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Scott P. Richert

A Priest Forever: The Strange Case of Fr. John Corapi

By June 21, 2011

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The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. (Psalm 110:4)

The Psalmist's words ran through my mind as I listed to "John Corapi (once called 'father,' now 'The Black Sheep Dog')" announce that he is "not going to be involved in public ministry as a priest any longer."

The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent . . . The same, alas, cannot be said for Father Corapi.

When Father Corapi announced (on Ash Wednesday, no less) that he had been suspended from public ministry, a number of readers asked me to write about the situation. I never did, because, to be honest, I could think of nothing worth saying. Allegations of sexual improprieties and drug use had been made by a former employee of Father Corapi, and they were being investigated by the competent Church authorities. If the allegations were found credible, Father Corapi would remain suspended while a canonical trial occurred; if they were not, Father Corapi would be allowed to resume his public ministry.

(You can find full coverage of this story in The Case of Fr. John Corapi.)

To say anything beyond those basic facts would be to engage in speculation at best, or scandalmongering (calumny, if the charges were false; detraction, if they were true) at worst.

Now that Father Corapi has publicly announced that he intends to leave the priesthood, however, there are a few things that need to be said.

If the allegations against Father Corapi are true, in whole or in part, then it is best for all concerned—including the Church as a whole—that he be laicized. The behavior he is alleged to have engaged in is consistent with Father Corapi's own account of his life before his mother, with the perseverance of Saint Monica, prayed him back into the Church. If he has relapsed into the self-destructive behavior that once left him penniless, homeless, drug-addicted, and near death, he will never be able to function as a priest again without causing scandal.

If, on the other hand, the allegations against Father Corapi are completely untrue, then the action that he took on "both Trinity Sunday on the Catholic liturgical calendar and Fathers' Day on the secular calendar" is, in some ways, even worse than what he was alleged to have done. Drug abuse could destroy his health and affect the people around him; having (presumably consensual) sexual relations with several women would be a violation of his vows and affect his spiritual life and theirs.

But in leaving the priesthood (and, in so doing, bringing the investigation into the allegations against him to a crashing halt), Father Corapi is breaking the most important promise he has ever made, the vows that he took at his ordination. And by doing so publicly, and by publicly damning the ecclesiastical authorities that even he acknowledges have "the right to govern" as they see fit, he not only places his own soul in danger but encourages distrust, anger, and even hatred of Church authorities in his many followers, putting their souls at risk as well.

The bishops are the shepherds of our souls, but Father Corapi is telling his sheep that they do not need shepherds, only a "Black Sheep Dog."

Father Corapi's mother had the perseverance of Saint Monica, but Father Corapi, alas, is no Saint Augustine.

The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. (Psalm 110:4)

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Comments
June 21, 2011 at 11:17 am
(1) Mamie says:

Thank you for your very sane and sensible review of this situation. It was sad to read about his loyal followers at his blacksheepdog website who swore never to leave him. He is creating the schism that he spent 20 years trying to block. I wonder how many souls he will end up taking out of the faith with him?

June 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm
(2) Nora Smith says:

“I wonder how many souls he will end up taking out of the faith with him?”
You should not be “wondering,” but praying for those souls and of Fr. Corapi, if you really are so concerned about your fellow brethren. That is your job as it is mine and in any way speculate or cut into pieces a fallen man -that shows lack of courage.
Who is without blemish to throw the first stone, it won’t be me!
Finally, a soul that is conformed in the Truth will never deviate.

June 23, 2011 at 9:38 am
(3) gilbert says:

These are not the times for unnecessary sentiments. The review by Scott Richert was absolutely spot on in helping the readers to understand the various aspects and implications of poor Fr Corapi’s actions and utterances. Thank you for such impassioned analysis, of this tragic and unfolding saga. We sincerely pray for Fr. Corapi to re-examine the steps he has taken so far in prayer, obedience and humility and to resolve to submit himself to the discipline and corrective care-which is ever so loving and fruitful- of our mother the Church. We are never alone if we remain in the truth. Gilbert

June 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm
(4) David Biessener says:

So many negative, and even gleeful reactions to Father Corapi leaving (church endorsed) public ministry.
FYI Fr Corapi is still an ordained priest, he did not resign from the priesthood.
Many have chided Fr Corapi for not silently accepting his ‘fate’ (like so many saints of the church, e.g. St Padre Pio).

I can’t imagine the stress Fr Corapi has endured, with his grueling travel schedule, crazy accusations (e.g. the woman who claimed that he came out of her TV and raped her), the threats that “come with the job” for anybody who is a public figure, health issues, etc., and then having the church authority, his own order, and so many of the ‘faithful’ turn on him based on the rantings of a troubled former employee. I applaud his decision to clear his name openly in the civil courts. I am stunned the local church authority tried to deny Fr Corapi his constitutional rights – his exercise of these rights is no sin! I pray positive change occurs as a result of Fr Corapi’s unjust sufferings.

Consider how it would reflect on the church for the accusation and subsequent indefinite suspension of a very public and bold proponent of the faith to remain forever hidden behind “velvet curtains.”

I thank Fr Corapi for his courageous stand – to leave this injustice stand the way his superior(s) desired would have scandalized the entire church and caused grave harm for untold years. It is about time the church righted itself, and as church authority has demonstrated for decades that it rushes mindlessly from one end of the listing ship to the other [re: allegations against our priests], it is up to the faithful to repair her and to right her! Fr Corapi will be viciously mocked and criticized, perhaps for the rest of his days, by many within and outside of the church. Thank you dear Father for taking up your cross in a way that so few may presently understand, and thank you for doing so on behalf of all the church. God Bless You Father Corapi.

June 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm
(5) Catherine Alexander says:

David, I have seen not one gleeful reaction to this. But I have seen a number of Father Corapi’s supporters make this claim. I think you are reacting out of some negative emotion of your own — shock, disappointment, hurt, or perhaps anger at Father Corapi yourself. I don’t know. But I have seen no one who is happy about this.

We can be disappointed in Father Corapi’s behavior without hating him, and it should not be assumed that if we are disappointed, that we are not praying for him.

June 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm
(6) +0+ says:

I agree with you, David. I DO NOT believe that Fr. Corapi is guilty of what he has been accused of and I know that many others feel the same way. However, although the goings on seem unjust to me and many others, we must not blame the Church. I’m sure Pope Benedict XVI is doing his utmost to right the situation. Unfortunately, poor Fr. Corapi must bear this great cross in the meantime. Fr. John Corapi has always preached the truth and true Catholic teaching. He has brought many lost souls back to God. Let us all pray for him.

June 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm
(7) Scott P. Richert says:

to leave this injustice stand the way his superior(s) desired

Father Corapi’s superiors in SOLT have made it clear that they desired no such thing. They begged him to release his employees and former employees from the NDAs he made them sign in order to try to expedite the process and to restore Father Corapi to his public ministry as quickly as possible. He refused to do so, and thus he, not they, slowed down the process.

June 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm
(8) dennis says:

Corapi is a priest like satan is an angel. Congessman Weiner and corapi, “I didn’t any thing wrong, I quit”, LOL. You did say one thing right. The church authority is mindless.

June 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm
(9) Anna says:

Thank you David. I agree. I saw a wonderful priest being accused. The church did not stand for him, the people left the church & after 10 years he is still under Drs. care for a nervous breakdown. I want leave the catholic church but I’m very disappointed in it in more than just what is happening here.

June 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm
(10) Leticia Velasquez says:

That’s the part which frightens me. Satan can use this spiritual confusion of his to undo so much of the good he has done in his two decades of ministry.
We are praying the Divine Mercy Novena for him.

June 26, 2011 at 1:40 am
(11) Karen says:

I was never able to listen to Corapi. The man’s voice was like nails on a blackboard to me. That said, the death of a vocation is a sad thing. I imagine the man is going through a horrible ordeal and my sympathies go out to him. I hope he finds the counseling he needs to make the rest of his life a contribution to the world. One needn’t contribute as a professed religious person or in a consecrated life.

July 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm
(12) Esther Ventura Ferencz says:

Mame, w.all due respect John Corapi has not started a ‘schism’. That is SILLY on its face. He has given 20 years of a priests evangilization, has brought new souls and renewed old Catholic SOULS to the Church and primarly to GOD. Lets NOT take leave of your senses as you make such comments as ‘you wonder how many souls he will end up taking out of the faith with him. WHAT? Do you not think those of us who have found the former FATHER CORAPI to no longer be of the CATHOLIC FAITH? HE is I may remind you, but NOW as a layity. YOU are on a Deacons site now, he is not an ordained priest. There are many lay Catholics that have done MUCH for the faith, YOU do recall St Francis Of Assisi was NEVER a priest dont you. YOU have ASSIGNED PERMANENT GUILT on John Corapi by virture of SOLTS letter of ‘GUILTY’. How would YOU MAMIE like to be assigned guilt w/knowing YOUR chances of proving innocence were nill. John Corapi; GOD IS HIS JUDGE and will reward him as such, NOT you, not me, not Deacon, NOT anyone. AS to his former community? They leave some thoughts as to what part they may have played in the wreckage, as that what I gather you assume John Corapi has caused on the faithful. I will continue to follow and listen to his words on the faith, AS HE HAS EVERY RIGHT TO SPEAK ON IT!
I will ALWAYS have my FAITH, no one CAN EVER TAKE THAT…although some BISHOPS have come close! Think Notre Dame, Georgetown. and the lack of shepherding. I think enough is enough w/Corapi bashing and the so called ‘so holy and faithful to mother churchs’ posters. Mother church HAS had many many a scandal. DID you know MAMIE at one TIME we had a 12 yr old POPE???? LOOK that dddy up on the internet! Now is time to grow up and be sensible.

June 21, 2011 at 11:20 am
(13) Car says:

Frankly, even if the allegations are true, Corapi’s behavior during the investigation is more distressing. And it is his own civil suit against his accuser – as well as the nondisclosure clause she was required to sign as an employee of his media company – that halted the investigation. Also not mentioned is his lack of obedience to his religious order, his “for profit” media company that nets over a million dollars a year, and his lack of practicing what he preaches.

Sexual allegations, while unbecoming and inappropriate behavior for a priest – considering this seems to have been between consenting adults – is the least of his behavior right now. And the drug use is something that can be easily proved or disproved by a simple blood or urine analysis.

June 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm
(14) John says:

So you are without blemish and will cast the first stone.

June 23, 2011 at 12:06 am
(15) Scott P. Richert says:

John, nothing in Car’s comment justifies that remark.

June 24, 2011 at 11:56 pm
(16) ML says:

Rightly Said, John, people should have a good look at themselves before pointing fingers at other.

July 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm
(17) Cecil says:

What has “cast the first stone, etc.” got to do with having an opinion on this issue – according to John’s reasoning, any juror would be called a hypocrite. The biblical “judge” means to condemn – I do not condemn Fr. Corapi, but this does not mean I cannot have an opinion regarding his innocence or guilt! When people do not have a defense, they offer irrelevant platitudes.

June 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm
(18) dennis says:

Thanks for the info. Corapi has a business? I didn’t know that, but I do know something about running a business. It’s almost like being married. hmmm, priest can’t get married?

June 21, 2011 at 11:43 am
(19) Dan says:

Your comment section will not properly allow for a true comment backed by facts which your article is void of. So one is left to say you are an imbecile. And your comments are not worthy of being used as a wrapper for fish.

June 21, 2011 at 11:58 am
(20) Scott P. Richert says:

Dan, the comment section has no way of filtering out truth from falsity. Go ahead and leave your comment, but please refrain from ad hominem attacks.

June 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm
(21) Colleen says:

Sometimes the truth is hard to swallow…I don’t see anything untrue in this article.

June 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm
(22) Tammy says:

Colleen how would you have a clue of truth. Every one says how we don’t know the facts yet you all are ready to condemn Father anyway.

I have lost faith in the whole process and with the bishops, not over this one incident but all the past ones as well. There are many priests that were destroyed by false allegations. Look them up.

June 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm
(23) Dan says:

from websters dictionary: Imbecile: fool, idiot

An Ad Hominem is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument. Nope Did not do this.

Is not one who states a fact with out the facts to back it up to be considered a fool at least and and idiot at worst?

June 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm
(24) Chesire11 says:

Dan, if your arguments are valid, they will stand on their own virtue and have no need to be backed by personal insult. If you need to fall back on personal attack, then you only discredit yourself.

Although it is easy to become frustrated, please try to express yourself in a spirit of Christian charity.

June 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm
(25) Cynthia says:

To Dan: Scott is not an imbecile-no name-calling, please!

June 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm
(26) Elaine says:

Dan,
Anonymity is no excuse to be rude. Do not buy into the culture of rudeness that is so prevalent in today’s society.

June 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm
(27) Marguerite says:

For years I was devoted to watching Fr. Corapi on EWTN. At times, I turned the program off, because I was bothered by his air of superiority which, in my opinion, did not coincide with his teaching. I always returned, however, because he seemed to speak the truth.

When he was first accused, I thought “they are out to destroy him”.
Now, I see what was missing all along and I am greatly sorry about what is transpiring. Pride, self-importance, and love of money are not virtues. If I had found John Corapi’s new site by chance, I would have thought it was a site for devil worshippers. I am stunned that he could fall that low. Where this “sheepdog” leads, I will not go.

June 21, 2011 at 11:24 pm
(28) Sheila says:

“Pride, self-importance, and love of money are not virtues.”

Marguerite,

Then why does each individual catholic church have to hand over a big amount of money to their Bishop each month? Why does the vatican have art work in the Millions? Why do the religious have nice cars to drive? If you read his note he mentioned he has given millions away. Why focus on a line and not the whole truth?

June 21, 2011 at 11:43 am
(29) Alice S. says:

Amen Scott! This is such a strange scenario all round. What is troubling to me is the fact that halfway thru the investigation by SOLT, Fr. Corapi sends them a letter resigning his ministry! Why? Are they getting too close?

This is just another reason to reign in these priests! I am so sick of seeing them go off on their cruises, or their month-long mountain-climbing treks in Ireland, or buying every new electronic gadget they can find? Are these men supposed to be “living in the world, but not of the world?” When is this pampering going to go away???
Reform the reform already!!

June 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm
(30) Leslie says:

Alice – I second your comments regarding the apparent worldliness of some of our priests, especially when I compare this with the lifestyle of many religious Sisters I know who share tiny apartments in very poor sections of town in order to live in solidarity with society’s dispossessed as well as to minister to them.

However, what dismays me more is Father Corapi’s continuing defiance and willingness to throw others under the bus. Today on his website in a new first-person statement, he promises to post audio clips of telephone calls from his accuser (whom he characterizes as “unstable and alcoholic”) to illustrate her sanity or lack thereof. My hair is standing on end!

June 28, 2011 at 11:16 am
(31) Francis says:

Father Corapi decided not to post the audio clips. I am just wondering why these audio clips even exist. Just sayin’.

June 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm
(32) Teese says:

Alice, I would love to know what priests you are referring to as my priest and priests I have had in the past certainly did not travel, buy anything they did not need and wore clothing that looked like years old. The priest, I have witnessed, are not anything like you portray. The resemble what I think a priest should be…..humble, honorable, and living without all of the “worldly” things those of us usually have. I think you made a generalization not fair to MOST priests and need to clarify. Priests are over worked, under payed, and sleep deprived. And, those I know or have known, accept all of that and more willingly and prayfully.

June 25, 2011 at 10:51 am
(33) Jenny says:

Teese, there are many priviledged clergy no doubt. Be real and recognize that our secular priests aren’t taking a vow of poverty.

June 25, 2011 at 10:48 am
(34) Jenny says:

Hey, even high society needs priests, tee hee.

June 21, 2011 at 11:47 am
(35) Claire T. says:

I could not agree with you less, Scott. You make the point about Father John being guilty and the consequences of that, then you go on to talk about his innocence, but discussing that as if he were guilty.
I have followed him for all these years, through his first sermons on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, to his later sermons on EWTN. I have attended two of his conferences, in Rochester and Buffalo, N.Y. Nothing I have heard or seen has told me that he is a fake. He is not. You have here an outspoken priest who has told it LIKE IT REALLY IS, before God. Lots of people in the hierarchy of the church have not liked what he said, and it was only a matter of time before he was stopped. Sadly, human life is as it is, and human beings, priests or bishops, don’t like to be shown up as weak and undecisive.
Lets pray for this priest whose discouragment and sadness have brought him to this point in his life.He needs our prayers more than ever before.

June 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm
(36) Colleen says:

Don’t follow the man…follow Christ!

June 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm
(37) Tammy says:

The bishops are men too.

June 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm
(38) Scott P. Richert says:

Claire, I think you need to reread what I wrote: “If, on the other hand, the allegations against Father Corapi are completely untrue, then the action that he took . . . is, in some ways, even worse than what he was alleged to have done.” Nothing there implies that he is guilty.

Indeed, as I stated at the beginning of the article, the reason I did not write anything before now is that the question of Father Corapi’s guilt or innocence is not something that I am in any position to discuss, nor would I if I were in a position to discuss it. I have confidence in the procedures established by canon law; if Father Corapi is innocent, I believe that he would have been exonerated if those procedures had been followed.

Unfortunately, we will now never know, because by his decision to leave the priesthood, he brought those proceedings to a halt. If he is innocent, then he hurt himself just as much as anyone else by not allowing those procedures to be followed.

As for praying for Father Corapi, you will note that I asked the readers of the Catholicism GuideSite to offer the Novena of the Week for all of those involved in the case.

June 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm
(39) Roz says:

Procedures do not guarantee exoneration of the innocent or punishment of the guilty. I was quite surprised by his decision nonetheless.

June 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm
(40) Theresa says:

I agree with your statement. Father Corapi has done many good things in the past years and he has converted many people to the Faith. He was very up front, honest and to the point. We need to pray for him becuase he is human and under the circumstances he is very disheartened. He seems to be discouraged, depressed and let down. The church should not have publicly suspended him over these allegations. They should have investigted them quietly and then came to a decision once his guilt or innocence was proven. The fact that he is a public figure and they suspended him publicly before proving his guilt or innocence is discourgaging and does not lend any confidence to the procedure in place for accused preists who are innocent. Other preists who were innocent and falsely accused were never publicly exonerated by the church. The process is unfair and it needs to be reformed. We must be obedient to the authorities of the church no matter what but we can critisize the process and certainly try to get a healthy change to take place. We are losing good priests because of these reckless decisions on the part of some bishops or the policies in place. Father Corapi is human and he is hurting. He needs our prayers not our condemnation. We must all pray for him. remember our greates strengths are sometime our greatest weaknesses and Father seems to be in that situation now. He has alway been out spoken – He spoke from his heart – and now he has become disheartned. It is not too late if we pray there can be good outcomes to this situation.

June 21, 2011 at 11:55 am
(41) Tony Rutter says:

After reading that I am numb. The poor man has lost his faith for awhile. We must pray for him. and he most keep praying. If he`s fallen it`s our time to pick him up like he`s pick a lot of us up when we have fallen.

June 21, 2011 at 11:57 am
(42) Dan says:

In a June 20 statement, Fr. Sheehan said the order “will do all within its power to assist Fr. Corapi if he desires to seek a dispensation from his rights and obligations as a priest and as a professed member.”

oopppps wrong again you don’t need facts

Psychologist Daniel Kahneman won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002 for his work on a phenomenon in psychology and marketing called “availability bias.” Kahneman demonstrated the human tendency to give a proposition validity just by how easily it comes to mind. An uncorroborated statement can be widely seen as true merely because the media has repeated it.

The quality of due process for priests accused during mediated settlements is highly suspect. A New Hampshire contingency lawyer recently brought forward his fifth round of mediated settlement demands. During his first round of mediated settlements in 2002—in which 28 priests of the Diocese of Manchester were accused in claims alleging abuse between the 1950s and 1980s—the news media announced a $5.5 million settlement. The claimants’ lawyer, seemingly inviting his next round of plaintiffs, described the settlement process with the Manchester diocese: “During settlement negotiations, diocesan officials did not press for details such as dates and allegations for every claim. I’ve never seen anything like it.” (NH Union Leader, Nov. 27, 2002). “Some victims made claims in the last month, and because of the timing of negotiations, gained closure in just a matter of days.” (Nashua Telegraph, Nov. 27, 2002).

June 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm
(43) Scott P. Richert says:

oopppps wrong again you don’t need facts

I’m not following you, Dan. Are you saying that Father Corapi has not publicly announced that he intends to leave the priesthood, and are offering as evidence Father Sheehan’s statement?

If so, I think you need to look more closely at what Father Sheehan has said, not simply in the June 20 statement but elsewhere. Here is what he told the National Catholic Register on June 19:

The investigation was halted after Father Corapi “sent us a letter resigning from active ministry and religious life. I have written him a letter asking him to confirm that decision. If so, we will help him with this process of leaving religious life,” said Father Sheehan.

As for the rest of your comment, it’s not really applicable; there have been no proceedings in this case to try to arrive at a mediated settlement. The investigation was still very much preliminary; it never got beyond an attempt to determine if the allegations were credible—and now it never will.

June 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm
(44) Dan says:

Please love the Church. You follow the Church. I am not against the Church, I am still a priest, just not ministering publicly
from Fr. Corapi own website

June 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm
(45) Sharon says:

Scott – You are fighting a losing battle now to try to defend your comments to some of these people. They are blinded by their devotion to Fr. Corapi. I wonder how many of them have really read all the statements that have been released. It is quite obvious to most of us that Fr. Corapi intends on leaving the priesthood. Why will they not accept that? One person stated that he said he wasn’t leaving the priesthood. I have read his “announcements” several times and I don’t know where they got that from! I have read so many comments on other blogs and on Fr. Corapi’s website that just made my blood curdle. He is NOT Jesus – the only one that any Christian should have such a devotion to is Christ Himself. Futhermore, Fr. Corapi doesn’t seem to care about the division he has created between so many Catholics. They can’t seem to realize that they do NOT really know this man! They can’t seem to accept that he might not be the man that they have put up on a pedestal. I enjoyed watching him on EWTN but he is just a man – nothing more, nothing less. As a man, he can make mistakes. I am NOT saying that he is guilty of the accusations either. But he is guilty of making some bad decisions as of late. I really don’t believe that Jesus would be happy with what he has caused to happen among Catholics here. It is my opinion, for what it is worth, that Fr. Corapi has not acted in the manner that a priest should have acted since this whole mess started. I can say to those of you who disagree with me to not bother with a rebuttal because I am done reading all your comments.
To you Scott: I have been reading your blog for years and keep up the good work. God Bless you.

June 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm
(46) Theresa says:

You should have waited to see if the allegations were credible before suspending Father Corapi from the public ministry. This is where your system is at fault. You condemned him before you found out if this allegation was credible. I think that is why Father Corapi is discouraged and does not have trust in the sytem. Other priests have been falsely accused and also ruined. The system needs to be corrected to protect the good priests of the church. We are losing good preists because of this. You publicly condemend him by suspending him even though you stated that you are looking into the allegations. Most people are ruined once they are accused. Too bad you did not check into the allegation before taking the drastic action of suspending him.

