Evenor Pineda and the Late Mother’s Day Gift

Evenor Pineda and the Late Mother’s Day Gift

Like many single mothers of prodigal sons, Evenor Pineda’s Mom struggled against, formidable forces – the streets, the gangs, jail, then prison – but never gave up. Toya Graham is not exactly a household name, but odds are you’ve seen her. Just about every cable and network news outlet in America carried a video clip […]

Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square

Richard John Neuhaus- A Life in the Public Square

Six years after the death of Richard John Neuhaus, a new biography by Randy Boyagoda echoes his bold, timely, vibrant voice on religion in the public square. When I arrived in prison in September, 1994, a friend concerned for what he imagined was a dearth of intellectual stimulation here gifted me with a subscription to […]

My Turn: A Lesson From Damien, Leper Priest

My Turn- A Lesson From Damien, Leper Priest

Should the State’s flawed justice be mirrored in the Church? This must be asked and the truth written. But ask as well, “Can a leper priest also serve God?” Something happened over the last few weeks that cast yet another, but brighter light on the recent events that have so overshadowed These Stone Walls. In […]

A Criminal Defense Expert Unfurls Father MacRae Case

A Criminal Defense Expert Unfurls Father MacRae Case

Criminal Defense Attorney, Vincent James Sanzone, explains why the case of Father Gordon MacRae has been no measure of justice for either Church or State. The unjust imprisonment and suffering of Catholic priests at the hands of communist, fascist and other evil despots has and will unfortunately never end. And let’s not forget that Jesus […]

For One Priest, A Fate Worse Than Dying in Prison

For One Priest, A Fate Worse Than Dying in Prison

When Judge Joseph LaPlante denied the Habeas Corpus petition of Fr Gordon MacRae, a last hope for freedom faded. The only thing left to take from him is priesthood. I am grateful for this additional opportunity to clarify for the readers of These Stone Walls the legal and canonical paths ahead for wrongly imprisoned priest, […]

Judge Joseph LaPlante Denies Priest’s Appeal

Judge Joseph LaPlante Denies Priest’s Appeal

Allowing neither a hearing on the merits nor testimony of witnesses, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph LaPlante denied a Habeas Corpus petition of Fr Gordon MacRae. After a long awaited procedural hearing in the Habeas Corpus appeal of wrongly convicted priest, Father Gordon MacRae, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph LaPlante for the District of New […]

“You Did It To Me”: Wisdom and Works of Mercy

YOU DID IT TO ME”- WISDOM AND WORKS OF MERCY

Fr Michael Gaitley and the Marians of the Immaculate Conception from The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy unlock another sacred mystery behind these stone walls. This latest chapter in the Divine Mercy saga unfolding behind prison walls begins where my Holy Week post left off. In “Mary Magdalene: Faith, Courage, and an Empty Tomb,” […]

Mary Magdalene: Faith, Courage, and an Empty Tomb

Mary Magdalene- Faith, Courage, and an Empty Tomb

History unjustly sullied her name without evidence, but Mary Magdalene emerges from the Gospel a faithful, courageous and noble woman, an apostle to the Apostles. As an imprisoned priest, a communal celebration of the Easter Triduum is not available to me. My celebration of this week is for the most part limited to a private […]

Turning a Page: A Long Lent Toward Easter Sunrise

Turning a Page- A Long Lent Toward Easter Sunrise

This account of a young man’s conversion to the Catholic faith is the Parable of the Prodigal Son told in prose; a story of pain and loss, of grace and freedom. My name is Alexander Page. I am 28 years old and I am prisoner number 96829 in the New Hampshire State Prison. One day […]

Copts, Catholics, and the Crusades of ISIS

Copts, Catholics, and the Crusades of ISIS

After mass martyrdom of Egyptian Christians in Libya, President Obama compared it with the Crusades. Islamic State has now aimed its sights at Rome and the Vatican. Jamil Malik was a Coptic Christian university student living in Egypt when I last heard from him. I say “was” because he corresponded with me in 2011 and […]