Unchained Melody

Unchained Melody

President Barack Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit a federal prison. Pope Francis plans to visit a U.S. state prison. Is prison reform coming? It’s been awhile since readers of These Stone Walls were subjected to a summer rerun, but why reinvent the wheel? At about this time three years ago, I […]

The Dying of the Light: Religious Liberty in America

The Dying of the Light- Religious Liberty in America

A sharply divided Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling in Obergefel v Hodges opens an ominous door. Protecting religious liberty will be the test of democracy. More than the majority decision in the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, it was the judicial vehemence of the split court’s dissent that I found more compelling and worthy of […]

Peter Saunders and Cardinal Pell: A Trial by Media

Peter Saunders and Cardinal Pell- A Trial by Media

Abuse survivor Peter Saunders has used his position on the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors to generate media condemnation of Cardinal George Pell. Nearly all prisoners, especially those rendered powerless in the face of injustice, describe vivid and haunting dreams behind the stone walls that imprison them. My mental library contains twenty-one years […]

A Midsummer Knight’s Dream of Freedom

A Midsummer Knight’s Dream of Freedom

The Cold War’s Iron Curtain, a prison Father’s Day event, a knight proclaims the Word of God, a departed friend’s last word, all this week behind These Stone Walls In “Holy Orders: The Labyrinthine Ways of Divine Mercy,” a recent post on These Stone Walls, I described a time in my life as an older […]

Independence Day Behind These Stone Walls

Independence Day Behind These Stone Walls

The death of Anthony Begin, heroic priestly sacrifice, remember Fr Kenneth Walker, Independence Day, the battle for our souls: this week behind These Stone Walls. For those who may have missed our announcement on Facebook last week, our friend Anthony Begin passed from this life at 12:30 AM (EDT) on June 18. He was 50 […]

Pornchai Moontri: Mercy to the Max

Pornchai Moontri- Mercy to the Max

A new site, Mercy to the Max highlights the work of prominent Catholic writers on the inspiring story of Pornchai Moontri from despair to Divine Mercy conversion. We need your help for a simple but profoundly important task. Readers of These Stone Walls know that I have struggled against the injustices of false witness and […]

The Descent of Fatherhood and the Decline of Faith

The Descent of Fatherhood and the Decline of Faith

Burgeoning prisons demonstrate a link between absent fathers and the decline of faith in Western Culture. The cost to society’s most sacred trust is immeasurable. Father’s Day is celebrated in America this month, and once again I am compelled to trumpet a past Father’s Day post on These Stone Walls. “In the Absence of Fathers: […]

The United Nations High Commissioner of Hypocrisy

The United Nations High Commissioner of Hypocrisy

In 2014, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child accused the Vatican of a past sex abuse cover-up. Now the U.N. is exposed for a present sex abuse cover-up. Most people reading These Stone Walls know that the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has a monthly journal called Catalyst. In the […]

Holy Orders: The Labyrinthine Ways of Divine Mercy

Holy Orders- The Labyrinthine Ways of Divine Mercy

Marking 33 years of priesthood on June 5, 2015, Father Gordon MacRae maps a path through the labyrinthine ways of grace, shipwrecked upon the shores of Divine Mercy. “I fled Him, down the night and down the days; I fled Him, down the arches of the years; I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways of […]

Prison Mail, Spring Cleaning, and Baseball Season

Prison Mail, Spring Cleaning, and Baseball Season

Draconian new mail rules, spring inspections, summer food orders, baseball season. There’s lots of drama behind these stone walls to distract a writer from writing. Most readers of These Stone Walls are aware of a new prison mail policy here that took effect on May 1st. I have been posting updates about it over the […]