Why do I pose that question? Because it seems that Father Michael Pfleger is running to be mayor of Chicago. Yes, this is the same Father Pfleger who regularly manages to stick his foot in his mouth. I believe he was taken to the woodshed during the presidential primary when he made extremely unflattering remarks about Hillary Clinton in favor of his buddy, Barack HUSSEIN Obama.
Now one could rightly point out that canon law prohibits clerics from assuming civil office. The particular canon is Can. 285 §3 Clerics are forbidden to assume public office whenever it means sharing in the exercise of civil power. We are all too aware, though, that Father Pfleger is not one to give a rat's behind about canon law (such trivial details?). Another canon law that may be of interest, particularly to the Chicago chancery, is Can. 1392 Clerics or religious who engage in trading or business contrary to the provisions of the canons, are to be punished according to the gravity of the offence.
The application of these canons is what helped bring the pro-abortion Jesuit, Robert Drinan to heel. Granted, it took the Jesuit leadership some time to work up the courage to enforce canon law, but eventually they did so. I realize that Father Pfleger is considered a key supporter of the Messiah Most Miserable, and that could cause the USCCB (and the Obamaphiles within) to "look the other way". In light of the recent developments with Chicago's CCHD, I'm just a bit hopeful that Cardinal George will read the Riot Act to Father Pfleger.
By the way - where, oh where, is the hue and outcry from the "separation of church and state" crowd? Where is "Americans United for Separation of Church and State"? Why does nothing appear on their website regarding this obvious "mixing of church and politics"? Hmmm??? Then there's "Theocracy Watch". Go to that site and the banner across the top reads, "The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party". May we surmise that "The Rise of the Religious Left in the Democratic Party" gets a free pass? Boys and girls, can we all say "double standard"?
To refresh memories of Father Pfleger and his "mayoral qualifications", I'll list below some previous posts (with very enlightening videos).
I urge one and all to contact Cardinal George and politely remind him of his duty to inform Father Pfleger that a priest does not seek nor assume political office, and that if Father persists in disobedience to the Magisterium, he should be disciplined in accordance with canon law. Contact information can be found on the website of the Archdiocese of Chicago.