Iced, iced baby:
(Photoshop via reader Stogie)
Say it with me: Boo-freaking-hoo. Via the Chicago Sun-Times’ Cathleen Falsani:
Pfleger has apologized for “the words that I chose” and for “my dramatization.” Pfleger told me he called the Clinton campaign to apologize directly but had not heard back from Clinton or her representatives.
All that is well and good, but how, as a friend and passionate supporter of Obama’s campaign for president, could he do what he did, with cameras rolling?
Pfleger’s short answer? He didn’t think the service and his “conversation” — a more casual address than a classic sermon, he explained — were being broadcast live online, as Trinity often does.
“They told me it was down,” Pfleger said. “Their live streaming had been down all day, and they didn’t know whether it was back up. . . . I regret the dramatization that I was naive enough to believe was just going to be kept among that church.”
Even Falsani couldn’t stomach Pfleger’s self-sorrow:
It’s a rare occasion when Pfleger and I find ourselves at a loss for words.
Pfleger’s about as cowed as I’ve ever seen him. He’s reeling, really, from what he admits is a difficult predicament of his own making. Over the weekend, he said that the days since his Trinity address had been the most difficult of his life, even more painful than when his foster son Jarvis was gunned down near St. Sabina on May 30, 1998.
I’ve spoken to Pfleger many times about Jarvis’ death and couldn’t believe he said this. It sounded like the worst kind of narcissism, and I told him so.
Pull out the victim card in 3, 2, 1…
“This is a dangerous time in America, the freest country in the world,” Pfleger says, “where you have to whisper your thoughts.”
Via CBS 2 in Chicago:
CBS 2 News has learned that Francis Cardinal George is temporarily removing Father Michael Pfleger from his position as pastor of St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church on Chicago’s South Side.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the move comes after several days of deliberation and consultation by the Cardinal, who first learned about Pfleger’s racially charged comments about Sen. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton from the pulpit of Trinity Unity Church of Christ last Thursday night.
The Cardinal immediately contacted Pfleger who agreed not to refer to the presidential candidates by name, but as CBS 2 reported at the time, there remained the possibility of some further disciplinary action against Pfleger.
The Cardinal reportedly spoke to Pfleger again this morning.
A spokesman for the archdiocese would neither confirm nor deny action had been taken to remove Pfleger. Another spokesman said she expected to have some announcement later today.
Karl at Protein Wisdom: “Perhaps he can take that time to reflect on his sickness of the soul that considers the political embarrassment of the past few days as even more painful than when his foster son Jarvis was gunned down near St. Sabina on May 30, 1998. Given his track record, it seems unlikely.”
More from the Sun-Times.
Guess the Cardinal found some balls.