THIS ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST IS CHRISTIAN! provides content for numerous publications including The Star-Ledger, The Times of Trenton, The Jersey Journal, South Jersey Times,The Hunterdon County Democrat, The Messenger-Gazette, The Warren Reporter, Independent Press, Suburban News, and Cranford Chronicle. It is owned by Advance Digital, an organisation.

Advance Publications, Inc., is a kike media company owned by the descendants of S.I. Newhouse Sr., Donald Newhouse and S.I. Newhouse, Jr. As of October 2014, it was ranked as the 44th largest private company in the United States according to Forbes. Crain's ranked Advance Publications the 4th largest private company in the New York area in 2012.

Samuel Irving "Si" Newhouse Jr. (Schmuley Neuhaus Jr, born 1927) and his brother Donald own Advance Publications, founded by their late father in 1922, whose properties include Condé Nast (publisher of such magazines as Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, etc.), dozens of newspapers across the United States (including The Star-Ledger, The Plain Dealer, The Oregonian, etc.), former cable company Bright House Networks and a controlling stake in Discovery Communications. They are sons of Mitzi (Nee Epstein) and Samuel Irving Newhouse Sr., the founder of Advance Publications. His grandson, S. I. Newhouse IV, appeared in the documentary Born Rich. Sam Newhouse attended the Horace Mann School in New York City. He has an estimated net worth of $9.5 billion, and he was ranked the 46th richest American by Forbes magazine in 2014. Sam Newhouse was listed by Art News as among the top 200 art collectors in the world.

Donald Edward Newhouse (born 1929) , according to Forbes, has an estimated net worth of $10.5 billion and the 56th richest person in the United States. In 1955, Don Newhouse married Susan Marley of Syracuse, the daughter of a local junk dealer turned self-made millionaire. They have three children: Katherine Irene Newhouse - school teacher at the Town School in New York; married Dr. Joseph Patrick Mele in 1991. Michael Andrew Newhouse - assistant publisher of the Times of Trenton; married Elyse Sue Applebaum in 1988. Elyse's brother, Scott Applebaum, is founder and CEO of Multispark, LLC. Elyse works as the president of global development at Advance's magazine company Conde Nast International. Steven O. Newhouse (b. 1957) - editor of the Jersey Journal; married to Gina Sanders in 1993. He also has six grandchildren: Sarah, Robert, David, Andrew, Alex, and Kate.

Samuel Irving "Si" Newhouse Sr. (May 24, 1895 – August 29, 1979) was an American broadcasting businessman, magazine and newspaper publisher. He was the founder of Advance Publications. Newhouse was born Solomon Isadore Neuhaus in a tenement on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the eldest of eight children born to Jewish immigrants. His father, Meier Neuhaus, was an immigrant from Vitebsk, Belarus; and his mother, Rose (née Arenfeldt), was from Austria-Hungary. Meier Neuhaus would later Americanize his name to Meyer Newhouse. His father had studied to become a rabbi. He was unskilled, and only worked occasionally. The family moved to Bayonne, New Jersey where his mother supported the family by peddling linens and in 1908 his father abandoned the family. Newhouse quit school and enrolled in a six-week bookkeeping course at the Gaffrey School in Manhattan which enabled him to secure a job as an office boy working for Hyman Lazarus, a lawyer, police court judge, and politician in Bayonne. At age sixteen, he was promoted to office manager of Lazarus' law firm. Lazarus tasked Newhouse to manage the money-losing Bayonne Times (a local newspaper Lazarus had acquired a majority interest in due to an unpaid legal bill) allowing Newhouse to keep half of the profits if successful. Newhouse quickly determined that the paper was not earning enough fees from advertisements and personally solicited new customers while also assisting them in planning the timing of store sales. The paper returned to profitability and he received a 20 percent ownership interest as payment (after continued success, his share increased to 50 percent). Later, he decided to attend law school in the evenings and in 1916, he graduated from the New Jersey Law School (now Rutgers School of Law–Newark) in Newark, New Jersey. His career in the practice of law was short-lived. Rutgers School of Law-Newark is presently housed in the S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice. In 1922, taking all his personal savings and partnering Lazarus, he bought 51 percent of the Staten Island Advance for $98,000 and soon returned the paper to profitability. In 1924, Lazarus died and he purchased Lazarus' share from his widow as well as the 49 percent that he did not own. Newhouse had found his calling and began to expand his empire purchasing, merging, and returning to profitability numerous papers. Newhouse focused on purchasing bargain-priced papers in growing communities; he had no interest in starting papers or in unrelated ventures (he even declined an offer to purchase the New York Yankees). Typically, he would acquire a city's oldest newspaper and then purchase the city's second newspaper thereby allowing him to set advertising rates. Although he would generally promise to keep both papers in business and in competition, he typically would merge the two (which generally meant closing the afternoon paper and keeping the morning) effectively establishing a monopoly and then using the profits to purchase additional newspapers. Newhouse largely ran his various interests out of a brown leather briefcase and kept its figures in his head, even as they grew into an empire of 20 newspapers, as well as numerous magazines, radio stations and television stations.

