Oh, so Gentle.
Reminder to priests who are tempted to become media icons in Chicago: be sure when you do it, you take a hard turn to the political left. Take a look at the oh-so-gentle reproof from the archdiocese to Fr. Michael Pfleger, he of the Sta-Comb hairstyle, who engaged in a hate-whitey tirade in his so-called sermon at Trinity last week.
Parsingyou should excuse the word--the chancerys statement:
To put recent events in perspective, I have asked Father Michael Pfleger
ASKED, not ordered.
pastor of St. Sabinas parish, to step back from his obligations there
POOR MAN HAS BEEN WORKING TOO HARD.
and take leave for a couple of weeks from his pastoral duties, effective today. Fr. Pfleger does not believe this to be the right step at this time.
WHAT? HES BEING FORCED?
While respecting his disagreement
OH MY YES, RESPECT HIS DISAGREEMENT.
I have nevertheless asked him
NOT ORDERED. THAT WOULD BE UNFORGIVABLY RUDE.
to use this opportunity to reflect on his recent statements and actions in light of the Churchs regulations for all Catholic priests.
JUST WHAT PFLEGERS GOOD AT--DEEP MEDITATION AND DEEPLY HUMBLE PRAYER.
I hope that this period will also be a time away from the public spotlight
HE DESERVES TIME FOR REHAB. AFTER ALL HE HAD A DOUBLE HERNIA OPERATION FROM ALL THAT LEATHER-LUNGED SHOUTING IN CHURCHES.
and for rest and attention to family concerns.
EVEN HATE WHITEY BIGOTS NEED TO GET AWAY ONCE IN A WHILE.
I hope also that the life of St. Sabinas parish may continue in uninterrupted fashion
DONT WORRY. IT WILL. A RALLY WILL BE HELD EVERY NIGHT. THE SAME FAITHFUL CONGREGANTS SHAKING THEIR FISTS IN RAGE.
Fr. William Vanecko, pastor of St. Kilians parish, will be temporary administrator of St. Sabinas and will assure the full complement of ministerial services during this period
FULL COMPLEMENT. RIOT GEAR, HELMETS, PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM CHECKED TO LISTEN TO THE CONGREGANTS WORDS THAT COME FROM GOD.
I ask the members of St. Sabinas parish to cooperate with him and to keep him and Fr. Pfleger in their prayers.
OH YES, INDEEDY THEY WILL. JUST AS THEY DID LAST NIGHT WITH THE FIRST BRING-PFLEGER-BACK RALLY. VERY PRAYERFUL GROUP.
All in the Family.
I said yesterday: when Democrats get fed up and unity of the ticket is threatened, the Catholic archdiocese acts. And so it did by suspending for several weeks
not removing permanently
Fr. Michael Pfleger. And it was not by coincidence that the pastor who will supervise St. Sabinas is Fr. William Vanecko, the pastor of St. Kilians, part of a family with marital ties to Mayor Daley. Daleys sister Mary Carol, 69, is married to surgeon Robert Vanecko who works out of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Their oldest son, Robert, 43, is an officer of Realty Partners, Inc. which invests $68 million in pension funds from city workers, CTA employees and public school teachers.
Number 2 son, Mark, 42, is a lobbyist and close to a developer as well as a stakeholder in Lalapooloza a traveling rock-and-roll theme park scheduled for Grant Park this summer. Number 3 son, Richard, 36, is a partner in Cardinal Growth Entertainment owned by Robert Bobb, a friend of the mayor; and number one daughter, Mary, 31, is a nurse at Northwestern Memorial hospital. Exactly where Fr. William comes in is hard to determine. Perhaps a reader can fill me in--but hes tied in, no doubt about thatmy guess hes the son of a brother to Dr. Bob. A Daley in-law is on the scene to keep the collections in tow
and the politics, of course.
Well done, Jimmy.
Little Cathleen so
As everything she writes is all about her, this is the way Sun-Times religion [sic] columnist Cathleen Falsani, a Wheaton college grad no less, started her story. On Sunday morning, I was enjoying a brisk walk along the Hudson River in lower Manhattan and some quiet contemplation
THINKING OF REINHOLD NIEBUHR OBVIOUSLY.
when my cell phone rang. It was my editor.
THAT WOULD BE THAT MATCHLESS BRIT ARBITER OF GOOD TASTE WHO PICKS GIRLY SHOTS FOR EVERY FRONT PAGE, MICHAEL COOKE.
