A comment about my post about Fr. Pfleger
(My comments are in Red)
To Fr. Jay Finelli (iPadre), Lisa Graas and Dr Jess Mirus (Catholic Culture),
In my letter I would like to remind you about our Boss who said in Luke 6:37, “Do not judge and you will not be judged….”. Please look at Fr. Pfleger the way our God is looking at him and just think for a while….Please, think for a while…..before you judge anyone again from your warm and safe office.
(Lidia, do you claim to have a corner on the voice of God? You are wrong about what Jesus said in Luke 6:37. There are objective facts that can be judged, unless you are a relativist. A judgment according the the dictionary is “the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.” I have only come to the conclusion by Fr. Pfleger’s own words in his homily on Youtube “That’s why there should be woman priests, that’s why there should be married priests, that’s why there should be women bishops, that’s why there should be women cardinals, and”. Now according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church #2089 “Incredulity is the neglect of revealed truth or the willful refusal to assent to it.” “Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same.” In 1976 the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith concluded that the Church “Does not consider herself authorized to admit women to priestly ordination.” And in 1994, Pope John Paul II declare the question closed in saying “I delcare the Church has not authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.” This is VERY clear. The Church has spoken in an infallible manner and to obstinately refuse to accept or deny this sacred truth is heresy. Not my words, by the Church’s words.)
Fr. Jay, do you really think that God will be more pleased with your comfortable pod-casting business, or with the priest who rolled up his sleeves and dedicated his entire life to the “least of His brothers”, peace and social justice? Have you ever been to St. Sabina or on the south side neighborhoods of Chicago? I am sorry to say that, but your dissection of Fr. Pfleger’s words and ministry is apprehensive and almost like Pharisee or Satan-like. My Church is not a gang or mafia that requires blind obedience above common sense and truth! Where did you get that idea? When was the last time you were reading about our “radical” Jesus Christ in the New Testament? When was the last time that you were hungry, cold or scared to walk home?
(You write about judging and now you judge me! Enough said!)
Dr. Jeff: One of my favorite teachers in the seminary told us that one must be a genius to be called “heretic” and these usually helped the Church to catch up with its flock and saved the Church from falling down. I do not want my Church to be corrupted. It hurts to see empty Churches throughout Europe and United States, Catholic schools closing, homeless on the streets, violence and wars. Without these people, women will continue be treated like property, Earth would be flat and we might be still buying Heaven through indulgences, if you know what I mean. Do you want that for my Church?
(Obviously your “favorite” teacher was wrong! And now you want to judge the Church! The Church IS the greatest champion of women, homeless and the down-trodden everywhere!)
Dear Lisa, I do not understand your point, if you could help me. I am very much Pro-Life, from womb to tomb, regardless of social status and skin color, but I cannot understand your attacks on Fr. Pfleger. If our government did not go to wars and greedy corporations did not kill the economy, there may be more a lot more lives saved? Or if the Catholic schools were not closing so much, we might have better pro-life education…please have guts to work with the root cause of the problem, not with Fr.Pfleger who is saving lives throughout his all life and he is also a single parent.
My dear brothers and sister in Christ, you are entitled to your opinions, but could you consider that perhaps you are missing His boat? Just a suggestion.
With God’s Love,
P.S. I am only a practicing Catholic woman, confirmed by JPII in Poland, single mother with a certificate in Lay Ministry from a Catholic Seminary.
Great responses, Father. I have no doubt that Fr. Pfleger has done some good in his life. I can’t think of a single person I know or have read about who has never done something good – including Adolf Hitler. Sadly Fr. Pfleger exploits the good he has done to tear down the Church that ordained him. He is a heretic by any informed Catholic’s standard and he has long ago done more harm than good. He needs to remove that Roman collar he hides behind. God bless, Father.
Unfortunately, none of this is new. Other well-known priests of the last centuries such as the Berrigan brothers in the 1960’s and Fr. Coughlin in the 1930’s and ’40’s have been so distracted by the world, that their view became distorted and they imposed their personal agendas ahead of their vows of obedience to the Church. It would be bad enough if Fr. Pfleger were acting alone, but, as a priest, he preaches, teaches, counsels, and hears confessions. There is a ready-made band of followers for any priest who advocates things the Church will not allow, and another group of would-be followers who are just hoping to find a permissive priest to validate behavior in which they want to engage. He can lead vulnerable Catholics to think that, since he is a priest, what he advocates must be allowed.