Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Father Michael Pfleger removed St. Sabina parish

I'm sure the nation is watching the shocking developments in Washington, DC as Congress met to certify the electoral votes from the 2020 presidential race. Meanwhile here in Chicago another shocking development which was reported last night.

Allow me to embed from the Sun-Times:

Father Michael Pfleger, the longtime pastor at St. Sabina Church and one of the most prominent priests in Chicago, has been removed from the Auburn Gresham parish following revelations of a decades-old sexual abuse allegation against a minor.

Cardinal Blase Cupich announced “the difficult news” in a letter to the St. Sabina community Tuesday, saying he has “asked Father Pfleger to step aside from ministry following receipt by the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Child Abuse Investigations and Review of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor more than 40 years ago.”

Cupich said Pfleger agreed to his request and will live away from the parish during the archdiocese’s investigation. The allegation has also been reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, Cupich said.

Pfleger, 71, did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday evening.
Pfleger is a longtime public figure on the south side in the nearby Auburn Gresham neighborhood and this isn't the first time he had been pulled aside from St. Sabina. It seems controversy follows him as his sermons also became known during the 2008 Presidential Race. I do hope that the allegations are proven unfounded as they are very incendiary involving child abuse.

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