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.
Scruton promised to testify for Fr Gordon, and insisted that he did not need to be subpoenaed. 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 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 investigate, 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.
From the lying and conniving Keene Detective James McLaughlin, to the hulking Thomas Grover, 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 nearly $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 ranging from two - three years, to the Teflon Priest who left this Earth after molesting hundreds of young boys, and no one in the Diocese of Manchester 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 the 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 (SNAP, VOTF to name a few), to all the many who have ever interacted with Fr Gordon - let us hold Fr Gordon in our hears and in our prayers. We are blessed for having known this man who is destined to become a saint.
We are all so weak, and we shed tears not only because this good man is being held prisoner while innocent, but because our Church, his Church, the Roman Catholic Church (Bishop John McCormack) cowers and would rather try secretly to have him laicized after telling at least two people that he believed Father Gordon to be innocent. How can he live with himself and celebrate Masses with this huge black blot on his soul? It makes one wonder what kind of bishops do we have? Bishop McCormack is certainly not reflecting the spiritual values that Pope Francis demands of his priests.
Father Gordon has been deserted by his bishop, but not by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..He will be welcomed into Paradise whenever he leaves this Earth. It is important that we help this priest, truly one of God's own.
God is good. All the time. All the time God is good. Amen.
Why not say it twice?
Father Gordon has been deserted by his/our Church, but we know that he will be welcomed into Paradise by our Lord