Matt C. Abbott
September 22, 2007
Cardinal's letter praises jailed priest
By Matt C. Abbott

New Hampshire Catholic priest Gordon MacRae was convicted in 1994 of sexual assault. He is serving a 33-and-a-half to 67-year prison sentence.

In 2005, journalist Dorothy Rabinowitz, a member of the Wall Street Journal's editorial board, authored articles that defended Father MacRae, asserting he was the victim of false accusations and coerced confessions.

Interestingly, I have been provided with a letter signed by Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., in which the cardinal essentially praises Father MacRae. The letter (PDF) is as follows:

Pertinent links/sources:

© Matt C. Abbott

Comments feature added August 14, 2011

The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)

Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic columnist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Management from Triton College in River Grove, Ill. He has worked in the right-to-life movement and is a published writer focused on Catholic and social issues. He can be reached at

(Note: I welcome thoughtful feedback from readers. If you want our correspondence to remain confidential, please specify as such in your initial e-mail to me... (more)


Receive future articles by Matt C. Abbott: Click here

Latest articles


Henry Lamb
The defining moment in the future of the USA

Felicia Benamon
Santorum heads to the top

Alan Caruba
How not to go crazy in 2012

Larry Klayman
Time to nuke Iran

Kevin Price
The mugging of a presidential candidate

Warner Todd Huston
How Ron Paul might win Iowa and STILL get no Hawkeye delegates

Michael Oberndorf
Oppressing ahead

Matt C. Abbott
GOP presidential primary: Santorum, Gingrich, Paul, Bachmann, Romney are favorites of (orthodox) Catholics
  More columns


Michael Ramirez


RSS feeds



Matt C. Abbott
Chris Adamo
Russ J. Alan
Bonnie Alba
Chuck Baldwin
J. Matt Barber
Kelly Bartlett
Michael M. Bates
. . .
[See more]
Nicole George

Sister sites