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!

“Good-bye then, and really good-bye!” said Gandalf, and he turned his horse and rode down into the West. But he could not resist the temptation to have the last word. Before he had passed quite out of hearing he turned and put his hands to his mouth and called to them. They heard his voice come faintly: “Good-bye! Be good, take care of yourselves – and DON’T LEAVE THE PATH!”

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