I have posted before about priests who are falsely accused of crimes against minors and other crimes or sins.
I saw an entry at The Media Report about new evidence which may exonerate a priest, Fr. Gordon J MacRae who has been in prison since 1994.
What a horrible thing it is for anyone to be falsely accused of something, but when the victim of a false accusation is a priest, the consequences are horrifying. Not only is a false accusation a terrible sin of lying and harming a person in malice, but when it is aimed at a priest it also also the sin of sacrilege, since it is aimed at a consecrated person. And this is not just about false accusations of crimes against minors.
We know that there is no sin that we little mortals can commit that is so terrible that God cannot forgive it if we truly repent. However, I shudder to think of the terrible judgment of someone who goes to God unshriven after making a false accusation against the Lord’s anointed.
In any event, there is a book about priests who were falsely accused. Not exactly light reading, but this is an important topic… and not just for priests and bishops! Everyone should be concerned about this.
Frankly, I think we will see a lot more of this tactic in the future, if not for personal monetary gain, but also to silence and intimidate priests and bishops who stick with the Church and preach her message clearly.
Check out David F. Pierre Jr.’s book Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories.