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Scott P. Richert

Putting Father Corapi in Perspective

By June 24, 2011

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Tuesday's article on Fr. John Corapi ("A Priest Forever: The Strange Case of Fr. John Corapi") set a record for the number of comments—356 as of this writing—on an article in the four-plus years that I have been running the About.com Catholicism GuideSite. Most of the comments, even from readers who disagreed with my analysis, have been both levelheaded and respectful, and I would like to thank all who took part in the discussion for their restraint.

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

A significant minority of commenters, however, insisted that I had "judged" Father Corapi and "found him guilty," despite the fact that I made it clear that I am in no position to judge the allegations leveled against him. I trusted the competent Church authorities to investigate the allegations; my article concerned Father Corapi's action—his decision to abandon his priestly ministry—which effectively ended that investigation and prevented the Church from determining whether there were grounds to proceed with a canonical trial.

While I think that those commenters' devotion to Father Corapi has led them to misread both my article and my intentions, I can understand and even appreciate that devotion. Unlike many of those who have commented on my previous piece, I have never been the recipient of spiritual benefits from Father Corapi's preaching, because I have not listened to enough of his preaching for it to have had an effect on me one way or another.

But there are other priests who have touched my spiritual life in ways similar to those in which these commenters say Father Corapi has touched theirs. And I am very grateful to those priests for what they have done for me. Their preaching and actions and spiritual direction have helped prepare my soul for the reception of God's grace through repentance and the sacraments. Their influence has helped draw me deeper into the Church and helped keep me there, and for that I owe them a debt that I can never fully repay.

But let's be clear: These good priests did not save my soul, any more than I saved my own soul. If my soul is currently in a state of grace (and, please God, I hope it is), it is in a state of grace because of the actions of all three Persons of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These priests may have plowed the soil, but the Holy Spirit planted the seed; they may have watered the ground, but only God the Father could make the seed grow; they may have fertilized the plant, but the food they fed it was the Body and Blood of Christ.

To say that is not to diminish the contribution these priests have made to my life, but to put that contribution in proper perspective. To say that "Father So-and-So saved me" or even that "Father So-and-So brought me into the Church" (in any way other than the technical sense of baptizing and confirming me) is to ascribe to men that which rightly belongs to God.

Non nobis, non nobis, Domine. Sed nomini tuo da gloriam. "Not to us, O Lord, not to us; but to thy name give glory" (Psalm 115:1).

My heart aches when commenters suggests that they may leave the Catholic Church over the treatment of Father Corapi, or even just (just!) that they no longer trust the bishops God has given them as shepherds of their souls. From what I know of Father Corapi's ministry, up until these allegations were made against him he was always careful to do what every priest should: to point the way to Christ and to His Church, to lead his followers not to him but to the Lord.

And that is as it should have been, and as it still should be. If Father Corapi's message is muddled now—and, sadly, having read the statements of "the Black Sheep Dog," I believe it is—then look back to a time when it wasn't muddled. Hear the words he preached to you when he was not suffering from the pain and anger that clearly hold him in their grip today.

Put your faith in Christ and in His Church, as Father Corapi once told you to do, and you will have nothing to fear, no matter how Father Corapi's own story ends.

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Comments
June 24, 2011 at 11:08 am
(1) Car says:

Scott, you’ve been objective and taken a neutral stance with regard to this story. People that say otherwise are letting their emotions get in the way.

What’s interesting is that Fr Corapi himself started the ball rolling by making various public statements over the past week.
It really is a strange story.

June 24, 2011 at 11:41 am
(2) Scott P. Richert says:

What’s interesting is that Fr Corapi himself started the ball rolling by making various public statements over the past week.

Yes. I wouldn’t have discussed this story at all if he had not done so. But the response to my article from some of Father Corapi’s supporters illustrates the dangers that line Father Corapi’s new path. Without necessarily intending to do so, he has, by his action, led some to distrust the Church or even to threaten to leave it.

June 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm
(3) soblessed says:

You may be correct here, but I’m not so sure. I think that it works both ways. A priest, by his good example, can be the catalyst that encourages a person to enter (or participate more fully in) the Church. A priest, by his poor example, can also be the catalyst that tempts an already
“fed-up” person to leave the Church. However, the decision that each person makes with respect to their involvement in the Church is, ultimately, their own. We have, by the grace of God, the free will to choose.

Ironically enough, Father Corapi has shown up on both sides of this coin in his priestly ministry.

June 24, 2011 at 11:19 am
(4) Clare says:

You may not have judged him in the light of the original accusations but you have judged his action in leaving his order. He has not left the Priesthood. I have no problem with people having their own views on Fr Corapi, but to put it in perspective, you should at least comment on the abuse of canon law that goes on in the handling of many of these cases – unfortunately apparantly including this one. Perhaps Fr Corapi may yet be a Saint Augustine, neither you nor I know that. I can’t speak for others but the only think about Fr Corapi that attracts me is that he has been a living, walking, speaking version of the CCC. it’s not some personal attraction to him, or personality cult, that causes people to follow him I think.

June 24, 2011 at 11:46 am
(5) Scott P. Richert says:

Clare, I’ve never suggested that Father Corapi’s followers belong to a “personality cult.” I understand quite well the devotion that people have to priests who have assisted them in their spiritual life–a have a similar devotion to priests who have helped me. I tried to make that clear in the article.

June 24, 2011 at 1:24 pm
(6) Tammy says:

Scott you imply things, then say “I never said that”. For example you are implying his followers are raising him to a divine status and praising him when we should be praising God. We’re not, you sound just like the Lutherns blaming the Catholics for praising Mary.

June 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm
(7) Tota Tua says:

Scott – i too have seen this cult of personality occur with more than just John Corapi. What people have to remember is that priests come and go. What is important is to keep one’s focus on Jesus, truly present, Body, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist.

My interactions with Corapi, left ME less than edified. Also I was particularly disturbed by the women who fawned over him and waxed enthusiastic (overly so for me) about him.

I DO NOT miss hearing him each night from my deaf next door neighbors TV.

June 24, 2011 at 11:45 am
(8) Joe Mott says:

Open a site to comments and ‘Wham!’, you get them. As for me regarding Fr. Corapi, I have not followed him to know him well. My comments are pointed to historical followers of Christ, Peter, in particular, who was Jesus’ right hand. He swore to never reject Christ. Yet, he denied him three times. Judas also was part of the inner-circle, and he too erred.
If we look closely, we can find our own selves in one of the apostles, Fr. Corapi, included. He must be careful not to become influenced by the adversary. Satan rejected God the Father and tempted Jesus Christ. Scripture states that ‘a way can look right to a man but it leads to death.’
Priests need our prayers. They are under constant attack.
Let’s pray Fr. Corapi is on the ‘right path.’

June 24, 2011 at 11:53 am
(9) Donal Mahoney says:

As I think I may have mentioned in an earlier comment, Corapi brought me back to the Church after a 40 year absence, I had spent 19 consecutive years in Roman Catholic schools prior to the Council without ever being tempted to be a priest. I left the Church for personal reasons and Corapi shot those full of holes. I would never leave the Church and I hope Corapi returns in some capacity. But after reading your initial comment I felt that you would please neither his devotees or those like me who thank him for all he has done and wish him well and in time hope that he returns to the Church. However, if I remember correctly my response to your tone, if not your content, is that you are not the right person to hold forth on Corapi on either side or in the middle. You do better talking about dogma and doctrine.

June 24, 2011 at 11:58 am
(10) Scott P. Richert says:

You do better talking about dogma and doctrine.

Thanks for the backhanded compliment, Donal. :)

My intention in discussing Father Corapi’s decision to abandon his priestly ministry is not to please anyone but to analyze the effects of his action. If anyone is looking to be pleased, rather than to attempt to understand, my writing is probably not for him or her.

June 24, 2011 at 7:08 pm
(11) Debbie says:

Mr Richert,
I am not in here to be pleased one way or the other by you. The reason so many are in here is because of the subject of the article.
I find you to be very unqualified to spend so much time on this particular subject because from your own admission, you have little knowledge of Fr.

I still find an undercurrent of judgment regarding Fr and those of us who have commented, although by the offense you caused from your previous blog, you have toned it down quite a bit, but the undercurrent of disrespect from you is still here.

