Pfleger was overshadowed by Jeremiah Wright in the sweepstakes to be Obama’s crazy racist mentor. But Pfleger had his case to make.
Friends and advisers, such as the Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church in the Auburn- Gresham community on the South Side, who has known Obama for the better part of 20 years, help him keep that compass set, he says.
“I always have felt in him this consciousness that, at the end of the day, with all of us, you’ve got to face God,” Pfleger says of Obama. “Faith is key to his life, no question about it. It is central to who he is, and not just in his work in the political field, but as a man, as a black man, as a husband, as a father…. I don’t think he could easily divorce his faith from who he is.”
Like Wright, Obama tossed Pfleger overboard, not because of his support for Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, but for insulting Hillary Clinton and white people in general. ButPfleger went on doing his gun control and social justice rallies.
But now a reckoning appears to have arrived.
The Archdiocese of Chicago has asked Father Michael Pfleger to step aside from his ministry following an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor that was received by the Archdiocese’s Office of Child Abuse Investigations and Review.
According to a letter from Cardinal Blase Cupich, the allegation stems from an incident that occurred more than 40 years ago.
“Father Pfleger has agreed to cooperate fully with my request and will live away from the parish while this matter is investigated,” Cupich said in the letter.
The media coverage of Pfleger typically fails to mention the Obama connection, where that would be the headline if the political parties were reversed.