Father Peter West is a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark NJ. He has been outspoken in his defense of both the pre-born babies as well as God's timeless teachings on marriage, sexuality and family. In the past, he was affiliated with both Human Life International and Priests for Life before being called back to his home diocese. From there he has continued to preach against the intrinsic evils of abortion, "gay-marriage", contraception, etc.
He has voiced his opinions regarding politics as they impact public morality and the ability of Christians to practice freely their faith in the public square. In doing so, he has spoken in his capacity as a private individual, not as a representative of the Archdiocese of Newark. I can attest to this, being one of Father's facebook friends.
A few months ago, Archbishop Joseph Tobin, formerly the ordinary of Indianapolis, was transferred to Newark by Pope Francis and named a cardinal. I have written about Cardinal Tobin (not to be confused with Bishop Thomas Tobin of Rhode Island). He has shown himself to be quite the progressive lap-dog, While in Indianapolis, he worked to undermine then-governor Mike Pence as the latter went about enforcing immigration laws. Not only did he object to Pence, but he called the four dubia cardinals "troublesome". Then of course there was the debacle of two years ago, when he looked the other way while a Knights of Columbus hall in his diocese was used by two lesbians to celebrate their #mowwidge.
I am not at all surprised that Cardinal Tobin's minions have the long knives out for Father West. Christian Review has an excellent analysis of the situation, as well as a link to the liberal trash-article that seems to have called the Newark progressives into action.
But perhaps there's another cause to the roughshod treatment that may be meted out to Father West. In September of 2003, a consortium of Catholic schools in the DC area held a fund-raising dinner downtown. Pro-abortion Ted Kennedy was one of the two co-chairs of the event. Seeing the disgrace that would have resulted in a pro-abortion proponent being honored at a Catholic event, I and a number of others tried to at least have Kennedy disassociated from that event. Cardinal McCarrick was archbishop of Washington at that time. Of course he turned a deaf ear to us. So about 25 of us picketed that event. Father West joined us. Lo and behold, who pulls up but Cardinal McCarrick! We both greeted and rebuked him. The Cardinal was none too pleased, and none too pleased to see Father West - whom he ordained while archbishop of Newark. I'm an eye-witness to that exchange. I don't know if there's a connection or not, but that possibility cannot be discounted.
Anyway, it does appear that the Newark archdiocese has found an excuse to quell its stung conscience by clamping down on a faithful priest. I echo the Christian Review's call for all of us to pray and make our voices heard at the Archdiocese of Newark in support of Father West. Please act now. In addition to the contacts suggested by the Christian Review, you may wish to contact other offices. The archdiocesan website is www.rcan.org. Please pass this to others. Thank you.
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