I would rather hear a polite “I have not followed his ministry like some of you have, therefore I must respectfully refrain from remarking about this” or “I respectfully disagree your position” about our comments, and then move on. You are even more insulting by our words “we are followers of Fr”. What I mean by that is that I have listened to the Cathechism on EWTN and listened to him on Sat evenings or Mon at lunchtime and went to hear him speak. Period.

And if the word sheep insults you, sir, you are also one and a mere creature like the rest of us whether you like it or not. A little humility and perhaps someone knocking the legs off of your lofty pedastool might do you great good. At least you be forced to look up instead of looking down at everything.

You are deflecting your lack of knowledge as condescension and lack of respect for fellow Catholics. And I cannot express how offensive that really is, especially how you spoke to me.

If I had signed in AKA as a Bishop or Dr of Theology, you would not have been so rude and disrespectful to me. And I still may really be one. You don’t really know, now do you?

June 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm
(12) Sharon says:

Very well said Scott. God Bless you.

June 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm
(13) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Sharon.

June 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm
(14) Clare says:

Ok fair enough, you didn’t mention personality cults (many others did but I accept you didn’t). Do you believe the process for dealing with this situation is fair? Do you accept that frequently in the USA and other countries these matters are not handled according to Canon Law? And by the way, again, Fr Corapi has not left the priesthood. He has left his order and has stated that therefore he cannot function as an active Priest.

June 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm
(15) Mary M. says:

Fr. Corapi has by his own actions, caused the investigation to come to a screeching hault. Additionally, would it be possible to nullify the non disclosure agreement so that the witnesses may speak? You say he has not left the priesthood but how is he to function as a priest with suspended faculties? He has left the priesthood if he has no faculties as a priest.

June 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm
(16) Jean says:

@Mary M. – Yes, Father Corapi may release all of his employees from their NDA’s if he chooses. He is the employer. As the only party to the agreement, he can throw the signed NDA’s in the shredder and give them a release that tells them they are not bound by this agreement from the time of their signing of it.

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

would it be possible to nullify the non disclosure agreement so that the witnesses may speak?

Mary, it is possible not only for Father Corapi to release the witnesses from their NDAs altogether, but also for him to release them from the NDAs only for the purpose of this investigation. In other words, the NDAs could remain in force but not be binding for the purposes of this investigation.

June 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm
(18) Jean says:

Father Corapi cannot function as a priest in public because he is on administrative leave, ordered by his SOLT superior in response to a request from the Bishop of Corpus Christi, TX, where his order, the SOLT, is based. He has not been released from his perpetual vows to the SOLT. I don’t think they have even started the process to release him from his vows, hoping he will change his mind. He needs our prayers.

June 24, 2011 at 11:28 pm
(19) Scott P. Richert says:

I don’t think they have even started the process to release him from his vows

Unless something has changed since Monday, I believe you are correct, Jean. After SOLT received Father Corapi’s request to be dispensed from his priestly ministry, they asked him to confirm that that is indeed what he wants to do. Canon law requires a priest’s superior or bishop to get that confirmation before proceeding.

June 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm
(20) Scott P. Richert says:

Clare, to be honest, I think that “fairness” has little to do with the process. Doctors, teachers, lawyers, policemen, and other professionals are usually also suspended when sufficiently grave allegations against them are being investigated. Is there some better way to handle it? I don’t know.

What I do know is that those who say that the process is unfair are all convinced of Father Corapi’s innocence. It’s quite possible that the bishop of Corpus Christi and Father Corapi’s superiors in SOLT are, too. But the bishop and Father Corapi’s superiors cannot therefore dispense with the procedures that the Church sets out for them.

June 25, 2011 at 6:59 am
(21) Henry Patrick says:

“What I do know is that those who say that the process is unfair are all convinced of Father Corapi’s innocence.”

How do you know that?

June 26, 2011 at 11:19 pm
(22) Patrick Sweeney says:

If the investigative process as described by Corapi is accurate, it is fair: giving each side an equal opportunity to present evidence, examine the evidence presented by the other side, (discovery, depositions, etc.) After 3 months, there was not even a finding that the accusation was credible. I don’t think Corapi took issue with the initial suspension, but with the process that appears to have been created from scratch to deal with allegations of consensual sex between adults and a priest and allegations of drug use. He said it was unfair and I agree with him. I have been looking someone to claim that either Corapi’s description was wrong, or that it is correct but nonetheless fair. And yes, I know that the Bishop Mulvey has a great deal of latitude in making up the rules of engagement here, but as Catholics we are free to comment on their fairness.

June 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm
(23) Jenny says:

Scott, I’m not convinced of Fr. Corapi’s innocence one way or the other, I probably lean more to believing he’s guilty. I will tell you though I find it a very sad day in the Church when a priest’s reputation is so readily tarnished in public over allegations of mortal sin. Why don’t we just begin investigating every priest who may have potentially sinned mortally? It’s absurd and I’m ashamed of the procedures the Church uses at the present time. More common sense is desperately needed in some members of the hierarchy. It is immoral to unnecessarily tarnish someone’s reputation. This matter should have been kept private. I truly find it unbelievable.

June 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm
(24) Father Daniel says:

My church, which is not Roman Catholic but part of Orthodoxy, held its Synod last month. Our outgoing patriarch reminded us all that while he was leaving the administrative work behind, he remained a priest and a bishop, once a priest always a priest.

I was given the same instruction at my own ordination.

As to John Corapi, I know nothing of the case beyond press reports and beyond having watched him and learned from him on EWTN.

But if he wants to quit, he can’t. He’s a priest forever.

June 24, 2011 at 12:09 pm
(25) Jean says:

Scott, I think many people, including myself, love Father Corapi. Although I am not one who took issue with your article, because I think it was well balanced, I think those who took issue with your characterization of them as “sheep” had a point. This article seems to expound on the sheep theme again. I think it is unfair.

These people who are defending Fr. Corapi deserve our respect, which is why, though I normally don’t even read blogs much less respond to them, I have spent the last three days patiently responding to their pain on only your blog. I selected your blog because you were the most open and able and willing to see both sides. I think you have not disappointed me. You have let those who disagreed with you have their say and you have respected them and allowed me to do the same. You have also taken a tremendous amount of time to help everyone sort the fact from the fiction. Father Corapi’s statements since March have been garbled and contradictory. In order to help him, we must stay within the realm of reason and truth and call him to the same.

I think with today’s post, however, you do Father’s angry loyal supporters a disservice. They are not sheep. Most will not leave the Church. They are angry with Father Corapi’s superiors and they are angry because he is in so much unnecessary pain.

They know he is not Christ himself. They know that justice and love demand that at this time, when he is in so much pain and feeling so unloved, they owe him their love, respect and loyalty.

There is nothing wrong with that. Father Corapi’s last two audio posts clearly express that he does not feel loved by his own Church and by his current superiors. What should our response be?

I think our response should be to assure him that we love him and to do everything in our power to restore him to active priesthood. I hope Father Corapi is back on the air and functioning as a priest in good standing by tomorrow.

June 24, 2011 at 11:07 pm
(26) Scott P. Richert says:

I think those who took issue with your characterization of them as ‘sheep’ had a point. This article seems to expound on the sheep theme again. I think it is unfair.

Jean, I’m puzzled. I have one reference to “sheep” in the first article. Here it is:

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.”

Clearly, I used “sheep” there in the sense that Father Corapi refers to himself as the “sheep dog.” And that is, of course, the sense in which Christ used the word–”I know my sheep, and mine know me.” Surely you’re not objecting to me using biblical and traditional language to refer to Christian believers?

Beyond that, today’s article has no reference to “sheep”; the word only appears when I mention the moniker that Father Corapi has chosen for himself. Thus, I don’t understand this statement:

I think with today’s post, however, you do Father’s angry loyal supporters a disservice. They are not sheep.

You write, “Most will not leave the Church.” I hope and pray that is true. But I never said that most or even some would. What I said was that some have said in the comments on my earlier piece that they are considering doing so. That’s true. And it makes my heart ache.

I appreciate the time you’ve spent on these comment threads, responding to me and to others. But please, Jean, I hope that you won’t read things into my posts that aren’t there, especially since you have been so very balanced throughout the course of this discussion.