June 21, 2011 at 11:59 am
(47) Judy says:

I am disappointed in your bias article. From my understanding, Fr. Corapi did NOT leave the priesthood but rather is continuing his ministry in the only way available to him. We all have to admit that in the past, our Bishops have been less than honest, caring, devout or trustworthy. I understand Fr. Corapi’s disenchantment with them.

June 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm
(48) Scott P. Richert says:

Judy, your comment confirms what I wrote about the effects that Father Corapi’s remarks have had on many of his followers. Sowing distrust, anger, and hatred for Church authorities is not in the best interests of the Church or of the faithful.

June 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm
(49) Judy says:

Scott…I agree that sowing distrust, anger and hatred for the church authorities is not in the best interest of the Church or the faithful. I do. But I think we can thank for that the Bishops involved in moving known pedophile priests from parish to parish and covering up the sins of the guilty priests at the expense of the innocent faithful.

June 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm
(50) Tammy says:

Amen Judy! Yet now we are suppose to trust them over Father Corapi. My reasoning received by God tells me to trust Father and not the Bishops. They hid behind this ‘obedience’ thing and think they don’t have to justify their actions. The priest may not be allowed to question them but the lay members of the church certainly have the right to want answers. If we have to be the ones to proctect the innocent priests from the Bishops I’m ready to fight the good fight.

June 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm
(51) Scott P. Richert says:

My reasoning received by God tells me to trust Father and not the Bishops.

And what assurance do you have that what you have received is “by God”? Christ Himself told his Apostles, whose ministry the bishops continue, that the gates of Hell would not prevail against the Church. Where did He tell the individual believer that God would speak directly to him/her in contradiction to those who have received apostolic authority?

June 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm
(52) Tammy says:

Any allegations is considered credible by Canon law if it includes specifics such as dates. times, locations. For someone working for a priest it’s probable they know this and if not, someone who threatens to ‘destroy’ a priest can look online and find it in minutes. If the church authorities are so competent than explain the whole sex abuse scandal with the pedophiles, and who gives you the authority to say Father will not repent? Are you engaging in speculation that he is guilty? The investigation is at a halt because he will not be able to get a fair trial the way the canon law is written, change that and let the trial continue. It’s not just about Father Corapi it’s about all the priests that were innocent but still persecuted by this law. A law created because of the incompetent church authorities. Why would anyone trust them to handle this any better? Look at their history and Father history in the last 20 years, Catholics that follow your way of thinking are doing so because they don’t want to admit how bad the process still is. Your response if very biased. Have you even heard Fathers view point on this or done any research of past priests who were innocent, what happened to them after the allegations? Are these ‘church authorities’ paying you off for your commentary? Maybe that’s a false allegations against you but if you can’t prove your innocents than we have to assume your guilty and treat you as such.

June 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm
(53) Scott P. Richert says:

who gives you the authority to say Father will not repent?

Tammy, I did not say that “Father will not repent”; quite the opposite, in fact. I said that Father Corapi has repented of his decision to enter the priesthood, even though “The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”

Have you even heard Fathers view point on this or done any research of past priests who were innocent, what happened to them after the allegations?

As I replied to you above, I have been covering the clerical sexual abuse scandal for over ten years, here and elsewhere, and I not only have examined cases of priests who were falsely accused but exposed two such cases (including the case of a retired bishop of my diocese who was falsely accused). Your anger is clouding your judgment.

June 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm
(54) Joey says:

I kinda think Tammy may be sleepin with Fr. Corapi myself!! Get a grip woman…..

June 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm
(55) Maria Elaina says:

I agree with Claire ~ I feel that you, too, are speculating. We don’t know all that is behind his decision, or why his employees were asked to sign papers ~ that may all come out at some point. We do know that so many in the Church would have liked to silence him because he spoke the truth. He often referred to himself as the ‘black sheep’ and he recently lost his ‘best friend of 15 years who was his black lab, I believe. The name therefore makes sense and, if I’m correct, was chosen a year ago for the title of his book. We need to pray for him ~ and for his mother. Only time will tell if he will be another Augstine.

June 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm
(56) Scott P. Richert says:

We do know that so many in the Church would have liked to silence him because he spoke the truth.

Do we? How? Because Father Corapi said so?

Father Corapi may indeed one day be another Augustine—we can hope and pray that that is true. But what I wrote today is true right now: He is, at this time, no Saint Augustine, as anyone familiar with the great saint’s life, and his actions in times of adversity, knows.

June 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm
(57) Meri says:

He did definitely rub plenty of Bishop’s the wrong way, however there were many Bishop’s that do happen to like Father Corapi a lot. It isn’t fair to just lump all Bishop’s into one category.

Is the process flawed? You bet. You can thank the priests who became abusers for that. The Bishop’s are trying to make everyone happy and that impossible. If they make the process for investigating easier they will be criticized by SNAP and other wonderful people, if they make it tougher, than they will be criticized by those within the Church. It’s practically a lose lose situation.

I happen to really like Father Corapi. I will take him at his word that no he did not do what he is being accused of doing. However, the Bishop’s do not have that luxury. They have no choice but to investigate t to the hilt.

I have no idea what Father Corapi was truly up against because I simply do not have all of the facts. I have been hearing things here and there, but it is simply not enough to really make a true judgment as to what is going on. So I don’t want to jump to conclusions either way be it the condemnation of the Bishop’s involved or Father Corapi himself.

I have to admit that my head just spins when I try to make sense of this all. I just don’t know what to think.

The only thing that any of us should do is to keep our focus on Christ and not the “people” that run things. People are flawed and will always disappoint. Christ is perfect and will never let us down. Let us all pray for everyone involved and that situation ultimately has a good out come.

God bless all of you and keep the faith no matter what happens!

June 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm
(58) Elizabeth says:

Corapi will never be a St Augustine. Nothing he has ever said or written warrants such high merits as Augustine. Corapi is not a profound guy. He presentations are repetitive and simple, but he IS dynamic. What he does NOT say is often more important than what he does say, as we are finding out.

June 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm
(59) Tammy says:

Maria, this employee was terminated after being caught breaking into the business during the night, the police were called and there is a police record, she also physicall assulted the office manager.

June 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm
(60) charlotte says:

The whole situation is just the saddest thing.

All accusations aside, John Corapi’s behavior has been, to say the least, unusual for a priest, from his independent business venture, to his wealth, to his fancy possessions, to his paying an employee to sign a NDA, to his tanning and dyeing his beard.

Yes he is a gifted preacher. Obama is a gifted orator.
We must pray for discernment when the words we hear do not jive with the choices, actions, and behavior of the speaker.

“Blacksheepdog” is an eerie logo and is a long drop down from the priesthood, so quickly tossed away by an angry man. Let us pray for him and our battered Church, for the Evil One is salaciously pursuing all of us.

June 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm
(61) Chris D says:

I agree with your thoughts. I am creeped out by his behavior and his website.

June 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm
(62) Georgine says:

I agree with you whole heartedly Charlotte. It is very sad to see this situation unfold. I listened to Father Corapi often and I urged others to listen to his talks.
Now I too wonder about the possessions he seemingly refuses to give up, when asked to return to community life in his religious order, SOLT.
We all need to pray for our Church and its leaders.
Be ever vigilent, because the Evil One tells many lies in order to capture our souls.

June 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm
(63) Tammy says:

Charlotte – not sure how you know this stuff, but I expect the tanning might have something to do with the year he was so sick because he was vitamin D deficient. I don’t see following doctors order as unusual. You shouldn’t presume things you don’t understand.

June 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm
(64) Don says:

Tammy, I don”t known if your unyielding defense of Father Corapi is courageous or foolish but I hope you are not setting yourself up for a major disappointment. Like many others, I have listen to this man, enjoyed many of his lectures and even attended one of his conferences in Buffalo N.Y. Having said that, its no secret where he comes from. By his own admission, Money and drug did him in once before. I also know that Father has come into a very large sum of money(one of his proven weaknesses) recently through successful law suits. Surely one has to wonder, and I hope I am dead wrong I think a whole lot of prayer and a good dose of common sense is warranted here. Father often spoke of us being one of Gods Soldiers, fighting in Gods army and how we should put on the WHOLE armor and fight the good fight. It sounds like Father has chosen to run instead. Again, I hope I am dead wrong but Fathers actions of late have me suspicious at best

June 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm
(65) Sharon says:

I agree with you Charlotte.

June 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm
(66) pamelamarie says:

how i am going miss that deep beautiful voice of his. I will continue to pray for him. Remember, Our Lady Loves you. Come back to us please

June 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm
(67) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, pamelamarie, for reminding us of how each of us should approach this case.

June 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm
(68) Sarah Thayer says:

I know so little about this case that I feel a great trepidation in offering any comments at all. However, whatever the truth may be in all of this, the tragedy, as I see it, is people’s willingness to try to turn things around and place blame on the bishops. I have known a number of bishops in my 71 years and sadly a number of them have been lacking in many of the virtues. But God has assigned them as our shepherds and God is in charge. As Catholics, we believe in the authority of the Magisterium. We believe that no matter how sinful these men may be personally, God will always work through them for our personal good if we are obedient. I truly pray that people will not be led into schism over this matter, thereby forming another “protestant” church. In a prayer I pray each day there is a phrase I love to remember throughout the day: “I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me.” Let us all fervently pray for Fr. Corapi and for all of us who have been so distressed by whatever it is that has happened with him. Let us also pray for our bishops and our dear Holy Father, putting everything into God’s hands and trusting Him to bring good out of it all. May God have mercy on me, a sinner.

June 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm
(69) Fred Stemp says:

Sarah you comments are the most sane I’ve seen thus far and I thank you for them. Full truth and facts on both sides have yet to be disclosed. And frankly, I doubt they ever will be. That said, your comments are entirely true and are the correct actions all good practicing Catholics should adhere to. It is not for us to judge or take sides but to submit to the Will of God always. How God use these people and situations to help us on our journey is entirely His providence only. Pray, obedience and submission to His Will are our responsibilities. Not posturing, judging or taking sides. Scott, I think you article was neutral and on point. I take it at face value and it was well written. God bless and pray for ALL those involved an affected by these unsettling events.

June 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm
(70) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you for your kind words, Fred.

June 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm
(71) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Sarah. You have said what needs to be said better than I ever could.

June 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm
(72) Tammy says:

If its okay to remove a priest for lack of virtues, it’s okay to remove a bishop as well. God assigned the priests as our shepherds too.

June 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm
(73) Roz says:

Amen! Beautifully said Sarah

June 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm
(74) Chris D says:

Scott – you did well to express the truth of this matter. Thanks you. Father Corapi has elevated himself, pridefully, to a position above and beyond the Church. In doing so, he causes scandal. They simply cannot be tolerated by our priests. I hope those who loved listening to him will be able to thoughtfully reject his decision and stay committed to Christ and His Church.

June 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm
(75) Lorraine says:

I watched Fr. Corapi all the time. He never once elevated himself, he was never prideful, or placed himself above the church. I loved listening to the man, he brought me to deeper faith in God and the RC teachings. He was instrumental in bringing my husband into the church. Now alas he had no other recourse but to resign. What a terrible shame that all those people who did not like him, for whatever reason, have now got their way in him been shut up. These are the types of men we need, who call a spade a spade and are not scared to face the evil that surrounds us. Pray the rosary everyday for all the evil that is within the church and that surrounds us. My Mama wears combat boots!

June 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm
(76) Scott P. Richert says:

Now alas he had no other recourse but to resign.

Father Corapi had another recourse: He could trust in God and submit himself to the will of the Church, as Padre Pio did.

June 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm
(77) Joe says:

There is no such thing as a soul, so everyone can relax about souls being affected, etc.

June 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm
(78) Scott P. Richert says:

It must be dreadfully boring, Joe, to spend your life looking to insert yourself into conversations that have no relevance to you.

June 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm
(79) joe says:

A severely deluded world has plenty of relevance to me, Mr. Richert.

June 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm
(80) Lorraine says:

What a terrible shame that the Bishop of Texas left Fr. John no other choice but to resign. It seems nowadays that you are guilty and have to prove your innocents. I have slowly become disenchanted with the RC Church. Too much liberalism, not enough Godliness in the church anymore.
Fr. John led my husband to the RC faith, led myself and so many others in my family to have a stronger faith in God with his teachings and helping us to understand our faith.
Now this great man who knew and understood the weakness of the human body and soul, has been torn down by the evil that is in the church. We weep that this evil has been allowed to destroy another person who was on God’s side. Pray for Fr. John who is not allowed to face his accusers, and for us who are waiting with baited breath for the church to take some sort of a stand and come out with a verdict. A simple blood test would have been enough to prove if he had taken drugs.But the church as usual will hide behind their vestments and draw everything out as long as possible.

June 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm
(81) Scott P. Richert says:

Pray for Fr. John who is not allowed to face his accusers, and for us who are waiting with baited breath for the church to take some sort of a stand and come out with a verdict.

If the allegations had been proved credible, a canonical trial would have been held, and Father Corapi would have been able to face his accusers.

The Church cannot now “come out with a verdict,” because Father Corapi’s decision has put an end to the canonical process. The matter will now be decided entirely in the civil courts.

Beyond that, Lorraine, please think and pray carefully about your other comments. You and your husband owe a great debt to Father Corapi for bringing your husband into the Church and deepening your own faith. But the Church, the Body of Christ, is the font of Truth, not Father Corapi. He directed you TO the Church; please do not now turn away from it because you are disenchanted with how this case has proceeded. To do so will cut you off from the Truth and from the grace that only the sacraments of the Church, and not any individual man, can provide.

June 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm
(82) Car says:

Scott, excellent and factual reply.

June 25, 2011 at 10:59 am
(83) Jenny says:

Lorraine, don’t leave Christ’s Church. The saints have always had trouble with church authorities. Not comparing Fr. Corapi to our beloved saints, but. . .just remember that there is only a relatively small number of people in this world who are truly holy, it’s no surprise to see such worldliness within the Church. God bless.

June 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm
(84) Maryanne Leonard says:

I am surprised at the ad hominum attacks on Scott as I am by the allegations against Father Corapi, who was truly a gifted and powerful speaker. Father Corapi may be fully innocent of the allegations, and let’s hope that is true; however, by resigning in (perhaps understandable) anger, he has gone back on his solemn vows and exposed the hierarchy of the Church to disdain. Anyone who reads Scott’s article carefully will know that he has written truthfully and given Father Corapi his due.

June 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm
(85) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Maryanne, for your support.

June 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm
(86) Tammy says:

Are you certainhe has gone back on his solemn vows? My understanding is he didn’t, this was an acceptable option. If I’m wrong please explain it to me.

June 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm
(87) Dan says:

Resigning: From what????

Please love the Church. You follow the Church. I am not against the Church, I am still a priest, just not ministering publicly.

June 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm
(88) Joe says:

Adolf Hitler was a truly gifted and powerful speaker.

June 24, 2011 at 11:53 pm
(89) Scott P. Richert says:

Joe, such comments are uncalled for, no matter what you think of Father Corapi.

June 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm
(90) Barbara says:

Both Fathers Corapi AND Euteneuer (Human Life International) were accused right after Father Euteneuer’s book “Exorcism” came out. Father Corapi wrote the forward. The powers-that-be do not like to have light shown on the devil since they are from the devil themselves. The same people (or at least the organizations from where they come) are no doubt also responsible for taking out most if not all of the exorcism prayers from the Sacrament of Baptism (check out the difference between the pre-and post-Vatican rites).

As some of the commenters have said, there have been many false accusations of good and holy priests. I personally know of two and it’s quite possible I now know of four.

All that being said, we must remember that Padre Pio was also accused of sexual misconduct and was forbidden to say Mass in public for ten (10) years which caused him immeasurable pain and suffering . . . and look at him now – he’s a canonized saint! and most people don’t even know about that aspect of his life! I sincerely hope that my feelings about Fathers Corapi and Euteneuer are correct and the Truth will come out. Possibly Father Corapi was so disgusted and felt helpless in face of the attacks against him and this was his way of dealing with it . . . he is still a human being. Both of these priests as well as so many others are in desperate need of our prayers.

June 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm
(91) Courtney says:

Scott, thank you for your very objective and charitable response. I genuinely cannot believe how many supposedly orthodox Catholics are willing to blindly assume that “the powers that be,” or “the hierarchy,” or “the bishops” are conspiring against this clearly disturbed man, based only on his word. When he was first accused I could understand that reaction. Now, when more has come to light, and when Fr. Corapi himself has spoken and acted in such a way as to bring so much doubt — not doubt of his innocence perhaps, but certainly doubt to his honesty, and his spiritual and emotional health — some his supporters continue to spout gobbedly-gook about shadowy dark powers that are out to ruin the Church. They don’t seem to realize that these figures, in this specific case, have names — and there is no reason to doubt these particular men. The Bishop of Corpus Christi is well-respected and relatively new to the diocese; moreover, he seems to have done exactly what he was supposed to do, in contacting Fr. Corapi’s actual superiors and allowing an investigation to ensue. Corapi’s superior in SOLT has spoken out, now on two occasions, to explain his own actions and express concern for Corapi — who, it is revealed, not only brought the investigation to a halt by his own actions after all of a month, but elected by his own choice to abandon his priestly ministry permanently, leave the religious life, and thus close the book on any chance of proving or disproving his innocence — all in a matter of months.

I have no doubt that the devil is targeting Fr. Corapi, but not through the bishops. Regrettably, tragically, he is being targeted as we all are — within ourselves. He needs our prayer — and the bishops need our trust and obedience, even if they are wrong. Padre Pio, pray for us.

June 21, 2011 at 11:25 pm
(92) Scott P. Richert says:

I have no doubt that the devil is targeting Fr. Corapi, but not through the bishops. Regrettably, tragically, he is being targeted as we all are — within ourselves. He needs our prayer — and the bishops need our trust and obedience, even if they are wrong. Padre Pio, pray for us.

Amen. Thanks for the comment, Courtney.

June 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm
(93) Leticia Velasquez says:

I agree that the timing of the scandals afflicting Fr Tom and Fr Corapi are suspiciously close to the publication of the very potent book on exorcism which I have read, however, all it proves is that the devil wanted them both destroyed. It does NOT prove that these priests are innocent. It is quite possible that they cooperated in the devil’s attempts to bring them down by their own human weakness. No doubt Satan helped bring them down if they fell (remember Fr Tom confessed to sexual sin) but they still had free will.
St Pio saw satanic visions of naked women in his cell and resisted. He is not to be casually grouped with these two priests until they are canonized.

June 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm
(94) Bill says:

Scott, I don’t like the tone of your article. The Bishops were out to get Fr.Corapi and they succeeded.This is an example of whats happening to Priests across the country. It is one of the flaws in the Catholic Church.

June 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(95) Car says:

Bill, I disagree. In my particular diocese, we are lucky to have many orthodox priests – I can think of a few who are even more zealous than Corapi. My own parish receives the Eucharist kneeling at the communion rail, and the TLM is offered once a week. Our neighboring parish offers the sacrament of reconciliation before each and every Mass, and has vespers on Sunday evenings. We have one perpetual adoration chapel nearby, and another under construction 2 miles down the road. I realize it’s not this way everywhere, but I don’t see our bishops as the evil parties… and certainly not as oppressing orthodox priests. Fr Corapi has been here several times in the past decade, and was always warmly received, too.

June 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm
(96) Scott P. Richert says:

The Bishops were out to get Fr.Corapi

And what evidence do you have of this other than Father Corapi’s claim that it is so?

June 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm
(97) Liz says:

Listen to all the emotions pouring out here. We certainly are sadden and opinionated. Scott, your story is NOT ambiguous. It is as I read it unbiased and explains developments only. When priest’s go astray, they forget whom they love. JESUS! The bishops are going slowly but deliberately as they should. Why do we presume they are the culprits? I’m not judging lest I be judged. Then I’d be in trouble with JESUS. Scott, keep us informed as you learn further developments. If you have an opinion, I’d keep it to myself if I were you. Just be sarcastic!!!

June 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm
(98) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Liz, for your support.

June 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm
(99) Knight says:

Bishops have way to much latitude. If this were the 60′s and u had full knowledge of the ongoing pedophila in the Church would u stand by and be obedient to the Bishops mishandling of the situation or would u do the right thing and prevent further children from being molested? How far does obedience go? The Bishops are human and have failed my generation. I pray for them and am still obedient to the Dogma’s of the Church but not the fancies of men in aouthority who have a track records of protecting themselves at the expense of others, namely the innocent.

June 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm
(100) Tammy says:

Exactly!!!

June 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm
(101) John says:

How true. Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) was even given a pardon to visit the USA by Pres. Bush because of his part in ignoring pedophile complaints when he worked just under Pope John Paul II.

June 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm
(102) Judy says:

sadly, I agree

June 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm
(103) Scott P. Richert says:

Knight, I’m still trying to understand supporters of Father Corapi who say, on the one hand, that the bishops can’t be trusted because of the pedophilia scandal but then turn around, on the other, and say that Father Corapi should not be subject to procedures designed to prevent another such scandal from occurring.

Can you explain to me why this isn’t a contradiction, at best, and special pleading, at worst?

June 22, 2011 at 10:25 am
(104) Knight says:

Simple, they mishandled the pedophilia scandle and were brought to their knees by the secular media over it. Would of been nice if they were brought to their knees out of a sense of Holiness. Anyhow, they come up with this one size fits all policy. Huh? In doing that, they put the 99% of good priests at risk because 1% of the priesthood is behaving insideously. That is an abuse of power that needs to be checked. Corapi is the guy that may check it. Acutely, Fr. Corapi is going under the bus and will never get reputation back regardless of the outcome of this “trial”. Why, because the Bishops are covering their tracks again. Same cowardice that gave us the first scandle (trying to please the wrong people), different circumstances.

June 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm
(105) Rose says:

This is another sad day for our beloved Church when one of God’s anointed leaves his Bride. I remember clearly Father Corapi on EWTN who said that a priest is like a soldier who may be bloody and wounded but should not give up the fight or give up his priesthood. He said it is like abandoning the battle for souls – or words to that effect.

When one is caught up very busy in the service of God, one could likely forget the God of service. One’s prayer time suffers and we find ourselves given to discouragement, easily becoming more of ourselves and less of Christ. How true for any of us who are actively serving in our individual capacity especially in our own parishes.

“Lord help us to lead like you – obedient, prayerful, and humble”.

Mother Mary, star of evangelization, pray for our priests and pray for us, sinners!

June 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm
(106) Mary says:

Fact #1,John Corapi HAS left the priesthood by his own choice and by sending a letter to his superiors.
Fact #2 – He has set up his own ministry – The Black Sheep Dog.

For this I am truly, truly sorry because we are witnessing something I truthfully thought I would never, ever see. I am very, very sad at what has happened to him. I was a supporter but I will not support him in this new endeavor. He has given up the greatest gift that God could have given to him – ordination and the gift to change bread and wine into the Body and Blood of our Lord at Mass and give to God’s people the Holy Eucharist.

The first very big mistake that was made in John Corapi’s life was SOLT permitting him to live independently. There are way too many temptations with this kind of arrangement.

