John Wilson, a columnist and editorial writer for the New York Post, is hanging up his pen and pad for some priestly vestments.
The 25-year-old worked his last day at the News Corp offices on Friday, after a send-off party at the Blarney Stone. He will be entering a seminary in Yonkers in two weeks.
“I think my time at the Post has been a great education in a lot of ways,” Wilson said. “It taught me how to be really brief, to write concisely, to convey a point effectively. I am not going to say it’s similar to preaching but it might come in handy down the line.”
More precisely: “In very different ways and in front of very different audiences, you are trying to sniff out the truth and communicate it.”
Wilson spent three years on the Post‘s editorial board, landing there immediately after graduating from Claremont McKenna College in California.
“I definitely grew fond of tabloid journalism as such,” he says. “I had a great time and I think I was able to do some meaningful work there.”
He added that the Post‘s reputation for racy headlines and occasionally bawdy humor had little to do with his decision to seek a life of celibacy and the spirit, and said he was able to infuse a little bit of the sacred into his work there.
“The phrase you hear a lot of in priestly circles is ‘Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable,'” he said. “At the very least I hope I’ve managed to afflict some powerful and comfortable people at the Post.”