It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to The Daily Astorian in response to an article about Father Ted Prentice that appeared in the Feb. 3 issue ("Calls for priest's ouster ring out").
As a parishioner of St. Mary's, and friend to Prentice, it is difficult just to read about the known facts of his circumstances. But what grieves me so much more is reading the disdainful comments regarding his character. How this gossip and hearsay made it to print is beyond my comprehension.
Without referring to those comments, because they do not need to be repeated, I would like to remind the community at large that it is one thing to mercifully seek justice, and it is quite another thing, indeed, to seek that justice with scorn and (self) righteous indignation.
Remember, priests are not angels, nor are they saints. They are human beings just like you and me, and all of us would do very well to remember that the only perfect person this world has ever known was hanged on a cross.
Kindly keep Father Ted Prentice in your prayers.