He needs the prayers of all of us who care about him that the Holy Spirit will be able to reach him and that he be willing to do God’s will and not his own will.

June 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(107) John says:

Mary, from your keyboard to God’s ear. Very beautifully written and I agree with you. Thanks.

June 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm
(108) Kathleen says:

Your article was interesting. Your quote was appropriate and Father Corapi is still a priest. His leaving his order doesn’t change that fact.

Whether or not the allegations are true or false, it is not up to us to judge Father Corapi or his accuser. To do so puts our souls in jeopardy.

Bishops are supposed to be our shepherds. They are supposed to teach and be there for us when we are in need. Anger is not what is needed now.

We need to remember all those teachings of love, mercy and forgiveness that we have been given. Pray. Pray for Father Corapi, the bishops and the accuser.

Father Corapi has said that he has forgiven his accuser. This should be a teaching moment for all.

June 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm
(109) Barbara Adams says:

John Corapin, whether guilty or innocent of the allegations shows a remarkable lack of humility.

June 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm
(110) John says:

In your attempt to post your judgement don’t you think you could have taken just one second to see his last name is Corapi (it’s posted all over this page)?

June 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm
(111) Who Cares says:

He contradicts himself. He said he’s leaving because they want him to leave. In the very next breath he said he won’t go through an investigation just because they want him to. He so eloquently transitions in to marketing his new book. What happened to staying true to your calling no matter what your adversaries say? Jesus was falsely accused and crucified, but never retreated to save himself. That’s the part I really don’t get about what he is doing. Being removed from active duty until they determine the validity of the accusations is prompting him to stop being a priest? The Catholic Church is trying to implement policies that protect victims, and potential victims, ever since the scandal broke in Philadelphia. Any reasonable or credible accusation about sexual misconduct, youth involvement or not, is going to cause a knee-jerk reaction to suspend the priest until it can be determined if they are guilty or not. He seems to be crying that this is a case of being given a guilty verdict before an investigation is performed; but it’s really just a proper and acceptable policy and procedure for ensuring the safety of people instead of letting the accused function in a capacity that gives them access to a target-rich environment. He is also crying that the Church is telling him that he has to prove his innocence; but that isn’t what they are doing. (CONTINUED NEXT POST)

June 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm
(112) Who Cares says:

(…CONTINUED) They are just saying that he will be removed from his duties while an investigation is occurring, hopefully exonerating him. Father Corapi fails to understand the importance of such a policy and wants equal priority and protection for the accused. Well, sorry, but the policy protects the greater good and God’s children, adult or child. True, it may prohibit him from making money, but he said it himself… sometimes bad things happen to good people. It’s our faith that helps us push on and know that God will stop the bad that is being done on our behalf. He never mentions faith and his calling to the priesthood. And if you are one of those people who Fr. Corapi has helped, that doesn’t mean if he is guilty, his help means nothing. He is only human. All of the good he has done isn’t erased if he is found guilty. It’s also no reason to blindly defend him either. His response leaves us in a situation where we will never know. He made the investigation impossible.

June 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm
(113) Wes says:

When I was still in the process of becoming Catholic, a friend from Oklahoma sent me a cd..It was Father Corapi`s “life story”. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Here was a man who had lived my life. .. A military background..addiction..recovery. (my addiction was alcohol and I am 18 years sober thank God.)

For me it all comes down to..From St. Peter to Father Corapi there has never been a “perfect” member of the Body of Christ. ..But regardless OUR failures.. the Church..The Body Of Christ will prevail and endure. For us to point fingers, and take sides in this or any other issue isnt productive.

All we need to remember is..”And I ask Blessed Mary ever virgin, all the angels and saints..and you my brothers and sisters..to pray for me (and Father Corapi) to the Lord our God.

June 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm
(114) Matt says:

Father Corapi did not leave the priesthood. He told us to be obediant to the Bishop in all things in faith & morals. If he preaches against Church teachings I will agree with you. But until then I will file your thoughts in my overflowing bin of conjecture.

June 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm
(115) JOSEPH says:

Who do you think you are to judge Father Corapi? You don’t know all the facts of the allegations. Father has come out with a new audio tape which details the facts surrounding the woman and her husband as alcoholics whom Father tried to help for years and was repaid by extortion attempts to get a big pay day from the church. And, Father was advised by a well-known and respected bishop to institute legal action vs this woman for libel and defamation of character! Father cannot possibly get a fair trial and is considered guilty until proven innocent. As our Lord Jesus said, DON’T JUDGE LEST YOU BE JUDGED! So shut your trap and don’t throw stones because you are a sinner like the rest of us!

June 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm
(116) Kirstin says:

Joseph, you are mistaken about some of your “facts.” Fr. Corapi is not suing for alleged libel and defamation of character, but for alleged breach of a confidentiality contract that he requires some/all of the employees at his media company to sign. This in itself is troubling because if, as he stated, none of the accusations the person he is suing made against him are true, then that person has not breached any confidentiality contract but has libeled the priest. Do you see? Why has Fr. Corapi set in motion a suit that will only impede the opportunity to clear himself but by his own words isn’t even legally sound instead of a suit that would address head on the supposed libelous accusations made against him?

And I think your last sentence was unnecessary and rude.

June 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm
(117) Kirstin says:

I see that John Corapi has publicly talked about filing a defamation suit (http://frstephensmuts.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/fr-corapi-to-post-audio-clips-of-alcoholic-and-troubled-accuser/). I had not seen that before. Previously he talked about a breach of confidentiality suit. I’m not sure whether he is now talking about two different suits or the same one and is characterizing it differently. But the two are very different types of suits, of course.

June 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm
(118) Scott P. Richert says:

Father cannot possibly get a fair trial and is considered guilty until proven innocent.

Many of Father Corapi’s supporters have said this, but the question is: Why couldn’t he get a fair trial? What is the evidence that he could not get a fair trial, if it even came to that?

I put that last phrase in italics because it’s very important. Father Corapi has not been on trial yet. The investigation was to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed with a canonical trial. The answer might very well have been “no.”

But we will never know now, because Father Corapi, by his action, has put an end to the process before it was ever determined that his case should go to trial.

June 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm
(119) Judy says:

Totally not Fr. Corapi related…but this is my first time on this website and I am thrilled that there are so many that care enough to comment and share and learn. Is this an unusual amount of traffic?

June 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm
(120) Donal Mahoney says:

Listening to Father Corapi on EWTN brought me back to the Church after a 40 year hiatus. He was also instrumental in converting my wife from Methodism. But we won’t be leaving the Church because of him. We’ll pray for him and welcome him back if he wants to return and if the official Church apparatus will accept him, either as a priest or as a layman. Corapi’s mother may have prayed Corapi back into the Church but apparently Monica did a better job with Augustine.

Regarding Scott’s thought that Corapi should be laicized if what he is alleged to have done is true. If he did it, he did it with adult females, not adolescent girls or boys or pre-pubescent tykes. If all the priests who tarry with adults were laicized, we might have a real crisis in the priesthood.

If the charges are true, he is at worst a fornicator with a drug problem. I don’t think those sins cannot be forgiven. I might not listen to him any more. But he might make a good priest in the Andes moving from parish to parish on a llama. God help him however this plays out. He’s accomplished too much good to go out this way.

June 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm
(121) Scott P. Richert says:

But we won’t be leaving the Church because of him.

Donal, thank you for your comment. This is precisely the right attitude. All those who have been helped in their faith by the ministry of Father Corapi should be grateful to him, and they should show that gratitude by praying for him. Leaving the Church, or even just growing angry at Church authorities who are simply trying to do their best, is not the right response.

June 25, 2011 at 11:20 am
(122) Jenny says:

Donal I agree wholeheartedly. Why any priest should be laicized for fornication and drug use is beyond me. Get him to confession and be done with it.

June 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm
(123) carol says:

I’m a California Catholic who has admired & followed Fr. C. for the last 10 yrs & I am totally bummed. However, when this story began in March, I looked up his previous whistle-blower lawsuit re:medical malpractice on himself, Redding, CA, in which his side won millions of dollars. He had to share the sum w/others, some of whom were friends. It was noted in the public documents that the plaintiffs (including Corapi)could not agree among themselves how to divide the spoils, so a judge had to do it for them. This event happened totally within the context of his priesthood. I thought it odd that a priest such as Fr. C would be unable to deal gracefully w/a substantial sum of money. Now this sad event makes some sense. Forget abt sex or drugs. B4 becoming a priest, John Corapi was 1st an accountant. He knew how to make & spend a lot of money. I think his wealth has become an albatross around his neck & secular lawyers I’m sure aren’t helping. I pray he will “let go & let God” deliver him from all evil.

June 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm
(124) Leslie says:

Carol – as a fellow California Catholic who works in healthcare – specifically in cardiovascular healthcare, at the time I was grateful that Father Corapi blew the whistle on fraudulent coronary artery bypass grafting. That having been said, I also found the level of his involvement in the settlement as reported incongruent with behavior I would expect from a Catholic priest – especially one from a religious order. I would expect the individual priest to be silent and for his religious superiors to do the talking and administration of the case and settlement.

The evil one is having a party on all sides of the current Father Corapi matter. Just laughing all the way to hell. People let’s be quiet (myself included) and pray to the Holy Spirit for Wisdom, to Jesus Christ for Mercy and to God the Father for Peace.

June 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm
(125) Charlie Noel says:

Hm. All of this is very interesting, unforeseen yet not unlikely given the state of culture, communication and the Church. I would like to make 2 points – the fundamental sacrament of salvation is Baptism and Confirmation, not Holy Orders. Fr. or should I say, Dr. Corapi, is not abandoning his Baptism into his office as a priest, prophet and king (see 1 Peter) simply by the power of his faith in Jesus Christ. Secondly, I would like to point out, that to my knowledge, John Corapi has not taught any kind of identifiable heresy by any of his public actions. It is slanderous to suggest otherwise. None other than St. Catherine of Siena was adamant in her public denunciation of corruption and injustice in the Church hierarchy of her day. I do not remember he ever being labelled a heretic, though she did have enemies whom we no longer remember. I honestly do not know if John Corapi is innocent or guilty. But, that is beside the point here. I have no way of knowing unless the Holy Spirit reveals it. What we all do know that faith and baptism brings one to a clean conscience before God (renewed in the sacraments). John Corapi is as much a child of God as any one of us and equally entitled to the ministries of Grace. To leave the public ministry of the priesthood in these circumstances, if acting in good conscience, is not at all necessarily to leave Christ. St. Ignatius Loyola taught us to read the actions of our fellows – particularly Christians! – in the best possible, the most charitable, the most Christlie and NOT pharisaical manner. I highly suggest we take his counsel. Thank you.

June 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm
(126) Mary says:

John Corapi was called by God to the priesthood. He has made the decision to no longer function as a priest. Anyone called to the Sacrament of Holy Orders is called to serve God and God’s people at a higher level than the laity. While Baptism makes us children of God we have an obligation to do God’s will and all of us will need to give an accounting to God at the end of our lives. More has been given to John and to all those called to the priesthood and more is expected.

June 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm
(127) Valerie says:

“Anyone called to the Sacrament of Holy Orders is called to serve God and God’s people at a higher level than the laity.”
I would like to propose “different level” rather than higher level. My call from God is no lower than any other of His children.

June 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm
(128) Scott P. Richert says:

I would like to point out, that to my knowledge, John Corapi has not taught any kind of identifiable heresy by any of his public actions. It is slanderous to suggest otherwise.

It is also slanderous to suggest that I have suggested that when I have not.

June 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm
(129) Jean says:

Although Scott has not suggested it, I will. To declare that he can laicize himself and release himself from his perpetual vows is heresy. I refuse to call him Blacksheep Dog. He is Father Corapi, perpetually vowed to SOLT until the Church declares that he is laicized and the Church declares that he cannot use the title of Father and SOLT declares that he is released from his vows to his community.

June 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm
(130) Peaceable60 says:

I can only pray and trust in God. No man is worthy of faith, only God is.

I cannot criticize a man I am so grateful to. I just can’t do it.

It is only God who knows what is right and just. I trust Him to allow His plan to unfold. We don’t know everything.

Fr. Corapi is ever in my prayers. I know Mary is watching over him and intercedes for him. May the grace of God flow through her and may our dear friend be able to resolve what is right, according to the will of God. Let us help one another through this time of sadness and pain, and not attack anyone.

June 21, 2011 at 3:52 pm
(131) Mary says:

Well said. Let us all pray for John (and I agree that the Blessed Mother is interceding for him)that he be open to doing the will of God; whatever that might be.

June 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm
(132) Monica says:

As I read these comments I find myself becoming more and more saddened. Here we are as members of the body of Christ and we are attacking one another: some Fr. Corapi, some the bishops, still others Scott and individuals who are leaving comments. We are calling each other names and telling one another to shut up. We are being very rude and disrespectful. Is this really how Christ wishes us to act? We are behaving this way based upon the actions of a single human being who is as flawed as the rest of us. Wouldn’t the better response be to unite in prayer for the redemption of all of us sinful humans as well as for unity and healing in the Church that Christ founded?

June 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm
(133) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Monica, for your voice of sanity.

June 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm
(134) John Doe says:

Please at least get soooooome of the facts straight.

June 21, 2011 at 10:35 pm
(135) Scott P. Richert says:

It would be helpful if you pointed out which facts I got wrong, rather than making blanket statements.

June 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm
(136) Brandinooo says:

Hi Scott,

This article seems to be based on something that’s not really a concrete truth. Although John Corapi has left public ministry as a priest, it does not currently appear that he is actually leaving the priesthood. As others have already done so, I would like to direct you to Fr. Corapi’s own Twitter, http://twitter.com/johncorapi, where he clearly says, “I am still a priest, just not ministering publicly.”

It seems that a lot of misinformation is going around! :)

June 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm
(137) Mary says:

He currently does not have faculties to function as a priest because the investigation has been stymied due to canonical restrictions in which he played a part. He can’t have faculties restored without the completion of the investigation so what exactly does he mean that he is still a priest? I think he needs to be clearer about this than what we currently have.

June 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm
(138) Brandinooo says:

Oh gosh. I agree, Mary! Things need to get clearer, and I do agree with a lot of the people on here that it’s potentially not a good sign when things aren’t very clear.

June 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm
(139) Kirstin says:

SOLT released an official statement on the matter (http://soltnews.blogspot.com/2011/06/official-solt-statement-on-behalf-of-fr.html). It states that Fr. Corapi wrote a letter to his superiors and told them “he could no longer continue to function as a priest or a member of the SOLT.” The order says in response, “The SOLT is deeply saddened that Fr. Corapi is suffering distress. The SOLT is further saddened by Fr. Corapi’s response to these allegations. The SOLT will do all within its power to assist Fr. Corapi if he desires to seek a dispensation from his rights and obligations as a priest and as a professed member of the SOLT.”

June 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm
(140) Brandinooo says:

Yes, I see that, too. What do you make of that Tweet? This is a very confusing situation!

June 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm
(141) Scott P. Richert says:

Brandinoo, I think the tweet is referring to his current status, not to what his status will be in the future, which is what the statement from SOLT is referring to.

June 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm
(142) Kirstin says:

John Corapi seems to change another part of his story in another statement today (http://frstephensmuts.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/fr-corapi-to-post-audio-clips-of-alcoholic-and-troubled-accuser/). Before this he had said he’d filed a breach of contract for confidentiality suit. Now, he talks about a defamation suit. It is unclear whether he is just not being clear about what kind of suit he filed, or whether he has filed two different types of suits.

He also says his site is going to post audio clips of his accuser. This is another highly questionable action.

June 21, 2011 at 6:25 pm
(143) Kirstin says:

The above link isn’t working, so if you want the details, go to John Corapi’s new site.

June 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm
(144) Scott P. Richert says:

He also says his site is going to post audio clips of his accuser. This is another highly questionable action.

Yes. This is very disturbing, because the revealing of private sins is detraction, and a priest, of all people, should know that he cannot engage in such an action without incurring grave sin.

June 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm
(145) Dave N. says:

Actually, I think the bigger story here is that the former bishop of San Antonio (Gracida) is encouraging Fr. Corapi’s followers to write letters to the Papal Nuncio denouncing the unjust actions of the current bishop of San Antonio in regard to the investigation. http://abyssum.wordpress.com/

To me, this seems pretty unprecedented.

June 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm
(146) JEAN says:

Dave,
This is amazing and sad. I think the bishop of Corpus Christi was simply following the USCCB guidelines, which require immediate administrative leave of priests from their assignments until it can be determined whether the charges are credible. It is not fair to single this bishop out. It has been done by many bishops over the last 15 or more years. What has happened to Fr. Corapi is also not fair. It is true that placing a priest on leave harms his reputation irreparably. It is a form of detraction. It is all so very, very sad. We must pray for our bishops and our priests. I know Our Lady is weeping today. It is so sad. We need good and holy priests. It is shameful that they are treated in this way, but I understand the bishops are reacting because their trust has been betrayed by a few priests in the past. The Church needs the guidance of the Holy Spirit at this time. Pray, pray, pray.

June 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm
(147) Mary says:

I have always enjoyed reading articles on this website, but as of today I will unsubscribe. You have already tried and judged Fr. Corapi without yourself having all the facts. Only he and God know why he is deciding to leave the priesthood. Perhaps he feels he can serve God better in another capacity such as a monk or simply as a private person praying for the church. Remember only God can judge and condemn, not you! Many good priests have been wrongly accused and then received no support from the very people who should be supporting them the most, we the faithful! Is it any wonder they decide to leave the priesthood?

June 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm
(148) Scott P. Richert says:

Mary, I don’t know how much more plainly I can state it: I do not know whether Father Corapi is guilty or innocent; I have no qualifications or desire to judge him; and I have not done so.

What I have discussed is the effect of his decision. One does not have to judge him in order to see what effect his abandonment of his priestly ministry has had—all one has to do is read the comments on this post, from both his supporters and his detractors.

June 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm
(149) Charles Vaughn says:

Scott, I think you have written clearly on your observations if Father is guilty and the harm that may have done. I pray to God that he is innocent. He is a marvelous speaker and a motivator.
With prayers for his spiritual and physical health, as well as others who may have been negatively affected, if what has been written is true.

June 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm
(150) Emma says:

None of us knows whether the allegations against Fr Corapi are true or false, but we do know Fr. Corapi should not leave the priesthood. Something is wrong that he has decided to leave his valuable gift of being a priest for whatever reason. We all know his past and how much good God has done through him. We are all capable of losing our faith. If he has had a relaspe then let us all have FAITH and fast and pray the rosary for this man. While he is alive the battle is not lost! He was ordained by Blessed John Paul II and was told to re-evangelize America. Can we not join together and pray through the intercession of Blessed John Paul II, and the powerful prayers of the rosary and the holy St. Michael the Archangel prayers for him while fasting in some small way?! Let us never give up on any of our people, whether they are priests or layman.

June 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm
(151) Kathleen Norris says:

Please! Please! For the Love of God do we have to go on and on like this? Fr. Corapi may be innocent or guilty. But the fact is we all need to get down on our knees pray for him and for ourselves! Who should “cast the first stone?”
If we all argue among ourselves how do we stand as Catholics? The Church is under severe attack, and seems like we are contributing from “within.” The USA is falling apart because of ignoring and leaving God OUT as it is. In Revelations we are asked “Will we be able to endure until the end?” Pray, pray, pray — and please don’t insult each other as I read here! Proverbs 11-13 “A gossip goes around spreading rumors, while a trustworthy man tries to quiet them.” 14-15 “Only a simpleton believes what he is told! Aprudent man checks to see where he is going.”
Scott keep up your good works–you are always fair and I have never heard any “judgements” in your writings, only honest facts and not jumping to any conclusions before the facts. God Be With Us All!

June 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm
(152) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Kathleen. I was very slow to discuss this case precisely because I did not want to jump to conclusions—and still don’t want to. And that makes it all the more painful to see some commenters accuse me of doing just that.

June 22, 2011 at 12:34 am
(153) joni says:

I think that Father Corapi is innocent. I also think that he believes that the only way he can continue his public speaking ministry will be without the priesthood and support of his superiors. That is incredibly sad because there is much more power in the priesthood than in our speeches. Recall what St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel; if necessary use words.”
Our Lord Jesus said that God hates divorce. Does Father Corapi realize he is in essence divorcing himself from his priestly call and committment? I pray that Father will reconsider his decision and not leave the holy priesthood. May Jesus,Mary and Joseph be with him and our wonderful Church.

June 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm
(154) Scott P. Richert says:

there is much more power in the priesthood than in our speeches

Very true, Joni. That’s a point I tried to make today in my very wordy Wordless Wednesday: Give Me Your Body, O Christ

June 21, 2011 at 10:01 pm
(155) Stephen Cush says:

Scott, thanks for a fine article. This whole saga is so very strange. We may never know the whole truth, and that may not be a bad thing. But Father Corapi’s leaving the priesthood runs contrary to the essence of his preaching … to stand firmly in the truth no matter what the cost.

June 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm
(156) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Stephen, for your kind words.

June 21, 2011 at 11:08 pm
(157) Johnny Nofriends says:

I love you Scotty Boy!!! YEAH!

June 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm
(158) littleflower says:

Could it possible that Fr Corapi or John..is relapsing or experiencing mania and that is why this is all so odd and sad? I never did understand his order or montana residence & there seems to be something missing, how did get the ok to live apart from the order? Seems that would just leave him open to temptation of worldly desires, more so than if in community all along. He may not be willing to admit or can’t see it himself? The main thing is to pray for all our priests & church in these really difficult trying times we are living in…St Michael the Archangel Pray for all…Must admit I was never a follower, but know many who did..and my faith is shaken some from recent events including this one..Come Holy Spirit!

June 21, 2011 at 11:10 pm
(159) Mike says:

“But in leaving the priesthood (and, in so doing, bringing the investigation into the allegations against him to a crashing halt), Father Corapi is breaking the most important promise he has ever made, the vows that he took at his ordination. ”

Whaaa?

Please explain!

What promise has he broken? A Priest who seeks to be laisized is not by that action breaking any promise.

June 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm
(160) Michael Glennon says:

There is no such thing as “laicized” – a priestly ordination is irrevocable and so is the “promise made to lead and to preach and to bless” at ordination. He has betrayed his promise – fact.

June 23, 2011 at 5:57 pm
(161) Jean says:

Actually, in Canon Law, it is called the “loss of clerical state” and is acknowledged as an option. Here an excellent link on the topic of what is commonly called “laicized”. http://catholicexchange.com/2009/11/12/123716/

June 21, 2011 at 11:15 pm
(162) Jim McGee says:

Let’s pray. for the man. I always felt as if Father Coropi was to me. As a recovering addict, i know full well that my next drink, my next drug, my next anonymous sexual encounter, is but a step away.
I never saw Coropi talk WITH recovering addicts, or the homeless.
His audience seemed to be old ladies.
I believe in my Lord King and Master Jesus. (many of my friends call him “Higher Power”)
I also believe in our common enemy Satan the LOWER POWER.
I had a very public fall from grace some years ago.
I wish that I could put into words what led to my disgrace.
The first and only word that comes to mind is ego.
Easing God Out.
I know that God has forgiven John Coropi. I pray that he can find the humility to forgive him self

June 21, 2011 at 11:20 pm
(163) Kimberly says:

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone…none of us are in a position to judge or speculate on this man or any other man. the good works he has done are in no way diminished by this. Only God can judge him.

