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From NY Post to the Priesthood (Editorialist heads off to the seminary_
cmr ^ | August 10, 2010 | Patrick Archbold

Posted on 08/10/2010 12:13:13 PM PDT by NYer

From NY Post To The Priesthood

Writers for the NY Post are, shall we say, a special breed. When one is used to seeing the NY Post it takes more than a ribald headline or a lewd lede to jolt. But perhaps this will do it...


"John Wilson, a columnist and editorial writer for the New York Post, is hanging up his pen and pad for some priestly vestments."

You read that right. An editorial writer for the funnest newspaper in town is heading up the Hudson to Dunwoodie (St. Joseph's Seminary) in Yonkers to study for the priesthood.

Wilson, 25, has been on the editorial board since graduating from Claremont McKenna College in California a few years ago.Beyond sitting on the editorial board, Wilson has authored some columns for the Post as well and his faith formation comes through loud and clear.

Wilson wrote on New Yorks frightening abortion statistics with an aptly titled piece "Where New York's Not Proud to Lead" in which he began...

Forty years ago today, New York became the first state in the US where abortion was broadly legal. Since then, New York City has become the nation's undisputed abortion capital, with an overwhelmingly pro-choice political establishment -- and an abortion rate that's three times the national average.

And a stifling taboo on the subject that chokes off any mature discussion about what such a rate means for the public welfare...
Of his time at the NY Post Wilson said:

"I definitely grew fond of tabloid journalism as such," he says. "I had a great time and I think I was able to do some meaningful work there."

He added that the Post's reputation for racy headlines and occasionally bawdy humor had little to do with his decision to seek a life of celibacy and the spirit, and said he was able to infuse a little bit of the sacred into his work there.

"The phrase you hear a lot of in priestly circles is 'Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable,'" he said. "At the very least I hope I've managed to afflict some powerful and comfortable people at the Post."

Good Luck to young Mr. Wilson. May God bless him on his journey to the priesthood.

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: celibacy; journalism; priesthood

1 posted on 08/10/2010 12:13:15 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

Good new ping!

2 posted on 08/10/2010 12:14:24 PM PDT by NYer ("God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar." St. Maximilian Kolbe)
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Pope Benedict XVI visited St. Joseph's seminary on April 19, 2008.


3 posted on 08/10/2010 12:21:44 PM PDT by NYer ("God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar." St. Maximilian Kolbe)
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Amazing. God be with you, John.

4 posted on 08/10/2010 1:16:41 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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Wonderful story.

5 posted on 08/10/2010 2:03:16 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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This is good news!

I believe the Holy Spirit is filling the ranks of the priesthood with new, traditional, and faithful young men. These are men who accept the lowly sacrificial aspect of the priesthood and intend to serve humbly. There is no glory in it now, the way there was in the 50’s and early 60’s when so many of our current priests began. There was a glamour about it then.

Now it is not a glory road; it is more the Way of the Cross. Priests today are regarded with distrust and suspicion. They are overworked and lonely and are not welcomed into parishioners’ lives the way they once were. I think many of them feel very alone as they walk this journey today.

We will be a stronger, smaller, more faithful Church in the near future. But I believe the faithful remnant will be well served by the young priests who are heeding the call today. They are more closely serving the way St. Peter and the Apostles served.

“I don’t worry about it, the Holy Spirit is still guiding the Church.” ~Fr. Nash (May perpetual light shine upon him!)

6 posted on 08/10/2010 3:21:47 PM PDT by Melian ("There is only one tragedy in the end, not to have been a saint." ~L. Bloy)
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May God bless this man abundantly.

7 posted on 08/10/2010 5:09:41 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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