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Archdiocese looks to curb priest's social media posts

Photo Courtesy of Peter West, Facebook


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The Newark archdiocese is looking to curtail a priest's online political statements.

The Rev. Peter West of St. John's Catholic Church in Orange has called Hillary Clinton an "evil witch" and former President Barack Obama a "bum" on Facebook and Twitter. He also has called moderate Islam "a myth" and expressed support for President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Archdiocese spokesman Jim Goodness told ( ) in a statement that a priest doesn't give up his freedom of expression when he's ordained. But Goodness says there are concerns about West's comments and actions that will be addressed according to church protocols.

West declined comment and referred questions to Goodness.

The priest is a pro-life activist who previously served as vice president for missions at the group Human Life International.

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