June 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm
(164) InjectTheMicWithRep says:

While the circumstances that lead to Fr. Corapi’s decision are unfortunate, don’t be surprised when this situation takes a turn for the better – at least for those who love the Catholic church and traditional values. Fr. Corapi was the one who got screwed here. His accuser is sadly a vindictive and unstable alcoholic who has no credibility whatsoever. She is a misguided former employee who left swinging and swearing to take Father down.

Because of the previous mishandling of actual priestly abuse, the bishops have overcorrected how they react to any claim of wrongdoing, and the current process is flawed. Your article is incorrect in that a canonical trial would have occurred, because canon law is not being utilized here.

I would have rather seen Father wait this out in hopes that the process would reveal the truth and he could still remain a priest. But, leaving the priesthood might just be what God has in store for him and a society in serious moral decline. The more this sits with me, the more I can see the genius and Providence of it all (other than the initial act of wrongfully accusing Fr. Corapi of course). While some men may have just gone away quietly and moved in with the SOLT order never to be heard from publicly again, Fr. Corapi is too important to the fight against evil to be silenced.

He is now free from the Church’s prohibition on priests participating in politics, and believe me he will come out swinging. Liberals want separation of church and state? They just got it.

June 21, 2011 at 11:50 pm
(165) Scott P. Richert says:

Your article is incorrect in that a canonical trial would have occurred, because canon law is not being utilized here.

Both the bishop of Corpus Christi and Father Corapi’s superiors in SOLT say that it is. What evidence do you have that it is not?

June 22, 2011 at 11:13 am
(166) InjectTheMicWithRep says:

Should’ve clarified. Based off of conversations I’ve w/ priests in Texas that have some insight.

Also, according to former bishop of CC, Rene Henry Gracida:

“Because Fr. John’s community is a Society of Apostolic Life of diocesan right and not pontifical, the local bishop (the Bishop of Corpus Christi) has final authority over this matter of discipline not his religious superiors. The bishop in disciplining Fr. John seems to have acted unjustly. I say this because I am not sure if any formal decree was given to Fr. John to suspend his faculties, likely only an oral obedience of what has become known as “administrative leave”, which is within the bishop’s power but in cases like this can very well result in the abuse of this power.

The Church law is clear that when a cleric is penalized, as Fr. John has been, it must always be by means of a formal process that has an official beginning and ends with a final judgment. A priest cannot simply be left in legal limbo without a resolution of charges that resulted in a penal action. Technically what has happened to Fr. John is a penal action and the Church is clear about when such action can take place. Canon 1341 states that a penalty can only be imposed as last resort (after lesser means have been attempted to “repair the scandal, restore justice, reform the offender”) and can only be applied as the formal outcome of an administrative or judicial process. And this outcome always gives the defendant opportunity for appeal to higher authority. I do not believe that either a true administrative process or a judicial process was begun here, which is implied by Fr. John’s level of frustration. Hence, if there was no issuance of a formal decree that began and requires an end to the legal process, then there is no means of appeal.”

June 22, 2011 at 12:14 am
(167) Rob says:

For what it’s worth Scott, I found nothing in your article that was damning about Father Corapi or his accuser, and agree that the whole situation is quite peculiar. His recent actions seem oddly out of character to the person he presented himself to be through his teachings: a “point man” for the Church and someone dedicated to the defense and preservation of the priesthood as vital to the salvation of souls. Further, his most recent comments, condemning his accusers of being alcoholics and extortionists seems somewhat unseemly, whether true or not, in light of his advice to “offer it up” when addressing the flock in one of his talks. And he did, after all, profess a vow of obedience at his ordination. Shakespeare’s line, “Methinks thee doth protest too much,” comes to mind. I am troubled and disappointed about the whole episode. I always saw Father Corapi as a straight shooter. I’m starting to think his aim is a little off now.

June 22, 2011 at 12:34 am
(168) MJ says:

Scott, I wish to sincerely thank you for taking the time to facilitate the discussion here & responding as you are able. I, too, am incredibly saddened by the situation itself & from the aftermath that I’ve witnessed throughout the ‘net. It is heart-wrenching. I love & care for Father Corapi. He *is* a blessing to remain in our family’s heart & prayers for his spiritual protection & well-being. My personal vocation as a wife & mother is to stand firm in our Catholic faith & strive to grow closer to living out God’s Will. I am grateful for the lessons that Fr. Corapi shared to encourage that process; even more for Christ to accepting my imperfections (repeatedly!) & the Holy Spirit in guiding our path. From that we cannot waiver.

Scott, there are so many questions & a myriad of info out there. If you have time, can you please comment on the posting by the Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Corpus Christi (Father Gracida) that Dave N. linked to: http://abyssum.wordpress.com/ (Thanks Dave!) I recognize that I’m not fully grasping the significance behind this call to action regarding his successor. He’s directing people to contact the Papal Nuncio. Like Dave, I honestly cannot recall a case where we have been urged to do so by another Bishop. I’m not sure what to ask of Archbishop Sambi… other than to literally BEG for an investigation of what has taken place, providing some closure for Father Corapi & healing of the divisiveness among all of our Catholic family.

Whatever has happened, it is clear that this was not set into motion by God’s Hand. My challenge to all that read is to pray even more — novenas, rosaries, even simply speaking the name of “Jesus” as Father Corapi repeatedly instructed. Call upon intercession of St. Michael, Bl. Pope John Paul II, & our Blessed Mother. We all know these prayers will never be “wasted.” We can’t give up… & besides, we know “Who” wins! :) Thanks & God Bless!

June 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm
(169) Scott P. Richert says:

Thanks, MJ, for your comment. I’m glad to have been able to give readers a place to discuss this situation.

I don’t know what to say about Bishop Gracida’s post. It’s very unusual for a bishop to involve himself in another bishop’s affairs, but perhaps Bishop Gracida feels justified to do so, since he ordained Father Corapi as a deacon and established the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.

June 22, 2011 at 12:39 am
(170) Salvy says:

So. the writer Scott points out that all the accusations would be consistent with Father Corapi’s previous life, then tries to say here how, in so many words, how he’s not slanting his article against the possible guilt of the priest. Yeah, right. Look, Father Corapi may well be on an ego trip here with all his” black sheep” or whatever he’s saying, but I don’t think this writer Scott has a clue what a guy has to go through when he says he falsely accused and the accuser’s name does not even go public, and, among other things that puts this priest at a great and vulnerable disadvantage. So, maybe Father John should not have quit the priesthood–then again I’m not walking in his moccasins and neither is that writer Scott.

June 22, 2011 at 10:11 pm
(171) Scott P. Richert says:

So. the writer Scott points out that all the accusations would be consistent with Father Corapi’s previous life, then tries to say here how, in so many words, how he’s not slanting his article against the possible guilt of the priest. Yeah, right.

Salvy, what I wrote was:

The behavior he is alleged to have engaged in is consistent with Father Corapi’s own account of his life before his mother, with the perseverance of Saint Monica, prayed him back into the Church.

That’s simply a statement of fact, not a suggestion that the allegations are true. If the allegations had been that Father Corapi had engaged in homosexual acts or pedophilia, I could have written that “The behavior he is alleged to have engaged in is not consistent with Father Corapi’s life before his conversion.” To do so is simply to engage in logic; it is not to assume guilt or innocence.

I don’t think this writer Scott has a clue what a guy has to go through when he says he falsely accused

Actually, I do. As I’ve pointed out in these comments more than once, I’ve been covering the clerical sexual abuse scandal for over ten years; I’m aware of the cases of a number of priests who have been falsely accused; and I have even exposed false accusations involving two clerics (most notably the retired bishop of Rockford, Illinois).

That’s one of many reasons why I would never presume Father Corapi’s guilt.

June 22, 2011 at 12:40 am
(172) Nemo says:

Can we get back to the key issue in this matter? Either Father John Corapi is lying or his accuser is lying. All other issues are secondary. Without more concrete information to figure out who is lying, all the blogs on this topic are mere speculation, some more gross than others. If the accuser is in the right, then she should pursue all avenues that are open to her, including punitive legal action. Fr. Corapi’s resignation from active priestly ministry does not curtail this option for her. If Fr. Corapi is in the right, then he should pursue all legal avenues to clear his name. He, of course, was not able to do this until he tendered his resignation. Time will tell who is telling the truth.

Until then, pray and be vigilant. The enemy never sleeps.

June 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm
(173) Scott P. Richert says:

If Fr. Corapi is in the right, then he should pursue all legal avenues to clear his name. He, of course, was not able to do this until he tendered his resignation.

Or he could have trusted in God rather than in the legal system.

June 22, 2011 at 1:07 am
(174) Stephen says:

As a recovering/recovered Catholic, everything associated with Catholicism has major problems. Historically there have been Inquisitions, lately there have been sexual abuse of children. Who cares what this one man does, look at Catholic history and present scandals. It is all a can of worms.

June 22, 2011 at 1:24 am
(175) Salvy says:

Yes Stephen, if only the Catholic Church got rid of all the sinners then things would be perfect. Everything associated with Catholicism has major problems? Look in the mirror–cause you have some major problem with reality.

June 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm
(176) Scott P. Richert says:

If you do not care, Stephen, why are you wasting your time reading and commenting?

June 22, 2011 at 1:26 am
(177) Bee says:

I have to say, as a “sheep” I am already running away as fast as I can from Fr. Corapi or anything that has to do with him. Yikes! I don’t care what the explanations are, or what really happened, all I know, as a sheep, that none of this reminds me of the true Shepherd, and so I run away. I heard a guy named Gavin de Becker who wrote a book, “The Gift of Fear” once say “listen to your gut. A rabbit in the forest who hears a twig snap doesn’t say, “oh, that was probably nothing. Never mind, I’ll just stay here and keep eating the foliage.” No, it runs no matter what caused the sound.” I always took that to heart, and so, in the matter of Fr. Corapi, it’s all just too creepy and the story doesn’t fit together, and so, it’s time to run and don’t wait to find out. The wolf is in the field.

June 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm
(178) Scott P. Richert says:

Bee, I think the broader point is that we don’t need to run so long as we put our trust in Christ and His Church rather than in any particular Catholic apologist, whether priest or layman. See 1 Corinthians 1:12-13: “Now this I say, that every one of you saith: I indeed am of Paul; and I am of Apollo; and I am of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul then crucified for you? or were you baptized in the name of Paul?”

June 22, 2011 at 1:50 am
(179) JMJ2in1 says:

“competent Church authorities.” is the problem phrase of this blog. Father has been convicted of being guilty and now must prove his innocence. That is not the American way — nor the Christian way. The laity doubt in the “compentency” of Church authorities to treat Father fairly.

June 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm
(180) Scott P. Richert says:

Father has been convicted of being guilty and now must prove his innocence.

No, he has not. He was suspended pending an investigation into the credibility of the allegations. Those investigating the allegations may have decided that they were not credible, in which case the suspension would have been lifted; or they may have decided that they were credible, in which case Father Corapi would have been tried in accordance with canon law, which assumes, just as civil law does, that he is innocent until proved guilty.

By announcing that he is abandoning his priestly ministry, Father Corapi brought the investigation of the allegations to a halt, so we’ll never know now what the investigators would have decided.

June 22, 2011 at 2:56 am
(181) sam Nda says:

I am very appalled by the decision made Fr. Corapi to leave the priesthood. Whether the allegations against him are false or true, he should be consistent with his teachings of the last 20 years.
If the allegations are true, he should have humbled himself , admit guilt, ask for forgiveness and stay in the Church in accordance with the church rules.
Conversely, if the allegations are false but the investigation team declare otherwise, accepting the victimization by the ruling of his superiors would be an excellent short cut to martyrdom and sainthood. Many saints experienced same scenario in the past. Saint Padre Pio was falsely accused of abuse by his superiors. He humbly accepted to be suspended from pristhood for 10 years but didn’t rebeliously relinquish the holy orders. Saint Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco was put in prison by clergy for refusing to admit that Mary apparitions they were having in Fatima were hallucinations. They stayed obedient to the Church regardeless.
Leaving the priesthood and ending, de facto, the investigation process is devastating. It is completely contradicting the catholic faith he has been preaching about. And unfortunatrly this can adversely affect the catholic church in general, and very disapponting to many followers whose faith had been strengthened by his ministry and have put trust in him.
However, refering to one of the messages the Virgin Mary sent forth through the 3 visionaries in Kibeho, Rwanda in 1982 was to pray for the priest because they are most targeted by the work of Evil. Therefore, in the fellowship of our faith let us pray for Fr. Corapi and all our church leaders so they can receive enough spiritual strength to win the fierce fight against the evil.

June 22, 2011 at 3:47 am
(182) Salvy says:

Yeah, okay Sam Nda you make a pretty good case for why Father Corapi should have hung in there and continue taking his lumps. But let me say this… I think we all agree that priests are major targets now for any whack-job or any kind of evil persons who wants to destroy someone for whatever reason and wants to cash in because the Catholic Church has deep pockets. So, there’s something to be said for a priest defending himself the best he knows how, and every case and situation is different. If Father Corapi is really innocent of all charges, which I suspect he is, I think it’s good he’s taking this dramatic turn because maybe it’s time now, in these crazy times, to show everyone that maybe it’s not going to be open season or easy pickins anymore on any innocent priest that somebody wants to jack around in such a serious destructive way.

June 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm
(183) Scott P. Richert says:

Salvy, I’m actually rather sympathetic to your point here. Still, I think the best way to have defended himself would have been to cooperate with the Church authorities, release the various employees from their NDAs, trust in God that the investigative panel would determine that the allegations are not credible, and then use his very high-profile case to make a public case for changing the procedure.

June 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm
(184) Scott P. Richert says:

Conversely, if the allegations are false but the investigation team declare otherwise, accepting the victimization by the ruling of his superiors would be an excellent short cut to martyrdom and sainthood.

Yes, but martyrdom and sainthood are not (to use a phrase used by many of Father Corapi’s fans) “the American way.”

June 22, 2011 at 4:16 am
(185) Jackie T. says:

Scott, I too am very troubled at Fr. Corapi’s reaction to the suspension. I have a couple questions. If a religious order priest (S.O.L.T.) is suspended, does that mean he receives no pay or housing? How should Fr. Corapi be making a living if they were to keep him suspended indefinitely? I’m just wondering whether financial necessity could be a perceived reason for his actions? I’d like to understand how it is supposed to work when a priest like this is suspended. What can he legitimately do and what can he not do, if he were to cooperate with the Church?

June 22, 2011 at 10:46 am
(186) Jean says:

Jackie,
This is a hardship for many priests, but not for Fr. Corapi, who received more than $3 million in a recent lawsuit and sells his CD’s and other items on his website. He could go a few more months, actually years, if he doesn’t spend it all on expensive items.

His community, SOLT, has offered him a place to stay in Texas. He doesn’t want to go there. Fr. Corapi has a deal with his community that they will let him live alone and keep all of his money. He likes it that way. Agreeing to live with them would most likely require him to share.

I think when he talks of being “extinguished”, he is speaking of his company, his home in Montana, his fan base, his speaking and teaching ministry. He would most likely lose all of that if he moved to Texas and waited for several months for the investigation. He would not loose his priestly faculties or the ability to celebrate the sacraments. When faced with this decision, he preferred to give up the priestly faculties. That says it all.

June 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm
(187) Scott P. Richert says:

I’m just wondering whether financial necessity could be a perceived reason for his actions?

Father Corapi has, as best as can be determined, approximately $3 million in the bank. He did not receive pay or housing from SOLT before his suspension. His Santa Cruz Media is a for-profit business, and he has received over $2 million in a settlement in a malpractice lawsuit.

June 23, 2011 at 6:18 am
(188) Jackie T. says:

Scott, thanks for the response. I’m familiar with Fr. Corapi’s business and materials for sale, etc. I wanted to know what normally happens when a priest is suspended. Is he supported financially in any way or is he expected to obtain an outside job? Also, suppose Fr. Corapi were to change his mind and cooperate with the suspension/investigation. What would he be allowed to do and what could he not do, to make a living?

June 22, 2011 at 4:41 am
(189) Joe Y. says:

Scott, To begin with You’ve got Your facts all wrong. Fr. Corapi isn’t leaving the priesthood as You mentioned a few times, but he is leaving the public ministry, and his priestly Order. “Once a Priest Always a priest even as You stated according to scripture following the order of Melchizedek.” Your article is obviously biased against Fr. Corapi before all the facts come out as You stated so clearly why he is wrong in what he did if he is truely innocent. It’s back to Journalism 101 for You, friend as apparently You’ve joined the liberal media crowd long ago. I won’t be reading any more of Your articles too soon. That’s for sure.

June 22, 2011 at 5:57 am
(190) Amy says:

Semantics, Joe. He left his priestly ministry and he cannot function anywhere as a priest – he left the priesthood.

June 22, 2011 at 10:39 pm
(191) Scott P. Richert says:

apparently You’ve joined the liberal media crowd long ago.

Joe, there’s no reason why you’d know anything about my background (though you can find out a bit on my bio page), but suffice it to say that you’re the first person who’s ever accused me of being a member of the “liberal media crowd.”

Thanks for the laugh. It made my day.

June 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm
(192) 52Susan says:

Wow! I’m impressed with your bio. Seven children, and all home schooled, too! God bless you and your wife.

I’m a teacher in a catholic school. Have been for many years, and sad to say, the litigious mindest of American culture can enervate the will/spirit of the strongest, fiercest defender of the faith. Not that one’s will/spirit can’t be made strong again, but, time, rest and prayer, and lots of all three, are usually required.

While it is true that most of those who’ve been falsely accused have submitted to canonical procedure, not all have, and none of us can know how we would respond if we found ourselves in FJC’s situation. Just the mere thought of being falsely accused of such acts is too sickening to contemplate for even a nano second.

Father is being prayed for, being counseled, advised, and even though he is wounded and wearied, it’s unlikely he’s forgotten anything he’s preached; couldn’t if he wanted to. The Holy Spirit will remind him again and again. God won’t abandon him.

We all need lots of prayer, all the time.

God always has something up His everlasting sleeve. I pray for charity among us while we wait for Him to reveal it to FJC and all concerned in this difficult situation.

Domine, non nisi te.

June 22, 2011 at 7:19 am
(193) Mary42 says:

I have read reactions about Fr. Copari’s walking out of the Catholic in other Websites. Without going through each and every comment here, my view is that Mr. Scott Post is absolutely right. Every Priest in the Catholic Church takes the Vows of Celibacy, Obedience and Poverty. Without commenting on the current matter in hand, Fr. Copari has broken the most vital Vow of Priesthood. Obedience to the Church Authority. It is disobedience to the Church Authorities and heresies that have persecuted and tormented the Church of Christ throughout these 2011 years of Her existence since Christ established her under the Stewardship of St. Peter and his Successors. It is absolutely clear that Fr. Copari has been planning to walk out of the Catholic Church to form his own Cultic Church, whose Title reveals his actions were not spontaneous but well thought out beforehand. However, we take consolation in the fact that our One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church is under the protection and Guidance of the Holy Spirit and will survive this storm and mourn the Sheep She will lose to Fr. Copari’s Protestant Church, as She has always done. My prayers goes to those who hero-worship Copari and will blindly follow him in his errors. Without wishing to sound harsh, Fr. Compari has exhibited a high degree of pride and self-love. These are not virtues and no one who is honest can applaud his action. To send out to bring division within the Church by using your popularity to lead Christ’s Sheep astray is a serious sin. And Jesus Himself had very harsh words against those who will lead His innocent sheep astray. Thank you Mr. Scott. May God bless you to continue toiling faithfully in His Vineyard

June 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm
(194) Scott P. Richert says:

Thanks, Mary, for your kind words. One correction, though: Not every priest takes a vow of poverty; in fact, most priests do not, because secular priests do not take such a vow. Priests in religious orders or societies of apostolic life (like Father Corapi’s SOLT) normally do, but Father Corapi was ordained as a secular priest before SOLT was formed, and he was “grandfathered” in. He has, therefore, not taken a vow of poverty.

June 22, 2011 at 9:30 am
(195) Mary M. says:

Today is the feast day of St. Thomas More. A most worthy martyr if there ever was one. It got me to really think about how very important obedience is. We cannot march to our own drum but submit in obedience based upon one’s vocation. Priests and Deacons promise obedience at ordination. My question is, has John Corapi honored this promise? When clergy go off in their own direction and submit to being obedient, they do no good to themselves or the laity. It sends confusing messages and ultimately causes division. Confusion and devision is the work of the devil; not of God.

June 22, 2011 at 9:53 am
(196) Mary M says:

Oops, some typos – should have said “do not submit in being obedient and should have said “division”. apologies.

By the way, Scott, I think you have done a great job in flushing out and discussing the issues associated with this very, very sad situation.

June 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm
(197) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Mary. It’s not a situation I wished to discuss, as I pointed out in the post. But it needs to be discussed now, because Father Corapi has forced the issue.

June 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm
(198) Scott P. Richert says:

Thanks for reminding us, Mary, of a great martyr who gave a true example of obedience even unto death.

June 22, 2011 at 9:40 am
(199) JK says:

Hang in there Scott….so many just don’t want to acknowledge possibilities.

June 22, 2011 at 10:44 pm
(200) Scott P. Richert says:

Thanks, JK. I appreciate the support.

June 22, 2011 at 9:53 am
(201) MG Weir says:

Some of you say “I BELONG TO FR CORAPI!??

I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.

For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers, by Chloe’s people, that there are rivalries among you.

I mean that each of you is saying, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.”
Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul

WERE YOU BAPTISED IN THE NAME OF CORAPI?

Please just pray for him, make no bonds with anyone but Christ.

MGW

June 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm
(202) Patrick D. says:

You are right, even Fr. Corapi would say so! Allegiances can only be made with Christ.

I am sad and disappointed that he let his vanity get the better of him. He let her win.

June 22, 2011 at 10:20 am
(203) Jean says:

Scott,
Thank you for the balanced analysis of this. It is the best I have seen on the Internet. You did make one mistake. You referred to Father Corapi’s “followers”. On his website, he calls them “fans”. That says it all. Is this a pastor with a ministry or a celebrity with fans? His new logo with the eyes of the sheepdog looks like an album cover for Steppenwolf.

Our response needs to be loyalty to the Church, Our Mother, and prayers for all concerned. I am really disappointed that Father Corapi’s latest audio dismisses the celebration of the sacraments as something he didn’t do that much anyway. He says it was not his primary ministry? What? So many years as a priest, consecrated to God, and missing the main point of the priesthood?

He needs to go home to his community in Texas and celebrate the Mass alone every day until he understands the great gift he has been given. He does Our Lord and the Church community a great disservice by devaluing the priestly function and the Blessed Sacrament in such a way. We need holy priests who administer the sacraments to us, not rock stars.

