- “The Kingdom of Thailand weeps for its children. Only a wounded healer like Mr. Pornchai Moontri could tell such a devastating story and yet leave readers feeling inspired and hopeful. This is indeed a gift. I have read many accounts of this tragedy, but none told with such elegant grace.” — Dorothy R. Stein
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Raped for years, his mother murdered, imprisoned most of his life, now a friend of Immaculate Mary’s Son, Jesus
In that picture above the background you see is boxes of cold cases, murders, piled high in the United States Territory of Guam. The label that’s visible says “HOMICIDE: WANNEE L BAILEY”. She’s the one who was murdered. That’s her on the left in the picture at 19 years old, when she was pregnant with her son, Pornchai Moontri, who is to the right in the picture at 12 years of age.
From Father Gordon J MacRae:
- “It has not escaped my notice that this is being posted on the Feast of the Exultation of the Cross. That is most fitting. This is an unusual post for us, but a necessary one. It tells a story that has deeply impacted our lives and it has been a long time in the making. Please note that portions of this account may be disturbing. I have done all I can to minimize such content without minimizing the story itself. This post is longer than most, but it is a mesmerizing account with no part that I could justly omit. If you have never shared a post of mine on social media or with others, please share this one.”
Just to be clear: share that post on BeyondTheseStoneWalls, over there. Here’s the link:
It is one of the very highest honors of my entire life to be called a friend of Pornchai Moontri.
Did I hear that right? You need an Advent Project? Here’s one:
That project involves Father John Le in Thailand (who has been assisting Pornchai Maximilian Moontri), as well as Father Tim Moyle, in Canada, who is twinning his parish with Father Le’s Advent Project.
Meanwhile, some humor, because, it is what it is, Eh?! First of all, as a prerequisite, the first minute of this video dedicated to Canadians saying, asking, “Eh?!” after everything they say, “Eh?!”
Now then, once this twinning of parishes goes forward, everyone involved in Canada will be saying the traditional Thai greeting of “Sawasdee kup!” There are fuller spellings for orthography and changes for the person to whom you are greeting, but that’s the basic form.
- Pornchai, with typical humor, said: “Oh great! Now everyone in Canada is going to be saying “Sawasdee kup! Eh?!”
Hahaha! Eh?! Lol.
- Meanwhile, Father Gordon MacRae, not to be outdone in humor, having learned from the great Pornchai makes his own joke: “This is how you tell Canadian Geese from all other geese. Other geese say “Honk!” and Canadian Geese say “Honk! Eh?!”
One of these geese actually says “Eh?!” in the midst of this few seconds of honking:
Father Gordon learned well from the master of humor, Pornchai Maximilian Moontri, Eh?!
Meanwhile, be sure to go to that special events page of Beyond These Stone Walls:
/// UPDATE: The Apostolic Nuncio in Washington DC has taken up the case. Interesting timeline. ///
Over on Beyond These Stone Walls, Father Gordon J MacRae published on how Bishop Peter A Libasci of the Diocese of Manchester, NH, was effectively set up by ever so ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo. Bill Donohue of the Catholic League assisted in giving this a wide readership. If you haven’t see it yet, here’s the link right to that article:
But there’s a problem, which is that many do not read the comments of posts. The trolls ruin it for everyone. In the case of Beyond These Stone Walls, as with a few others, the comments are well-moderated, not to take out opposing points of view, but so as not to allow malice to have a voice.
There is one comment in particular I would like to highlight here in hopes that, in reading it, you will go to read that article linked above. This is a matter of justice.
The comment is penned by the incisive journalist, Ryan A. MacDonald:
- “As Father G [Father Gordon J MacRae: ABOUT] knows, I have investigated and written multiple articles about events that led to his unjust trial and wrongful conviction and about his appearance on Bishop Peter Libasci’s published list of the “credibly accused.” Two of them are linked here in Fr. G’s post. At first, after reading this post, I vehemently disagreed with his decision to defend Bishop Libasci and expose the arena of hypocrisy and greed in which the Bishop was accused. My first impulse upon reading this post was that I wanted to shake Fr. G into reality. He is defending the due process rights of someone who has failed to defend his. He is asking the whole Church not to shame someone who did not hesitate to shame him by publishing the list of names of priests who are “guilty for being accused.” I am quite fascinated by Fr. G’s linked article, “Be Wary of Crusaders!” I am hard pressed to tell the difference between Bishop Libasci and former Governor Cuomo. They have both plucked the splinter from the eyes of others while ignoring the plank in their own. Bishop Libasci cited his own self-righteous “transparency” when he chose to join the mob with stones in hand to shame other priests who have been accused, many with no more evidence than the evidence against him. But Fr. G was right and I was wrong. We cannot uphold due process rights and a presumption of innocence only for those who have done right by us. I stand corrected, and not for the first time by this wrongly imprisoned priest. Ryan A. MacDonald”