Coping with the Pope Who Would Not Be King

Coping with the Pope Who Would Not Be King

Media reports about the Synod on the Family inflamed divisions in the Church. Pope Francis drew fire for accommodations to the left and capitulations to the right. (Editors Note: This is part two of a two-part post by Father Gordon MacRae. Part one, “Pope Francis and the Scandal of Listening,” was posted November 5.) Martin […]

Companions in Faith Along a Road Less Traveled

Companions in Faith Along a Road Less Traveled

Bonds of true friendship forged in prison are rare, but essential for the sake of spiritual and emotional survival. This is a day in the life of one such bond. Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Michael P. Ciresi, author of “Coming Home to the Catholic Faith I left Behind.” “Did I […]

Pope Francis and the Scandal of Listening

Pope Francis and the Scandal of Listening

At the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis called for renewed focus on the art of pastoral practice. Are the concerns of traditional Catholics justified or misplaced? “God is not afraid of new things.” Thus was proclaimed, in a homily for the October 19, 2014 Beatification of Blessed Paul VI, another sound bite media summary […]

Love Through the Tempest

Love Through the Tempest

Editor’s Note: The following is an original guest post for These Stone Walls by Carlos Caso-Rosendi. Carlos was the subject of the TSW post, “From the Pope’s End of the World, a Voice Not Lost in Translation” by Father Gordon MacRae. Writing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Carlos recently launched the Catholic website, DELUMEN.org. The title […]

Missiles of October: A Hard Fall Behind the Walls

Missiles of October-  A Hard Fall Behind the Walls

In prison a broken typewriter can end a writer’s voice; an injury can end access to the outside world; such were the missiles of October behind These Stone Walls. I can’t remember what post it was, but I told you this story before, and I beg your forgiveness for telling it again. It’s a true […]

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, “lier,” 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 […]