Good on Fr. Peter West!

Good on Fr. Peter West! September 6, 2012

For those who followed the Facebook contretemps over the weekend, Fr. Peter writes:

Mark Shea has revised his article on Perry Lorenzo and removed an offensive post about John Corapi. While Mark and I continue to have serious disagreements, they are on matters related to prudential judgments not the Catholic faith. I consider Mark to be a faithful Catholic. While I’m sure we will disagree in the future, I pledge to be more measured in my criticism. I thank Steven D. Greydanus for acting as an intermediary. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5, 9)

I replied:

Father Peter: I’m out here on the Left Coast and so only just saw this. Please accept my sincerest gratitude. I likewise am grateful for your faithful priesthood, your obvious fidelity to the Church, and your devotion to protecting the most vulnerable among us. God bless you and may God bless your work in the Vineyard through our Lord Jesus Christ. Also, I want to second your remarks about Steven, who is an ornament of the Church and a true friend. If you think of it, please pray for our family, particularly our son Matthew and his bride-to-be, Claire, who will be married on Saturday. We are about to hit the road for Chicago and will be incommunicado therefore, but I could not leave without thanking you. God bless you through our Lord Jesus Christ.

One point that somehow got confused is that I have not removed but revised the post about Fr. Corapi. Just so we’re clear.

And with that, I really have to go TO MY SON’S WEDDING! YAY! Your prayers for the happy couple would be deeply appreciated!

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  • Deo Gratias! And extra points for a deft use of a quote from The Hobbit!

  • miki tracy


    Blessing on the nuptials.

    And thank you, Father West!

  • Best news I’ve heard all day. Thank you, Fr. West.

  • B.E. Ward

    Color me uncharitable, but I’m having a hard time seeing what all the celebrating is for. Yes, it’s good when people are reconciled, but Father’s post makes it sound like he convinced Nancy Pelosi to become a nun in Hanceville.

    • SDG

      No, no.

      “I consider Mark to be a faithful Catholic” doesn’t mean “Now that he’s revised these posts.” And Father didn’t convince Mark to do anything.

      • Mark Shea

        Steve’s right on both counts.

      • Mick

        How does Fr. West know if Shea is a faithful Catholic? Does he follow him around 24/7? It isn’t wise to judge people for good or for bad, says John of the Cross.

        • SDG

          “It isn’t wise to judge people for good or for bad, says John of the Cross.”

          Citation please?

          Beyond that: Meh. Making judgments about people for good and for bad is a necessary part of life in the world, and we all do it every single day. If we made no judgments at all, we couldn’t leave our kids with a babysitter, couldn’t submit ourselves to a spiritual director, couldn’t decide whether or not to marry someone, etc. In the words of C. S. Lewis, “Whether or not the thing you want ought to happen or not, it is not going to happen.”

  • May their marriage emulate the Blessed Trinity.

  • I only heard about what was going on – but I’m happy it was resolved. What all of us should really take to heart howevere is this: “While Mark and I continue to have serious disagreements, they are on matters related to prudential judgments not the Catholic faith.”

    People have to get a grip on reality whenever they start accusing others of heresy and infidelity to Church teaching.

    God love you Mark! Keep up the good work.

  • Nice to hear this. And many blessings on your son’s marriage and new family.

  • Louise

    I am very glad to see you have made peace. Congratulations on your son’s wedding, I hope it will be a wonderful day and a wonderful marriage.

  • Rae stabosz

    Such a great way to start out the wedding weekend. Mazel tov!

  • Peggy R

    Many blessings to your son and his bride for a joyous wedding day and happy married life together!

    Now, get going! That is where you must be!

  • Christopher Lake

    Thanks be to God for this development! I, too, am grateful for the good work of Mr. Greydanus here. Congratulations to the bride and groom on entering into the Sacrament of Marriage!

  • Captain DG

    I am glad to see this. We argue. We make up. We are Catholics. I leave to you to see in that the irreducible.

  • Sharon

    Why do I find out about the bun-fights when they are all over?

  • Sergio

    Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church. These head nodders produce nothing but atheist factories in their institutions.

  • Great news!

    Blessings on your son and his wife on the occasion of their marriage!

  • :(

    I’ve been trying to email Mark Shea through that link on the blog page but I can’t seem to access it, so I’m writing what I wanted to write to him on this post –

    “My brother-in-law has been admitted to hospital after he collapsed at work. He had tightness in his chest and the docs in the hospital are doing tests but haven’t figured out what has happened. He’s awake and OK for the time being but he is going to be in hospital overnight. He and my sister have two children together, aged 2 and 9 months. My sister is a full-time mum and he works as a bus driver. If anything were to happen to him, the family would be in a very serious situation. He is a revert to the Faith, having joined Protestantism during his teens and getting back into the Church just before he married my sister. He is now a devout Catholic – devout enough at least but he has had troubles in the past – depression and an addiction to pain medication. He was also a smoker but not anymore though he now seems to be addicted to nicotine gum. I would like you and the readers who read this to pray for him and his family at this terrible time”

    P.S. Could you Mark, post your email on your blog page rather than link to it? Thanks

    • S. Murphy

      In any case, praying for yr brother in law

  • Maiki

    Not to derail this happy post… can you get rid of the two-column layout on your main page for the older entries? I find it is very hard to read entries that way.

  • Thinkling

    This is good news. That is one less bullet in the chambers of the Circular Firing Squad.

    Prayers for the couple and their families. Matrimony is a blazingly beautiful thing. My prayers are too with Fr. Wests’s fans, that they may further help disarm the CFS.

  • Kathleen

    Thank you for your example to all of true humility. God bless you..