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October 21, 2004
Another Priest's Perspective

A couple of days ago, I wrote about Father Lawrence Hummer of Chillicothe, Ohio, and his sellout to John Kerry during and after Mass. Instead of supporting two millenia of Catholic teachings, Hummer served up a big, wet kiss and a heapin' helping of moral relativity, excusing Kerry's stand on abortion because of his pacificist posture. I wrote that "Father Hummer, instead of taking this as an opportunity to teach a wayward Catholic and return him to the path of his faith, instead chose the moment to pander to his sins in order to further his own political goals."

Shortly afterward, I received this e-mail from Father Gregory Lockwood, a Catholic priest in Cincinatti who still labors under the impression that Catholic priests should lead and instruct the faithful on the Catechism rather than from personal politics. Fr. Lockwood, a veteran of the Navy and regular CQ reader, has this reaction to Fr. Hummer:

Im sorry to report that Fr. Hummer would not be the only priest in Ohio to welcome John Kerry with his cheerleaders pom-poms. There are all too many of my colleagues who have not moved out the 60s or the knee-jerk pacifism or union-worshipping that goes with it. The problems are many and need not detain us here. There is, however, good news coming. I teach at the Catholic seminary in St. Louis (Kenrick Seminary) occasionally and the new guys coming in are outstanding for the most part (you could see this in the incident in St. Louis after the debate there where the seminarians held a prayer vigil at the Kerry rally afterward-those were my students). These men will be bishops sooner rather than later.

As has been said, Help is on the way.

Thank you for your service, Father, both to our country and to our Lord. You and your seminarians give us hope that a new generation of Catholic priests will step up to challenge us to meet universal truths rather than roll with the flow. Maybe the latter proves more popular with the congregations, but only the former will bring us closer to Christ, which should have been Fr. Hummer's primary consideration.

UPDATE: Fr. Lockwood's first name is Gregory, not Gary ... He writes: "The mistake is a common one, as a 1960s-70s hack actor named Gary Lockwood seemed to be on every cop and cowboy drama on television." Hey, I like hack actors!

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