He is a priest forever. He needs our prayers. I don’t agree that it cannot be turned around. God can heal and reconcile this situation. God can restore him to ministry. This rock star thing within the Church will end, however, and I am sure it is God Himself who is ending it.

June 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm
(204) Scott P. Richert says:

Jean, I used the word followers rather than fans because I was trying to be charitable. You’re absolutely right about the connotations associated with fans.

The audio in which Father Corapi dismissed the sacramental ministry as outside of his ministry was stunning to me. I know you’ve already read the post I made today, because you’ve commented on it, but for others who haven’t noticed it, my thoughts on Father Corapi’s dismissal of the importance of sacramental ministry can be found in this extremely wordy Wordless Wednesday: Give Me Your Body, O Christ.

June 22, 2011 at 11:00 am
(205) Bill Bailey says:

I think we should all back off a bit, and realize that what we are seeing is the devil at work. One thing we can all remember of what Father Corapi said over and over again, in my own words, that if we think that the devil, satan, is not real, we are really kidding ourselves. I followed Fr. Corapi for many years and with the Love of Christ, I truly love Father. Let’s all pause for a moment and pray an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for Father Corapi……..Our discord is only playing into satan’s hands…….

June 22, 2011 at 11:25 am
(206) Jean says:

Done. Thanks for the reminder.

June 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm
(207) Scott P. Richert says:

Let’s all pause for a moment and pray an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for Father Corapi..Our discord is only playing into satan’s hands.

Agreed. Thank you, Bill.

June 22, 2011 at 11:04 am
(208) Jean says:

Should a priest who has relapsed to a drug habit and has committed adultery be laicized? It’s up to his bishop. I think in many cases they do us more good to reform their lives and stay in ministry to the rest of us as sinners among us. Jesus said he who has been forgiven much, loves much. We don’t expect our priests to be perfect. We expect them to journey with us on the road to sanctity. They may fall a few times along the way. So do we.

I benefit much more from a priest who knows he is a sinner than one who does not. Marie of Agreda who received mystical information from the Blessed Mother on the details of her life, reported that the Blessed Mother’s best and closest friend was, guess who? Mary Magdalene. I am not surprised. We could learn much about love and forgiveness from Mary Magdalene, and also from fallen and forgiven priests. I am sure they are close the heart of the Blessed Mother as well.

June 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm
(209) Scott P. Richert says:

You make very good points, Jean. In the case of a priest who has fallen after ordination, but does not have a long history of committing the particular vice before ordination, I would agree with you. In the case of a priest who does have such a history, and who, indeed, has based much of his ministry on the story of that history, I’m not sure that the same argument applies. But you’ve given me something to think about.

June 23, 2011 at 11:09 am
(210) Jean says:

Yes, Fr. Corapi has based much of his ministry on the power of his own conversion. That doesn’t make him perfect for the rest of his life. In fact, if he believes that and teaches it, it is heresy. Many addicts relapse back into addiction. Many sinners fall back into sin. That doesn’t mean they aren’t saved or they aren’t Catholic. It means they have a weakness of the flesh that causes them to sin. The remedy is repentance, the sacrament of confession, penance, and the Eucharist.

Christ did not promise to take our tendency to sin away. He promised to give us the grace to choose not to sin and forgiveness if we do sin. We are transformed by our failures as much as by our successes. We lose our effectiveness in ministry only if we refuse to repent each time and we stop making progress towards holiness. St. Peter is the example the Lord has given us of a leader, a man whose sins were recorded very publicly, but who trusted Christ’s teaching and repented and continued to follow each time, even when he didn’t understand and he had to publicly admit he was wrong.

I am sure that Fr. Corapi’s sins are not all in the past. He, like the rest of us, is on the journey to perfection. He has not arrived. As his brothers and sisters in Christ, we have the duty to correct him, forgive him, and restore him to ministry so that he can become all that Christ wants him to be before his journey ends. He has helped many of us. It is our turn to help him. We owe him that. Christ expects it of us.

June 22, 2011 at 11:20 am
(211) Russ Rentler says:

Why do we need to keep rehashing this? Let us let this go. Everytime a blogger makes another post it offers the opportunity for detraction. Time to let it go and commend the whole situation to Jesus and the Blessed Mother.

June 22, 2011 at 11:53 am
(212) Jean says:

Yes, it is true, there is some detraction here and on other blogs. It is not detraction, however, if what is said is defending the truth, the Church, and its bishops. It is an obligation. It is speaking the truth with love.

Jesus founded the Church with people who were charged with spreading the Good News. There were those who attempted to silence them and wanted them to stay in the Cenacle and pray while they promoted other ideas among the people. Thank God they came out of hiding on Pentecost and the world has changed forever as a result. And one of the first things Peter said was that the Jewish leaders killed Jesus unjustly. There were those who called it detraction against the Pharisees. No, it was the truth and it needed to be said.

There is much more at stake here than Fr. Corapi’s company or his reputation. He has struck a blow to the authority of the Church, which is in the hands of the bishops, and he has denigrated the value of the priesthood by discarding it. As faithful Catholics we are obligated to come to the defense of the truth, the Church, the bishops, and the priesthood.

Father Corapi needs to be corrected. We can do that in a charitable way, but we must do it. We do it because we love Fr. Corapi, because there is no salvation for him or for us outside of the Church. And we do it because we love Jesus, His Blessed Mother, and the Church and its sacraments which He left to us for our benefit and our sanctification. Given the choice, we must choose Christ first and foremost and we must be ready to give a reason for the hope that is within us.

June 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm
(213) Scott P. Richert says:

Eloquently stated, Jean. Thank you.

June 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm
(214) Marisol says:

Amen, Amen, Amen! Only God knows for sure the truth and vengeance is His to met out. Pray, pray, pray for all involved and us believers that we may be granted the peace and wisdom to discern and stay faithful with our Good God and Blessed Mother’s graces.

June 22, 2011 at 11:31 am
(215) Don Guillermo says:

Because of his suspension, John Corapi cannot speak to the public as “Father” Corapi. He can still speak to the public, but just not as a priest. Therefore, he has decided to speak to the public instead as “The Black Sheep Dog.” He has only left his public ministry as a priest, but remains a priest privately. Even if he is laicized, he will always bear the indelible mark of the priesthood.

June 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm
(216) Jean says:

Father Corapi is still Father Corapi. He is not laicized. His priestly faculties have not been suspended. He has been placed on administrative leave from his job, not his priesthood. He himself has “resigned” from the priesthood and from his community by sending them a letter. They have responded by asking him to confirm that what he really wants is for them to start the process to determine whether to laicize him and release him from his vows to SOLT. He cannot laicize himself or release himself from his vows. He has not even acknowledged that he has no authority to do this himself and he needs their decision. He operates on his own authority, which is a self-deception. He has no such authority.

June 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm
(217) Mary M. says:

Remains a priest privately??? The priesthood is not a private institution. Why do we want to listen to a “priest” who has ignored Church authority and now identifies himself as the Black Sheep Dog? I find this very disturbing.

June 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm
(218) Oliviero says:
June 22, 2011 at 12:45 pm
(219) Jean says:

Dave N. provided this link in his comment above on June 21, 6:30 pm ET. See my comment there. I don’t know why any bishop would want a priest to remove himself from priestly service to do political work. In the spiritual economy, it has no value. Also, as I read this blog further, I saw that this retired bishop is also attempting to remove others in active ministry, such as Cardinal Sean O’Malley and several others he mentions on his blog. I have nothing but the highest respect for Cardinal O’Malley and find this very offensive and unjust. Cardinal O’Malley, Father Corapi and the others are needed in the Church and should be encouraged in their priestly work, not thrown out, as Father Corapi would say, like garbage. It is time for Father Corapi to find a new mentor.

June 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm
(220) Rita says:

Most likely Father Corapi committed those acts, but he has stepped out as a priest now, so let’s just keep the problem small. Instead of losing souls who have been following Father Corapi,- which I find ridiculous-, let’s try to celebrate his body of work during his ministry. He has been a great orator and had thousands of followers and most importantly he made sense. He has helped many people in their spiritual life.

In this modern age, we are all judges, and what is worse is that we judge public ally. It must be very embarrassing for Father Corapi and for the Church.

Kindly let’s protect this most honorable institution

June 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm
(221) Scott P. Richert says:

Most likely Father Corapi committed those acts

Rita, please don’t speculate about whether the allegations are true. Let’s confine the discussion to Father Corapi’s public actions, not to matters that are in dispute.

June 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm
(222) Regina D. Manzano says:

Greetings of peace and love, Father John Corapi,

I beseech the intercession of Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Peter, and Blessed Pope John Paul II to Our God the Father, Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to be poured upon you, Father
and together with me with a warm and loving embrace at this trying moment. Please don’t give up keep up the excellent work for the glory of God.” I’m with you always,” as Our Lord Jesus Christ said, even until the end of time.

With Divine Love Lord Jesus and Blessed Mother Mary,

Regina

June 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm
(223) Brian says:

Okay, so I’m going to step away from the specifics of this case & point to something I believe has some parallels that happened to a friend of mine. My friend was a psychiatrist. She went through a nasty breakup. Her ex-boyfriend called the state board with accusations of substance abuse & wrongfully offering prescriptions. The state suspended her license for two months pending investigation. Which meant her not being able to work for two months with her not knowing the allegations or the accuser until things were dismissed. A real mess. She ended up leaving the mental health industry (which in her case I saw as a vocation & not simply a job) & moving to another state to get away from the whole mess.

I hope that things end up with Father Corapi coming back to the priesthood as a stronger & humbler speaker for the experience. But I can understand his frustrations with the situation.

June 22, 2011 at 11:26 pm
(224) Scott P. Richert says:

Brian, I think we can all understand Father Corapi’s frustrations with the situation. But as you point out (though this may not have been your intent), his situation is not unique to the Church. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, policemen, and many, many other professionals are subject to the same sorts of suspensions when allegations against them are being investigated. Father Corapi’s followers are treating this as if it’s a burden that no one else has ever shared (or at least, that very few others have ever shared). That’s simply not the case.

And, indeed, Father Corapi is far more equipped to deal with the situation than most doctors or lawyers, let alone teachers or policemen, because he has $3 million in the bank. He’s not living hand to mouth; he does not have a family to feed.

I have a wife and seven children, and I can say with certainty that if I had $3 million in the bank, I could retire today, at age 43.

June 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm
(225) rose marie di pillo says:

Dear Scott:
I read your article and just wanted to say that I will pray for you. Fr. Corapi is innocent! I never doubted it for a second. There are people in and out of the Catholic Church who hate him and want to destroy him, because they do not love THE TRUTH – JESUS CHRIST! They are on the side of the father of lies – the devil.
Today’s Gospel readings speak about a GOOD TREE bearing GOOD FRUIT and a rotten tree bearing bad fruit!
ONLY WITH THE GRACE OF GOD has FR. CORAPI been bearing GOOD FRUIT and he will continue thru all of these lies that are being told about him.
I will pray for your soul and ask JESUS to enlighten you to the TRUTH and release you from satan’s strong hold.
GOD FORGIVE YOU AND I FORGIVE YOU!
TRUE PEACE IN JESUS, THRU OUR LADY,
rose marie di pillo

June 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm
(226) Mary M says:

I think your post is very inappropriate. How could anyone know what the truth is except Fr. Corapi and the accusser? Please let’s look at what we do know and not project our own personal feelings as the truth and communicate to others with such vitriol.
The more I read these posts here and on other blogs the more concerned I become about the hysterical mob who has placed Fr. Corapi on such a pedastal that it is inconceivable to them that he could possibly be at fault. He is a human being. Follow Christ and the Church and not a human being!

June 22, 2011 at 11:32 pm
(227) Scott P. Richert says:

Rose Marie, thank you for your prayers. And I will pray for you in return, because we’re all in the hold of the Prince of Darkness, who is the prince of this world.

But tell me this–what is the good fruit that is being borne of Father Corapi’s decision to leave the priestly ministry? Because when you can read an article in which I state unequivocally that I have no opinion whatsoever about the truth of the allegations about Father Corapi, and come away from that article accusing me of being in “satan’s strong hold,” I find it hard to see the good fruit that Father Corapi’s decision has borne in you.

June 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm
(228) James says:

In his statement, Corapi noted he is not leaving the priesthood itself but public ministry, a subtle but significant difference from what you say. Also, you seem willing to cloud the issue with none too subtle statements of what Corapi used to be like before his conversion (implying his current guilt because of his past sins) and what might happen “if” Corapi was a drug addict (without any evidence of it). All of this doesn’t prove his guilt at all, only tar his name, but you seem to have no problem doing that. Got a little axe to grind?

June 22, 2011 at 11:40 pm
(229) Scott P. Richert says:

Got a little axe to grind?

Not at all. I did not follow Father Corapi very closely, but I never heard anything he said that I disagreed with, until he began attacking his bishop and abandoning his priestly ministry.

My statements about what Father Corapi was like before his conversion were not meant to be subtle; they were meant to express what he himself has said he was like. I did not intend to imply that he is guilty of the alleged actions; as I have said elsewhere in these comments, if I had wished to say so, I would have said so–I’m not one to beat around the bush.

What I intended to do was to explain why Bishop Mulvey believed the allegations needed to be investigated. If the allegations had, instead, been that Father Corapi had engaged in, say, homosexual activity or pedophilia, they might have been easier to dismiss, since Father Corapi has no history of such actions.

June 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm
(230) Eleshiva says:

You need to leave FATHER Corapi ALONE!! His preaching has won thousands of souls for Christ, and, has strengthened my own faith as a religious. He can teach the Catechism like no one else ever could. I say God bless him and Mary keep him under Her mantle!!!

June 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm
(231) Bernie says:

How can this “stuff” continue in the Roman Catholic Church? Yea, we all know how “human” it is…boy The Holy Spirit does have a difficult Task……it is the year 2011 an age supposedly somewhat educated/civilized…yet a poor soul is accused by who,what, where, how, when,…I don’t know???and is immediately suspected of total guilt….everything is “secret” how charming…some one yells Facts what Facts are there any? oh, excuse me that is “secret” so the poor soul (whether innoncent or guilty) ambles along in social/religious imposed solitary confinement because of What???….this happens before the “Truth” is found or verified???….this cannot be Catholic can it?…where are the “Rights of the Soul ???The Church has always been a Harbor for Protection and Redemption where did that go???? How thrilling that some Catholic journalists make such profound insights with no information and shout their judgments with so little factual knowledge….I guess that is also part of the “Secret Science” Oh my such clarity…..It is a MESS and the Church once again has painted itself into the same corner it seems to enjoy—one of confusion and serious distraction for itself and so sad for its members….some call this Sin I call it total incompetence…the only sin here is stupid mangement.

Pray Pray Pray

June 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm
(232) Jean says:

Bernie,
Yes, it is tragic what happens to innocent priests. Many people believe Fr. Corapi is innocent and will welcome him back after he is exonerated. For most of us, he will be a hero for patiently subjecting himself to this terrible process. In the meantime, it is a heavy cross for him or any priest who is falsely accused.

On the other hand, it is tragic if guilty priests are allowed to harm the faithful without consequences, which has happened in many, many cases. Read some of the legal and witness depositions on http://www.bishopaccountability.org before you conclude that the bishops are wrong in being so cautious. A handful of priests have left a legacy of pain, evil actions, and lies in their wake. They have abused the trust their bishops and their parishioners and students placed in them.

I think it is for us the faithful to realize that although the vast majority of priests may be falsely accused, this is not stupid management. It is a necessary process in order to prevent the few guilty from continuing to use their priestly position to harm souls. One thing I would like to see changed in the process is an assessment of plausibility, based on the source, and an assessment of risk of harm before a priest is publicly relieved of his duties. How credible is the witness and who could possibly be harmed if these allegations are true? Is this just one person or could this behavior continue with others if not stopped? Are these minors or adults? This doesn’t mean the allegations are not all investigated, it simply means some allegations are less urgent and credible than others before the investigation starts.

Also, there should be some kind of serious consequences to those persons found guilty of false accusations. Not sure what those consequences would look like though. Maybe civil libel suits brought by the Church on the behalf of these priests. Suggestions?

June 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm
(233) Nora Smith says:

That is the way, a real Christian talks, never adding more wood to the fire.
Fr. Corapi is in the hands of the Blessed Mother, whom he loves so much and responsible to bringing back to the Faith and ultimately, to the Priesthood.
Let’s keep praying for all our priests who are the prey of the enemy at this precise moment.
JMJ.

June 22, 2011 at 11:49 pm
(234) Scott P. Richert says:

Also, there should be some kind of serious consequences to those persons found guilty of false accusations.

Agreed. In this case, if Father Corapi had cooperated and been exonerated, I would have liked to see him very publicly sue his accuser for defamation of character. I think it would have helped wake people up to the fact that not every allegation is true.

But now that Father Corapi has put a halt to the investigation by his decision to abandon his priestly ministry, that will not happen. Even if he sues his accuser for defamation and wins, many people will still regard the result as suspect, because he will not have been exonerated by the Church.

So, ironically, the thing that his supporters think he can accomplish through his action is the very thing that he most likely will not be able to accomplish.

June 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm
(235) Jerry says:

I learned a lot of valuable information about the Catholic faith via Fr. Corapi in the past. He was an extremely effective teacher. I am very grateful for these experiences. I wish him well as he goes through these trials and tribulations. I hope he will grow from the experience. I hope that the Church will grow and mature and learn from this situation.

June 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm
(236) Amadeus says:

Corapi and Anton LeVay. Scary

http://tinypic.com/r/21bndag/7

June 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm
(237) Scott P. Richert says:

Amadeus, please don’t post such inflammatory links here.

June 22, 2011 at 8:10 pm
(238) Salvy says:

I said before I really believe Father Corapi is innocent of all these charges and I still think that’s the case–I’d bet money on it. But if it turns out he was lying all along, which I really doubt, then he’s a bum who should be thrown out. How come this person who is accusing Father remains anonymous. Does that make any sense? Only if you’re a rat and you’re lying through your teeth this makes all the sense in the world. I bet this person is laughing at everybody including all these Bishops and church officials involved who a lot of you think can do no wrong. I’d be laughing too if I was some evil rat who made this stuff up against Father. Did any of these great Bishops who suspended Corapi make him swear on the Bible that he’s telling the truth? Why not make him swear on the the good book and on his immortal soul he did no such things… and if Father John does…I’d say that’s good enough and put Father Corapi back to his normal work and tell everyone else to go to hell unless they come out of the shadows with some real evidence.

June 22, 2011 at 11:58 pm
(239) Scott P. Richert says:

Why not make him swear on the the good book and on his immortal soul he did no such things…and if Father John does… say that’s good enough

You may say that’s good enough, but canon law does not. And the Church created the procedures in canon law for a reason. Not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of Heaven, and not everyone who swears on a Bible is telling the truth.

June 23, 2011 at 12:49 am
(240) Salvy says:

Scott,

I do appreciate all your responses to my posts.
When a dynamic priest like Father Corapi, ( or any priest for that matter), puts his hand on the Bible and swears to tell the truth, it would seem that it would mean so much more than say–some poor average slob like me putting their hand on that sacred book and swearing to tell the truth. I also said that the Bishop in charge could also make Father swear on his immortal soul–which again, Father, I believe is going to take much more seriously than say–someone like me. Sometimes maybe just simple down to earth common sense is all what you need to determine if a person is being honest with you.

June 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm
(241) Dominic says:

Dan,

Your article smacks of bias and judgment. Who are you to say that this allegation is consistent with his behavior before becoming a priest and that his handling of this matter if he is innocent is so terrible? There is no evidence other than an allegation yet you criticize his handling of this. I have personal experience with poor management & decision-making in the Catholic Church and in 3 months the investigation has produced what? Nothing it seems…If he is innocent, and I believe that he is, a speedy and thorough investigation could have cleared this up, instead it was dragging on with no developments being reported…I support Corapi’s decision and until he proved guilty I stand by his stance.

June 22, 2011 at 9:10 pm
(242) Salvy says:

I think his name is Scott.

June 23, 2011 at 12:04 am
(243) Scott P. Richert says:

Who are you to say that this allegation is consistent with his behavior before becoming a priest

I’m someone who has heard Father Corapi repeatedly and at great length describe his behavior before becoming a priest. Or are you saying that he was lying about the things he did—many, many sexual partners, $10,000 per week in drugs? If you believe what he said, then you know that the allegations are consistent with that behavior. That doesn’t mean that the allegations are therefore true; it simply means that the Church had to investigate them.

If he is innocent, and I believe that he is, a speedy and thorough investigation could have cleared this up

Yes, it could have. And why wasn’t the investigation speedy and thorough? Because, as Father Corapi’s superiors in SOLT have pointed out, he sued the accuser in civil court, and he refused to release witnesses who could exonerate him from NDAs that he had made them sign. Therefore, who were in charge of the investigation could not speak to those who could clear the matter up quickly.

June 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm
(244) Bill Foley says:

from Bill Foley

I am disappointed with the various blogs and comments regarding Fr. Corapi. Most appear to be judgmental and lacking in charity. None of us knows every detail of this situation. I am neither a supporter nor a detractor of Fr. Corapi.

I would like to suggest one practical piece of advice fof those seminarians who will soon be ordained. You should maintain a journal; you should enter the date, time, and activity of each day. This could prove most beneficial if an unjust accusation should ever arise.

June 23, 2011 at 12:08 am
(245) Scott P. Richert says:

You should maintain a journal; you should enter the date, time, and activity of each day. This could prove most beneficial if an unjust accusation should ever arise.

That’s not a bad idea. In the next few days, I’m going to discuss another solution, proposed by Pope Benedict in Light of the World. Stay tuned…

June 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm
(246) Patricia Gross says:

I am stunned by the numerous inaccuracies in your blog against Fr. John Corapi. Certainly you realize Fr. Corapi also stated (and was backed up by Santa Cruz media staff) that he received the dispicable letter from his accuser on Ash Wednesday, and THAT is the reason he responded at that time. You, as a Catholic, should also know that priests are suspended from practicing as a priest and have little or no recourse for defending themselves. He was ordered by the Church NOT to say mass, or present himself as a priest by administering the sacraments, or by preaching as a priest. The Church did this to him…..he did not choose this. Your entire blog is filled with personal dislike for the man, not necessarily the priest. Just remember that God knows the truth, and one day we will all answer to him for acts we have committed and words we have said while putting pen to paper. That IS a fact. Be very careful of some of your obvious inaccuries….it may come back to haunt you. You have condemned a man for something he had no control over, but which the Church did have control over. The Church left Fr. Corapi, and how sad that you don’t stand with a priest at a time when he needs his fellow Catholics most. It really makes me wonder what motivates you. Money, perhaps??

June 23, 2011 at 12:18 am
(247) Scott P. Richert says:

Certainly you realize Fr. Corapi also stated (and was backed up by Santa Cruz media staff) that he received the dispicable letter from his accuser on Ash Wednesday, and THAT is the reason he responded at that time.

I didn’t suggest otherwise. Father Corapi’s followers have seen spiritual significance in the fact that this occurred on Ash Wednesday; what I wrote simply mirrored what they have said.

Your entire blog is filled with personal dislike for the man, not necessarily the priest.

