Chicago Catholic priest allegedly raped the adolescents for years in the 70s
A shocking story published by The Chicago Tribune on Monday described allegations by two men that Rev. Michael Pfleger molested them dozens of times over multiple years in the 1970s.
According to The Tribune, “The preteen brothers joined the choir at Precious Blood Catholic Church and said they were drawn to a young, charismatic seminarian who directed their musical performances and took them out for pizza.”
The men, who are now in their 60s, both reside in Texas.
Neither of the brothers knew the other was also molested until the youngest of the two filed a complaint on Jan. 4 to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.
Pfleger stepped down from his position the day after the complaint was filed.
The men sat down with The Tribune for a 3-hour interview on Friday.
The older brother, a 63-year-old former police sergeant and U.S. Air Force veteran, was clearly choked up when he described the helplessness of the situation as a child, saying, “You lay there and you hold your breath and hope for the best.”
The allegations are making shockwaves around the nation as Pfleger was the leader of Chicago’s largest black Catholic parish and was a close friend to former President Barack Obama.
During a 2004 interview with The Chicago Sun Times, Obama said, “Father Michael Pfleger is a dear friend, and somebody I interact with closely.”
Pfleger even appeared on Obama’s faith endorsements page.
A Chicago Sun Times article, which has been scrubbed from internet archive sites, detailed the close nature of Pfleger and Obam’a relationship.
Friends and advisers, such as the Rev. Michael Pfleger, who has known Obama for the better part of 20 years, help him keep that compass set, he says.
“I always have felt in him this consciousness that, at the end of the day, with all of us, you’ve got to face God,” Pfleger says of Obama. “Faith is key to his life, no question about it. 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…. I don’t think he could easily divorce his faith from who he is.”
Pfleger also has a public record of associating with radicals like Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Obama made sure his buddy benefited from his time in office.
A Chicago Tribune article from May 2007 stated, “One of those long-time supporters was Rev. Michael Pfleger, the politically active leader of St. Sabina Church. He gave Obama’s campaign $1,500 between 1995 and 2001, including $200 in April 2001, about three months after Obama announced $225,000 in grants to St. Sabina programs.”
Barack was forced to distance himself from Pfleger in 2008 after the priest made racially-charged comments about Hillary Clinton at Obama’s church.
Perhaps Pfleger and Obama had a sexual relationship as well because rumors of the former president’s homosexuality have been floated for decades.
In fact, a man named Larry Sinclair famously accused Barack Obama of using and selling cocaine, carrying on homosexual relationships and even murdering one of his male lovers named Donald Young.
Interestingly, Young was the choir leader at the churchboth Pfleger and Rev. Jeremiah Wright preached at.