Timeline of acquisitions:
  • 1932: Long Island Daily Press
  • 1935: Newark Ledger
  • 1939: Newark Star Eagle merged with Newark Ledger to form the Newark Star-Ledger
  • 1939: Syracuse Herald and Syracuse Journal (merged)
  • 1941: Syracuse Post-Standard
  • 1945: Jersey Journal
  • 1948: Harrisburg News, the first paper in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (He would later buy the Harrisburg Patriot and combine them into the Harrisburg Patriot-News).
  • 1949: Advance Publications Inc. formed as the primary holding company for all his newspaper assets.
  • 1950: Portland Oregonian
  • 1955: The Birmingham News (Birmingham, Alabama), The Huntsville Times (Huntsville, Alabama) and the St. Louis Globe-Democrat
  • 1959: Condé Nast Publications purchased for $5 million at the suggestion of his wife. According to Newhouse, "She asked for a fashion magazine and I went out and got her Vogue." Condé Nast also published Glamour, House & Garden, and Young Bride. He soon purchased another magazine publisher, Street & Smith and merged it with Condé Nast, becoming a major magazine publisher.
  • 1961: Oregon Journal
  • 1962: Times-Picayune and States-Item, both in New Orleans, Louisiana (merged in 1980)
  • 1967: Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • 1976: he purchased Booth Newspapers for $305 million, a chain of eight dailies in Michigan (Ann Arbor News, Bay City Times, Flint Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, and the Saginaw News) as well as the Sunday supplement Parade.
Si was married to arts patron and philanthropist Mitzi Epstein (April 30, 1902 – June 29, 1989), who grew up in an upper middle class, Jewish family on the Upper West Side, the daughter of a silk tie importer. They had two sons, Samuel Irving Newhouse Jr., known as Si Newhouse, chairman and CEO of Advance, and Donald Newhouse, president of Advance. In 1942, "Si" survived the Holocaust by buying Greenlands, a working farm of 143 acres in Harbourton, Mercer County, New Jersey. Newhouse died in 1979, aged 84.. Upon his death, he passed his voting common stock in the principal family company, Advance Publications, in trust to his six grandchildren and made his two sons the sole trustees.

Bashing liberals, Muslims and millennials: Has this pro-Trump priest gone too far?

The Rev. Peter West, pastor of St. John's Catholic Church in Orange, has caused "concern" among officials in the Archdiocese of Newark over his politically charged social media posts, a spokesman says.

Mark Mueller | NJ Advance Media for, February 08, 2017

Peter West, an avowed supporter of President Donald Trump, doesn't shrink from calling it as he sees it.

Posting on Facebook and Twitter up to a dozen times a day, he has repeatedly railed against Muslims, calling moderate Islam "a myth" and voicing strong support for the president's travel ban, which temporarily barred immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries before a judge issued a stay last week.

West has assailed millennials as "snowflakes" who attend "cry-ins" and described liberals as "smug and arrogant" people who find solace in puppies and Play-Doh.

He has called Hillary Clinton an "evil witch" and former President Barack Obama a "bum," at one point sharing a post that challenged Obama's authenticity as an African-American because he wasn't raised by a poor single mother in the inner city.

Were West some random internet flamethrower, his posts might garner a shrug in an age of intense political division and social media rancor.

But West, 57, is a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Newark, and some of his withering attacks, while popular with many of his 7,300 Facebook followers from around the country, run counter to the statements and philosophies of his own leader, Newark Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, and his ultimate boss, Pope Francis.

Perhaps more significant, West's online behavior breaks with the longstanding protocol that religious figures should refrain from political bomb-throwing or the disparagement of other faiths, experts say.

The reluctance to campaign from the pulpit is rooted in the broad notion of separation of church and state and, more specifically, in a 1954 federal law.

Known as the Johnson Amendment, after former President Lyndon Johnson, the measure explicitly bars tax-exempt agencies, including the church, from participating in political campaigns and from endorsing or attacking candidates. Failure to comply can result in the loss of an institution's tax-exempt status.

