Chicago Cardinal Francis George is in discussion with controversial priest Father Michael Pfleger to discuss the possibility of Pflegerâ€™s departure from St. Sabina, where he has served for 30 years.
The source, who asked to remain anonymous, said â€œseveral optionsâ€ for Pflegerâ€™s post-St. Sabina future were discussed. But â€œno offer was proffered,â€ the source said.
On Monday, WBBM-Channel 2 cited unnamed sources in reporting that Cardinal George asked Pfleger to take over struggling Leo High School.
Pfleger told the station he could â€œneither confirm nor deny [the request] at this point.â€ However, he did say he was â€œin discussions with the Archdiocese but you know those are private conversations at this point and I canâ€™t comment at this point about those conversations.â€ Pfleger has been at St. Sabina, 1210 W. 78th, since 1981 â€” a tenure longer than Archdiocesan priests are typically permitted to stay in one parish.
Chicago Catholic Schools Supt. Sister Mary Paul McCaughey said in a statement Wednesday any conversations that Pfleger â€œmay or may notâ€ have had with Cardinal George are a private personnel matter.