`Mike just called and he wants to talk but hell only talk to you he said.
HOW TOUCHING. GREAT SPIRITUAL MINDS.
Mike, as in the Rev. Michael Pfleger, the perpetually embattled pastor of St. Sabina Roman Catholic parish in Chicago who most recently has been under siege from comments he made about Hillary Clinton a week ago from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christaka Barack Obamas former (as of Saturday) church.
THAT MIKE, CATHLEEN.
`Oh, really? Well, I dont want to talk to him, I said. `Im p----d at him
JUST LIKE YOUR BIG SISTER CAROL MARIN. HOW COULD MIKE DO THIS TO US FEMINIST LIBERAL PRO-ABORTS? JUST WHEN WE HAVE A CHANCE TO GET THE FIRST GUY WHO VOTED AGAINST THE BORN-ALIVE BILL THAT IS SUCH A THREAT TO OUR ABORTION RIGHTS!
How could he do this? He probably thinks Im a sympathetic ear but Im not. I pretty much want to slap him.
SUCH HIGH JOURNALISTIC RESTRAINT THESE FEMINISTS DISPLAY.
`Just think about it, my editor said with a whiff of smugness
NOW THAT SHE MENTIONS IT, THERE IS AN UNDENIABLE WHIFF OF SOMETHING COMING FROM COOKE. SMUGNESS?
and call me back when youve changed your mind.
DID SHE EVER!
So, moving right along, little Cathleen meets with Pfleger. Lets skip through their teen banter particularly the cute stuff where he stumbles over Obamas name because he has been forbidden to mention candidates in a partisan manner. Pfleger keeps stumbling and the scholarly Falsani makes a cogent literary allusion:
`Jeez, its like hes Voldemort in Harry Potter, the name we dare not speak Lets skip all that.
Hows that for an intellectual?
Jump to the point where Pfleger interprets the Bibles most dominant theme. Now remember, this is a Catholic priest, almost 60 years old, to a religion columnist for a major daily who has probed deeply the spiritual reflexes of the last Cubs manager.
What is the Bibles most dominant theme? Here comes a learning moment.
Was the theme born with the Semites in Mespotamia about 2000 B.C. spread by word of mouth, passing through the Phoenicians and Hebrews who began using symbols with exclusive phonetic sound, moving through the alphabetic system spread from the Near East to Greece, from there to Rome and throughout the world but mainly in Europe and Africaas far east as India? The thought that begun with Abraham arriving in Canaan in 1850 B.C., through the Exodus when Moses received the revelations on Sinai, the Torah (literally The Law), then to the 27 books of the New Testament? To the present day? The gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? The epistles of Paul, Peter, James? .
NO, THE THEME IS WHITE RACISM, OF COURSE.
Stupid of me. Well do I remember reading that Abraham inveighed against white racism.
He tells Falsani once again to make it definite.
The greatest sin against the Bible, about racism.
Of course, she doesnt correct him.
Obviously white racism, since there is no such thing as black racism.
OF COURSE! WHY DIDNT I THINK OF IT BEFORE? WHITE RACISM CONDEMNED IN GENESIS, EXODUS,LEVITICUS, NUMBERS, DEUTERONOMY, JOSHUA, JUDGES, I & II SAMUEL, I & II KINGS, EZRA, NEHEMIAH, TOBIT JUDITH ESTHER, RUTH, PSALM
ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO MALACHI AND BARUCH!
White racism excoriated by Aaron, Abednego and Abithar,Abigail,Abihu, Abijah, Abimelech all the way through to Zippah, Zimri, Zipporah and Zophar!
It is the same vile evil that made Barack snitch on his white grandma. The lesson all of us will hear over and over again once hes elected. That and Michelle telling us the only time she was ever proud of America was when voters supported her husband.
This is a dangerous time in America, says Pfleger, his eyes popping out like ping-pong balls, as effectively as they were in his sermon a week ago.
Falsani faithfully records his words as coming from a prophet. Unwashed, redneck middle America thinks hes mad
not in the way Marin means, but mad as in demented.
But Falsani, not p----d off now keeps scribbling. Its a message from a man of God.
the freest country in the world, where you have to whisper your thoughts.
Hes won her back. Shes reconverted to Pflagerism.
Anybody remember when this guy whispered anything?