Father Gordon MacRae (About) has now been in prison close to 18 years.
That incarceration has cost the State of New Hampshire about $1,000,000.00.
What does the state get in return? Political satisfaction.
However, if it were to be found out that there were individuals who knew him to be innocent and who helped stack the jury to make sure he was convicted, and this for ulterior self-serving motives (see The Judas Crisis), the State just might want to exact that money from those individuals, whoever they are, other priests, for instance, even bishops, even those involved with risk rention. Hey! There’s a thought!
But Father! But Father! Risk Rentention is serious business! You’re in over your head. You don’t understand. Millions of dollars are changing hands all the time. Of course we use prisons for innocent priests who get caught up in blanket settlements that save us, well, beyond just millions of dollars. Too bad for them. But anyway, didn’t you know? Prisons are free! They’re there to make sure our money making schemes continue right on course! How can you be such a big ol’ meanie! Meanie! Meanie! Meanie!
And the slamming of prison gates was heard anew over the land. The moans of the new prisoners – those bishops who used prisons to babysit collateral damage of NCRRG policies (innocent priests) - were met with contempt. And then the chant started up anew against these new prisoners: ♬ ♬ ♬