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 […]

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, […]