June 25, 2011 at 11:49 am
(27) Debbie 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.”

Mr. Richert;
You are directly stating that Catholics who listened to Fr Corapi “are sheep”.

You have rash judged and falsely accused us, as well as accused us as “idolators” as not belonging to Jesus and the Catholic Church but as defectors to a priest. You are also calling us heretics and schismatics and your own words are lies.

And I have listened to Fr’s words himself. He never said “telling his sheep that they do not need shepherds, only a “Black Sheep Dog.” You are flat out lying and false accusing everything around you. Yes, I am directly calling you out because you are a liar. Just to try to put some weight into your empty statements. You are as bad as the “accuser” selling the Rosary for $5000 and throwing the Church and specifically named people under the bus and using a website to do it.

Lies!! I hope your Bishop is reading your comments and you get put on indefinite administrative leave.

June 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm
(28) Jean says:

Scott, I know you didn’t use the word sheep. I wrote that you were expounding on the sheep theme. You were, as you point out, careful to avoid that word, but I think the words you did choose went even further toward dismissing these people as behaving like sheep.

You start by acknowledging the “levelheaded and respectful” commenters. Then you go on to the others who are not in this group. Hmmm. What is the opposite of levelheaded and respectful? If you do a search on antonyms for levelheaded you will find “unreasonable, headless, mindless, irrational, etc.” That’s what we think of when we think of sheep. Likewise, the opposite of respectful is disrespectful. You are careful not to use those words, but we know what you meant to imply by deliberately not putting these folks in the levelheaded and respectful grouping.

Next, you make the comment: “While I think these commenters’ devotion to Fr. Corapi has lead them to misread both my article and my intentions” . This statement clearly states that these people, who you have already pointed out are not in the levelheaded group, are also not completely in control of their ability to read. They “misread”. And you know why they misread. Because they are devoted to Fr. Corapi. Really? You know what it is that makes people misread? All of them? I misread things all of the time, mostly because I am reading too fast and not paying attention to what I am reading. Or maybe it is because I only read what fits my world view. But you claim to know that these people misread because they are devoted to Fr. Corapi, which makes them unable to read properly. Sounds like mindless sheep to me, suffering from some kind of mental illness brought on by devotion to Fr. Corapi.

Although some go too far in attributing motives to you and second-guessing what you really think, in the same way you go too far in characterizing them in this way. It is desrespectful and untrue on both sides.

June 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm
(29) Jean says:

One more thing on the topic of shepherds. You wrote:”they no longer trust the bishops God has given them as shepherds of their souls”. We are called to respect and to OBEY our bishops. We are not required to trust them or even agree with them. We can appeal to the Pope. They are humans. We trust God. We trust Jesus. Bishops make mistakes. There is a long history of that. When Napoleon vowed to destroy the Church the comment was made by Cardinal Consalvi, “He will never succeed. We have not managed to do it ourselves.” He didn’t. Some who obey their bishops die at their hands. They don’t live to see the good outcomes. St. Joan of Arc was one of these. She wasn’t required to trust or agree with the bishop who murdered her. Even our bishops have to be kept in their proper perspective and role in our minds.

June 26, 2011 at 11:03 pm
(30) Scott P. Richert says:

Jean, you’re misrepresenting what I wrote. You write:

You start by acknowledging the “levelheaded and respectful” commenters. Then you go on to the others who are not in this group.

But I wrote:

Most of the comments, even from readers who disagreed with my analysis, have been both levelheaded and respectful, and I would like to thank all who took part in the discussion for their restraint.

A significant minority of commenters, however, insisted that I had “judged” Father Corapi and “found him guilty,” despite the fact that I made it clear that I am in no position to judge the allegations leveled against him.

The second line neither says nor implies that the “significant minority” is “not in this group.” The fact is that a significant minority of commenters, even among those who offered levelheaded and respectful comments, did insist that I had judged Father Corapi and found him guilty. These weren’t two entirely separate groups, but overlapping ones.

Next, you say that my remarks about commenters misreading my article and my intentions imply that they are “not completely in control of their ability to read.” But what I wrote, quoted in full, is:

While I think that those commenters’ devotion to Father Corapi has led them to misread both my article and my intentions, I can understand and even appreciate that devotion.

I then went on to explain that I have similar devotion to other priests, though not to Father Corapi. In other words, anything I’m saying about these commenters I’m also saying about myself.

Finally, even though I have explained that my one use of the word “sheep” was in the sense that Christ used it, and not in a derogatory sense, you come back and write, “Sounds like mindless sheep to me . . . ”

If we have reached the point where good and faithful Catholics take offense at language that is not only biblical but came from Christ Himself, then we have greater problems than this situation surrounding Father Corapi. I’d hate to think that I can no longer work biblical allusions into articles for fear that they will be misunderstood and offered up as evidence of my malice.

June 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm
(31) Steve Stillwell says:

Hi Scott,
Thank you for your level-headed analysis of this painful situation. You have brought dignity and rationality to this discourse and that speaks well of Catholicism; indeed one of the reasons why I became a Catholic is because they not only seemed to have more, but by and large also had a dignity and circumspect lacking in most protestants.
Having said that I have to agree with Clare. Fr. Corapi was the first priest I encountered on television and assisted in keeping me faithful with his discourses.
I’ve watched the discussions on this website, your facebook account and read Fr. Corapi’s open letters on Black Sheep Dog. The Catholic Church in America enjoys the legal sanction and protections in this country because of American Jurisprudence. And as a priest who is an American citizen, Fr. Corapi is absolutely entitled to those protections and privileges guaranteed by our Judicial system. He absolutely has the right to face his accusers, to know who they are and to see what evidence, if any, they have. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty, period, end of discussion.
I want to emphasize that I am not saying there is an “American Catholic Church;” of course there is no such thing. But regardless if he’s a priest or not, as an American citizen, he is ENTITLED to those rights, and until I hear from the Vatican that Catholics in America are released from loyalty due their country, then that is how this must play out. I repeat, he is INNOCENT of any and all charges according to the laws of this country and that is what takes precedence here.
Thank you for reading and keep up the good work. God Bless You and Yours, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, best always steve

June 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm
(32) Jean says:

Father Corapi does not want to face his accusers and hear what they have to say. If you read his statements regarding the legal actions he is taking, he wants to silence them under a “Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA)” that he made them sign when they came to work for his company. He knows his accusers. Some priests don’t, but Father Corapi does. His superiors sent him the letter from his accuser back in February. So he also knows the allegations. He wants this letter and all other allegations and witness accounts to fall under the NDA’s so that those who have made allegations will be punished and those who are potential witnesses for or against will be silenced. The investigation cannot proceed because the witnesses who are other employees are all under NDA’s and under the threat of legal action from Fr. Corapi if they cooperate with the investigation and they speak about what goes on in his company.

NDA’s are a recent phenomenon in American business and are often used to remove employee’s rights to due process and to hide inappropriate business practices from public view. The legitimate use of an NDA is to protect trade secrets and client confidentiality. What trade secrets does Fr. Corapi have? What clients? The Church, including his SOLT order, according to their public statements on the SOLT site, refuse to accept this method of silencing witnesses and has asked Fr. Corapi to release his employees from the NDA’s. He has refused and is taking legal action. He has the civil right to do so. I don’t think he has the moral right.

June 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm
(33) Darby says:

All of this is a joke, of course. He already has sued his accuser, called her and her husband alcoholics in public, and shut down the only process that could clear his name. Why shut down the process? Are you dupes putting two and two together yet?

Well, then, he’ll tell you the whole sordid tale in his next book for only 29.95! Available wherever books for chumps are sold!

June 24, 2011 at 11:56 pm
(34) Scott P. Richert says:

Darby, if you do not restrain yourself, I will ban you from the comments. No matter what you may think of Father Corapi, I won’t let you use this forum to call those who are devoted to him chumps and dupes.

June 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm
(35) Deborah says:

While Corapi is entitled to the civil rights enjoyed by all US citizens, I would think God’s laws exercised through the Church would take priority. In my opinion, Corapi, has chosen to focus on the worldly issues rather than eternal ones.

June 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm
(36) Scott P. Richert says:

And as a priest who is an American citizen, Fr. Corapi is absolutely entitled to those protections and privileges guaranteed by our Judicial system. He absolutely has the right to face his accusers, to know who they are and to see what evidence, if any, they have. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty, period, end of discussion.

