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:

http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110006630

http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050429/REPOSITORY/504290320/1001/NEWS01

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/NH-Manchester/#macrae

http://www.sffaith.com/ed/articles/2003/0903mk.htm

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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 mattcabbott@gmail.com.

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