Guest blogger Todd Unctuous is top commentator for MSM. With a degree in Media Studies from Scranton Community College, Todd writes for many papers and websites, and is known for his incisive writing, objective reporting and razor sharp comment.
News has reached this office today of the tragic punishment of a courageous Catholic priest named Father Pfleger. Father Pfleger is a brave priest who has served his church and his people with much courage. Working in an inner city parish populated with many African Americans, Father Pfleger has fit in with the prevailing sub culture and bravely adopted a style of preaching that his audience would appreciate. A voice for the voiceless, this brave priest stood up for those who did not have a voice. He was friends with Nobel prize winning president Barack Obama. He stood shoulder to shoulder with fiery preacher, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. He watched Oprah Winfrey on a regular basis.
Now he has been excommunicated by Cardinal George–the leader of the Catholic Church in Chicago. This witch-hunt is reminiscent of the notorious Inquisition in which the Catholic Church persecuted and killed millions of innocent people in scenes reminiscent of the notorious concentration camps of the Nazis. And who can forget that Adolph Hitler himself was baptized as a Catholic? Cardinal George has not only slapped down the courageous Father Pfleger, but he has slapped down the entire African American community. “You cannot have the priest you want anymore!” this heartless hiearchical person has said. “You will have the priest I want you to have.” Now Fr. Pfleger has been cast out into the wilderness, and like Martin Luther his mentor who has gone before him, Fr Pfleger will now step out into the wilderness with the same courage and start his own church. I predict that Pflegerism will become the new religion of the city of Chicago as ‘the huddled masses’ who ‘yearn to breathe free’ will flock to Fr Pfleger’s church.
I am not myself a religious man, but I respect those who do have strong religious opinions like the late “King of Pop” Michael Jackson, Sally Field the Flying Nun and the recently departed Nancy Pelosi. These people show us that it is possible to be Catholic in the broadest sense while still retaining a sense of humor and compassion for people who are not very well educated. Fr Pfleger’s new church will doubtless rise strong and vocal standing up for freedom and justice everywhere. In the meantime, I predict that the tired old Catholic Church of Cardinal George will continue to shield known pedophile priests while persecuting and hounding out of office the few courageous and outspoken priests they do have. I do not have strong opinions about religion or religious people, but I know bigotry and cruelty when I see it, and today I stand firmly shoulder to shoulder with Fr Pfleger.
“Let’s Pfly the Pflag for Pfleger!” Is what I say!
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