And all of that, Steve, is true under canon law as well. What most people in this discussion are missing is that Father Corapi has not been on trial. If you want to compare it to the secular courts in the United States, the proper comparison for what has occurred so far is not to a criminal trial but to a grand-jury hearing. Grand juries are empaneled to examine the initial evidence in a case and to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed with a trial.

That’s what the Church panel that has been examining Father Corapi’s case has been doing. And again, because most people mistakenly think that he has been on trial, they don’t understand that the panel might well have decided that the allegations did not warrant a canonical trial. In that case, Father Corapi would have been restored to his priestly ministry.

But we’ll never know now, because by his decision to abandon his priestly ministry, Father Corapi brought the process to a halt.

Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for your comment.

June 26, 2011 at 11:27 am
(37) Steve S says:

Hi Scott,
Thank you for responding. I think it helps to have a moderator who is willing to examine the difficult issues and enforce some discipline in those discussions. That’s what makes us different from the rest. Just FYI for the discussion, as far as what I can make out, the issue regarding the Non-disclosure agreement seems to revolve around the book he is now publishing and the website. Apparently the his accuser tried to make some money from claiming the website was hers, or something along those lines. Domain names are extremely expensive and can make a huge difference to a business. Domains are $185,000 a piece from the regulatory agency that oversees this.
Keep up the great work with your site! I do read the other articles and you’ve always been tremendously helpful to me in the past.
And as regards the Fr. Corapi thing, well, the best that can finally be said is “that this too will pass.”
Thanks again for responding; you make us all look good.
best always steve

June 24, 2011 at 11:45 pm
(38) Lindie says:

Steve, I like your post and thought I would comment on it. Yes, Fr. Corapi is an American citizen and as such is entitle to protection under the civil law. As a powerful speaker about the ways of his Master, Jesus Christ, the most powerful thing Jesus did on earth was submit with total obedience and humility to his father. Fr. Corapi is caught between two worlds. That is his dilemma. The civil world or the spiritual world. He appears to be taking the civil world and abandoning the spiritual. Did not Jesus also uttered the words, “Father, why have you abandoned me.” AS an ordained priest, he must submit to authority and place all his trust on God. God always appears to take his servants through trials that appear impossible to survive but survive they do. Its to show his creation that he is in charge and nothing is impossible for him. My prayers and love continue for Father Corapi.

June 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm
(39) dorothy says:

I guess if so many comments found your article judgmental then it quite likely WAS!! I found it to be so!! Furthermore if you have NOT listened to enough of him to know his “preaching” well to know if he would be able to touch your life then I DO NOT THINK you should have written an article regarding him. Obviously, your Tuesday’s article was NOT received as you intended by the MANY Orthodox, Catholic souls & hearts whom Father Corapi’s preaching & topics have touched. “Judge not less you be judged”!! Dorothy

June 24, 2011 at 1:16 pm
(40) Car says:

Regarding “Judge not lest ye be judged”… refers to the judgment of souls, which only our Lord can do. Rather, we are required to judge the behavior and actions of an individual. Granted, we don’t know ALL the facts in this case, so one must tread carefully.

June 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm
(41) Tom says:

Dorothy, stop judging Scott.

And, if a lot of people do something, that makes it right? Like, say abortion, contraception and divorce are just fine because so many defend them?

June 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm
(42) Scott P. Richert says:

Dorothy, when you write, “I DO NOT THINK you should have written an article regarding him,” are you judging? And if not, why do you accuse me of judging?

June 24, 2011 at 12:54 pm
(43) Charles says:

I am a Fr John Corapi fan. He was instrumental in my reversion to the Catholic Church, and for that I am eternally grateful.
I do not care if the accusations against him are true or false; that is meaningless.
And, I should not be so happy to see some of the leaders of the Church get slapped around a bit, but some of the things they do are difficult to take.
Here is my trouble:
If, and I mean if, Corapi has been disobedient or unfaithful to the Church, his ordination and/or his order, then many of us who are nowhere near as strong, faithful and knowledgeable of the Faith, left to our own instincts, will be bolstered if not encouraged to disobey aspects of the Faith we deem oppressive.
The potential for scandal is huge.
I call upon Fr Corapi, if he would, to address this concern, especially if I have it wrong.

June 24, 2011 at 1:16 pm
(44) Tammy says:

Scott – I know you are doing your best but you just are not getting the point we are trying to make. You may not have intended on judging Father but you have with the words you’ve choosen. I agree no one should be leaving the church over this. Father isn’t. Anyone willing to do that doesn’t understand their faith very well, however I can’t committ to agreeing to the term ‘competent’ church authorites. If you haven’t already you should read Father’s comment he made yesterday on his website.

June 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm
(45) Scott P. Richert says:

Tammy, I did read Father Corapi’s comment from yesterday. To me, it seemed calmer and more considered than the previous two, which I thought was a very hopeful sign. Is there some element of it in particular that you’d like to draw my attention to?

June 24, 2011 at 1:28 pm
(46) Mary M. says:

I believe that Scott has assessed this situation very fairly.

I think emotions are high with any discussion of Fr. Corapi, because he really is someone who many of us looked up to. I am one of those people. My husband and I traveled to hear him speak. But, as things are now, I would not consider doing that again unless Father was cleared of any wrong doing and decided to join the SOLT commuity as he was invited to do. Unlike Charles, I very much care to know what the truth is instead of remaining in some sort of state of suspended animation.

Let’s also be realistic in our assessment. Fr. Corapi was the “instrument” used by God to reach us but all favors and graces come only from God; not from Fr. Corapi or any other priest or apologist. If we had a reversion or were drawn to the Catholic faith by listening to Fr. Corapi it was the Holy Spirit that drew us in. We can never, and should never, give any human being that kind of power!

Fr. Corapi has himself put obstacles in the way of any investigation continuing. If the investigation can’t continue, we have no conclusion. Unfortunately, we now have people in different “camps” and I would ask Fr. Corapi and the accuser for the good of all to do whatever is necessary to resolve this situation so that any speculation can end. I think we are entitled to know the truth. We are the body of Christ who supported him (and I don’t mean just financially). The truth will set us free and it’s time for the truth to come out!

June 24, 2011 at 11:40 pm
(47) Scott P. Richert says:

Unfortunately, we now have people in different “camps”

Indeed. Even Father Corapi has commented on this. He placed this on Twitter earlier today:

To quote a fan, “Please, please, resist the temptation to turn this circumstance into a dividing force among Catholics.” Pray! Pray! Pray!

All of us want what is best for the Church, best for Father Corapi, and best for his followers–which, by the way, should be the same thing for all three. To suggest otherwise is “to turn this circumstance into a dividing force among Catholics.”

June 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm
(48) Rita says:

Scott, one small comment, in reading your article and not being “judgemental” I could not help feeling deep in my heart that you are on the “negative” with Fr. Corapi.

June 24, 2011 at 11:42 pm
(49) Scott P. Richert says:

Rita, I disagree with Father Corapi’s decision to leave his priestly ministry. I believe that, like Padre Pio, a man he has often cited as one of his spiritual heros, he should have cooperated with the investigation and trusted God and his superiors. If that seems “negative,” then I plead guilty.

June 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm
(50) Jenny says:

Scott, I agree with you here. Excepting of course, I find it absurdly silly that anyone felt that there needed to be an investigation in the first place.

June 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm
(51) connie says:

I would like to say that I have lived my life with the help, not
only by our priests but many other people who The Blessed
Trinity has been kind enough to send my way. No one, can safe us but our self, in the way we life our lives in Christ.

June 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm
(52) Henry Patrick says:

Who steals my purse steals trash. Who robs me of my good name makes me poor indeed. You know who said that.
I think Fr. Corapi has correctly sized up the situation. Due to the much criticized procedure established by the bishops he is considered guilty until proven innocent by amateur “investigators” who, he had his own reasons to believe, would take their own sweet time in what is, in the first
place, an impossible task. So, if he remained under the bishops authority he would remain silenced on his own behalf and those who have been scandalized through the aforesaid
procedures.

I know of a parish music director who was fired because a parishoner who accused him of propositioning her son, who lives in another country, 25 years ago. Twenty five years of faithful service to hundreds of people of all ages notwithstanding. How can he prove himself innocent. A passed lie detector test was not acceptable. He can’t be hired by a Catholic parish anywhere in the country. Reputation shot.
Having learned where much of the responsibility lies for the extent of the homosexual sex abuse, there are more people to wonder about than Fr. Corapi.

June 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm
(53) Jean says:

This is a terrible story. What do you think you or the rest of the parish could have done, should have done? What did you do? It seems a case like this could have resulted in a lawsuit for libel and defamation of character. As I think about these cases, and I know there are many, even Sharia Law requires 3 witnesses. We could do better. We need to think about this.

June 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm
(54) Darby says:

When you find yourself looking to Shaira for better justice than canon law, you truly have a screw loose.

June 25, 2011 at 7:04 am
(55) Henry Patrick says:

The case was dismissed out of hand by the District Attourney but the diocese stood by the policy and the man is out in the cold. I think he is suing.

June 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm
(56) Patti Day says:

On the website of a group that helps accused priests, I read the accounts of priests who have no idea who has accused them or what has been said about them, have no financial support, have been dismissed from their parish, been thrown out of their housing, effectively causing them to be homeless, can’t find a job to support themselves, cannot hire an attorney and if they are able to, face years of trying to prove their innocence.

I thought that a priest would be supported by his diocese if he were a member with many years service, but that isn’t the case with many. These are priests who had only the finest records, never a problem, some over 60.

When I read these accounts, I had a new appreciation of the difficulties innocent priests face. I am sickened by those who have said that Father Corapi must be guilty because of his past, of which he has never made a secret. There seems to be a rush to a judgement of guilty by many in the Catholic press. I respect that Scott has reported the story rather than writing an opinion piece.

June 24, 2011 at 11:29 pm
(57) Salvy says:

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? The more I learn about this Father Corapi case the more I’m convinced of what a joke this is. The man is innocent! They suspend him on no real evidence–or real evidence to them are accusations brought on by a mystery character for God sake! No wonder Father is taking this to civil court. You have a bunch of Bishops–so called investigators–who are going to get down to the truth only God knows when–real Dick Tracy’s. I think even one good wise and experienced street cop could have sorted this out and figured out the truth in about one week or so just through questioning of the party’s involved. Oh yeah…all of a sudden Father Corapi is back taking drugs chasing women and smoking crack, and it all happened after he fired this drunken women. Give me la break.

June 25, 2011 at 12:06 am
(58) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Patti. And yes, the stories of falsely accused priests are heart-rending. No one yet knows how many priests were falsely accused in the wake of the 2001-2002 media frenzy over the clerical sexual abuse scandal. But too many plaintiffs’ attorneys, such as the infamous Jeffrey Anderson, do not care how many lives they ruin on their way to padding their bank accounts.

June 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm
(59) Kirt Higdon says:

I think Henry Patrick makes a good point and this to me is far more important than what ultimately happens to Father Corapi. I’ve heard Father Corapi lecture at a couple of conferences I attended and I’ve heard his conversion tape, but I’ve never bought any of his “product” and don’t have any psychological investment in him. But falsely or justly accused, he has at least the resources to defend himself, whether or not he is going about that in the right manner. Countless priests and lay ministers are simply crushed by a process that privileges anonymous accusations and assumes guilt.

At a workshop I attended, required by my diocese and I suspect by many others for anyone working with minors we were told that we should believe any accusation of abuse brought by a minor against anyone and tell the accuser we believe him or her. The explicit rationale for this is that children don’t lie about such things. Then and there I decided never to do any church related work with young people. I have no desire to be part of a lynch mob, either as one of the lynchers or the guy at the end of the rope. With anonymous adult accusers, it apparently works the same way as far as the Church is concerned. And in a he said/she said situation, it may be impossible to determine who is telling the truth, so the accused loses his job by suspension indefinitely and the accuser pays no penalty whatsoever.

June 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm
(60) Jean says:

So sad. Our young people need good role models. I work with the young and I have learned to be careful to leave the door open whenever I am with them and there are only a few people around, and I work in teams whenever possible. I no longer give rides to individuals. We meet at the Church and ride in groups. Please reconsider your decision, for the sake of the young, though I do share and understand your concerns.

Think of how much collateral damage Satan has done to all of the youth programs and holy priests. So many have grown weary in doing good because of the risk. We have a saying in government, “No good deed goes unpunished.” I think it is now becoming true in the Church. We have to fight back.

June 25, 2011 at 12:12 am
(61) Scott P. Richert says:

Kirt, I agree with much of what you wrote. But in this particular situation, if the accuser, whom Father Corapi knows, is everything he says she is, and if her allegations, which Father Corapi also knows, since SOLT sent him a copy of her letter, are as farfetched as he says they are, and if both current and former employees of Father Corapi know this woman as well as he says they do, then the wisest thing to do, it seems to me, would have been to release those employees from their NDAs for the purposes of aiding this investigation. Then the truth about this woman and her allegations would have been revealed to the investigating committee, and they might well have done the right thing.

But Father Corapi chose not to take that course, so we’ll never know what the committee would have decided.

June 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm
(62) Mike Bolognese says:

Sadly, some of the bishops have not always acted swiftly in protection of their younger sheep. But Christ will never leave us orphans and this mess of abuse and clericalism will abate and in the end the Immaculate Heart will triumph.

June 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm
(63) Karen says:

There was a tremendous wave of anti-clericalism after the Spanish Civil War. While Franco may have won the battle for the palace, the Cinque Brigada won the battle for the hearts and minds of many of the Spanish people. They feared a repitition of history. The clergy was largely pro-Franco and that engendered a long hate for everything clerical. The Church, if it moves too close to the government, endangers itself. If it becomes too obsessed with its own power, which is largely derivative, it becomes destructive. The people in the pews are the repository of the Holy Spirit. It is they who give it to the Church and not the other way around.

The Holy Spirit does not lie in the institutes. It does not lie in the religious and consecrated men and women. It resides in the families who pack the pew every weekend and don’t know how enormously powerful they are. Vocations have been wrecked by ill-considered actions by superiors. This may be one of those. I am not there to judge but I would be slow to heap fire on Corapi’s head.

June 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm
(64) Dub says:

I agree with your comments, Scott, and appreciate your objective assessment on the situation surrounding John Corapi (I will not call him “Father”, because it was he himself who gave that title up). John Corapi is not the center of the Universe or the center of the Catholic Church. The center of our Church and our lives as devoted Catholics is Jesus Christ. No person is more important. It is interesting that, in the several announcements John has made in the past couple of days, the name of Jesus is not heard coming from his mouth. Neither is the name of Our Lady, Corapi’s former “first” lady, whom in the past was always present in the background of his talks.
What I find most troubling about what Corapi has said in his announcements is that he seems to believe that it is better that he minister as “The Black Sheep Dog” rather than as a Catholic priest. Indeed, Corapi seems to think that he, rather than the Church (that he still claims to “love”), is the new guardian of the “Truth”. To me, he sounds suspiciously like the Serpent who spun a similar yarn in a garden long, long ago.
I can see how Corapi would be frustrated with the way his case was being handled; however, that does not mean it is acceptable for him to leave his order and the priesthood just so he can continue to preach. In his past talks, Corapi always stressed the neccesity of carrying, indeed, embracing, one’s cross in the name of Jesus. Now it seems he is down his cross, because it is simply too much for him to bear. A priest is supposed to act in the person of Christ, but his decision to leave active ministry as a priest tells me that this is not a man I should be following, or even listening to. John Corapi may be going by the name “Black Sheep Dog”, but to me, he is simply a “Lost Sheep”, one whom Christ must again bring back to the pack if he is to have any hope of salvation.

June 24, 2011 at 9:44 pm
(65) Chris says:

When I read Fr. Corapi’s letter I was deeply sadden and wished I could have a private conversation with him. I wanted to remind him about Padre Pio and how he was accused but he obeyed his superiors and eventually was cleared. I am sure I also heard somewhere we are not to defend ourselves against our accusers, like Christ had not defended himself when they accused him. I have always understood it to be this way. I have also always understood it instead that we are to pray for our accusers and God will take care of the rest. I wanted to ask Fr. Corapi if he could accept the possibility that God has called him to the cross to suffer with him. I also wanted to say you have allowed God to use you for the Kingdom of God and maybe now he wants to use you a little differently.

