Case History

Part I: Origins of the Case

Part II: The Trial

Part III: The Imprisonment of Father Gordon MacRae

Part IV: Report on the Status of the case

Affidavit of Rev. Gordon J. MacRae

Should the Case Against Father Gordon MacRae be Reviewed? by Ryan Anthony MacDonald


“There is considerable doubt about the veracity of the new claims, quite a few of which were made after it became apparent that the Church was willing to settle for big bucks.” Attorney Harvey A. Silverglate, “Fleecing the Shepherd” Boston Phoenix


  1. David Howard says:

    Father McCrae will be released.

  2. Nikki willis says:

    Jesus Himself was falsely accused and abandoned by those who should have supported him. May Our Lord bless and strengthen you in your suffering. The Devil will not prevail and Our Lady will watch over you.

  3. Aussie Trish says:

    Dear Father Gordon.

    I will keep you in my prayers.
    May God clear you as He did a relative who is now a canonized saint, but was falsely accused and even excommunicated before being cleared. I ask St Mary MacKillop to pray for you.

    God bless you,


  4. Jon Wallen says:

    As someone who has been witness to people being convicted of sexual abuses in what are basically kangaroo courts, I feel for you. After reviewing the history of your case, anyone with an ounce of intelligence can see the judge who presided over your case was the judge and the jury. He clearly manipulated the jury, because he had already deemed you guilty. A judge that exhibits that type of behavior should be suspended, and if he continues to behave like that he should be dismissed. I see this sort of thing all the time (sometimes the defense lawyers are in on it). They get you to take a plea bargain by convincing you that you have no chance, and that if you don’t they threaten you with a longer sentence. So since you didn’t take the plea bargain, they came down on you hard to make you an example so that they get more convictions. Because convictions = money. Just remember, Father MacRae as you go through these hard times in your life, that God will judge each of these people who abuse their position of power, who take part in baring false witness to obtain financial gain. In the end, nothing will be hidden or covered up, so they can try to hide and cover up what they did to you, it doesn’t matter in the end. You have an eternal life ahead of you, and I hope and pray you don’t have to bare this cross for much longer in this life.

    I am deeply concerned about the way these cases are being handled, and I was very upset and expressed my dismay in the forum about how Father John Corapi’s case was handled. I hope my words will bring you some peace in your time of trouble. I’ll be praying for you and look forward to hearing news of your release from prison.

    God bless you,

  5. Bernadette says:

    Dear Fr. Macrae
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. You are an innocent victim, and it is sad to see the lack of support from the Hierarchy. The Church has failed you, and is failing so many of our Holy priests. We need to stand by our priests, and especially we need to pray for them. They are on the front line of attack from Satan. We also need to pray for the minority who have betrayed the Lord. May God bless you Fr. Macrae, and I pray for the day you will be released from prison.

  6. Denise says:

    Dear Father G,

    Thank You again for your writing. I look forward to this and I pray that what I suffer in silence joined to Christs heart may help you…keep the faith and hopefully soon Father, soon it will be freedom For you. I will pray for that. Peace to you Father

  7. Jack Roach says:

    Your penance for the sins of others is The Cross, Father. The sins of a few priests and some bishops are so heinous that they cannot possibly do sufficient penance alone. Our precious Lord has gifted you with the privelege of being on His Cross with Him in your perseverance. Your role as Alter Christi is an incredible honor. Your sufferings are a balm of Gilead for sin sick souls. Thank you for the example you give us of noble suffering and unrelenting truth telling.
    Praying for your continued perseverence,
    Jack Roach

  8. Mary Elizabeth says:

    I appreciate Mr. MacDonald’s article. I hope that in the end all guilty will be exposed and suffer consequences. Only time will tell just how many are complicit in Fr. MacRae’s unjust treatment and suffering. Justice will prevail, I hope and pray.

    How many other priests have been accused unjustly and imprisoned or had their faculties as priests taken away? One has to think about this. Where great sums of money are at stake, unscrupulous people come out from under their rocks and take advantage.

    Who will pay for the lives of priests who could not take the suffering and chose to end their lives? Our society has been too long oblivious to the plight of our priests. Now is the time for all concerned citizens to call attention to this injustice.

    I pray for more people like Mr. MacDonald and the Catholic League’s William Donahue to alert us all to the truth. I also pray for real victims of real abuse. “… forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…”

  9. Mary Beth Legg says:

    I just read the bizarre story of Fr MacRae….referenced in the Catholic League Catalyst….on this website.

    It all sounds unbelievable. Just finished praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for you. In California there have been many outrageous cases (true) against some priests but they don’t serve prison time. I will tell my friends to pray for your defense.

    God Bless You.

  10. Anastacia says:

    I just learned of this . You will be in my prayers Father. And remember Jesus is light and hope…even in the darkenss of your cell. May Jesus and Mary be near you.

  11. anita buskey says:

    Father MacRae, I just leaarned of your plight from my friend, Sharon Morris. I am heartbroken at the horrible injustice to you rendered by the judicial system. The perceution you have recieved by so many is truly a nightmare. My prayers and thoughts are with you and will be daily until you receive justice. Please know that my friends here in Barberton, Ohio will not forget you.

    In Christ,

    Anita Buskey

  12. Mary says:

    Aquinas is supposed to have once said it is important not to make an error at the beginning and it seems that the Church made a grievous error in settling with large cash settlements out of court because it has created great temptation for others to step forward and with the help of like minded friends cash in on the whole sex scandal situation.

    It is very sad that in doing so totally innocent religious have been “literally “sold out ” by the hierarchy and abandoned. It is ironic to me that in such cases they experience similar suffering to the genuine victims of abuse -not being believed, abandoned by those who consider them liars and/or an embarassment, and left to suffer alone and in silence.

    The crucifix reveals the One who knows the suffering of false accusation and punishment and I know it will sustain Father MacRae and other innocent religious during their ordeal. I keep them in my prayers.

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