Father Gordon J MacRae is not one to ask for prayers for himself, ever. But now, it’s different. He’s asking, with reason. For two reasons, actually. Continue reading
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Above is most of the campus of the New Hampshire State Prison for men. Note the light colored building on the lower-left just above the baseball field. Father Gordon has been housed on lower-left of the bottom floor of that building for the last 17 years, after having been moved out of many years in much worse conditions.
Below is a view of that building from a perspective 180 degrees around. B-Bravo pod is the one with two levels, where he’s been all this time. He’s now sceduled to move to the part of the building with four levels, which includes 4 pods each with two levels (but not all the way across the building on the central door side): C-Charlie, D-Delta, E-Echo, F-Foxtrot. Father Gordon is scheduled to be moved to C-Charlie pod to the right of the central door (the two bottom levels but nearest to that door).
He’s been in a place with a two man cell, but is now going to a place with 8 man cells, which was always considered punitive. It’s unheard of a long term prisoner who has never had a mark against him to be moved to punitive housing after so many years, especially one who, like Father Gordon, is extremely involved in the life of the whole prison for the better. The little black building at the center bottom is called Checkpoint Charlie after the gate between West Germany and Communist East Germany. Here’s the perspective in 1986 from the Communist side:
We’re hoping that Father Gordon will eventually be moved to what is called “South”, which, in the photo at the top, is the three level building to the bottom right. Please pray that things work out for him. Here’s a generic picture of what a FOUR man cell is like:
The prison cell where Father Gordon is going was made as a FOUR man cell, but each cell in the pod now houses EIGHT men in one cell. Instead of 48 in the pod there are 96. Go ahead, try to figure out how to make an eight man cell out of a four man cell by using the picture above.
Here’s the deal. Father Gordon rightly insists that he is innocent. This is considered a failure of the prison system, as they want him to say that he is guilty. If he does, they would put him in an offender program and, after six months, release him. He has always been able to do this at will over these past decades, but will not, as he is innocent.
Here’s the irony. It is the offender program which is taking over the two man cells where he now lives. They are forcing him into worse housing. Incredible. Please pray that he have the consolation of walking in the presence of Jesus. Hail Mary…
P.S. Don’t think that a lot more faithful priests won’t soon be sharing the same fate if Hillary wins this election. She is intent on forcing Catholics to pay directly into the abortion super-fund by way of a side-payment along with insurance premiums. The faithful priests won’t do it. And then… imagine 16 in the cell above. It will then become like prisons right around the world:
And those on the outside will still have no clue, no clue at all. Oblivious. Hail Mary…
The relic of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina will be at the Cathedral in Boston today. Just my opinion, but this seems to me to be the final insult launched against this great saint.
- You might know that Padre Pio was falsely accused for sexual abuse and exonerated of the same.
- You might know that he was wrongfully smacked down by ecclesiastical superiors for years and denounced to many successive Popes.
- You might know that all this was for the benefit of the self-hero worship of those who persecuted him: “We’re sophisticated and up-to-date!” they screeched, as if holding Padre Pio’s decapitated head high with one hand and their degrees in psychology held high in the other hand was proof that Padre Pio was bad and evil while they were good and holy.
The mirror image of what happened back in the day against Padre Pio has happened to Father Gordon MacRae (born and raised near Boston) in our own day (see: http://thesestonewalls.com/about/). The present leader of mocking accused priests with zero due process regardless of their guilt or, in fact, innocence, is, ironically, Cardinal O’Malley of Boston, another up-to-date OFM.cap. Take a look at the policies of The National Catholic Risk Retention Group and you’ll know what I mean. Boston is by far one of the main supporters of TNCRRG. All accusations are to be believed without question and paid a settlement immediately hopefully without lawyers with the accuser in complete charge of everything, even if, say, the “incident” is said to have occurred even before the priest was a priest, even before he was born. Yes, it’s happened. No one cares, that is, except for the ecclesiastical superior who revels in the good press he gets for “being tough on priests.”
Isn’t it just this very kind of self-absorbed, self-referential, Promethean, neo-Pelagian, self-hero worship that Pope Francis has declared himself to be against? Yes, that would be right. I stand with Pope Francis on this one. I stand with those who are falsely accused and wrongly convicted and smacked down with no due-process whatsoever. Isn’t that what Pope Francis wants, that is, to go out and cause a ruckus by heading out into the darkest of existential peripheries, to those who are condemned by the self-referential crowd who only want to be on the nice side of media hype? Yes, that is what Pope Francis wants. Since I’m the Roman Pontiff’s own Missionary of Mercy, I think I ought best not neglect stories like this.
Pointing out irony is, I think, O.K. After all, our Lord Himself is Irony Incarnate. On His cross, mercy and justice kiss. We had better be there in the midst of that embrace, or our Lord may well say to us at the judgment: “I do not know you.”
The mercy that so many falsely accused priests want is justice itself.
But this is the hopeful side of Padre Pio’s heart going to Boston. Whatever the motives of those who brought Padre Pio’s heart to Boston, know that this is a missionary journey of Padre Pio; he goes into the lion’s den. Just so you know, if you think I am rather severe with some ecclesiastics in this post, it is Father Gordon J MacRae himself who reminded me that we are to pray for Cardinal O’Malley, who was so loved by our Lord that he also was redeemed. Yes, that’s exactly right, and this was always the attitude of the great saint of Pietrelcina as well. It’s the attitude of Joseph in Egypt, who tells his brothers that their selling of him to the Ishmaelites was all within God’s providence. We do trust that we will see great fruits from the incarceration of Father Gordon, and we have already seen very many.
So, do, yes, go to the Cathedral in Boston just now and ask Padre Pio’s intercession not only for Father Gordon MacRae, but also for Cardinal O’Malley. It will do you good. But just remember a few things:
- Padre Pio loved the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and was hated for that.
- Padre Pio supported Humanae Vitae, and was hated for that.
- Padre Pio was obedient to his superiors, and was hated for that.
The mercy that so many falsely accused priests want is justice itself, but in our Lord’s grace they can embrace the fact that our Lord will use the injustice for the sake of mercy.
Thanks, Padre Pio, for leading the way. Thanks so very, very much. We need you today!
Father Gordon MacRae, wrongfully convicted and wrongfully imprisoned 23 years ago, has published the front page article on SperoNews today: The Shawshank Redemption and Its Real-World Version. The guilty verdict based on zero evidence was announced at 10:00 AM 23 years ago today, the day of the release of the film The Shawshank Redemption. Today is the Feast of the great Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, OFM.cap., Patron of Father Gordon.
Here are some articles Father Gordon has published about Padre Pio on TheseStoneWalls:
Father Gordon J MacRae (about) has been writing for his blog TheseStoneWalls from prison for seven years (Seven Years Behind These Stone Walls), something he’s done at the request of Cardinal Avery Dulles. There was no case presented against him in court, and the prosecutors (one who disappeared the next day and one who committed suicide) begged him to take a plea deal (at one point for no time at all), but, since he was innocent and couldn’t live with the lie, he was given a life sentence for crimes that by the reckoning of all never happened. He was wrongly convicted and wrongly imprisoned for now going on 23 years.
The CDF knows that he is innocent but does nothing to prosecute those who scapegoated him. Father Gordon knew too much of the wrong doing of those at the epicenter of the abuse crisis: Bishop John McCormack, Bishop Francis Christian and, now, imprisoned for untold numbers of crimes, Monsignor Edward Arsenault.
The conflicts of interest are many which drive this case, each one of which would make for a blockbuster film. These include the bishops and chancery officials and their various relationships with various members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, pretty much all the lawyers on whatever “side”, Attorneys General, U.S. Attorneys, Governors, priests who are guilty, the accusers and their dollars.
There has been a wide array of those writing about his case including many times The Wall Street Journal. But, you can read the stunning summary at Seven Years Behind These Stone Walls. At the end of that article, that paradigm reset button, you’ll find this Editor’s note:
Editor’s Note: Long-time TSW reader, Maria Stella, extends this invitation,
“As the next TSW post will probably be June 29, could you please add a note at the end of the post to invite supporters of Fr. MacRae to join in a 54 day rosary novena that will start on June 30, the day the first martyrs of the Holy Roman Church are commemorated? The intention is justice for Fr MacRae and that he be released from prison. Other readers may want to add their particular intentions.”
As it happens, the beginning and ending days in the Novus Ordo and the Extraordinary Form are Feast days that are most fitting:
- June 30 Feast of the Martyrs of the Church of Rome
- August 22 Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- June 30 Commemoration of Saint Paul
- August 22 Immaculate Heart of Mary
Father Richard Heilman has a great presentation of the provenance of the 54 day Rosary novena, made up of 3 novenas of petition and 3 novenas of thanksgiving: Roman Catholic Man.
Please, do join us. In doing so, you are also helping out true victims, who hate nothing more than the self-congratulation of those who pocket money and prestige based on hysteria over their own actual sufferings. Remember, when people get sick of false accusations, they won’t listen to real ones any more. And the whole thing begins again. No! We must take each case individually, grant due process (which has almost never been done, especially by those who trumpet loudly that it has), and respect justice. Mercy, mind you, is based on justice, and if we throw out justice, you will never see mercy, only fraud. And people suffer.
Meanwhile, Father Gordon is an instrument of grace in his prison pod, “Bravo Pod,” which is reserved for only the worst criminals. Many of them convert. Many of them belong to the Militia of the Immaculata of Saint Maximilian Kolbe. Pray for his strength and holiness. He points more people to heaven than most all priests on the outside of those stone walls.