So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Philly DA indicted on corruption, bribery-related charges.

Without prejudice toward legitimate prosecutions of priest-abusers, there have been severe injustices against innocent Catholic priests who have been the easy targets of liars and malicious lawyers more concerned about their paycheques than the cause of justice.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams sought thousands of dollars in bribes from deep-pocketed donors seeking his help with their legal woes, federal authorities said Tuesday as they unveiled a 23-count indictment charging the two-term Democrat in a sprawling corruption case.
Philadelphia's District Attorney Seth Williams, who viciously pursued Monsignor William Lynn to a conviction which was later overturned, is now under indictment for corruption and bribery charges.
CMR adds links to information at the Catholic League:
News reports allege and resignations tend to suggest that groups like SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and too many misguided individuals, have attacked clergy with ulterior motives such as the goal of profiting financially from unjust prosecutions of innocent priests.
Founder of clergy abuse group quits in second loss after lawsuit
The lawsuit by Gretchen Rachel Hammond names Barbara Blaine, David Clohessy and other SNAP leaders as defendants and alleges that “SNAP does not focus on protecting or helping survivors – it exploits them.”
The founder of a prominent advocacy group for children sexually abused by Catholic priests has resigned, the second major departure in the wake of a lawsuit filed last month by a former employee alleging that the organization colluded with lawyers to refer clients and profit from settlements.
The reader might also be interested in the following story of a gross injustice perpetrated against an innocent priest who has suffered as no one should for crimes he did not commit.
On September 23, 1994, Father Gordon MacRae, a priest of the Diocese of Manchester, NH, was confined to a prison cell to begin a sentence of sixty seven years in the New Hampshire State Prison. At this writing, he is 64 years old. The crimes for which he is imprisoned for life were alleged to have occurred when he was between 25 and 30 years old. Brought with no evidence or corroboration whatsoever, the claims were accompanied by monetary demands which his diocese settled for hundreds of thousands of dollars despite evidence of fraud.

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