June 25, 2011 at 12:07 am
(66) Lindie says:

Dearest Chris, a better simple explanation of “redemptive suffering” I had not read until I saw your post. Thank You.

June 25, 2011 at 12:25 am
(67) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Chris, for a very insightful comment.

June 25, 2011 at 9:03 am
(68) Kirt Higdon says:

Christians are NOT under an obligation to refrain from defending themselves against accusers. St. Paul vigorously demanded the right to a fair trial facing his accusers and even successfully demanded a change of venue (“I appeal to Caesar”) in order to avoid a kangaroo court.

June 25, 2011 at 12:18 am
(69) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Dub.

June 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm
(70) Cheri says:

Thank you Scott for your article. I heard someone say this recently that this whole Fr. Corapi has drawn us away from God and put the light somewhere else. How true!

I belong to a parish in which the priest had gotten in trouble and was thus removed. When it happened, two things came to mind. One is we are all sinners so I am the last person to say anything of what he did. Second the priest is not who makes up the parish, it is the community and the Holy Trinity who does. When someone like Corapi has no problem walking away from the sacraments and making a big to do about his leaving, that is more human nature and nothing to do with God. I now look at this whole situation in which Catholics are divided, supporters and non-supporters, and are now taking time to fight amoungst ourselves about what a man, and he is just a man, has decided to do. This is the devil working on both Corapi and on Catholics alike. If people are so willing to leave the true Church behind because of what happened with Corapi then I am not sure if they understood what the Church is about. It is not about the priest, it is about the Holy Trinity, the Eucharist, the Sacraments, the Graces!

June 25, 2011 at 12:19 am
(71) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Cheri, for your kind words and insightful comment.

June 25, 2011 at 2:10 am
(72) Chris says:

Thank you Sherri for focusing on what the Church is about. Yes we need to remember that Satan is working on Fr. Corapi and that we should all be praying for him. I like to think of the scene close to the end of the movie, in the “Lord of The Rings”, when Frodo was unable to fight the temptation of the power of the ring alone and Sam realizes what is happening and he reaches out to rescue him! When the ring has finally been destroyed the rest of the group who were fighting in the battle watch the evil begin to disappears. They realize that Frodo must have made it and destroyed the ring. However, Frodo made it only because of the support he was given along the way but he was chosen to walk that walk while the rest were meant to do what they were called to do. We are all on the same side. We can all agree Fr. Corapi “wants” to do the right thing but maybe hindered by human weakness. Either way he has been asked to carry a cross. Let’s help him carry it with our prayers and sacrifices.

June 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm
(73) Karen says:

I agree with your comments, Cheri. It is the same in other faiths, too. It is not the individual priest/minister/rabbi/imam. It is the people who stand before such a person. That’s where God is. The clergy are their servants, not their masters.

June 27, 2011 at 10:38 am
(74) Nettie Rose says:

Keep walking in His light…on His trusted path of the Good News. Keep trusting in God, keep fighting the good fight.
Don’t be afraid to do His work — to be His voice and His hands.
We are His children. He is our heavenly Father who loves
us, who knows our hearts, who cares for us unceasingly!
Be inspired by His Amazing Grace.
Catholicism, the world’s largest faith community, was given to us from Jesus Christ Himself.
This Corapi roadbump is momentary and shall not hold people back from fully embracing the beauty of our Catholic faith in the Holy Trinity.
We are the Body of Christ…we work together as one body.
Let John Corapi go about the business of what he decides he needs to do to make his way. The rest of us need not judge, lest we be judged. God is the only One who is going to judge John Corapi. God alone knows what is in Corapi’s heart and mind.
Catholics need to get on with their divinely whispered missions in life. We need to embrace the essence of our authentic Catholic spirituality. Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom to think about what is good, what is righteous, what we are to be about this day to build up the church/the body of Christ.
Pray as you’ve always prayed. God will give you comfort and calm and peace in your heart. Believe in His power in your life. Listen to Him.

June 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm
(75) Dan says:

Scott,
I have been a diehard fan of Fr Corapi. I still have tickets in my drawer to see him Aug 6th, in Boston, though the money has since been refunded to me. I do not know if Fr Corapi is guilty or innocent (I tend to lean toward innocent myself.) However I do know one thing, I know what obedience is. The things that have gone on for the past week or so with this BlackSheep whatever are just too much for me. I hold obedience and humility in high regard, and this Blacksheep thing just smells bad. Part of being Catholic is doing what you’re told. There is an almost exact correlation between people in the church doing what they want/what’s trendy the past 40 years and the dropping attendance and increase in scandals. By the way, I’m thirty years old, in case anyone is picturing a crotchety old man.

June 25, 2011 at 12:21 am
(76) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Dan. Yes, obedience is underrated these days. Many Catholics, of course, blame that on the clerical sexual abuse scandals, but individualism infected Catholics in America long before that. Simply look at the very public disobedience to Church teaching on contraception, abortion, and divorce.

June 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm
(77) Chris says:

This just reminds me of what happened with Martin Luther?

June 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm
(78) Bill Foley says:

from Bill Foley

In regard to the Fr. Corapi situation, I would like to offer some historical facts regarding bishops so that the faithful Catholics that read this blog will keep their spiritual balance and understand that the actions or lack of action by bishops and/or priests will not affect their salvation. One is responsible only for oneself, and one should not commit spiritual suicide—leaving the Catholic Church—because of an episcopal and/or priestly scandal.

Pinchas Lapide, an Israeli diplomat, wrote Three Popes and The Jews, a book that gives detailed proof that Pope Pius XII was responsible for saving approximately 860,000 members of the Jewish race. Page 239 of this monograph reveals the following episcopal misdeeds.

“Monsignor Groeber, the Archbishop of Freiburg, not only joined the Nazi Elite Corps of the SS in 1933 as a ‘promotive member,’ but in letter dated June 7, 1946, tried to justify his flagrant self-identification with Hitler’s regime to the International Tribunal of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial.”

“In June 1936 Bishop Berning of Osnabrueck visited a number of concentration camps and reminded the inmates ‘of the duty of obedience and fidelity towards people and state, that was demanded by their religious faith.’ In a talk to the guards the Archbishop was reported in the press ‘to have praised their work in the camp and to have ended his visit with three ‘Siegheil!’ for Fuehrer and fatherland.”

“When on October 1, 1938, German troops marched into the Sudetenland, the German Catholic Bishops’ Conference sent a telegram of appreciation to Hitler, ‘respectfully to tender congratulations and thanks, and to order a festive peal of bells on Sunday.’”

June 25, 2011 at 2:01 am
(79) carol says:

It sounds as if Father Corapi (and he is still a priest) was accused unjustly and that there are problems with the investigation process within the Church.

I have understood this is a fact that is well documented in previous cases.

Since the “scandals” the pendulum seems to have swung far away from innocent until proven guilty and many good priests have had their lives and reputations destroyed.

Perhaps the legal position Fr. Corapi has taken will serve him better and it appears to have been recommended by his superiors.

Perhaps, too, the Church could bend themselves over backwards to protect their priests. They are vulnerable to any nut out there now.

Anyway, the truth will come out and maybe this is all a lesson in humility for Father. We need to pray for him and all of our priests.

June 25, 2011 at 2:33 am
(80) Salvy says:

Amen, Carol.

June 25, 2011 at 8:35 am
(81) Scott P. Richert says:

Perhaps the legal position Fr. Corapi has taken will serve him better and it appears to have been recommended by his superiors.

There seems to be some question about that. Father Corapi has said that this is so; the statement released by SOLT, however, about Father Corapi’s desire to abandon his priestly ministry indicates that they urged him to cooperate with the investigation and, in particular, to release his employees and ex-employees from their NDAs so that the investigation can proceed.

The two statements seem at odds.

June 25, 2011 at 8:52 am
(82) Jeanette says:

About the comment that some may leave the Catholic Church. If that’s the case, than I would tend to think that this is more a comment on those individuals’ lack of maturity in the faith. Perhaps they were just looking for the opportunity to leave. Their choice, their decision, nobody’s fault. We’re responsible for our own decisions in life.

