These attorneys, mind you, had kept Fr Gordon silenced for years when the media wanted to interview him. PBS wanted to interview him a few years ago and the Department of Corrections said “No,” and his attorneys agreed. Several media outlets wanted interviews and while Fr Gordon was always agreeable, the attorneys refused. They didn’t want his appeal to be heard in the court of public opinion. Finally, a priest, Father James Valladares, was allowed into the prison for an hours long interview with Fr Gordon in preparation for a documentary film he was producing. As he searched for funding, Father Valladares wrote a book about priests, “Hope Springs Eternal in the Priestly Breast.”
|Msgr. Edward Arsenault being led to prison - Fr MacRae - Judge Arthur Brennan being arrested in D.C.|
If it wasn’t for bad luck, Fr Gordon would have had no luck from the day he was ordained. The night before his Ordination, the other deacon who was to be ordained, decided to quit. Fr Gordon had a lot of bad luck when he was sent to parishes that had problems as well as problem priests. In 1985 Father Stephen Scruton was assigned as pastor to the St. Bernard Parish in Keene, NH where Fr Gordon was an associate pastor. Fr Gordon discovered that Scruton – I have dubbed him the Teflon Priest – was into pornography and young boys. Father Scruton had been arrested in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and charged with indecent exposure and lewd conduct. The parish was abuzz about Scruton’s previous arrests, and he managed to alienate some by his arrogance. Shortly after his arrival, Fr Gordon began getting complaints from parishioners about Scruton’s sexual innuendoes and improper language. Young males began complaining about him. Fr. Gordon called Msgr. Christian who told him to address these matters with Fr Scruton. He did, and Scruton denied the accusations. Fr Gordon was fresh out of the seminary, had confronted the Teflon pastor, and now he is told by his superiors to handle the situation. The cowards who headed the diocese simply washed their hands of both priests and didn't want to hear any bad news.
“By the summer of 1986 the rectory situation had become unbearable. Father Scruton was incommunicative and would leave the rectory almost every evening, stay out all night, and then sleep for most of the day.” (www.thesestonewalls.com/affidavit-of-rev-gordon-j-macrae/) Fr Gordon had several confrontations with the Teflon Priest – one involved fisticuffs - who finally and reluctantly, got rid of his pornography, and transferred from the parish. The Teflon Priest figured prominently a few years later when he headed another parish. Scruton was away on vacation in Ireland when a disturbed young man and his girlfriend invaded the rectory and demanded to see the pastor. A priest from another parish was called and he, the parish secretary and her son were held hostage for most of the day. The priest saved the secretary and her son by helping them escape out of a window. Eventually the young man killed the priest, his girlfriend and himself. Whatever beef he had with Fr Scruton was kept from the public by the governor, a friend of Scruton, who ordered the case sealed. The Teflon Priest lived to cause more contention.
Instead, he fled the state for several years. Perhaps his testimony might have helped Fr Gordon had
Scruton simply told the truth, but he chose to flee instead. A few years later when Scruton returned to
NH, Fr Gordon’s FBI investigator contacted him and arranged to interview him. The Teflon Priest
agreed to meet with him, but when the investigator got to his house, Scruton had changed his mind
and refused to see him. Another man in the house was heard urging Scruton to talk to the
investigator, but he adamantly refused. Later Scruton fell down some stairs and died after a few days
in the hospital. The Diocese of Manchester protected this priest who was, and who remains, the
cause of much of Fr Gordon’s troubles.
now hiding out on an Indian reservation in the West, and his brothers who also tried to milk the
Diocese of Manchester for money after seeing their brother receive $200,000, to the original Judge
Arthur Brennan who kept much testimony out of court that would have helped Fr Gordon, to the
prosecutors who twice offered Fr Gordon plea deals of 2 – 3 years, to the Teflon Priest who left this
Earth after molesting hundreds of young boys, and no one in the Catholic Church was prepared to
deal with him except for Fr Gordon, to those who believe in Fr Gordon and who contribute to his
defense fund, to those who love him, and yes, even to those who are doing their best to see that he
spends the rest of his life in prison – to all the many who have ever interacted with Fr Gordon – let us
hold keep Fr Gordon in our hearts and in our prayers. We are blessed for having known this man
destined to become a saint. We are also weak, and we shed tears and none of us knows how long he
or she will live, but we all can look forward to being welcomed to Paradise by Our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ and by Father Gordon MacRae whenever he and we arrive there.
Let us help this priest, truly one of God’s own. God is good. All the Time. All the time God is good.
And that's why we say it twice! Amen.