am Blessed with good leadership and amazing members, whom I love.. Pray also for the person, my life is more than a 40 year old accusation, and on that and my Faith I will stand…The Lord is my Shepherd….. I love you..”MORE NEWS: Woman Dead After Dragging Officer With Car Before Crashing Into Business In Dolton; Shots Fired By Police
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