Pfleger delivers ultimatum (yawn).

The Rev. Michael Pfleger said Tuesday in a meeting with parishioners that if he is not reinstated as pastor of St. Sabina Catholic Church by this weekend, he will begin to preach at other churches.


Chicago Catholic Men’s Conference – March 19 – Oakbrook, Illinois

Chicago Catholic Men’s Conference

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Chicago Marriott Oak Brook

1401 West 22nd Street – Oak Brook

8:30 – Morning Prayer

4:25 – Mass

Celebrated by His Eminence

Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I.

Speakers Include:

Sean Forester

Deacon Alex Jones

Drew Mariani

Fr. Johnpaul Cafiero, OFM

Chris Godfrey

Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I.

Conference fee: $45.00 per Attendee
(lunch included)

Free Parking

Registration and additional information:

Beautiful “Recycled Catholic Church” sprouting up in Lake County, Illinois

What a concept!

Going from (literally, a barn) to a classic, vintage, Renaissance style church, by actually recycling the architectural details of long-closed parishes.

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Cardinal George on Holy Matrimony vs. Illinois Civil Unions legislation

Cardinal Francis George, the head of the Chicago archdiocese, released a statement on Monday calling on the General Assembly to reject the bill.

“Everyone has a right to marry, but no one has the right to change the nature of marriage. Marriage is what it is and always has been, no matter what a legislature decides to do; however, the public understanding of marriage will be negatively affected by passage of a bill that ignores the natural fact that sexual complementarity is at the core of marriage,” said Cardinal George. “Moreover, the impact of this legislation on the Church’s social service ministries remains an important and thus far unanswered concern. This important legislation is being put before a lame-duck General Assembly and more should be done to engage the people in public debate.” Marriage was not invented by either the state or the Church, and neither can change its nature. However, laws structure society, and they influence patterns of behavior and thought. In our country, as in most others, marriage is granted unique protections and benefits under the law because marriage is the foundation of family and society. The proposed legislation would further weaken an already fragile institution.

Read the news release (PDF)

Tom Roeser Reports On Chicago CCHD Shenanigans, Archdiocesan Politics

… A terrible thing is happening: community groups are being asked….downright asked, mind you…whether they support abortion or non-traditional marriage.    Because if they don’t  they won’t get any Catholic money.  Terrible.  Well in this archdiocese where the tiller slips to-and-fro, it turns out that (Father) Just Call Me Larry Dowling’s auxiliary bishop is a liberal, Bishop Francis Kane.

Sometime between October 2 when Rey Flores conducted a meeting at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica and November 2 when Just Call Me Larry Dowling’s letter was sent to the Cardinal, Flores was fired. He doesn’t know when but Dowling started referring to him as “the former director.”Yesterday Bishop Kane told the USCCB in Baltimore that he prefers the Chicago Campaign for Human Development and the national office follow the  same guidelines and Tribune religion editor Manya A. Bracheear…you know her, she bills herself as The Seeker…reported that “to abide by these guidelines the leaders of the campaign in Chicago might have to scale back some of the changes they rolled out in August when they awarded funds to groups providing  pregnancy counseling to divert women from getting abortions.” 

Aha.  That gives us a pretty good clue as to who fired Rey Flores.


More from Tom Roeser on liberals, Cardinal George, the Lavender Priesthood, and free speech

Cracking down on free speech are favorite tactics of the Left. You read here yesterday that the Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago wrote to all members of an advisory board of a Catholic group which is not affiliated in any way with the archdiocese… urging them to use their influence to silence me in my personal correspondence. That means everything I may write as a private citizen.

He means what I write here on my own blog where I publish stuff on my own. Ban it? Shut me down? I say: Try it. Hey in 2010 are we reenacting Elijah Lovejoy? Not me. I’m a lover not a martyr.

Did I write attacks on his and my Church on this blog? Nope. I’m in love with the Church. Did I write attacks on…say the Jews? Nope I’m interested in the historical developmental cadence from the Jewish Bible and faith to my own. I criticized not his action,, not his faculties, not his primacy as archbishop…but because I thought he should not have committed Catholicism in so many words, with no qualifiers, to support ObamaCare if the Hyde language were included.

He also said I criticized him and the Pope under the rubric of hate speech. Nope. But I did talk about The Lavender Priesthood. Scroll down this blog and you’ll see it.

But While I’m At It…

By the way, on April 7 the archdiocese will honor Fr. Michael Pfleger for his work for “social justice.” Pfleger has lavished praise on The Nation of Islam’s maximum leader Louis Farrakhan…and had him speak several times at Catholic Mass…Farrakhan, who has called Judaism a “gutter religion.” Pfleger wants handguns confiscated and has no great concern about legal niceties. He shouted at a crowd gathered in front of a legally constituted gun shop last year…calling to the owner “come out like the rat you are or we’ll DRAG YOU OUT!” He also mentioned the phrase “snuff you out.” Even Jesse Jackson got scared at that one.

Pfleger is the guy the archdiocese thinks merits a social justice award.

Encouragement for one brand of talk and silencing the rights of others heedless of the 1st amendment is increasingly the trademark of the Left. The Far Left.

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Cardinal George doesn’t seem to appreciate Tom Roeser’s frank commentary.

Dear Mr ______,

I write to you because you are a member of the Advisory Board of Catholic Citizens of Illinois whose chairman is Mr. Thomas F. Roeser.

Mr. Roeser has taken in recent years to writing essays that are filled with factual errors and misrepresentations about events in the Archdiocese of Chicago. His writing about both clerical and lay officials of the Archdiocese are also personally insulting and filled with contempt. At times when the Pope or the bishops’ teachings or activities do not conform in every detail to his political convictions, he descends to hate mongering. I’ve included a recent example for your consideration.

Would it be possible for you to use your role as advisor to Catholic Citizens of Illinois to put an end to the hate literature produced by the Chairman? Thank you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Francis Cardinal George OMI

Archbishop of Chicago.

Editor’s note: Cardinal George recently issued a press release stating that the USCCB (and the U.S. bishops) were not involved in actions which might, in any way, be considered political.

Read more at Tom Roeser’s Site

Cardinal George speaks to group of 14,000 Mormons

George brought laughter with reminiscences of hearing the Tabernacle Choir perform for the first time when he was 13 (his mother was an organist and a fan) and again, in 2007, when then-conductor Craig Jessop invited George to lead the choir during an Illinois performance.

“I thought to myself, ‘I’m doing better with the Mormons than the Catholics.’ I have a lot harder time getting them to sing together.”

George — with LDS apostles M. Russell Ballard and Quentin L. Cook on the dais — noted the two faiths have worked together to alleviate world poverty, combat pornography, defend the unborn and push for traditional marriage.

“I’m personally grateful,” George said, “that, after 180 years of living mostly apart from one another, Catholics and Latter-day Saints have come to see one another as trustworthy partners in the defense of shared moral principles.”

Marriage, the union of one man and one woman, must be defended, he added, “against various efforts to redefine in civil law that foundational element of God’s natural plan for creation.”

George said Mormons and Catholics are called to respect and love all people, including those who are gay, because they are children of God.

“That doesn’t mean we must approve of everything everyone does,” said George, who later noted that his family, like many others, includes gays.

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