Chicago archdiocese suspends Rev. Michael Pfleger

AP News
Posted: Apr 27, 2011 11:44 PM
Chicago archdiocese suspends Rev. Michael Pfleger

An activist Catholic priest in Chicago who made headlines when he mocked Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign has been suspended by the archdiocese in a disagreement over a proposed transfer.

Cardinal Francis George earlier this year offered the Rev. Michael Pfleger the presidency of a Catholic high school near the church.

Pfleger has said recently he would leave the Roman Catholic Church rather than be removed from his South Side parish. Pfleger has been pastor at St. Sabina Church for more than 30 years.

George wrote to Pfelger, "If that is truly your attitude, you have already left the Catholic Church and are therefore not able to pastor a Catholic parish."

In 2008, Pfleger was suspended for nearly two weeks after mocking then-Sen. Clinton during her presidential run.