Controversial priest returns to the pulpit

June 26, 2008 at 3:04 PM

CHICAGO, June 26 (UPI) -- The controversial Chicago Catholic priest who was suspended for mocking then-presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton has returned to the pulpit.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, told ABC's "Good Morning America" he doesn't apologize for being passionate or exercising free speech, but does apologize " when my passion or my freeness and my flawedness of character get in the way of a content which is much more important to me."

Pfleger returned to his pulpit Sunday. He delivered the controversial sermon May 25 as a guest preacher at Trinity United Church of Christ, likely Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama's longtime church, which he has since left.

While Pfleger apologized for mocking Clinton and said he would no longer speak about candidates, he said he would continue to discuss politics.

In his "Ain't Nothing Like a Comeback" sermon Sunday, Pfleger told parishioners at St. Sabina's Catholic Church he would not "run and hide, nor allow them to cause me to 'play it safe' or become silent."

Clinton, D-N.Y., suspended her presidential bid in early June.

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