Will Wrongly Convicted Fr. Gordon MacRae Finally Go Free?

Father Gordon J. MacRae may finally be freed soon, after serving more than twenty years in prison.  Father MacRae, whose story is told on the blog These Stone Walls, has long been believed to be innocent of the alleged crimes for which he was convicted in 1994.  This week, though, he will be back in court--where his case will be reviewed with fresh eyes.The clergy abuse scandal was fresh in the news, and there was a lot of anger toward the Church when Father MacRae was accused of sexual as … [Read more...]

Archdiocesan Employee Accused of Sexual Abuse Is Fired, Arrested

A sad story today from the Archdiocese of Detroit:  Joseph Peter Sturza, who worked as director of admissions at Austin Catholic Academy in Ray Township as well as serving as a youth minister at St. Isidore Catholic parish in Macomb Township, has been arrested for child sexual abusive activity. Sturza apparently was popular with his neighbors, who described him as "a great guy" who was "always willing to help."  He also had earned the trust of parents, and some on-line comments insist that he we … [Read more...]

Archbishop Nienstedt Did Nothing Wrong; So Where Is the Media Now? Where Are YOU?

Warning:  This. Makes. Me. Cranky.Look, I’m as concerned as the next person about the safety of children.  I believe sexual perpetrators should be prosecuted and imprisoned.  I think that Church leadership should take strong measures to ensure that priests who betray their sacred trust are removed from ministry.The media can play an important role in safeguarding the public trust, when Church and community leaders fail to do their job.What has happened in the Twin Cities, though, goes … [Read more...]


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