As I have stated repeatedly, until Father Corapi decided to abandon his priestly ministry, I had never heard anything he said that I disagreed with. I certainly do not have “personal dislike for the man.”

Just remember that God knows the truth, and one day we will all answer to him for acts we have committed and words we have said while putting pen to paper. That IS a fact.

Indeed. Which is why I am always very careful when I write, so that I do not say anything I would not want to answer for on Judgment Day. It’s a good course of action for commenters to take, too.

Be very careful of some of your obvious inaccuries–it may come back to haunt you. You have condemned a man

For instance, you should have remembered your own advice there. I have not condemned a man. In fact, as I wrote:

To say anything beyond those basic facts would be to engage in speculation at best, or scandalmongering (calumny, if the charges were false; detraction, if they were true) at worst.

Those are not words of condemnation. You’re letting your attachment to Father Corapi cloud your judgment.

It really makes me wonder what motivates you. Money, perhaps??

And there’s another point at which you should have remembered your own advice. That is calumny.

June 22, 2011 at 11:15 pm
(248) Patricia Gross says:

To quote a passage in your “blog” “The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent . . . The same, alas, cannot be said for Father Corapi.” So, let me get this straight Scott…are you still saying you are not judging this man? I think not. You have a personal dislike, grudge, jealousy, or see an opportunity to gather your own followers through this blog. We need to say a rosary for you. May God open your eyes before you cause any further damage.

June 23, 2011 at 12:28 am
(249) Scott P. Richert says:

Patricia, please read the passage again. Father Corapi has repented of his decision to seek the priestly ministry; that is what the line refers to. I confined my discussion in this blog post to his avowed actions and avoided speculation about the truth or falsity of the allegations. I have no personal dislike for Father Corapi; I have no grudge against him (how could I? I don’t know him personally); and I’m certainly not jealous of him. The life he has chosen as a priest is far different from the life I chose as a husband and father.

Please do say a rosary for me, however. I can use all the prayers I can get. And I will keep you in my prayers as well.

June 22, 2011 at 11:28 pm
(250) MJ says:

Please…what are the qualifications of these “competent Church authorities?” Are these competent church authorities the same ones who transferred priest abusers from parish to parish and diocese to diocese for decades?

Corruption within dioceses is still widespread. Many bishops are still in power who knowingly left priests in place in parishes with schools, even after allegations of abuse. While at the same time they removed priests without EVER following through on investigations…guilty until proven innocent…but years have passed and NOTHING is ever heard from or about these priests again. THIS is what Father Corapi wanted to be sure did not happen to his God-given ministry.

What’s to stop these competent Church authorities from continuing to investigate allegations, regardless of whether or not the so-called “offender” is still a practicing priest?

June 23, 2011 at 12:29 am
(251) Scott P. Richert says:

Please…what are the qualifications of these “competent Church authorities?”

Two words: apostolic succession.

June 23, 2011 at 9:45 am
(252) Dominic says:

Oh really Scott, how does this makes them competent? Frankly, I think this concept is way overused.

June 23, 2011 at 12:13 am
(253) Gary Zakarian says:

If Jesus had used his ,”WIT, greater than Solomon’s,” to condescend Sinners, who were sincerely and contritely ,”TRYING,” he really could have taken that phrase ,”PREACHING TO THE CHOIR, or Pharisees and Sadducees,” to another level… But Jesus, like a true shepherd, really cares about his sheep and their dispostion, no matter where they go, and that is what separates Jesus from a really educated, selfish, condescending ass!

June 23, 2011 at 1:21 am
(254) cecelia says:

Let’s not forget that the devil’s intent is to slay the priesthood. Remember no priesthood, no Eucharist, no Eucharist no Incarnate Christ in the presence of bread and wine, no true presence, no Catholic Church, no Catholic Church, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, becomes memory,open to endless interpretation, with the truth unable to be passed on from generation to generation. With that said, we Catholics have to step back and look at what Satan is doing to our priests. He’s removing the virile: Father Francis, Father Cutie, and now Father Corapi. In addition, our Church is becoming more and feminized, and the culture is becoming more and more accepting of homosexuality. In other words, men, whether they be priests or laity are under attack. Masculinity is under attack, the traditional man’s role is under attack. Satan wants masculinity to become extinct. So when we pray, we must pray for masculinity to be preserved — for our men to be men, our priest to be priest. It’s not by accident that the most masculine of priests: Cutie, Father Francis, Father Corapi are fallen away. Without the husband, the bride of Christ is weakened. Satan is clever, and Satan battles with all he has. The Church Militant must recognize the fight that we’re in–between principalities and powers. We must marshal all our resources and join with the Church Triumphant and the Church Suffering to defeat this rapacious enemy.

June 23, 2011 at 3:09 am
(255) Thomas Masty says:

Father Corapi has done many good things but that does not make him innocent or guilty in my opinion. When I first heard of this I suspended judgement and prayed for him.

Now I am inclined to wonder because he is acting like a person facing some truth to the rumors. He is not staying true to the priesthood and going off to form an organization where he will be the soul authority.

Frankly it sounds rather protestant doesn’t it?

I am saddened and disturbed by what appears to be an ugly truth.

June 23, 2011 at 9:58 am
(256) Mary M says:

Today’s Gospel reading – Mt 7:21-29

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”

May all of us be always prepared to do the Father’s will always. Let’s all lift up Fr. Corapi in prayer that he may always be willing to do the Father’s will. If all of us in the blogosphere would spend time praying for him it would be time better spent than on speculating on he said/she said.

June 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm
(257) Scott P. Richert says:

If all of us in the blogosphere would spend time praying for him it would be time better spent than on speculating on he said/she said.

Agreed. The reason I held off on discussing this case for so long was, as I said, because I refuse to speculate on he said/she said. The only things worth discussing are those facts that are not in doubt–the public, not private, actions of Father Corapi.

June 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm
(258) Anthony says:

Mary,

Your comments are refreshing. It is a beautiful thing when Love reigns, people come together for a common good and the hurtfulness of hostility is left at the door.

God bless.

June 23, 2011 at 10:20 am
(259) Jodihernandez says:

I have no opinion wich way about thr fr. What conserns me when reading the comments is how many people seem to be following a MAN instead of GOD. Their is not one human body in this world including the pope that should be followed more than god. And it is not about what a PERSON say but what the BIBLE teaches that should be followed. People can be swayed by Satan dont put your faith in them. Read you Bible and follow God. Then you will never find your self being led astray when/IF a scandal every happens in your parish.

June 23, 2011 at 10:36 am
(260) Mary M says:

The Pope is the Vicar of Christ and not a “mere man”. As Catholics we should obey him. Catholicism is Scripture, Tradition and Magisterial Teaching (the Pope and the Bishops United with him). I heard two words mentioned in a homilty that resonated – “obedience and love”. If we love God then we obey God and if we are Catholic we obey the teachings of the Church and subject ourselves to the authority of the Church. You are correct when you say we do not follow one human man.

June 23, 2011 at 11:10 am
(261) Debbie says:

I forwarded the information below to SOLT in Robbstown, TX yesterday. No mention was made of it in this article. We’ll see if they respond.

eBay Starting Bid $5000: Accuser selling Fr. John Corapi’s Rosary Blessed by John Paul II?

Exactly one month to the day from when this accuser puts this Rosary on auction, Fr Corapi, through the Internet, publicly resigns as a priest.

Here is the link:
http://fratres.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/ebay-starting-bid-5000-accuser-s...

From Facebook: “The seller admits to being Fr. Corapi’s accuser. She says she is raising money for her ministry yet the ebay account is personal and not a ministry account. This keeps getting more interesting by the minute…”

On May 18, 2011, One of the “39 Accusers” put up for sale a Rosary used by Father Corapi in his travels and priesthood by “a close person, near to Father Corapi”, given by him in 2002. (Or so the selling points stated: It was also blessed by Bl JP II at Father Corapi’s ordination. and strangely went on sale on JPII’s birthday).

Link was provided by a fan on Fr Corapi’s Facebook and forwarded the EBay ad to a bishop as part of this investigation.

This was very public information and nobody from SOLT has mentioned this as part of their investigation. There were absolutely no legalities “tying the hands” of SOLT from investigating this “auction”. Thank God there were no bidders and the auction was closed after about a week’s time.

I have no idea of John Corapi’s guilt or innocence. But a blatant self-proclaimed “Accuser” close to him, in my humble opinion, is out blaspheming the Church (among other things) by selling sacred blessed items: it is a horrendous offense against Our Blessed Virgin Mary, the Rosary, Bl JPII, & Bl Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

June 23, 2011 at 10:51 pm
(262) Scott P. Richert says:

nobody from SOLT has mentioned this as part of their investigation

SOLT has mentioned nothing as a part of their investigation, because for the sake of both Father Corapi and his accuser, in accordance with canon law, the investigation is private.

June 24, 2011 at 10:46 am
(263) Debbie says:

As I mentioned, Mr. Richert, the EBay auction was a very public act. This “accuser” identified herself as such and invited the whole world to be participants in this evil. This “accuser” also desecrated the Catholic Church as a whole, Our Blessed Virgin Mary, the Rosary, Bl JPII & Bl Mother Teresa. Her actions stand out clearly on their own.

Your comment sounds very condescending, like you have self-appointed yourself the the voice of authority in the Church. And that you personally are the spokesman for SOLT and this whole scandal. I assure you, sir, that you are not. And I don’t accept your attempting to force your impressions against what I say. Who died and made you God in all this?

June 24, 2011 at 11:00 am
(264) Debbie says:

And I’ve been reading your comments to others in here.
Are a you are a writer in here with an open forum or are you using this blogsite to dictate and override everyone else’s comments in a very oppressive manner? I know the Catholic Faith.
You sound more like the Sanhedrin than a Catholic blogger.

How dare you!

June 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm
(265) Jean says:

This piece about Fr. Corapi is from a priest who was ordained with Father Corapi, Father John Zuhlsdorf. It made me cry. Please, please read this. It is a cry from the heart of the Church, from the Mother of God, for her priests, and for us who have ceased to love them in the way that we ought.

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2011/06/about-fr-john-corapi-with-observations-about-our-times/

June 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm
(266) Monique says:

The only comment I wish to make is that in reading this blog I am outraged by how those who have been fed by Fr. Corapi have been likened to “sheep to slaughter ” and made to look like cultists. How dare you! I am a Medjugorje revert. Had it not been for Mother Angelica and Fr. Corapi I would not be where I am today as a Catholic. I love my faith due to their influence in my life. Please stop calling those of us who are of a more-traditional mindset names. There is no need for this. Priests speak from the power of the Holy Spirit touching each one of us where we are at. I grew up as a military brat and frankly I like his style. It speaks to my heart. I am sick of wishy-washy sermons, lousy liturgical music and inclusive-language. At least as a priest Fr. Corapi spoke the truth. As a priest he has been spit upon, attacked, fasely accused on a number of occasions. I have witnessed people screaming out at him in his speaking appearances like lunatics.After awhile people get fed up. I don’t know what has happened but I do know this: Our Lady says priests represent her Son on earth and together with her, will triumph. We need to pray for our priests. They are a gift to us. No priest, no sacraments! No priests, no Eucharistic and ultimately no salvation!! I hope the moderator will put an end to this name calling. This is despicable behavior by so called “Catholics”.

June 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm
(267) Scott P. Richert says:

Monique, I have told various commenters to tone down their language, and as far as I can tell, everyone I have told to do so has.

As for being of a “more-traditional mindset,” please don’t make this into an excuse for divisiveness. My family and I attend the Traditional Latin Mass and have done so for 15 years now. Discussing the issues raised by Father Corapi’s decision to abandon his priestly ministry has nothing to do with traditionalism or lousy liturgical music. It has everything to do with the duties and obligations of the priesthood, including the vow of obedience–something that we traditionalists usually value.

June 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm
(268) Debbie says:

Monique; thank you. I came into the Church under Mother Angelica’s wing, too. If Mother were in trouble, I’d be the one on the first row on the battle front line to defend her.

The only information we have is what has publicly been given us by the parties involved in this scandal.

Our bishops have much atonement to offer up for their own grievous sins. They know they are seriously flawed. But that does not excuse them from not obeying the Lord Himself.

Perhaps the Lord is allowing this scandal to land in the lap of SOLT and Fr. I believe right now in all situations that the Lord is testing each Catholic in their own respective station/vocation in life to see if they will stand up and do what is right for His sake. I have seen him do this the past six months in my life personally. And when those who call themselves “Christian” have not been obedient to what he has taught, I have seen the ones who wronged or failed to help his fellow Christian in trouble receive a huge chastisement. Trust in the Lord’s justice. Perhaps He is spring cleaning because of disobedience at all levels and His justice prevails.

Everyone, make sure you are obeying the Lord and doing the right thing according to His teaching whoever you are.

June 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm
(269) Scott P. Richert says:

I believe right now in all situations that the Lord is testing each Catholic in their own respective station/vocation in life to see if they will stand up and do what is right for His sake.

Debbie, be careful with your language. The Lord does not test us; He may allow us to be put to the test by the powers of darkness, but Scripture and Church teaching are clear: God Himself does not test us.

June 24, 2011 at 11:18 am
(270) Debbie says:

Jesus’ temptation reveals the way in which the Son of God is Messiah, contrary to the way Satan proposes to him and the way men wish to attribute to him. This is why Christ vanquished the Tempter for us: “For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sinning.” By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert. [Catechism of the Catholic Church #540]

Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God, has directed all your journeying in the desert, so as to test you by affliction and find out whether or not it was your intention to keep his commandments. [Dt 8:2]

June 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm
(271) Mary M says:

I have always held Fr. Corapi in the highest regard. I don’t know who is telling the truth; none of us do. I for one will not support him if he does leave SOLT and goes off on his own. He will have defied church authority and be willing to give up being a priest. That is not acceptable to me. I think anyone that chooses to follow him is truly going down the wrong road.

June 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm
(272) Bernadette says:

In these times of deepening darkness we can never know what goes on in a priest’s private life. Three years ago after years of anguish and prayer I admitted to my parish priest that I had feelings for him and asked to be relieved of my duties as a catechist and Minister of Holy Communion. I expected him to be understanding and caring but he instantly became a predator. He has bombarded me with phone calls, texts and visits to my home. To protect the Church and him and my own reputation I have tried to handle this alone but it has taken a great toll on me and my family life. For 3 years I have felt on the verge of a breakdown. I have left the parish, given up all my church activities and threatened him with action if he does not leave me in peace. Thankfully there has been nothing more than a few hugs but this was not due to any good behaviour on his part. He has made it clear that he expected and wanted sex and admitted that over the years he has been in sexual relationships with other women. This man whom I greatly admired for his spirituality and gentle ministry has used his position to gain access to the private lives of women – each of them believing that they were the only one he was pursuing. He is a user of pornography and I believe he has a feeling of entitlement to the women of the parish. He uses his charm and his way with words to draw the women to himself. May God in His mercy help us all.

June 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm
(273) Scott P. Richert says:

Bernadette, you should not face such things alone. If what you say is true, you should report your priest to his diocese. No good can come from keeping quiet.

June 24, 2011 at 11:18 am
(274) Jean says:

Bernadette, I agree with Scott. Report this directly to his bishop. Find the other women and ask them to report it also. Silence enables him to prey on more women in the future. It is not just about you. It is about the others as well, and it is about his soul too. He needs a new assignment, away from parish work, or a priest partner everywhere he goes. I have often wondered how a normal man can resist the number of women who surround and idolize priests like groupies in every parish to which I have ever belonged. This gets back to my earlier post, suggesting that priests live in 3′s and travel in two’s.

Also, find another parish and get involved in Church activities again. Being tempted is not a sin. Acting on it is. Removing yourself from the situation was the right thing to do.

June 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm
(275) EJ says:

Thank you wonderful Catholics. You guys have just succeeded in running off a Protestant turned Catholic to turn back to Protestant. Do you guys even read the Bible or do you go strictly by you heirarchy. Criticize Criticize Criticize. “Let him without sin cast the first stone. I have been so turned off by the way Catholics have discussed the issue that I can’t take anymore. Goodbye Catholic Church. I follow Jesus Christ not the Catholic heirarchy and rules.

June 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm
(276) Salvy says:

No genius, us Catholics never read the bible and we’ve never heard of this Jesus Christ. So adios and go back to watching your soap operas.

June 25, 2011 at 1:20 am
(277) Salvy says:

Look EJ, I’ll try not to be a wise guy, here. It’ll take some effort. By the way, you sound like you’re probably a women–but I could be completely wrong. First, I think it’s very nice and important that all us Christians across the board agree on the essential things like the Trinity, who Jesus really was and how the New Testament is a true and accurate historical record. And, I think that’s the case for the most part with the OT.
Maybe not everyone is called to be a Catholic, I heard a wise old priest once say by the name of Father Benedict Groeshel. And, I also once heard him say it’s not appropriate to bash other religions, which I also agree–especially if they’re the peaceful type- I might add. Yeah, church structure is taken very seriously by the Catholics as it was, beginning in the NT. We look at the Church and the Bible as being intertwined at the hip and they both can’t really be separated. Of course the church operated by fallen human beings is far from perfect but it has lasted pretty long, hasn’t it? And, it has to be somewhat organized to be the largest charitable organization in world history, and that is a fact. I know there are many non-Catholic Christian churches that do great work in that area, too, God bless um. I’ll just wind this up saying that I recommend you get a hold of a Catechism of the Catholic Church and that could well explain a lot of things about this church. God bless.

June 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm
(278) Mary M. says:

EJ, Jesus did not leave us a Bible, he left us a church and that church is the Catholic Church founded by Jesus and entrusted to the first Pope and all of his successors. We do not take direction from reading the Bible and coming to our own conclusions. That’s where the Church comes in to help us interpret what the writers were trying to say. It’s easy to take things out of context especially if you are picking and choosing verses. The priesthood is a very sacred thing. It is one of the Seven Sacraments that Jesus instituted. It should not be entered into lightly or abandoned. The priesthood is God’s calling to some men and no matter what obstacles get in their way they need to be committed to their ordination and doing God’s will. That is why there is such a passionate discussion about this issue.

June 24, 2011 at 11:48 pm
(279) Scott P. Richert says:

EJ, If you follow Jesus, you should not want to leave the Church that He established in order to bring mankind closer to Him. If you love Jesus, you should not want to separate yourself from the sacrament of His Body and Blood, which you will not receive in a Protestant church.

Please reconsider. I will be praying for you.

July 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm
(280) Aaron says:

EJ, you’d remain Catholic if you learned about the early fathers’ regard for authority, starting with St. Peter. That authority established by Jesus, and that which was foreshadowed in the early Jeweish kings and their placing into authority the major domo in the king’s absence. (Reasd Steven Ray for more…I recommend UPON THIS ROCK.) EJ, when uneducated folks (and we’re all uneducated to different degrees) hop among churches (actually referred to as “ecclesial communities”) we get over 30,000 denominations of Christian groups. This does not bring us closer to “That they may all be one as the Father and I are one.” Please read Steven Ray and Scott Hahn. Hahn is one of the greatest former-protestants and a former Catholic hunter, for countless reasons why you and all of us should remain Catholic…it’s the Holy Spirit’s leadership that kept me Catholic in the late 90′s when I seeked “my” church, soon after to discover that I should seek “God’s” Church, his bride, the bride of Christ. God bless your journey brother EJ.

June 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm
(281) Christine says:

“But in leaving the priesthood (and, in so doing, bringing the investigation into the allegations against him to a crashing halt), Father Corapi is breaking the most important promise he has ever made, the vows that he took at his ordination.”

Fr. Corapi is not leaving the priesthood. He clarifies his position in his June 23rd post:

http://theblacksheepdog.us/

June 25, 2011 at 7:56 am
(282) connie says:

It was my understanding charges of sexual abuse were to be turned over to local authorities, rather than “being investigated by the Church”. Why is this not true for this cleric?

June 25, 2011 at 8:37 am
(283) Scott P. Richert says:

It was my understanding charges of sexual abuse were to be turned over to local authorities

They are. But this isn’t a charge of sexual abuse; it’s an allegation of consensual sex with multiple women who are above the age of consent.

June 25, 2011 at 9:16 am
(284) Jodie says:

The allegations may not rise to the level of a criminal act. But if these women with whom he allegedly had affairs were his employees, that raises questions of sexual harrassment and abuse of power.

June 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm
(285) Sandy says:

I don’t believe these charges include any sexual ABUSE. Consensual sex between adults is not abuse.

June 25, 2011 at 9:25 am
(286) william hague says:

It is my view that the church is extremely flawed and satan has entered into it. Bishops that are in power have become polictical hacks. They have also tried to cover up molestations by countless priests. I have seen priests at many parrishes where I am from give sermons of sunshine and lollipops every sunday, while millions of catholics around the world walk up to communion like its nothing, and yet on a given designated confession day you may see 3 or four of them there. Priests now a days are not tending the flock, they are catering to the people to get them to church, they are not preaching the word of God, instead they are vacationing and induldging instead of fasting and are not living priestly lives. Ive been told in confession that birth control was ok, when we all know its not! God help us! Father Corapi is one of a few dying breed who tell you like it is, is knowledgeable and can back up his words. I believe he is falsely accused and only he and the church knows what is really going on. He has so many followers like me because he preaches the faith as it is and as its supposed to be, not like the so called priests you see everyday who think church is a social gathering to talk and clap and chat in front of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

June 25, 2011 at 9:27 am
(287) William Hague says:

Sunday has become a disgrace in some parrishes and priests there should be investigated for not honoring their vows for tending the flock. They have failed Miserabley and it shows as the Catholic church is falling into pieces before our very eyes. Souls will not be lost by listening to Father Corapi, they will be saved because at least he talks about HELL which you will not hear at any of your parrish priests homily on Sunday because they fear no one will come back. The object is to save souls, Fr Corapi is trying to do that, the church unfortunately is not, it cow tows to people to bring them in and in a lot of cases extort them. i.e. annulments are being handed out like candy for the right price. Tell me how can you go through the process and you pay and they reach a verdict in your annulment; which happens and then say you cant have the paper until you pay. Ok, well if you have already decided that the marriage was null and void then in God’s eyes it is, correct? According to them no, because you have to have the paper after you pay. The Catholic church in a lot of places has become the Sanctuary of Satan and if you believe at all the prophecies of Our Lady she said it would become so. God help us, Father Corapi was one of the few who told you like it is. Now you just have to listen to how Jesus loves us and how we are all going to heaven when we die. This is gross neglagence by priests and while God does love us, he is also just. Priests need to reexamine why they became priests and grow a pair and start tending the flock again because the majority of the current flock are not and society has reflected it.

June 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm
(288) Anthony says:

My friends,

Our Lord is the true and perfect judge. Perhaps leaving the judging to him makes sense. Especially since no one else can truly be in the shoes of either Father Corapi or the various Church officials or mentors?

Minimally, wouldn’t it be wise to allow some time to pass before making OUR judgement? Time is a great aid in reflecting on the fruits of individual or institutional actions.

I pray that God blesses us all with his gifts of humility, understanding and love.