Trump, speaking before religious leaders at the National Prayer Breakfast last week, vowed to "totally destroy" the Johnson Amendment, saying he wanted to "allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution." Such a move, however, would require congressional action.

West is not accused of stumping for Trump or denigrating the president's critics during church services, but his public musings on the internet raise questions about how politically active clergymen can or should be in their private lives before running afoul of the federal law.

A pro-life activist who previously served as vice president for missions at the group Human Life International, West is an associate pastor at St. John's Catholic Church in Orange, an ethnically diverse community in Essex County.

He declined to comment on his social media postings when approached by a reporter at the rectory last week, referring questions to Jim Goodness, a spokesman for the archdiocese.

In a statement to NJ Advance Media, Goodness said the archdiocese would move to curtail West's political pronouncements.

"Certainly, a priest doesn't give up his civil liberties when he is ordained, and he maintains the same right to freedom of expression as anyone else in the United States," Goodness said. "That said, we are concerned about Father West's comments and actions, and will be addressing them according to the protocols of the Church."

The spokesman declined to elaborate or answer additional questions.

A minority of commenters on West's Facebook page have denounced him as a "hatemonger" who promotes divisiveness, and at least one person complained about him to the archdiocese in December -- a development announced by West himself on Facebook.

His response? A harangue against "leftist apparatchiks" and "Comrade Obama."

Directly addressing the complainant, whom he did not name, West added: "You should be ashamed of yourself for supporting pro-abortion, anti-family politicians. If I get in trouble for denouncing them, so be it! But I won't be scared off by a totalitarian jerk like yourself!"

The Rev. John J. Dietrich, the director of spiritual formation at the nation's second largest seminary, Mount Saint Mary's in Maryland, called West's comments about politicians, Muslims and liberals "way over-the-top inappropriate behavior."

"The thrust of his priesthood is not to be political. The thrust of his priesthood is supposed to be sacramental, preaching the Scripture," Dietrich said, adding, "There's a red line you don't cross."

"We discuss things like this in the seminary," he said. "We would never countenance anything like this."

Catholic leaders in recent decades have navigated the intersection of religious belief and politics carefully, stressing, for instance, the sanctity of life but rarely launching personal attacks against politicians who support abortion rights.

One modern exception to the tread-lightly rule has been Cardinal Raymond Burke, a former St. Louis archbishop who made headlines in 2004 when he said presidential candidate John Kerry, then a U.S. senator, should be denied Communion because of his pro-choice views. Francis demoted Burke, also a vocal Trump supporter who has criticized Islam, to a largely ceremonial Vatican position in 2014 amid several public disagreements.

A handful of other outspoken priests took public political stances in the 20th century, said David Campbell, who has written about religion and politics as chairman of the American Democracy Department at Notre Dame University.

Those priests include the brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan, who led protests against the Vietnam War, and the Rev. Charles Coughlin, an early radio talk show host who challenged the policies of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1930s.

But politically hard-charging Catholic priests remain a rarity, said Boston College theology professor Stephen J. Pope, an expert on Catholic social teaching.

"Catholic priests are forbidden from using their office and their priesthood to promote partisan political positions," Pope said. "A priest's job is to be a bridge-builder, not a wall-builder."

It's one thing, Pope added, for a priest or a bishop to reinforce issues important to Catholics in an election year. But as representatives of the church, he said, it's wholly improper for priests to savage candidates or elected leaders.

"The archbishop should bring him in and ask him to refrain from this, or he can leave the priesthood," Pope said. "He can't have it both ways. No priest has the right to hijack the church for his political agenda."

West's targets have varied over the years -- he once criticized former Republican Speaker John Boehner as "easy prey" for Obama -- but his bread-and-butter subjects are Democrats, particularly liberal Democrats, and Muslims.

On Nov. 12, for instance, he shared a post that read: "Liberals are acting like Trump is going to kill all the gays, make slavery legal again and take away women's rights. ... Like he's a Muslim or something."

While Cardinal Tobin and the Vatican have opposed the president's travel ban, West has repeatedly shared Facebook posts suggesting Muslim immigrants are a dire threat to the United States.

He also differs with the pope -- and has taken shots at the pontiff -- on the legitimacy of climate change, calling it a "hoax pushed by pro-abortion population controllers and Leftists who want to destroy Western economies based on faulty computer models with no real data to support it."

West doesn't apologize for his opinions, even if some find them offensive.

"People ask me, 'Father, shouldn't we try to convert liberals instead of making fun of them?'" he wrote on Facebook after the election. "My answer is that mocking is part of the conversion process."

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