Father MacRae is serving a life sentence for crimes that never happened. He refused to say he was guilty when he was not. The jury never heard during the trial that Father MacRae rejected the State’s plea offer of a sentence of one to three years. He rejected the offer twice before trial and again following the testimony given by the accuser, Thomas Grover. New evidence uncovered by a retired FBI investigator and others has enabled Father MacRae’s attorneys to present appeals to the courts, but no media outlet has acknowledged this. America magazine recently published an editorial (Disorder in the Court” March 17,2014) in which it stated:
In 2005, The Wall Street Journal’s Dorothy Rabinowitz, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and member of The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, investigated Father MacRae’s case and published a two-part series on the travesty of justice by which Father MacRae was convicted: (Part I: The Trial of Father Gordon MacRae by Dorothy Rabinowitz, The Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2005; Part II: The Conviction of Father Gordon MacRae by Dorothy Rabinowitz, The Wall Street Journal, April 28, 2005).
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Ryan A. MacDonald is a writer who has done much research into Father MacRae’s case, and has written numerous articles about the case and the lack of help from the Diocese of Manchester, especially from Bishop John McCormack and Monsignor Edward Arsenault. MacDonald is amazed at the lack of coverage of Father MacRae’s case by the Catholic press. He points out that the Catholic press keeps covering the story of the scandal, but never mentions falsely accused priests struggling for justice in the courts and in the Church. He says: