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Michael Pfleger

Michael Pfleger
A Roman Catholic priest, Rev. Michael Pfleger is pastor of St. Sabina Church in Chicago, the largest African-American Catholic church in the city's Archdiocese. Pfleger, a blond, blue-eyed firebrand priest who has led his black South Side parish since 1983, gained national attention for his brash activism and rebellion against church superiors. Since his ordination in 1975, Pfleger has clashed with every Chicago archbishop from Cardinal John Cody to Cardinal Joseph Bernardin to Cardinal Francis George. He confronted drug dealers, defaced alcohol and cigarette billboards in black neighborhoods, denounced talk-show host Jerry Springer and was arrested more than 40 times. In a move that angered... Show more »
A Roman Catholic priest, Rev. Michael Pfleger is pastor of St. Sabina Church in Chicago, the largest African-American Catholic church in the city's Archdiocese. Pfleger, a blond, blue-eyed firebrand priest who has led his black South Side parish since 1983, gained national attention for his brash activism and rebellion against church superiors. Since his ordination in 1975, Pfleger has clashed with every Chicago archbishop from Cardinal John Cody to Cardinal Joseph Bernardin to Cardinal Francis George. He confronted drug dealers, defaced alcohol and cigarette billboards in black neighborhoods, denounced talk-show host Jerry Springer and was arrested more than 40 times. In a move that angered church officials, Pfleger adopted three foster children Lamar, Beronti and Jarvis. He defended the adoption by saying that fatherhood made him a better priest. In 1998, one of his sons, 17-year-old Jarvis, was fatally shot. In 2002, Pfleger entered a public standoff with Cardinal George when he protested church rules that limit pastors tenure at each parish. Despite the disagreement, Pfleger remained at St. Sabina. Pfleger said he was inspired to become a priest by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Born on May 22, 1949, Pfleger was 16 when he witnessed the 1966 confrontation in Marquette Park where King was struck by a rock. "It was the greatest, most powerful class in non-violence I'll ever get in my life," Pfleger said. « Show less

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  • CPS begins move to extend school day

    CPS begins move to extend school day
    Chicago Public Schools today launched its plan to extend students’ time in the classroom by 90 minutes each and by two weeks each year and set up an advisory committee to figure out how it’ll be done.
  • 10 steps to begin correcting Chicago's open space shortage

    10 steps to begin correcting Chicago's open space shortage
    Ideas are bubbling that can help Chicago fix the dismaying lack of open space away from its park-rich lakefront. New York is closing lightly trafficked local streets and turning them into temporary playgrounds. San Francisco is taking parking spaces...

    Rev. Pfleger mum on reports he will head Leo H.S.

    Rev. Pfleger mum on reports he will head Leo H.S.
    Rev. Michael Pfleger today would not comment about unconfirmed reports that he has been asked to leave St. Sabina Catholic Church to become president of Leo High School, saying his conversations with the Archdiocese of Chicago are a confidential matter. ...

    Pfleger 'stretched,' but wants to stay

    Pfleger 'stretched,' but wants to stay
    With his future at St. Sabina Catholic Church in doubt, a tired-sounding Rev. Michael Pfleger stood in front of his parish Sunday and asked for its prayers. Gone was the bravado and showmanship that fueled his earlier homily, in which the city’s...

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    5 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Greg Jarrett 7:09 a.m. Will he stay or will he go? Professor Paul Green explores the political ramifications of Father Pfleger possibly leaving Saint Sabinas when he visits with Greg Jarrett. 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mike McConnell 10:...