Though Rev. Jeremiah Wright may have faced a public shaming after President-elect Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaModerate or left of center — which is better for Democrats in 2020? Obama: Countries facing severe effects of climate change offer 'moral call to rest of the world' Democrats' self-inflicted diversity vulnerability MORE's abandonment of his former pastor on the campaign trail, Wright told parishoners in a sermon Sunday that he still supports Obama.

"He's still my child," Wright told members of Trinity United Church of Christ, reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

"The hatred of the media and the haters in politics may have caused him to distance himself from us, but the love of Christ will never allow me to distance myself from him,'' he said. "I can no more disown him than I can disown any other child of mine who makes [a] bad decision. He made a bad decision, but he's still my child."

In a March speech addressing Wright, Obama used a similar line to speak about his relationship with Wright, a campaign controversy.

"I can no more disown him [Wright] than I can disown the black community," Obama said. "I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother."

Obama subsequently distanced himself further from Wright later in the campaign.