(The Cutting Edge) - ...Pfleger is a regular guest lecturer at Trinity and has been featured a number of times in Wright's Trumpet magazine, which drew some media attention after it honored controversial Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan.THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: No question about it - this guy should be defrocked. Who is his bishop? I'd like to know who's asleep at the switch. I would like to know what kind of negligent bishop allows this sort of thing to go on in his diocese.
Obama has appeared on at least three Trumpet covers and last year gave an exclusive interview to the magazine. Obama's wife, Michelle, also recently talked with Trumpet. Pfleger, an early supporter of Obama who leads a mostly black Chicago parish, has hosted Farrakhan a number of times, drawing the ire of the Catholic Church. The June/July 2007 issue of Wright's Trumpet magazine describes Pfleger as "Afrocentric to the core."
Obama identified Pfleger in a 2004 interview with the Chicago Sun-Times as a key source of spiritual guidance. The Sun-Times piece, which was among the first in which Obama outlined his faith, includes quotes from Pfleger praising Obama.
"Faith is key to his life, no question about it," Pfleger told the Sun-Times. "It is central to who he is, and not just in his work in the political field, but as a man, as a black man, as a husband, as a father." He continued, "I don't think he could easily divorce his faith from who he is."
Pfleger's highly political remarks are not unusual for him. Wright's Trumpet magazine reported last year Pfleger "manages to weave into the midday homily at Trinity … his deep and abiding dislike for President George W. Bush. And with this mostly African-American congregation, Pfleger is in good company."
According to a profile of Pfleger in Trumpet, the pastor "counts the mighty as close confidants and friends," specifically Wright, Farrakhan, and Obama. Earlier in Pfleger's Trinity church sermon, he argued for slavery reparations.
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They call it "Black Liberation Theology," but aside from the ax to grind against white Americans, it really isn't all that different from other manifestations of "Liberation Theology" found in other places around the world. Basically it's socialism. The idea being that Jesus Christ is not only the "Redeemer of mankind" but also the "Liberator of the oppressed." Poverty is viewed as the root of all sin, and the solution of course is government redistribution of wealth. Sadly, the origins of this theology can be traced back to the Catholic Church, particularly among a small but vocal number of Latin American clergy. However, after reaching some prominence there, it was soundly condemned by Pope John Paul II. The Vatican has since issued more condemnations, and the current Pope Benedict XVI is also a strong opponent of "Liberation Theology."
***UPDATE: Cardinal George Takes Disciplinary Action - read more here