Jul 28, 2007

Journalist Chris Weinkopf's beautiful tribute to Catholic priests

In mid-July, just after the $660 million settlement announcement, Chris Weinkopf of the Los Angeles Daily News wrote "A Word on Priests," a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to the Catholic priesthood (click on this post's title, and when you get to the page, scroll about halfway down) .

Mr. Weinkopf wrote this:

"And yet God's mercy always remains. Peter was also one of Christ's handpicked, the rock upon whom His Church would be built. Peter would deny Christ three times. Yet despite the evil that men -- even priests and bishops -- can do, 'the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.' As Peter shows, there is always God's mercy, always His healing...

"As for the rest of us, with so many bad priests garnering so much attention at the moment, I'd like to say a special thanks to the many, many, good priests who selflessly give of themselves to serve others. The ones who spent their weekends bringing Holy Communion to the sick and dying in hospitals, or sitting in hot confessionals ministering to their flocks; the ones who bring credit to the Church and to God.

"I had the honor of spending the weekend with one such priest, Fr. Vincent Serpa of Catholic Answers, who was leading a retreat in my town. A Dominican who loves with all his heart and lives to serve. The Church and the world could use more like him.

"Let's not forget these good priests, not just for the work they do, but also for the critical role they must play in the healing."

Kudos to you, Mr. Chris Weinkopf, for this beautiful post of yours -- and God bless you and yours.

1 Comments:

Blogger Gibbons J. Cooney said...

Amen, Quintero, and God Bless you for that post!

Gibbons in SF

7:26 PM  

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