Perhaps none of these activities or positions should come
as a surprise since Fr. Pfleger was ordained in 1975. This was
without a doubt one of the worst periods of “priestly” formation
throughout the world, particularly in the Chicago archdiocese. He
received his training there during a period when the seminaries of
Quigley and Mundelein had infamous reputations.
Unfortunately, dissident clergy have been institutionalized
in the post-conciliar Church and their harmful actions are often
winked at even by their superiors. In
fact, is not the recent publication of Universae Ecclesiae
a proof of the hierarchy’s disobedience to the Holy Father’s
dictates in Summorum Pontificum?
Is it any surprise when a bishop (or cardinal in this case)
attempts to discipline one of his wayward priests only to find his
episcopal gauntlets shackled and his attempts to extract the
virtue of obedience denied? Even sadder is the fact that the
ecclesiastical authorities refuse to see that the cause of this
universal breakdown of authority in the Catholic Church stems from
the error of collegiality as taught by the Second Vatican Council.
If one strikes the shepherd, the sheep will naturally scatter.
A visit to the
website of St. Sabina’s Church,
so-called “The Faith Community”, will reveal an inability to
find—amidst a plethora of social apostolates—how to obtain the
sacraments. In fact, there is no mention of the Mass anywhere! But
at least this is not a deception, and while we may certainly doubt
the legitimacy of the rite used at this parish, we may—echoing the prediction in the
(ff 18)—even doubt its validity: "Will priests of the near
future who have not received the traditional formation, and who
rely on the Novus Ordo with the intention of "doing what the
Church does," consecrate validly? One may be allowed to doubt it".