Friends, I am making this personal appeal to other activists, organizers, leaders from the religious and civic community to adjust their schedules for at least one hour starting at 10:30 AM Thursday, April 28th at the residence of Cardinal George, located at 1555 North State Parkway to join in support of the press conference and rally of church leadership of St. Sabina in their protest over Cardinal George's 3 week suspension of Father Michael Pfleger.
I have read the rules of The Archdiocese and of course know of the standard rules and the ultimate decision making power The Cardinal has in fate of Father Pfleger under that leadership, BUT, this process is supposed to be handled with dignity and professionalism and I for one must register my insult level at the manner in which Father Pfleger was notified of this decision through the media having advance copies of Pfleger's suspension BEFORE Pfleger himself had the suspension. It was an absolute insult for Father George to have Father Pfleger getting calls from the media notifying him through their questioning that a major personnel decision like this had been made without his notification by The Cardinal before releasing this delicate personnel decision to the media!! Cardinal George should apologize for this "I GOTCHA" strategy, for Father Pfleger or NO ONE in this kind of delicate position deserves to be awakened by media calls informing him that he was suspended.
I have known and worked with Father Pfleger for over 30 years and he has earned the respect not to have had a major personnel decision like this handled in this unprofessional manner by Cardinal George, so we MUST show our collective levels of support to the public request posted on Facebook tonight to show support for the members of St. Sabina and Father Pfleger, and the fact that Cardinal George must know that we do expect him to act with dignity and respect and this process of how Father Pfleger was notified of this suspension was totally disrespectful and we MUST show that we do have an insult level, so PLEASE SHOW UP to stand in support of the church leadership of St. Sabina at 10:30 AM THURSDAY, APRIL 28th. I look to see you there!! Father Pfleger has stood with me and many of us through our leadership challenges and we can do no less than to be there to stand up for him and have him treated with the respect that he has earned
LINK TO FACEBOOK PHOTO OF ACTIVIST MARK ALLEN AND FATHER MICHAEL PFLEGER