Pfleger to Co-Pastor St. Sabina, Help St. Margaret | NBC Chicago

Pfleger to Co-Pastor St. Sabina, Help St. Margaret

Francis Cardinal George announced the changes Tuesday



    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012)

    After a year of locking heads, a new deal in the works between Francis Cardinal George and Father Michael Pfleger seems to give them both a victory.

    Pfleger will co-pastor at St. Sabina Parish and help where there is an immediate need as temporary administrator at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish until July 1, Cardinal George announced Tuesday.

    "I'm very grateful for the conversation and very grateful for the opportunity. It was the best meeting he and I have had since he was here as Cardinal of the Archdiocese," Pfleger said Tuesday night.

    A new pastor will be named at St. Margaret on July 1, and Rev. Daniel J. Mallette will remain at St. Margaret of Scotland as pastor emeritus.

    Pfleger 'Grateful' for St. Sabina Reinstatement

    [CHI] Pfleger 'Grateful' for St. Sabina Reinstatement
    May 20, 2011: Fr. Michael Pfleger says he's grateful that Francis Cardinal George reinstated him as pastor of St. Sabina's
    (Published Friday, May 20, 2011)

    Pfleger, a vocal critic who has been viewed in the past as somewhat of a renegade pastor, also will be given Archdiocesan support as a spokesman against gun violence.

    "Let the NRA know that when I speak now, I don't just speak for Mike Pfleger. I speak for Cardinal George and the Archdiocese of Chicago," he said.

    In April, Cardinal George suspended Pfleger as pastor at St. Sabina after Pfleger publicly said he would rather leave the Catholic Church than take an assignment at a different parish.

    Cardinal Stands Firm on Pfleger

    [CHI] Cardinal Stands Firm on Pfleger
    In Rome, Francis Cardinal George says Fr. Michael Pfleger's own comments "bring into question" his Catholic faith and his sense of church.
    (Published Sunday, May 1, 2011)

    But Pfleger confirmed to NBCChicago Tuesday the future plans are good for him.

    In response to the move during an unrelated press conference, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Pfleger's "voice is needed to make the city better." Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said she looks forward to working with him on anti-violence initiatives.

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