Dangerous Liaisons: Martha Coakley and Bernard Baran

Dangerous Liaisons- Martha Coakley and Bernard Baran

Justice is obscured when prosecutors use criminal convictions to bolster political ambition. Justice is defeated when prosecutors deny their mistakes to get elected. The French word, “liaison” comes from an older French word, “her,” related to the Latin word, “ligere”, meaning “to bind together.” Somewhere in its tangled etymological history, “liaison” was transformed in common […]

Prisoners of Summer: The 2014 Hoosegow League Pennant

Prisoners of Summer-  The 2014 Hoosegow League Pennant

Baseball, the Great American Pastime was the talk of summer behind These Stone Walls. Pornchai Moontri’s Legion of Angels won the 2014 Hoosegow League Pennant. “CRAACCKKK!” It was the sound of baseball meeting bone, and it made me shudder. Our new friend, Zachary – a rooky to both baseball and prison – stepped onto the […]

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and the Gift of Life

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and the Gift of Life

These Stone Walls relives a moment with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and her promise of a Shower of Roses, and defers to a young woman’s wisdom on the gift of life. On September 15, I happened upon a FOX News interview of Megan Kelly with Miriam Ibrahim, a young Sudanese woman who was cast into […]

Bombshells and Black Ops in the Father MacRae Case

Bombshells and Black Ops in the Father MacRae Case

The lure of money, a zealous detective, proffered bribes, ineffective lawyers, witness tampering, and many unanswered questions cloud justice for Fr Gordon MacRae Editor’s Note: The following is the fourth in a series by Ryan A. MacDonald. Other titles in this series include “The Trial of Father MacRae: A Conspiracy of Fraud,” “The Prison of […]

The Wounds of Padre Pio, the Cyrenian Priest

The Wounds of Padre Pio, the Cyrenian Priest

On the Feast of Saint Padre Pio, Father Gordon MacRae marks twenty years of wrongful imprisonment with some thoughts from the sidelines of priesthood in America. I am most grateful to Dr. Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, for “Travesty of Justice,” his courageous and outstanding guest post on […]

Travesty of Justice: The Ordeal of Fr. Gordon MacRae

TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE- THE ORDEAL OF Fr. GORDON MACRAE

God gives us all a cross to bear, but some are heavier than others. Few can match the weight of the one that Fr Gordon J MacRae has been carrying for two decades. Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by William Donohue, Ph.D., President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, […]

The Shawshank Redemption and the Crime of Innocence

The Shawshank Redemption and the Crime of Innocence

Does The Shawshank Redemption depict life in a real prison? It’s a common question from readers of These Stone Walls. How a prison film became a cable TV classic. I learned long ago in prison not to face Labor Day weekend without something to read. Long holiday weekends are a blessing in the free world, […]

A Priest Twenty Years Wrongly Imprisoned in America

A Priest Twenty Years Wrongly Imprisoned in America

Was it to satisfy justice that Fr Gordon MacRae spent the last 20 years in prison, or was it to satisfy contingency lawyers, insurers, and diocesan risk assessors? Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Father James Valladares, Ph.D, a priest of 46 years in the Archdiocese of Adelaide, South Australia, and author […]

Saints and Sojourners: From Prison to Divine Mercy

Saints and Sojourners-  From Prison to Divine Mercy

Father Michael Gaitley’s ‘Do-It-Yourself’ retreat, Consoling the Heart of Jesus has concluded behind these stone walls, and its ripple effect has begun to show. I cannot let this week pass without mention of two great Saints whose Feast Days the Church remembers this month. Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (August 9), known also as […]

These Stone Walls Turns Five Years Old

These Stone Walls Turns Five Years Old

Among top Catholic blogs, These Stone Walls written from prison has been called “A Voice in the Wilderness.” Five years of truth about priesthood under fire. “From Heaven the Lord looked at the Earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die.” (Psalms 102: 20) As July […]