The Lying, Scheming Altar Boy: “Credible” to the tune of $5,000,000.00


Father Gordon J MacRae writes:

As journalist Ralph Cipriano reveals in Newsweek, Father Engelhardt refused pre-trial plea deals including one deal on the eve of trial that would have resulted in no time in prison and a sentence of simple “community service.” Father Engelhardt chose the truth, and he chose to suffer for the truth. He instead was sentenced to a term of six to twelve years in prison “because he would not perjure himself by pleading guilty ‘to make a deal,’ to admit to a crime he did not commit.” In “Handcuffs and a Hospital Bed,” a November 17, 2014 posting at his “Big Trial” blog, Cipriano wrote: “For Father Charles Engelhardt, the ordeal is finally over. The 67-year-old priest died at 8:30 PM Saturday night [November 15, 2014] an inmate at the State Correctional Institution in Coal Township [PA] where he served nearly two years of a 6-to-12 year sentence.”

See Father Gordon’s take on the rest of Cipriano’s article here: The Lying, Scheming Altar Boy on the Cover of Newsweek. Indeed, this became the Newsweek cover story: “Catholic Guilt? The Lying, Scheming Altar Boy Behind a Lurid Rape Case” (Jan. 20, 2016).

All told, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia paid out some $5,000,000.00 to the accuser. In the interests of transparency, shouldn’t the Archdiocesan review board publish just how it is that they found Father Engelhardt and whoever else to have “credible accusations” against them? They can’t, even if findings are published, for “credible” doesn’t mean proven. It doesn’t mean due process. It simply means that a story from which one excuses all improbabilities, contradictions and inconsistencies can be said to have been physically possible, however otherwise impossible from every other point of view. When it comes to the Dallas Charter, it is not justice which is desired, merely self-congratulations at the cost of justice. In this case, the judge admitted into evidence a case which took place years before the accused was even born. But you have to understand, truth and justice are not important. It is only civil officials giving Church officials knives to slit the throats of their priests which is important, because that kind of violence makes the Church officials look like heroes in their own eyes. That’s what’s important.

But the Lord will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire.

Strange, isn’t it, that a Missionary of Mercy keeps repeating that the Lord will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire? It’s not so strange if you understand that mercy is founded on justice, and if justice is denied, there can be no mercy.



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7 responses to “The Lying, Scheming Altar Boy: “Credible” to the tune of $5,000,000.00

  1. TerryC

    Grave injustice has been done in the name of protecting the men who actually committed real crimes against children and the bishops who protected them. Innocent men thrown on the alter of sacrifice. Certainly the Divine Judge will set it right in the end and many of these men will be saints in heaven, the temporal punishment of the minor sins they did commit washed in the unfair punishment they received for sins they did not commit.
    I would not give a brass farthing to be any of the bishops or their vicars that sold these men out come Judgment time.

  2. Margaret

    Thank God for holy priests like Fr Charles Engelhardt who chose the truth come what may than offending his just Judge and Lord. May he intercede for or sick world. All the falsely accused priests are great dry martyrs.

  3. Fr A Neyman

    The Church shows such inability to care for its people, including members of the clergy at every level, that the Gospel is brought into ridicule as an answer bringing hope and life to a bewildered humanity bereft of credible leadership. How was the Fr James Haley case resolved after years of delay and suffering? The scandal is deeply wounding to God’s faithful people.

  4. Father George David Byers

    @ Fr A Neyman – Not “The Church” Father, but some individuals in the Church. The distinction is important and willed by our Lord Himself. You might like to read through the list of the Apostles…

  5. Fr A Neyman

    That is not so. Appealing to God’s permissive will, is no justification for human wrongdoing.
    When a case is appealed to Rome, as in Fr James Haley’s case in JPII’s time, there is no higher authority on earth. The organisation shows itself flawed in its care of the people over whom it exercises real authority. Of course individuals answer to God for this. That is no consolation to those who suffer evil from men in the hierarchy without finding relief within the Church on earth. Is that their fault, or a defect in the Church itself which has care of them?

  6. Father George David Byers

    Dearest Father Neyman – As you may know, there are few who have written more incisively or extensively about what I call The Judas Crisis. You might know that Jesus chose Judas for very many reasons. The fact of Judas does not mean that the Church Jesus founded and of which He is the Head is instead founded and organized and operated by Judas. No one is appealing to God’s permissive will to justify human wrongdoing. The Church is of divine origin and is the Immaculate Bride of Christ. We belong to the Church and to Christ inasmuch as we are with Him. What you call the organization, that is, that construct of some policies of some offices with some people in the Roman Curia is, of course, flawed, as is any human construct, and needs constant reform, as noted and wrought be Saint John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Pope Francis has made this one of his projects. Some are better at reform than others. That human organizing effort of some few people, while having authority affecting people’s lives, is, nevertheless, not to be equated with the Immaculate Bride of Christ. If you, Father Haley, me, or anyone else, ever rightly seeks what I call logistical relief from this hierarchy, we may find that relief or not. But this is not a defect of the Immaculate Bride of Christ. If, instead, with right reason and well founded faith, one seeks spiritual relief from the Church as, in fact, the Immaculate Bride of Christ, one will always but always find consolation with Christ our God, Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception, who Himself was betrayed, scourged, crowned with thorns, judged and judged again, and then crucified, who Himself is coming to judge the living and the dead and world by fire, including those who separate themselves from the Immaculate Bride because of mere logistics, such as being betrayed and scourged and crowned with thorns and being judged and judged again and then crucified. I beg those who have suffered grave wrong-doing by those who should know better to find a spiritual director who will lead them to Jesus.

  7. elizdelphi

    The Church itself is indefectibly holy even if its members sin!!

    It was only yesterday I taught my Catechism students a lesson on the four marks of the Church… one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. Unam, sanctam, catolicam, et apostolicam Ecclesiam!

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