Forced SabbaticalJune 03, 2008
Reverend Michael Pfleger, the Catholic priest who recently caused a stir with his controversial comments in a sermon at Barack Obama's (now former) church, has been placed on a forced sabbatical. His archbishop told him to take a couple of weeks off even though Pfleger did not want to. The archbishop explained that he told Pfleger "to use this opportunity to reflect on his recent statements and actions in the light of the church's regulations for all Catholic priests." This is the ecclesiastical equivalent of being sent to time-out to stop and think about what he did wrong. This is a good decision and should offer a model for future political preachers. When they cross the line, they should be sent away for a cooling-off period to think about how to refocus on their ministry. If only someone could convince John Hagee, Rod Parsley, Pat Robertson, Jeremiah Wright, and all of the other controversial preachers from this campaign to take similar sabbaticals.