Thursday, March 4, 2010

Doing The Right Thing

We all mess up, some bigger than others.  But, when it comes to doing the right thing, sometimes we don't come through.

One lady who messed up BIG time - she lied about being raped and had the guy jailed - decided it was time to do the right thing. She went to confession with a priest who told her she had to do everything in her power to get him freed. She did and here is the story:
She thought she might get off with a few Hail Marys. Instead, she got three years in prison.
The 27-year-old New Jersey woman who cried rape and put away an innocent man had no idea what coming clean would cost her when she stepped into a confessional a year ago and told her priest everything.

"She was going to confess this was her sin and that was it," said a source familiar with the shocking recantation of Biurny Peguero Gonzalez, who on Tuesday was sentenced to one to three years in prison for falsely accusing William McCaffrey of a violent sexual assault in 2005.

McCaffrey, whom Gonzalez had accused of raping her on a deserted Inwood street, served nearly four years of a 20-year sentence. The Bronx man, now 33, was exonerated in December after Gonzalez, a mother of two, admitted concocting the tale to gain sympathy from friends.

Although Gonzalez desperately wanted McCaffrey freed, "I don't think she felt that it was going to go beyond that confession. She just happened to pick a priest who said, 'Oh, no, no, no . . .' "

The priest, the Rev. Zeljko Guberovic of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Union City, made it clear to her that her obligation didn't end with admitting the lie.

He told her she had to do everything in her power to get McCaffrey out, said sources familiar with the case.

That eventually put her in the cross hairs of Manhattan prosecutors, who charged her with perjury, but Gonzalez never wavered, they said. Read more.


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tour86rocker said...

Apparently the priest went a little too far. He is understood to have acted outside of the seal of confession by assisting her, perhaps even making sure that she went to the police.

It is possible that he didn't act inappropriately; she could have asked him to help her, once the confession was over. I hope it all works out, a penitent CAN'T be absolved without making it right like this.

Devin Rose said...

I made a post linking to this one that explains how this story supports the doctrine of Purgatory: