The Corner

One Good Priest

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Bill McGurn writes about the death of Thomas Herron, a Catholic priest in Philadelphia:

I benefited from his counsel over a span of nearly 20 years….But never more than from his example these past seven months, after doctors discovered that a cancer had wrapped itself around one of his veins.

Monsignor Herron came to speak of his illness as a “luxury” that enabled him to think and reflect, to grow in gratitude rather than resentment — in short, to meet the challenge that Christ himself offered his first priests: “Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of?”

A powerful reminder that many priests remain, even now, saintly and heroic. Read the entire piece here.

Peter Robinson — Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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