Father James Valladares has just published a guest post over on TheseStoneWalls entitled May Truth and Justice Prevail! It’s a great read. Father is a great writer. You’ll be more impressed than ever with the book he’s just published that has constant reference to our great friend, Father Gordon MacRae (About). I first mentioned that book here some weeks ago as I think I got the very first copy hot off the presses. Father MacRae had given me a head’s up! I’ll have to busy myself to write a review on the Amazon page for the book:
Further details are available on http://jamesvalladares.com/
Father James repeats this exclamation throughout his article on TheseStoneWalls:
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
And he’s right.
But let’s take that one step further:
If you merely say that you are sad and upset about hypothetically possible miscarriages of justice, remaining aloof from commenting on concrete cases that cry to heaven for vengeance, know, then, that you also have chosen the side of the oppressor.
An example: Ryan MacDonald sent me some emails yesterday. In one of them he was complaining that he had sent the following to very many Catholic journals/web-sites, but he was not graced even with a rejection, just… nothing:
As a Catholic writer, I am very concerned about the case of a priest whom I believe – to a moral certainty – has been wrongly imprisoned on false charges of sexual abuse for 18 years. I have researched this case extensively, as has Dorothy Rabinowitz, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist for The Wall Street Journal. We both drew the same conclusion: This case was a fraud. Now, a veteran Special Agent for the FBI has completed a three year investigation after which he concluded: “I find no evidence that Fr. Gordon MacRae has committed the crimes for which he is incarcerated, or any other crimes.”
Most recently, a new appeal has been filed in this case, but for the most part both the secular and Catholic news media have been silent about it. This concerns me very greatly. Here are four links to new information in the case of Fr. MacRae that I want to bring to your attention.
I would add another rather important link to that list, a post I put up the other day demonstrating the reason why innocent priests will have a hard time getting their ministry back again:
Mark my words: Injustice to one will bring injustice to another. That’s guaranteed. If you want sexual misconduct covered up, just continue injustice to innocent priests. How’s that? The same attitude by which there is a coverup is the same attitude by which innocent priests are persecuted.