NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER
April 15 - 21, 2001
Pro-Life Priest Ejected From Catholic School Ceremony
NEWARK, N.J. - Father Peter West, an associate of Father
Frank Pavone and a staff member at Priests for Life headquarters in New York,
was recently physically pushed out of a Catholic school hall while a
pro-abortion politician was being honored inside, Lifesite News reported.
Father West and a group of 15 pro-lifers protested the St.
Patrick's Day Parade in Newark on Sunday, March 18. Their complaint was that
pro-abortion politician Jim McGreevey was appointed Grand Marshal of the parade.
Wearing stickers reading, "McGreevey Supports Partial-Birth
Abortion" and "St. Patrick Is Pro-Life," Father West entered a post-parade
gathering at St. Patrick's School and gave McGreevey a copy of the American
Bishops document "Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics,"
which McGreevey said he would read.
However, after the discussion, Father West was approached by
a woman who shouted at him saying, "How many children did you raise?" A debate
ensued with several Catholic pro-abortion McGreevey supporters. Some denied that
McGreevey supported partial-birth abortion, but Father West produced a newspaper
article with a record of McGreevey's vote on the subject.
Father West said that a man in plain clothes, who identified
himself as a police officer, accused him of harassment. Then he and a companion
were physically pushed out the door nearly causing them to