June 25, 2011 at 9:52 am
(83) Lawrence Greco says:

I don’t know what he has said but according to some of the people who have attacked him I am forced to side with him. I question your statement about the Bishops being given to us by God. Some yes or even many, but I suggest you study the history of the Church from 1962 on. You will see that Satan has given us a number too. “The smoke of the devil has gotten into the Church through a crack in the wall”. It is these people, more than Obama, who are doing great harm to the Church. Thanks, Grumps

June 25, 2011 at 10:44 am
(84) Michele says:

It always concerns me when Catholics talk about leaving the church because of a Priest, or Bishop.

The Catholic is led by the Holy Spirit. If we remember that, than those humans that disappoint can be put into a better prospective.

Satan is busy at work, trying to destroy all those bringing souls to God. But God’s church, not a priest’s church, or a bishop’s church will not be put asunder. If faith is shaken, it needs to be redirected to the God who made heaven and earth not in man.

June 25, 2011 at 11:45 am
(85) Carol says:

Scott, You have spoken the truth and I agree !

June 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm
(86) kentuckyliz says:

The Dallas Charter is totally unfair to priests under accusation. I would not encourage any man to be a priest nowadays. Too many people looking for a payoff and willing to make false allegations to get it; and a bishop and a church that won’t treat him with due process that any other citizen would be legally entitled to.

You are mistaken to say Fr. Corapi has left the priesthood or the Church–he has done neither. Holy Orders is an indelible mark. His faculties (to administer the sacraments) have been suspended, so he is continuing to use his preaching and teaching gifts in support of the Church, without administering sacraments. He hasn’t gone the way of Albert Cutie.

I admire him for finding the opportunities for continued ministry within obedience to the suspension of faculties and in obedience to his legitimate superiors. I hope his effort succeeds, because it could show the way for other falsely accused priests, that is better than silence, depression, stifling the Spirit, and sometimes even suicide.

June 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm
(87) mike hill says:

This is indeed a very sad case. Unlike the author, I have heard Fr. Corapi in person; I have several of his videos, and I have certainly listened to him on EWTN. I despise the thought Fr. Corapi could be guilty of what he is accused, but the thought is not inconceivable: He is, after all, accused of behaviour he himself admits to committing earlier in his life. I’ve never heard a more powerful orator proclaiming our need for God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. To my mind he is unsurpassed in making understood Glory of God.

However, some aspects of Fr. Corapi’s actions, since being accused, cause one to wonder why he has taken the path he has now chosen. It seems a first glance implausible that an innocent person would attempt to stifle every attempt to bring the matter into the light. It should be clear, though, that not understanding one’s motives does not alone convict that person of misdeeds.

Whatever the case, guilt or innocence, the Church has lost a powerful motivator and shepherd.

June 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm
(88) Jean says:

Well said. For the time being we seem to have lost him. I continue to pray for his restoration and return to ministry. I do not believe that the Blessed Mother will let him go so easily. Pray pray pray.

June 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm
(89) Erin says:

I feel if someone leaves the church of Father Corapi issue there faith was already on shaking ground. Its good to see other perspective on this issue. I have enjoyed listening to Father Corapi. The one I have gotten from him is to know your faith and keep it close to your heart. So when things like this happen with in the church your faith does remain strong. I pray for our church and everyone invovled in this. Thanks for your article!

June 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm
(90) Elastico says:

Don’t know if Corapi is guilty or innocent. I do know that Christ did not rely on the civil system to stop His Passion. He did not call upon the angels to cease the injustices He was suffering. Christ said little during His Passion. He was also silenced by death. But Christ put all of His faith in the Father. Based upon all of Corapi’s preaching over the years, I expected him to be willing to suffer like Christ. Corapi’s witness was extremely disappointing in this situation.

June 26, 2011 at 11:20 pm
(91) Gatomon41 says:

Indded, Jesus came to save humanity, He suffered so we can see his Truth and be saved. Indeed, many martyrs have done the same, through their pain have shown others the way to Christ.

But there is a difference in suffering for a cause, and conforming and doing nothing agianst an injustice.

Imagine an innocent man was accused of braking a law, and the laws where corrupt. There was no way a man could do anything. What should he do? Suffer in jail, go home, and let the problems contiune? No, he would do whatever he can do to change the problem.

Jesus died to save humanity, brining hope for humanity. His suffering was not in vain, since his suffering did something.

But when people sit back and let injustices occur, then that’s conformity.

But I can’t really say if this is the case of Father Corapi. I don’t know the details, and maybe never will. Maybe he should obey, or maybe he needed to take drastic measures. I can’t say. I can only pray for John Corapi.

June 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm
(92) Jenny says:

Very true Gatomon! Sometimes we have a moral obligation to speak up against injustice.

June 26, 2011 at 1:11 am
(93) Bill Russell says:

Dog (the artist formerly known as Father Corapi) is revealing himself as a self-serving, money-grubbing phony. He’s preached for years about the importance of the authority of the Church, about the need for obedience, and the value of redemptive suffering. Now, when he faces a trial himself, he abandons the principles he’s been espousing (and making a lot of money by doing so) and publicly criticizes the Bishops and the Church, rejects their authority, and is apparently breaking the sacred vows he took when he was ordained so he can be the “Black Sheep Dog” – whatever that’s supposed to mean. For Dog, apparently sacred, sacramental vows are only meant to be followed as long as they’re convenient. Is that what he’s going to teach his new flock (Dog’s Sheep?) about their marriage vows? He’s as phony as his claims to have been in the Special Forces in the military – it’s documented that he never had any association or training with the Special Forces. He lied about that to build himself up – and that’s what he, like every narcissist, is all about – himself. He doesn’t care about the people he’s misleading away from the Church. His new superhero name ought to be Wolf in Shepherd’s Clothing.

The discrepancies between his claims about his military service and the records are the most telling factor for me. Military service is something to be respected, to be honored. I cannot respect a man who would lie about his service. What will be interesting is how he addresses this issue in his upcoming autobiography. He’s on the radar among those who monitor such things, and there are new laws regarding such phony claims.

His Hollywood claims don’t pan out, either. My brother is a well-known DP, he says no one, but no one, has ever heard of this guy, not in the local real estate industry, not anywhere

Read more: http://technorati.com/lifestyle/article/father-john-corapi-becomes-black-sheep/#ixzz1QM5lCGZ7

June 26, 2011 at 9:19 am
(94) mike hill says:

You make many claims, but offer no evidence to support them. The one link you do provide goes to a short statement that is indifferent in nature. Also, you seem quite vindictive, and it causes one to wonder why.

However, I think most are in agreement that Fr. Corapi’s actions to cause a cessation of the investigation do not comport well with the image he has portrayed of himself. To those of us who found Fr. Corapi a gifted spiritual leader, this matter leaves a sickening feeling in our stomachs………. but I sense you take a great deal of glee in that thought.

I don’t dispute what you say because I have no evidence otherwise, just as you offer nothing compelling in support of your claims. But your methods of conveying your thoughts seem, to me, anyway, very spiteful, and not entirely honest. And, again, one has to wonder why.

June 26, 2011 at 11:17 pm
(95) Scott P. Richert says:

Mike, I believe that Bill is referring to this story, which you can find on Mark Shea’s blog: A gaping hole in Fr. Corapi’s story. I don’t know quite what to think of it; I looked at the copy of Father Corapi’s service record, and it does seem to contradict his account of his service. But what does that mean? I don’t know.

June 26, 2011 at 11:20 pm
(96) Scott P. Richert says:

Bill, I’m happy to host this discussion and to have people with all views on Father Corapi participate, but for the sake of civility, please tone down your language. If what you say about Father Corapi is correct, the truth will come out. In the meantime, we need, in dealing with one another, to foster truth in charity. Thank you.

June 26, 2011 at 2:48 am
(97) Patty says:

Although I have benefited greatly from Fr. Corapi’s preaching in terms of instruction of the faith, I too worry many of us are falling in love with the messenger rather than loving the message.