June 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm
(289) Anne says:

I’m an Episcopalian who went to Guardian Angel Catholic School in NYC 1-5 grades, briefly married to a Catholic who abandoned me & 6 children when I was 7 mos. pregnant. And in middle school, I lived next to a “bad boy priests” home in NJ near St. Joseph’s Shrine, where the church sent alcoholic and sexually-sick priests to “dry out.” My views on Catholic Church: its mission work and reverence for motherhood are its best qualities; worst aspects are refusal to admit women to priesthood and allow priests to marry. This anti-female bias, and failure to acknowledge that God created human sexuality as the strongest natural instinct (next to self-preservation) which must have expression, are responsible for the rampant, endemic child rape and homosexuality in the priesthood. When a church fosters an unhealthy environment, it attracts unhealthy people. Because of this, I could never be Catholic and I wonder how any self-respecting woman can remain in the Catholic church.

June 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm
(290) Salvy says:

Anne, I think you’ve said some pretty stupid knee-jerk stuff here because you had a lousy husband. Don’t have the time here to bust down some of you’re bitter conclusions. I’d say talk to some of these beautiful Catholic Sisters ad Nuns who love and understand the church way better than you do. Everyone knows there’s some real weirdo’s in the Catholic priesthood that have no business being there. Vast majority of priests are pretty good I do believe.

June 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm
(291) Mary M says:

Anne, you clearly have a negative impression of the church through personal experience with your husband, and also because you do not have a clear understanding of the Catholic Church’s position on the priesthood. Women cannot be admitted to the priesthood not because of some sort of prejudice against women but because Jesus chose only men to the priesthood. This can never change. The issue of admitting married men could change because it is a church discipline. The priests that are being ordained “today” are healthy, heterosexual males. The Catholic Church is the church founded by Christ and because of apostolic succession, unlike the Episcopal Church, we have Jesus truly present in the Eucharist. I could never think of being anywhere else.

June 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm
(292) Anthony says:

Anne,

Your blog entry made me feel sad. Sadness for the hurt and anguish that reflect in your words and for the very real and difficult events that have put you in a position where you cannot fathom women who are nurtured by the Catholic Church.

I don’t mean to say that I do not understand…as I do not think I would have been able to endure the things that God has strengthened you enough to overcome. You are a strong woman who has clearly been blessed and strengthened by God. I simply mean that it is a fallacy to base everything you think of something based on only your personal experiences.

As an example, if a different woman has had the experience of being loved dearly by her Catholic husband, lived next to a Catholic parish whose priests treated her wonderfully, and she believed that the structure of the Church and it’s doctrine was a primary reason that things were so great…should she use the same logic as you did in announcing; “Because of this, I could never be anything but Catholic and I wonder how any self-respecting woman can remain in anyplace other than the Catholic church”?

If your logic holds true…then so must hers…and in the end, all we would have is two very different opinions. In reality though, both perspectives must be interpreted in light of the PERSONAL experiences each woman encountered.

In the end, I understand why you feel as you do…for that has been your personal reality. Please just understand that not everyone has experienced the same things…and that is how self respecting men and women can and do love and cherish their Catholic faith.

I hope my thoughts are understood as I meant them…not to disagree with the things you said…simply to share another perspective. Please also know that your thoughts were also helpful to me…as I am more able to understand your point of view.

Have a wonderful day and thank you sincerely for helping my perspective grow!

With Christian love,
Anthony

June 25, 2011 at 9:14 pm
(293) Harvey says:

Anne, I sympathize for you and express an apology for the wrongs that were done to you by Catholics. But human sinners who make up the Church do not negate the truths of the faith that are imparted to the Church by the Holy Spirit. For example, women cannot be priests for the same reason that men cannot get pregnant. Before you dismiss that, please study about meaning of the priesthood. A priest gives life to the Church through the Eucharist; we call them bridegrooms and the Church (the rest of us) are the bride. There is a very real relationship, similar to a marriage (but of course different too). Anyway, I encourage you to study about the Eucharist and the spousal nature of the priesthood; it’s very logical. Trust me, women could preach better in many cases, but there’s more to the priesthood than that!

June 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm
(294) Debbie says:

I was married to a Catholic who turned his back on the Church (and me) and was I surrounded by them in a city my husband and I moved to. I had complete contempt for them.

When the Lord called me to become one, as shocked and reluctant as I was, I did it. Watch Mother Angelica Live Classics on EWTN for awhile. She is a tremendous teacher and gives great insights.

What has been presented to you is extremely negative and without understanding the Catholic faith, you will always feel that way. I can relate.

Don’t go by the behavior of sinful humans in any religion. It’s not the Church’s fault. Jesus did not teach this. And Protestant teaching cannot apply to Catholic teaching, either. They are different.

Folks, there is nothing worse in the world than a Catholic who proclaims to be one and turns the back on their faith…and promotes this type of behavior!

June 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm
(295) Susan says:

Father Corapi appears guilty otherwise the Father Corapi we knew and loved would have hung in there as a priest and considered any false accusations the work of the devil. He would have suffered the slings and arrows of the trial and offered his suffering up to Our Lord. When he finally was exonerated he could have held his head high and.continued in his ministry. His leaving the priesthood compounds the sin, shows him to be a coward and a man who seeks the approval of the masses rather than the glory of God. Once a priest, always a priest. Shame on you Father!

June 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm
(296) Silver S. Parnell says:

I appreciate your clear-headed and rational approach to this scandal and agree with you completely. You have highlighted a crucial issue, maybe the most important one, that he is breaking his holy vow. As mother Theresa once said, “God has not called me to be successful, but to be faithful.” Father Corapi is certainly successul, especially in worldly terms, with a cushy lifestyle in an exclusive neighborhood in Montana. He has many “fans.” By encouraging those “fans” to follow him in his disobedience and by offering these naieve people a dark and ominous icon (a menacing black dog image) I believe he is operating in service to the evil one. I have written him several times and wrote an open letter to him on my own blog, but I doubt my voice was heard in the din of Facebook voices urging him onward and supporting him. If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, the sports car that takes him there is built of FAME and FANS. I just hope he doesn’t have any passengers with him when he arrives.

June 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm
(297) Harvey says:

From watching Fr. Corapi on TV, I remember him quoting his own father, who taught him to “never lay down and throw the fight.” But isn’t that exactly what he’s doing? A priest who professed solemn vows to us, his bride the Church, is now throwing the fight by walking away from his promises. Fr. John, you say you want your message to continue to get out; but this is a time when your actions of silent obedience to your vows can preach to us, just as Jesus accepted His harsh and unjust treatment, and the Cross became His ultimate testimony.

June 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm
(298) Gatomon41 says:

There is a difference between being obedient, and conforming. People tend to get the two mixed up.

I understand that there are times that one must stay silent and endure suffering. To endure suffering for familly, country, and even God, to bear witness for others.

But there are times in which by being silent isn’t enough. A boy being bullied by thugs for kicks, for example, is not a time for a child to stay silent. Following an immoral order just because it is an order is another example.

Maybe Corapi thought that he was conforming by doing nothing instead of doing his job. Perhaps the officals would simply sweep him under a rug, and by conforming with that decision, he would be doing a grave injustice. Maybe he believed that he was throwing in the towel by conforming.

However, this is all speculation. I can’t really say, since the more I look into it, the more muddle the information seems to get. It’s rather strange and confusing.

And at this moment, all I can say, is pray for Father Corapi. This is a distressing time for him (for alot of people really), and needs guidance from God at this moment.

June 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm
(299) JeanetteLee says:

The bishops are the shepherds of our souls, but Father Corapi is telling his sheep that they do not need shepherds, only a “Black Sheep Dog.”
Excellent Mr. Richert! — and thank you for your entire article.

June 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm
(300) Nora Smith says:

Mr. Scott,
Thank you for your Catholic writing and for the opportunity to give our opinion on it.
May God continue blessing the gift He has given you, your talent.
JMJ

June 26, 2011 at 11:35 pm
(301) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Nora.

June 26, 2011 at 11:24 pm
(302) LaRue says:

Exactly which part of “You who are without sin, cast the first stone,” do you think Jesus did not mean???

June 27, 2011 at 4:15 am
(303) Maroun says:

I am very sorry , but i humbly believe that what you said is not very accurate.
Fr Corapi never said or claimed that we dont need sheperds(bishops) , in fact if you read what he said , it is absolutly the contrary .
And are you telling us that bishops are always infallible as humanbeings?Since when?So is it possible that maybe just maybe some bishops could conduct things in an incorrect manner?Maybe a priest should not be considered guilty before proven innocent + And by the way this is not a child abuse accusation…
These are some of the words which Fr Corapi said about him being a priest and in the Church :I think it’s a bit too easy to arrive at an erroneous conclusion when you base it on a fallacious presupposition. For instance, some very kind and fine people assume that I have “left the Church.” Please, understand this, I have not left the Church. I love the Catholic Church and would not “leave the Church.” I have resigned from public ministry, which is rather anticlimactic to be sure since I was out of it anyhow due to the suspension or “administrative leave,” which is tantamount to suspension. There are elements of this that you don’t know about, and that’s not your fault.

Once a man is ordained a priest he remains a priest for all eternity. Holy Orders is one of the three sacraments that imprints an indelible mark on the soul. What the Church can give or remove is “faculties”, which authorizes the person to publicly administer the sacraments. I always cringe when I hear “he’s not a priest anymore.” If he ever was, he still is. What they mean is that he is not functioning in the normal way most priests function, that is, publicly administering the sacraments. Most folks’ contact with priests is the parish priest. They come in contact with him primarily when he administers the sacraments.
So please and i humbly ask you to be more accurate next time when you write something,and GBU

June 27, 2011 at 6:02 am
(304) Mary M. says:

I posted a comment on the Black Sheepdog yesterday indicating that this issue has now taken on a life of its own. Only Fr. Corapi and the accuser can change this. The Catholic community is being divided into two camps; those who support Fr. Corapi and those who do not. The events surrounding this “case” need to be revealed so that speculation can end. It is time for Fr. Corapi and his accuser to speak. I think the Catholic community is entitled to this.

June 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm
(305) Debbie says:

Mary;
There are also those of us in the Church who have a “wait and see” attitude, and are praying that out of this terrible scandal what is right will rectify and bring true justice and everyone within will return to doing what the Lord instructed us to do in the first place, and that will be what predominates for all concerned.

June 27, 2011 at 7:51 am
(306) divine says:

God is loving and compassionate all the time. Facts given, leave his soul to God!

June 27, 2011 at 9:33 am
(307) Mary M says:

We must remember that God is also a just God. I would never speculate on the state of anyone’s soul or their eternal destiny. The posts here and elsewhere border on detraction and idolatry. I believe that all the facts have not been revealed which is why there is so much speculation.

June 27, 2011 at 10:34 am
(308) matt says:

I am sorry Father carpi took this route.
I was unaware that by his resigning he stops the investigation.
i would hope that he is inocent of charges. By leaving and letting the issue unresolved he creates another scandal that our foes can use to the discredit of the Church.
I have seen only a few of his programs and have enjoyed them greatly.
IT is sad that he chose to let it hang over him and us..

June 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm
(309) Debbie says:

What we do know is that ten years ago, all the sheep of the flock were grievously harmed and the Church greatly erred in this.

Now the pendelum has swung completely to the other extreme. Someone can falsely accuse a priest and the priest loses his priesthood, vocation and life, and the check is handed to an accuser before the ink dries on the check.

I have never found evidence that the Church was pragmatic, transparent , or fairly decided a case according to authentic Church teaching in either grievous side.

What is wrong with this picture? Who is actually controlling the Church in all this?

As Pope Benedict XVI stated, all the scandal comes from inside the Church.

It is truly an “inside job”.

June 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm
(310) Mary M. says:

How can you know these charges are false? The investigation was not completed. It is unjust and unfair to exonerate anyone or declare anyone guilty when we simply don’t know all of the facts. For some reason many people seem to think they know Fr. Corapi and the accuser and they come to a flawed conclusion on what each of these individuals did or didn’t do. This makes absolutely no sense and is not based on a reasonable analysis.

June 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm
(311) Debbie says:

None of us know for sure what the full truth is. I didn’t exonerate anyone on either side and clearly stated this. If you do not accept Pope Benedict XVI’s words, from the word of authority who knows and said this openly to the world, then you are not listening and reading correctly. It is a historical fact that great harm has been done to the sheep and innocent priests, especially since the scandals in 2002 broke.

I cannot falsely accuse a priest with my hand out for $$ because of grievous errors the Bishops committed in the past, knowing an innocent person’s life will be gravely harmed because of it.

And someone cannot falsely accuse me either and ruin my life without my moral and legal right as a human being to defend myself, so that a correct moral resolution can be concluded, based on truth.

This is as old as the Old Testament itself.

June 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm
(312) Debbie says:

Mary;
If your question was directed to me, I never said the charges against Fr Corapi are false (if that is who you are referring to). It is not clear what the full truth is.

My personal opinion is that a lot of truth from both sides will have light shed on it. And “slants” from both sides will be presented to make the party speaking appear “in a better light” on some things they will wish everyone did not find out about them that make both sides look pretty bad.

I don’t believe in absolute black or white in human behavior anyway.

Ironically, Fr often says “that the Devil’s favorite color is gray.”

Prayerfully, truth will prevail.

June 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm
(313) Tom says:

Sadly, Dog (Mr. Corapi) has proven himself to be a money-grubbing phony and hypocrite. This is from someone who watched and listened to him on Ewtn TV and radio, whose faith was strengthened through his preaching, and who identified very closely and personally with his conversion story. I thought, “if he can do it, maybe there’s hope for me.” he spoke of the Church as something true and solid, founded by Christ himself, the true authority. Now he maligns that same Church and is openly disobedient, violating his sacred vows he took when he was ordained by JP II himself. For what? His ranch, his $3 million, his celebrity? He needs to take a clue from the Gospels – sell all he has and follow Christ. He needs to move into community with his SOLT order. If his superiors tell him he has to spend his days cleaning the toilets, then that’s what he should do – and offer up every cleaned toilet as an offering to God.

Dog thinks submitting to the valid Church authorities is “rolling over and dying” – as if losing his wealth, possessions, and celebrity status is equivalent to dying. When he stands before the Just Judge, the question won’t be, how many Facebook followers did you have, or how many acres was your ranch. It will be, how did you live out your calling as a priest, how did you remain true to your sacred vows, one of which was obedience. It seems like The Black Sheepdog is going to have some explaining to do.

Sidenote – what happens to a sheepdog who is disobedient to the shepherd, who turns on the shepherd and attacks him? Bishops carry croziers because they are the Shepherds, duly appointed by the Church through apostolic succession. Dog slandering the bishops is like the disobedient sheepdog, trying to herd part of the flock into danger. What should the shepherd do, just let the deranged sheepdog do as it wants and lead some of the flock to eternal damnation?

June 28, 2011 at 7:00 am
(314) Yemayo says:

I agree with you author. Many saints, for example saint Gerado Majjela (saint of motherhood) and Dominique Salvio, were wrongly accused!! But today they are saints! One reasons for their triumphs were humbleness. I am not condemnming father Corapi, but i think he is too proud. I am sorry if i have used strong words. He is not the first and will not be the last to be put in administrative leave. I am coming from africa, where some priest where put into adminstrative leave up to three years and went back to their villages. They lived very difficult life, and eventually came back and some of them passed away still priests. He is not good example of Jesus followers and may be due to his pride character it is better he leaves. Jesus was very humble; born in manger, always critisized by pharisees, accussed being possessed by demons, doubted by his fellows in his home town, betrayed by one of his disciple, and lastly crucified naked on the cross. Real Jesus, God had terrible and shameful death on earth. He did not have simple life on earth, but He was always objective looking at his Heavely father s will. If Jesus was like Father Corapi he would leave and go back to heaven, send fire to pharisees, or send armies of angels to destroy the whole world. Dear brothers and sisters, let us pray for the whole church, that no follower will believe his words. Also let us ask discernment gift from Holy Spirit so that we will recognize him by his fruits.

June 28, 2011 at 7:05 am
(315) Yemayo says:

I am very troubles by his new name. Black sheep dog. Jesus is light, why does he choose black? Black is associated with satanism. and then I see a picture of sheeps inside dog’ s eyes. Please let us pray diligently. I have a feeling that this is a new ministry to destroy the true church in the world. He was waiting for exit opportunity. I am sorry may be i used strong words. But my soul is burning that something very strange is going on with father Corapi. However, let us pray for him that his soul will not be lost forever.

June 28, 2011 at 10:20 am
(316) Berenice T. Taylor says:

Father Corapi, because of you, I started watching EWTN. I am a cradle Catholic away from the church for over 60 yrs. and now I watch EWTN all of the time. I miss you so much and loved your presentations regardless of the accusations. God be with you.

June 28, 2011 at 10:37 am
(317) CatholicForever says:

“Publicly damning the ecclesiastical authorities”
“Encourages distrust, anger, and even hatred of Church authorities in his many followers”
“Telling his sheep that they do not need shepherds, only a Black Sheep Dog”
I have not seen any of this, and I have viewed/listened to everything available on the subject.
I think you are full of it.

June 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm
(318) Debbie says:

Fr Corapi never told the sheep that they do not need shepherds. This was a misstatement on this blog. Don’t take anyone’s statement as an absolute truth. Check out the facts to see what the truth actually is and then you will know who is credible and who is not. As far as this scandal, none of us know exactly what the full truth is. We are only allowed to have limited information, unless we sat at the discussion table with SOLT and actually heard the actual dialogue between the two parties. I am yet to hear testimony from any author of any blog that this actually took place.

June 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm
(319) CatholicForever says:

“Misstatement?” How about a “lie.” (see the 2nd to the last paragraph.)

June 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm
(320) Debbie says:

This is my last observation about all this and I have no more comments on this matter…anywhere. I prayerfully hope everything works out for the best for both sides.

If Fr is truly guilty, and I’ve read many blogs that think he is absolutely living his old life again. What expensive sportscar exactly does he own? What does his home and “fancy grounds” actually look like? He tans, works out 6 times a week and takes exotic vacations in Key West. (This was all news to me. Very eye opening information. This info fits more on the Natl Enquirer website than a Catholic blogsite. When did our flock become like media hounds reporting John Edwards or Fr Cutie (Oprah) type behavior? And how can these facts be substantiated since this was placed in blogs and spread like wildfire? It gets so over the top. Even if Fr did go over the deep end, well, then he went off the deep end.

Well, nobody knows better than Fr what he is choosing. Heaven or Hell. He has clearly seen both sides. If he has chosen the latter, all we can do is pray for him and he belongs outside the priesthood.

We ultimately choose heaven or hell ourselves no matter how much people pray. No matter how badly the human leadership in the Church makes a terrible mess out of matters at specific times in history. This is one of them.

Myself, I’d rather suffer terribly for a short time on earth and be forever glorifed in heaven with Jesus, Mary, all the Saints and all my loved ones. It’s worth suffering for. Forever where I’m free and eternally happy.

June 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm
(321) Frances Matheny says:

I think that if a former employee is the one making the accusations then that right there throws a red flag up, that person already has an axe to grind. The logical way to get to someone that is a priest is to sulley their name by accusing them of sexual abuse or drug abuse. I find it hard to believe that he would do any of these things. I will pray for him daily, as a fellow Catholic I grieve the lose of a good priest and I will miss hearing him speak the Gospel. God Bless you Father Corapi

July 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm
(322) Debbie says:

I found a blog a few days ago that released the lurid details from the accuser. If I’m able to find it, I’ll post the link here for all to see.

It looks like exactly something from the Casey Anthony trial. Think HLN needs another sensationalized trial to scrutinize? Back to back reality and the Catholic Church is now coming up on deck. This would not be far behind it.

What is really scandalous to my mind, and I hate to have to come to this conclusion, is that by Mr Corapi suing this accuser in court, the scandal in the Church will only worsen. Every horrific detail will be put on “reality TV media trial”, all just to have a personal warfare between Fr and this accuser.

I can really sympathize with a falsely accused person or priest. But attempting to clear your personal name at the expense of the Catholic Church. The cost is just too high. Fr should have quietly and internally resolved this within.

The other thing that makes me really uncomfortable is that SOLT allowed him to “live this way” for almost twenty years, knowing that the structure of the order had radically changed, and that Fr was operating “outside” of the order, physically and as a priest for so many years without quietly correcting all this. It took a major scandal, and I don’t see where either side is presented in a positive light. It’s actually quite the opposite.

The other really disturbing factor is that, before Fr became a priest, after all that failure, he still attempted to reestablish his business three times, and was very unsuccessful at it. How can anyone expect anything good to come from this man now??

Prepare yourselves for some real ugly mudslinging in the public media. I feel it coming as one sensational trial wears down..the other one is up on deck, waiting to step up to the plate, bat in hand.

July 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm
(323) Scott P. Richert says:

Debbie, please don’t post the link here. I’ve had the lurid details (as you put it) for several days now, and I’ve chosen not to publish them. My reasoning is that, if they are true, then publishing them amounts to detraction (exposing the sins of others to those who do not have a right to know them); if they are false, then publishing them amounts to calumny. Either way, nothing good can come of it.

You and I have had our disagreements in this discussion, but my intention has never been to judge either Father Corapi or his accuser, but to discuss the ramifications of his decision to abandon his priestly ministry. I agree with you completely: The scandal in the Church will only worsen if Father Corapi goes through with his civil lawsuit. And it will also worsen if you or I reveal the lurid details to those who really don’t need to know them.

Thanks in advance for your consideration.

June 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm
(324) Missy says:

Anybody can accuse Anyone of anything but it doesn’t make it true, especially when it come to Fr John Corapi now does it?

July 3, 2011 at 9:23 pm
(325) Paul Growe says:

About Corapi I am just left with a lot of questions and doubts.
I never found his lectures on EWTN to be educational, and EWTN is a great network. Corapi would say in his lectures that he had graduate degrees. Where did Corapi get his graduate degrees? Has all this been verified? In his lectures he would spend a lot of time on the rosary, confession, and the Virgin Mary; but he did not relate a lot of insight or knowledge.

On “The World Over” on EWTN it was reported that Corapi spent some time living in a convent; what was that about?

July 4, 2011 at 11:16 am
(326) JIM MORGAN says:

WE FEEL ANGRY, FRUSTRATED, AND WORRIED THAT FR CORAPI MAY BE ONE OF THE FEW VOICES HEARD THROUGH OUT THE WORLD WHO SPEAKS CLEAR, TO THE POINT, UNAFRAID, AND PERSEVERING, AND WHO NOW IS BEING SILENCED. WHO HAS THE MOST TO GAIN BY SILENCING HIM? IS A POWER STRUGGLE INVOLVED? OUTSPOKEN AND WITHOUT FEAR—HAS ANYONE CONSIDERED IF SOMETHING HE SAID THREATENS THE POWERS THAT BE? CONSIDER IF IT MAY BE A MUCH BIGGER ISSUE THAN WHAT APPEARS ON THE SURFACE, AND LET US SUPPORT FR CORAPI. WE NEED HIS VOICE CRYING OUT TO US IN THIS WILDERNESS OF THE WORLD, THE FLESH, AND THE EVIL ONE.

