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Michael Pfleger says he will preach at other churches if not reinstated

FILE - In this June 1 2007 file phoRev. Michael Pfleger pastor St. SabinChurch Chicago is seen with Rev. Jesse

FILE - In this June 1, 2007 file photo, the Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Church in Chicago, is seen with Rev. Jesse Jackson during a press conference at Rainbow/Push Coalition headquarters in Chicago. Pfleger was interviewed by The Associated Press on the challenges that will face Chicago's next mayor. The election is Feb. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

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Updated: May 11, 2011 5:20AM

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, suspended by the archdiocese after suggesting he would leave the church if he is removed from his parish, says he will begin preaching at other churches if he is not reinstated by this weekend.

Pfleger made the comment Tuesday during a meeting with parishioners at St. Sabina Catholic Church. Pfleger told about 150 people he has received offers to preach from churches around the U.S. He added he needs to get back to preaching.

Choking back tears, the outspoken priest said the suspension “has been very painful.”

Cardinal Francis George suspended Pfleger last month after public comments in which Pfleger, who has led St. Sabina for 30 years, suggested he would leave the church if he is reassigned to a local Catholic high school.

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