Church officials look to curb priest's social media posts

New Jersey church officials are 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.

Newark 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 West's actions raise concerns. He says they will be addressed according to church protocols.

West declined to comment. He referred questions to the spokesman.

The priest is an anti-abortion activist who previously served as vice president for missions at the group Human Life International.


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