July 4, 2011 at 11:24 am
(327) Mary M. says:

To be honest I am troubled and fed up, yet fed up with the cult-like adoration for a human being. Whether it be here or on other blogs or on Fr. Corapi’s web page it goes on and on and on. For heavens sake, we do not follow a human being, we follow Jesus and the Church that He established. This has taken on an irrational aspect that is very troubling. Blind adoration is not rational.

July 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm
(328) Debbie says:

As they say on HLN, “Bombshell tonight…”

Move over, Casey Anthony, John Anthony Corapi, former Catholic priest, is up on deck for the next huge scandal played out in the media.

Just released a few hours ago, the lid has literally been blown off the roof by the National Catholic Reporter:

Please go to blog below:

Corapi and Hypocrisy:
http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/corapi-and-hypocrisy

July 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm
(329) Mary M. says:

John Corapi was the first one to release the information pm the issues with him and his accuser. Perhaps if he had remained quiet instead of becoming defensive it would not be playing out in the media.
Actually, SOLT, provided a very good summation of what has been occuring during John Corapi’s time in ministry. Go to http://www.societyofourlady.net
to read their statement. The entire scenario is very, very sad. I am sure that many people are praying for Fr. John.

July 6, 2011 at 7:46 pm
(330) Debbie says:

Thank you, Mary. The National Catholic Register and other reliable news sources are also posting SOLT’s letter.

I am glad they did it, so that the truth is presented. Big difference between truth spoken, clarification, and detraction.

When the Church announces a priest has been accused of misconduct and has been placed on leave, is that detraction, too??

July 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm
(331) Mary M. says:

Debbie, When the Church announces a priest has been accuesd of misconduct and has been placed on leave that would not be detraction……because the faithful are entitled to know that information.

July 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm
(332) Marie says:

Thanks for your view and how well I know we can never judge another by their actions, thank God that only He may judge the heart. I know Father Corapi knows well this scripture passage, as he has spoken it in reference to other priests who “left” the priesthood. In the words of Father himself, if the shepherd falls, the sheep are not praying hard enough. I can only account for myself, and must confess to this scandalous abuse of the time God has allotted me, this is the gravely disordered sin of our time.

July 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm
(333) Char says:

I’m a little late on responding on this but speaking from my experience from the Church, guilty or not guilty they are only looking out for themselves, not the people affected. We have many sinners within our Church, bishops included. Fr. Corapi should get the same as all the sex offenders. keep him on the payroll and shove him someplace else!
Why not stay consitant?
We use to belong to a church where the priest was caught in a park exposing himself. This is a park known for a hang out for gay people. They didn’t put him on trial, just moved him into some counciling and he’s already written about coming back to preach. Wow! Just get Corapi help and put him back out there. Seems logical, we don’t want to descriminate.

July 13, 2011 at 3:16 am
(334) Debora says:

Aren’t all of these accusations a result of spite. Moreso, based on his behaviour before the priesthood?!

July 16, 2011 at 10:36 pm
(335) popsadop says:

I wondered what had happened to this guy. Whenever I needed a laugh I would watch the recordings of his TV shows. He is probably the most apostate preacher I had ever seen anywhere. He even beat out Jack Van Impe for his sheer biblical misinterpretations and stupidity. John Corapi is living proof that PhD’s in Theology do not guarantee any type of understanding of the Creator people of his type claim to profess.
If he is guilty of the charges brought against him then lock him up. If not, the world was a better place while he was prevented from spreading his Demonic theories, concepts and oppinions.
Why is it that people trip over themselves to throw money at heretics like John Corapi?

July 17, 2011 at 5:42 am
(336) Honest L Msoffe says:

I think we need to pray very much for Father Corapi and all the Priest in the whole world. Because they are being tested and fall to the temptation of a devil. The devil use people, even good Catholics like us who are now commenting.

July 17, 2011 at 9:00 am
(337) popsadop says:

I sort of agree, Honest. Here is where we differ though. First, I am no longer a Catholic nor will I ever return to that organization. Second, in my opinion, we are either the Holy Spirit or an unholy spirit. Also in my opinion, John Corapi and all like him are not being tempted by devils, they are devils. Implying that someone with the Holy Spirit can be overcome by a devil makes the Holy Spirit weaker than the Devil and that just isn’t the way it is. Third, in my opinion, Mr. Corapi is just manifesting what is in him. Sure you can pray for him for whatever good you think it may do but these people must admit who they are and then ask God, who made them that way, to fix it. Neither The Virgin Mary nor “Saints” Larry, Curly and Moe can help Corapi or anyone else.

July 19, 2011 at 8:04 pm
(338) pat falkenstern says:

upon reading comments i am discusted its all about the priest not his victims.when will people wake up and reaiize what damage these people do.who ever said that the holy spirit does not make mistakes? omg my little town in ireland has been distroyed by a marest brother.30 yrs later the families of his victims are still suffering.and some people tout the bible what if it happened to your children.holy orders marks the priest with an indelable marker!!! what rubbish.there are good and bad in every aspect of life.being a priest does not make you good.and rome and this pope will do nothing to help they like to hide behind the holy scele

July 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm
(339) Gil Robert says:

I have been a Catholic all my life and I had never heard such
comments on our faith with as much zeal as Father Carapi
had. Only by Bishop Sheen has such a man exposed our churches habits. Statements like don’t send your children
to Catholic Schools or you will ruin the child. And I have come across many in my life that actually attended these
schools and (not judging) have left the church. But, my real
comment is that GOD in his own has always reminded us of
his being with us always either in scandal, gossup, excom,
prayer and all kinds ill happenings. And the church never
falls by the wayside(Hells Gate) Yet, seven evil spirits come
back to a clean one. And whom does the devil tempt more
than those who are Ordained to the priesthood? Does this not happened many times before in our history? PRAY

July 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm
(340) Olivia Marie says:

Personally I give Fr. Corapi the benefit of the doubt. The evidence from SOLT comes from several people, but that’s really not hard evidence leading directly to proof of drug abuse or sexual activity. Anyone can give false testimony if paid enough. I’m not saying anyone was paid; I am saying that there’s no hard evidence that I’ve read about. It also seems to me that since the pedaphile scandals, Church members are highly motivated to do the opposite, that is to say, they’re motivated to put the clamps on sinful misconduct early and boldly, showing that the Church won’t be doing cover ups anymore. Fr. Corapi cannot proove his innocence unless he can fight his accuser under civil law, which demands hard evidence, not just witnesses. I also give SOLT the benefit of the doubt and pray for both.

July 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm
(341) kelley dennis says:

if cardnal spellman can be a life long practicing homosexual why does the church destroy a great man like father corapi i have only contempt for those who are so unchristian it seems those priests and bishops belong to the devil shame on you

August 5, 2011 at 9:46 am
(342) elle says:

“If he has relapsed into the self-destructive behavior that once left him penniless, homeless, drug-addicted, and near death, he will never be able to function as a priest again without causing scandal.”
I disagree on that point (among others).. If the charges were true (and nobody knows that to be so) – if Corapi received treatment and returned to the priesthood and his preaching, it would be an excellent example of God’s mercy, forgiveness and redemption. No one could preach more effectively on the dangers of addictions.
I refuse to jump to conclusions. Money can corrupt- perhaps SOLT is motivated by the loss of a cash cow. I hope that Corapi has not gone around the bend and in time the lawsuits will illuminate the situation and perhaps he will be reinstated. I will continue to pray for his return.
I don’t see his “followers” as you call them in danger of leaving the church or being lured away.
I’m a huge fan of Corapi but I find the whole episode absolutely frightening. For John Corapi – guilty or not -to leave the priesthood is a horrifying example of the power of Satan. It motivated me to examine my own life more closely and be done with anything that might lead me astray.
Corapi brought so many into the Church- including my husband who converted 4 years ago after watching his series on the catechism. I am grateful to him.

August 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm
(343) V i says:

I’m not sure why I decided to write except I see so many people troubled about this as I am. Truth, it seems that there are different views of what it could be concerning Fr. John. I hope it comes to the light no matter what it turns out to be. Christ is truth and I want the truth. I don’t like that he left, my opinion is he should have stayed and I know that it is asking a lot of someone I don’t know personally, and how hard that may be to do. What it may have meant to give up so much of one’s self to be basically a human punching bag, but what if God wanted to share with him His suffering (the hypocrisy, the doubt, the hate, the malice as Christ experienced in life). Fr. Corapi knows what suffering is…he suffered a lot it in his past…I wish he wouldn’t have left. If he did acquire many things (as His Order stated that he did)…my opinion is he should just give em up…it’s just stuff that you can’t take with you and I guess we all do that to a degree but a Priest is different in that respect depending on their Order. He knows deep down that he took that Vow…and whose hands were placed on him when he did it. That small gesture of hands binds them forever, and one can tecnically leave, as no one is forced to stay, but he knows, he knows, and that is why I can’t understand why he left. If he read this he’d know what I mean. So is he a lost sheep himself right now? I don’t know. I think we should all PRAY for him for the revelation of truth that only God can give. I also think we should PRAY MORE for our Priests and Bishops & for good Vocations to the Priesthood & Religious Life. Even if you already do, increase the prayer. Being a Priest is the most important thing he ever did (and he did many great things for the Lord and the Church). The biggest being to consecrate the Eucharist. He said it himself…no Priest…no Eucharist… and that is one truth I believe. It’s just some thoughts I had on the matter. Thanks for reading. Blessings to all!

August 19, 2011 at 10:15 pm
(344) Gary OK says:

I enjoyed his speaking. He spoke very well! So well that my sense was that it was an act’ a show! It is only my opinion as new catholic’ but he revealed his character’ himself! He might have been sincere in his conversion’ but the dark side of him sight out the past. He could make money, legally! He could and did. His character returned. I wanted his tape’s, but as soon as I saw the price’ I saw the truth. I’m sure he could make a good TV evangelist, Jim Baker anyone. He was saved as he said. God forgives; I hope he accepts. I will miss his presentation; yet his self also did I see. Maybe because I have been abused do I see his actor. It is so simple to see but so hard to accept, when he was so good at his presentation. My prayers for him, and for those who so need his presence vs the word in front of them. He read you well! Off course he is of the earth, so knows and tempts the soul.

August 28, 2011 at 3:18 am
(345) Alison says:

So, since when was it a meritorious or virtuous characteristic of the Priestly order of Melchizedek to deny anyone having incorporated business status the moral and civil right to a legal defence against attempted slander, libel, and extortion? Abraham did not deny the right of Melchizedek to take a share of plunder gained when he and his servants rescued Lot and his family from the Sodomites! Abraham merely said he did not want to keep any of the prisoners or loot obtained by his servants for himself.

I have seen no evidence that Fr. Corapi wants “loot” from anyone – not from previous civil case he was judicially awarded claim to for being a responsible and honest American citizen. But when given it by a Judges order, he was not doing wrong to accept it and manage it wisely for more profit like Jesus himself said: To him who has been granted much (talents), much will be demanded.

I have confidence that Father Corapi IS being obedient to God and his vows.

November 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm
(346) Jorge H. Rodriuez says:

Good thought process! Father Corapi has never hidden his “entreprenural” abilities! He cannot be categorized as “extemely humble” either as, well, he very humbly sahres his abilities, experiences and accomplishments! That is a positive thing! But, never in the various years that I followed his preaching can I say that he gave an eyewink of falsehood, hypocricy, greed, sense of wanting or desiringthe likely hundreds of thousands of dollars cashflowing throuhg the Santa Cruz. Inc. The Church needs cash flow! Where the cash flow generated by his very productive activities, WELL, his superiors MUST KNOW…other wise Fr Hennessy can categorized as SEC and who knows who Hank Paulson !!!

Many individuals are writing from the hip!!!

August 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm
(347) Fr Daniel Fink says:

With All due respect to Fr John Corapi. I find it highly questionable that he should react to his community the way he has portrayed in the media. As a member of a religious community, I have found my community to be loving and supportive. If his brothers through the religious superior have requested that he return to community life, I would go to them to be comforted and supported. So I urge Fr. John to reconsider his decisions. Please go to your brothers who love you and support you.

September 9, 2011 at 9:35 pm
(348) marnja says:

Our hearts were broken when we heard that Father Corapi had left the priesthood. His preaching led us back to be more devout Catholics, to receive the Most Holy Eucharist more devoutly, to welcome the Holy Spirit into our lives, and to pray the Rosary more often to seek the intercession of our Blessed Mother. Dear Father Corapi, if you read this, please know that you are sorely missed, and we pray daily for your return to help Jesus tend to His flock.

October 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm
(349) Linda says:

so many effective priests are misunderstood. The

Church needs to leave the Dark Ages and come into

the 21st century with a dynamic ministry led by

both men and women.

November 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm
(350) Jorge H. Rodriguez says:

Sorry…my frend! I am NOT a nor a religious fanatic nor a right wing conservative! You are committing the worst of sins…. you are promoting what may likely be a false thought process and you are sinning against JC’s every lasting expectancy for pardon requests and demos of mercy from HIM!…or from his/her neighbor and from JC HIMSELF! The data I, as a Roman, Catolic, Apostolic Practitioner is most likely the mere surface of the matter! The public information released by Father Corapi! Yo mentioned St Monica, but failed to mention St Augustine! Your writing is of utmost disgust! Father Corapi’s preaching has always been based on his on defects! That, on it’s own merits depicts HONESTY! He also MANIFESTED ALWAYS a DEEP HONOR and Fervor to Our Sacred Lady! Father Corapi did the CORRECT thing setting himself aside…. with the purpose preisely to NOT FEED the writings as yours and many others! Who will require moreMERCY from JC, Father COrapi or those like YOU!!!! ….. Have not heard from Father since! I bet he has no regrets in his action nor is badmouthing nobody within the Church he still professes! He has taken the silent road in order to diminish NOISE which will disturbe others in HEARING the WORD of THE LORD! ….

November 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm
(351) Scott P. Richert says:

“Yo mentioned St Monica, but failed to mention St Augustine!”

No, Jorge, I mentioned Saint Augustine as well. Apparently, in your haste to comment, you didn’t bother reading all the way to the end.

November 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm
(352) Jorge H. Rodriguez says:

Hi Scott…not intentioned to establish back and forth with you.!..Have never been able to start one with Larry Krauss and on his own is moving in the correct direction! se his lates explanation of the start and end o the UNIVERSE…..BUT, …. never the less, I read U tackled my most insignificant error in reading! If, one might ever attempt to parallel or compare the life a living individual with the doings and destiny of St Augusting, well, you’re article has missed it!!! Well, what can you expect… St Augustines writings CANNOT be duplicated,….. the BIBLE CANNOT be duplicated etc etc etc…. no one ever will be “no St Augustine” or no one ever will be “no St Peter or Paul, Cecilia, Agnes, John Paul II …. etc etc”… so what can be written other than pick on Father Corapi when NOBODY that, at least has been identified, is witness to ny Fr Corapi doing! Except his RIGHTFUL DOINGS!!! If WRONFULL doings are there, weell let them come forth og national TV with the condition that they be true and free from libel suit!
Scott, thanks for providing a forum…. but your writing are very obvious in the WRONG side of the court of justice!!! Best Wishes!!!

December 18, 2011 at 10:38 am
(353) Joseph says:

Its all a lttle puzzlling for me I am surprized hes not fighting this more . I remember he said once in his talks . If I never learned anything from my Dad . it was etched in my mind he said. His Dad said to him Dont you ever give up the fight no matter how hard your being beat down . meaning with lifes punches it can throw at any of us at anytime . hope things work out for him and he will be at peace with himself. I come upon him fliking channels in 2004 suffering health wise . Because of him and priest at a little church in the country. I fall on my knees everyday in prayer. Hadnt for 25 yrs or more . Oh well Christmas is upon us good tidings to all

January 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm
(354) Mr Young says:

It is January 4th, 2012 and the BlackSheepDog website has gone blank. I am becoming convinced that John Corapi has fallen. It breaks my heart. I have seen other minister’s fall, but none so painful to me than this. I will pray for him for a long time to come. King David fell, so did Peter and the Prodigal Son. Pray for him. Remember the parable about the man who lost his sheep and left the flock to find the one that went missing. Try not to get caught up in a battle between him and the church. The church will survive, but the spiritual point of view is that a sheep has been lost. If you preach like an apostle you will be tempted and tried like an apostle. I think of the apostle Paul and how he was beaten repeatedly by his own countrymen. He was ship wrecked, imprisoned, at times almost starved. How many of us could not stand like Paul did in the face of temptation. John was tested to see if he was completely true and at least for now he has failed as far as I can tell.

March 13, 2012 at 4:56 am
(355) Richard says:

I must say I am extremely disappointed to see such a powerful, eloquent, and courageous speaker like John Corapi disappear from the public eye. But in a way I’m not surprised. He wasn’t afraid to rock the boat of the Church and tell it like it is. Apparently some of the hierarchy of the Church, occasionally being plain worldly and very liberal, didn’t like what they heard in his sometimes conservative talks. When he was accused of impropriety Corapi was guilty until proven innocent and swiftly taken off the air. It was the perfect excuse for the Bishops, who so famously mishandled the earlier sex abuse scandals, to shut him up. I honestly looked forward to his programs because he always spoke the truth. I will be praying not only for him, but also the Church leaders and superiors in question-that they are not being manipulated by the evil one.

May 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm
(356) E Leach says:

I still have faith in this wonderful man….he is only human! Let us all consider the lives he has touched and ask our Lord to help him in this time of trouble.

June 11, 2012 at 2:47 am
(357) Amy says:

what puzzles me is why did solt not take action against Fr Corapi when he was breaking his vow of poverty and owning luxury cars real estate etc.Assuming they were not aware of his sexual sins surely they were aware or should have been aware of his breaking of his poverty vow.why wait till a lay person brings in a suit?

August 30, 2012 at 11:50 am
(358) detty says:

Does anyone know what is happening with Fr Corapi? There is no sign of him anywhere you look..

September 23, 2012 at 1:57 am
(359) Ivan Sanchez says:

Consecrated Popes, Bishops, Priests and laity have fallen by the wayside and after seeing their errors have repented. Many saints went through that phase!
I’ve learn so much from his presentations that have lead me to be a better person. Yes, he has fallen but instead of being judges, we need to fall on our knees and beg the Master to give him the grace to return to the Lord who is all compassion, merciful and forgiving!
We also need to remember Satan hates the Priesthood of Jesus Christ and he feels victorious over his fall! We must not give Satan the satisfaction that he’s’ won!
For it’s our duty to pray for Father, that he many come home, for the Lord loves him as well, that’s why Jesus died on the cross!

November 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm
(360) Frank says:

Comment 88 (author is Joe) says a lot.

I at one time loved Fr Corapi. Be careful fellow Catholics (and all Christians) of the path you are choosing. Luther and Hitler and Stalin and Bernie Madhoff and Scott Peterson and Casey Anthony and OJ Simpson (et al) all sounded honest and sincere and had a lot of defenders and detracters. Pray for Corapi but don’t defend him cause you liked his style of flair with words. The Devil mixes just enough truth to cover up his LIES. Only John Corapi knows his motives.

Follow John Corapi at your own risk. . As for me, I think he is leading good follks down a path to destruction.

March 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm
(361) Louise C. Burnes says:

God knew this would happen, “way back when” as Fr. John would say. He is listening to God and Our Holy Mother.
They will assist, lead, guide and direct Fr. John in the way They want him to go and he will.
I have nothing but faith in God that this was done for the better of the Church. God is using Fr. John as an Instrument, for our benefit. Wait till the Church cleans itself up.
Remember Father John’s lectures on corruption in the Church.
Well, just last night (2/28/13 on, “Catholic Answers Live” I heard a priest, tell Patrick that Pope Benedict has relieved at least two Bishops a month from their duties in the Church for not being fit for the position. Patrick was surprised.
Fr. Corapi has done wonders for the Church and it was the Bishops that he pointed out where the problems persisted. God know how much harm they have done to the Church.
Fr. John has been a blessing to the Catholic Church and I will never get rid of his material. I am blessed to have the set on his Baltimore Catechism series.
I go to the Public Library daily to listen to tapes that others so kindly share on the Internet, so we can see them. Fr. Corapi will never leave us. Just wait and see. He has been my salvation.
God love him and keep Him in His Loving Care. Ask His Mother. She is overseeing the whole thing. She is the Mother of God. our Mother.

April 17, 2013 at 9:46 am
(362) Heidi Verna Thorbjornsen Lennox says:

If it is so..that anyone would say that “if Father Corapi has fallen into his addictions and self destructive sins of his past.. That he would not be able to be restored.. Without it bringing scandal to the RCC! ” This is a time, as we are the believers of The Most High.. We sadly many times..as only mere men who see limitations! It shall be an example, that if any man or woman turns to The Throne of Abba God’s Mercy… In Humility and Repentance ..Father God , shall hear our prayer and recieve mercy, unto restoration and healing! The Lord himself said he would leave the flock that he shepherds …to find that one who has been lost or led away by The Evil One. Satan does not like the work of this dedicated Man of God.. For he speaks with an anointing that sets sould free. He teaches , Messiah’s people how to warfare against the Evil One and come against his many plots..to destroy those of faith! Surely, God will honor this man, as King David.. And hear he hears his Humble Prayer. It is in times like this that we may see and witness the Great Love of Abba, through Messiah Yahushua ( Christ Jesus) Our Redeemer. Let us not throw away this man as a Judas.. But. One who needs Our Prayers and Love. He has served God with passion and ministered to many many people. Let us point to Our Merciful Saviour.. Who takes us all from a dung hill of sin.. Washing us.. And robes us in his cloak of tender mercies, as we then turn to Father God for His Help..May we be Battling in The Holy Spirit.. With The Angels of God to restore this great warrior of God..Who has been used to speak by The Holy Spirit and His Words..A man who has taught many to war against Satan and His Hosts.. And to top it.. I am not even Catholic! .. But I can recognize when an evil scheme..of Satan has happened ..to try and stop the work of our brother . May he be delivered from any evil at this present time. Your Hand is Never Too Short to Save! HalleluYah! Shalom. ❤

June 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm
(363) Gloria Rische says:

How sad most of our brothers and sisters,, in Christ , do not understand addiction as an illness. Just as a diabetic does not make insulin or, someone diagnosed with cancer or, a child born with Down Syndrome or, a child born with hemophilia , through no fault of their own. Sometimes it is genetics, sometimes illness in the the mother, etc. It is NOT a matter of morals or weakness or selfishness for those addicted to drugs or alchohol. Our brains are full of pathways that are set and reset all the time. Anyone thinking addiction is a choice should find the documentary , ” Pleasure Unwoven ” by a flight surgeon, who spent time in prison for writing himself RX, and set out to prove it HAD to be a choice and found out JUST THE OPPOSITE ! Daily prayers for Father Corapi to to heal and prayers our Church will better educate itself about addictions. In Christ, Gloria Rische ~

October 11, 2013 at 12:11 am
(364) Anton Lavey says:

Father Corapi is a narcissist. He indirectly has helped thousands of people because of his dynamic personality. Truly he is one who must preach “Do as I say…not as I do.”
You look gay. Are you gay?

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