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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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is in federal lockup, up on the tenth floor of Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, second in security only to the ultra-super-max in Colorado. There are more than forty witnesses ready to testify against him. I’d like to add one more name to that list…
From prison, Guzman will continue to head up the world’s largest drug cartel (concentrating on cocaine, heroin and meth), which is, as expected, also by far the most violent. His Sinaloa thugs have killed more than 30,000 people, a third of the more than 100,000 people assassinated in the Mexican drug war. That’s not counting the millions whose lives were destroyed by his drugs right around the world, and millions more for succeeding generations. He is largely responsible for the rampant drug use in these USA, and is indirectly responsible for all the crime and murder and family sorrow related to the presence of drugs. Anyone who has ever helped him now has a debt of honor to work against him…
I would have some questions for our own government about all this, you know, why it seems that he was simply our puppet, someone who would destabilize a neighboring country so that it couldn’t possibly prosper. Remember how he was the hero assisting the U.S. government in the investigation of the assassination of Cardinal Ocampo? Remember how we supplied him weapons? Is he here in the USA because he won’t be able to talk much to the outside world about our partnership with him?
I would have some questions for the Mexican government along these lines, such as why Mexico, which wants to see Guzman convicted and imprisoned about 100,000 times more than these USA… why did they give him up to these USA?
Guzman enjoys 240 square feet of floor space. Multiply that by air space up to the ceiling and that’s 2,400 square feet. That’s one hundred times as much space as American prisoners in, say, the New Hampshire State Prison for Men, where inmates get a total of 24 square feet, that is, a coffin sized bunk two feet high, two feet wide and six feet long. That’s it. These USA treat Guzman like royalty. Why is that?
So, looking at this picture, double the amount of bunks, coming up with eight bunks, meaning every bunk is:
- 2 feet high
- 2 feet wide
- 6 feet long
That’s 24 square feet of total living space. A normal coffin is actually a bit bigger.
The prison officials were in his cell the other day, measuring the bunks, apparently to see if they could fit in more bunks into the same space.
It seems they are trying to get him to lie about his innocence, in which case they would put him in the offender program in a pod with comparatively infinitely more space and he would then get out of prison as soon as the program was over. He could have done this any time in the last number of decades. He could have taken a plea deal and been out in a matter of months from the beginning. He hasn’t lied about being innocent until now. This kind of “space torture” won’t budge him either. Good for him. See his ABOUT page.
I wonder if those responsible (lay, civil, ecclesial) for putting him in such a situation live in a space that is bigger than 24 square feet for the few moments they are still in this world. I wonder how much space they think they will have in eternity.
Many forget, whether lay, civil or ecclesial, that regardless of anyone’s religion, or atheism, or whatever, Christ our God will nevertheless come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen. Come Lord Jesus. Maranatha!
Oh, and on that note, I should add that once in a while some are horrified to find out that Father Gordon was accused, and they take that to mean he is absolutely necessarily guilty, even though the accusers get tons of money, don’t have to prove their case (just pocket money immediately), even though Father Gordon has not only not had due process, but has not been able to speak for himself in civil or ecclesiastical tribunal until this day, and even though the jury was criminally stacked against him, even though all have overlooked mind-numbing conflicts of interest by pretty much everyone involved, etc., etc., etc.
Those who have such pious ears are guilty of abuse as much as those who actually did it, for they promote a situation in which people will eventually get tired of cutting the heads off the innocent with no due process, and simply wont listen even to real cases anymore.
Did I say that Christ our God will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire? Now is the time to repent. Now is the day of salvation.
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…
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.