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.