Jeremiah Wright drops planned local appearances

May 20, 2008 5:27:49 AM PDT
Barack Obama's brash former pastor has withdrawn from two scheduled appearances in Philadelphia.

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright was scheduled to lead a revival May 28 and 29 at St. Thomas African Episcopal Church. And he was scheduled to preach June 1 at the 100th anniversary celebration of Canaan Baptist Church.

Wright often preaches in his native Philadelphia. But both churches said Monday he has withdrawn from next week's events.

The rector of St. Thomas, the Rev. Martini Shaw, has known both Wright and Obama for years. Shaw says Wright's office asked him last week to reschedule his appearance. Shaw says Wright "has been exhausted by all the media attention and desired some time for refreshment and refueling."

Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer,