Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Matt C. Abbott: "Father Pfleger's Facebook flapdoodle; Nativity Scene displays; Gay clubs flourishing at Catholic schools"

Matt C. Abbott column
Father Pfleger's Facebook flapdoodle; Nativity Scene displays; Gay clubs flourishing at Catholic schools

Matt C. Abbott
Matt C. Abbott
November 22, 2012

A friend alerted me to Father Michael Pfleger's public Facebook page. A sad and scary sight, I must say (click here to see it, but make sure you have a strong stomach). A few unedited comments recently posted by the renegade priest — who seems to relish the attention from his conservative "haters" — are as follows:

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At the risk of sounding harsh, it's an absolute scandal that this man continues to be a priest in good standing in the Archdiocese of Chicago. He remains a local media darling because he's now organizing "peace-making" basketball games for gangbangers. I guess charity requires that we pray for Father Pfleger and particularly for the people he's leading spiritually astray.

While the manger scene is now prohibited from being displayed in Palisades Park in Santa Monica, Calif., it thankfully is still allowed in the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda.

From a press release:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, will mark the launch of the fifth annual Christmas Nativity display in the Rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol. The Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC) will unveil the Nativity exhibit at a public 'opening day' celebration to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda, at South 2nd Street and East Capital Ave. in Springfield.

The Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based public interest law firm, has played an instrumental role in securing permits for this privately sponsored and constitutionally protected expression of religious faith in Illinois' central public forum, the classic 'public square' and 'marketplace of ideas' at the heart of our statewide political community.

Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel, noted that the Thomas More Society has been honored to represent SNSC for the last five years, going back to its founding by the late Daniel T. Zanoza of Lincoln, Ill. The society also has been underwriting SNSC's Christmas displays during each of the ensuing five years.

'So long as these Christmas religious displays and ceremonies are privately sponsored, funded, and held in traditional public forums, they are constitutionally protected,' said Brejcha. 'Even the ACLU concedes that our Capitol Rotunda Nativity Scene is fully protected by the First Amendment. Christians have as much right to proclaim the joyful message of Jesus Christ's birth as political candidates have to get up on soap boxes to spout their own messages in our public squares.'

Not surprisingly, pro-homosexual clubs have made vast inroads in many Catholic colleges and universities nationwide. Click here to read an article on the subject.

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic columnist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Management from Triton College in River Grove, Ill. He has worked in the right-to-life movement and is a published writer focused on Catholic and social issues. He can be reached at