June 26, 2011 at 7:03 am
(98) Anne says:

Yes it is important that we attribute our conversions or our gifts of faith to God alone. We are only instruments, created by God. No man or woman in the Church no matter how wonderful or gifted they may be should be idolised. It is a very dangerous thing as these people can fall like the rest of us. Fr. John Corapi is a gifted preacher, he is going through a severe trial and he needs our prayers to help him to carry that Cross. There are many other Priests unknown to us because they are not in the public domain who equally suffer through slander or false allegations. We need to keep them in our prayers also. The Priesthood is a precious gift, we lose that, we lose the Eucharist. We continue to pray and hope for strength, humility, acceptance and love to shine through for Fr. John and all other Priests who suffer for the sake of the Truth and the Church. Jesus walked the way of the Cross, and all of the Saints of the Church after Him, we are asked to do the same.

June 26, 2011 at 7:15 am
(99) Mary42 says:

This comment, Scott, caught my attention.

“As a powerful speaker about the ways of his Master, Jesus Christ, the most powerful thing Jesus did on earth was submit with total obedience and humility to his father. Fr. Corapi is caught between two worlds. That is his dilemma. The civil world or the spiritual world. He appears to be taking the civil world and abandoning the spiritual. Did not Jesus also uttered the words, “Father, why have you abandoned me.” AS an ordained priest, he must submit to authority and place all his trust on God. God always appears to take his servants through trials that appear impossible to survive but survive they do. Its to show his creation that he is in charge and nothing is impossible for him.”

As a cradle Catholic, I would have expected John Copari to imitate the Saint he claimed he admired – Padre Pio and submitted himself to the Church Authorities. But he has chosen to abandon his Priesthood. We need to pray for our beloved One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.It is clear from the grave divisions he has already generated in the Church are leading to very dangerous repercussions. His innocence or otherwise no longer matters. Satan is on the Driver’s Seat and calling the shots now. Let us all go on our knees and pray.

June 26, 2011 at 9:39 am
(100) Stephan says:

I think there isn important point that has been missing in the discussion.
Fr Corapi realizd that he could not be treated justly, because bishops refuse to give priests proper due process. Listen to what Fr Corapi said: he can’t see the evidence against him or give a proper defense.
This type of response was exposed by the National Catholic Reporter years ago in an excellent expose entitled, “Dur Process for Priests is a Scam, Critics Say”.
Fr Corapi realized that the system is corrupt, that bishops do what they want, so he left.
Good for him.

June 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm
(101) Karen says:

I agree that bishops are responsible for the well-being of both the faithful and their servants, the clergy. We have seen all-too-often the consequences of abject failure and also the benefits of wonderful success. I won’t go into the two cases I have in mind but one of them excommunicated people just for joining Call To Action and the other covered up for pedophiles. I have had the great privilege of studying near and listening to the late Avery Dulles and of watching the example of John O’Connor. I know what is possible from the different examples I am offering. If ordinaries do not exert ordinary care, it can get ugly. If they are rigid and unjust, it can get uglier.

June 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm
(102) Jeanie says:

Scott, thank you for your objective and skilled handling of this news–and for reminding me (and other readers, I hope) to keep my gaze and my gratitude where it truly belongs. Heavenward. I, too, have been richly blessed with priests throughout my life who have helped me along my spiritual journey in so many ways–by example, non-example, through wisdom, caring. Praise be to God!

June 26, 2011 at 11:33 pm
(103) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Jeanie. I’m sure that you already do, but we should always remember to keep all of the priests who have played important roles in our lives in our prayers.

June 26, 2011 at 7:55 pm
(104) jojo says:

How can see Father’s Twitter comment from today that you mentioned? Does he update it regularly?

June 26, 2011 at 11:34 pm
(105) Scott P. Richert says:

JoJo, you can find Father Corapi’s Twitter feed here: http://twitter.com/#!/johncorapi

June 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm
(106) Gatomon41 says:

Today was a black letter day for discovering when learning about Father Corapi’s announcmet. To say that I was unhappy would be an understatement. More like I wanted to punch a brick wall.

I doubt Father Corapi would have made dicission lightly. He is an ardent defender and sower of the faith. I can only imagie the reason why he would take a drastic step is because things have goe so badly.

I this wouldn’t be the first time. Certain Bishops seem more concerned with bereaucracy and image than defending our priests. Instead of doing any investigations, they hound out our best men and sweep the rest under the rug. They say there is a vocation crisis, yet we do nothing to defend or protect the Ministers of the Faith now. Who would want to be a Priest whe one accuastion could make someone guilty until proven innocent?

It’s a raw deal, ad I do’t like it one #^&@ bit.

I will stand by Father Corapi, util proven otherwise, I will assume he is innocent and his actions right.

But I will not leave the Catholic Church. I will not commit heresy, ad will remain forever faithful to God. It is the only light in this dark world.

I plead to my brothers and sisters also upset by these events not to take drastic steps. Be ever faithful to God and pray. Remember, the Bishops are merely men, and they make mistakes like any other person. We should remain faithful. One does not leave his nation because of a few poor decissionmakers. One does not leave the faith for the same reason.

June 26, 2011 at 11:34 pm
(107) Gatomon41 says:

Amend to the above,

I must applogize for the horrendous grammar. But I was in such a flurry of thought I hit the post button before reviewing it.

Also I meant: “I will stand by Father Corapi I will assume he is innocent and his actions justified, until proven otherwise.”
Sorry about the confusion, that was a mangled sentence :Sweatdrop:

I would also like give props to Scott for giving me reality check. He is right, as much as Corapi helped me understand the Faith, only God can save my soul.

June 26, 2011 at 11:38 pm
(108) Gatomon41 says:

Amend to admend to above:

The more I look into it, the stranger the Corapi situation gets. A part of me questions his actions. Reading the blogs and articles, I’m now wondering wow if Corapi did the right thing.

Now the only thing I can say for certainity is that we need to pray for Father Corapi.

June 26, 2011 at 11:37 pm
(109) Scott P. Richert says:

Thank you, Gatomon41, for your comment. You have adopted exactly the right attitude: “Be ever faithful to God and pray.”

June 27, 2011 at 12:42 am
(110) Salvy says:

Here’s what I would do with these investigations, which I know will probably never happen because it all makes too much sense. You have law enforcement people in parishes, or just any good Catholic police, FBI , CIA who would I bet volunteer their time and not charge a dime–lots of guys like that are retired who could have the time. Put a call out for those guys to aid the church in this serious crisis. Yes, it is a crisis for the church these days and I’m sure a lot of them would gladly help. These pros will do the job much much faster and a thousand times better because they have the expertise and experience. Duh? Also, this would free up the Bishops time to work on all the other things that they need to do, and are qualified for. And, once somebody accuses a priest of any criminal activity, I would have a strict policy of telling these accusers that if you know in fact crimes are being committed by Father so- and- so, then you must first go down to the police department and file these serious charges against our priest, otherwise we can’t take any action. Then they’ll say “but why is that?” Then tell them that some of the priests get accused of things they’ve never done because people want to sue and get some easy money, or, maybe it’s just some nutcase who gets their jollies from causing trouble for the Catholic Church.So this way, if we find out that you’re making up false charges, we can throw your ass in jail instead of the innocent priest. Even if crime is not involved, still use these volunteer investigators–although in Father Corapi’s case he was accused of using illegal drugs, wasn’t he?

June 27, 2011 at 1:20 am
(111) Salvy says:

By the way, I just read about the controversy about Father Corapi’s military service and what he claims. He needs to come clean about that. So, maybe he needs to be investigated by the Military, thoroughly.

June 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm
(112) Gatomon41 says:

From what I can tell, the accustation is from a website which disputes this based on a partial record: http://www.pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies344.htm.

In fact, the issue was raised up about three years ago, and due to recent circumsances, has been brought up again.

However, the anyalsis by POWNetwork seems so full of holes as well as bias.

http://forums.catholic.com/showpost.php?p=3724212&postcount=64

The poster notes the errors in Bendell’s analysis.

June 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm
(113) Gatomon41 says:

From what I can tell, the accuastion began in 2008 came from a website called POW Network, which claims to expose “phoines”. However, what I can tell, their creditability is questionable. It can be seen in the article on Corapi, which is filled with holes and bias.

June 27, 2011 at 6:32 am
(114) Mary42 says:

Why does Fr. (sorry ex-Father) Corapi’s angry reaction and defiance to the Catholic Church and the Bishops remind me of one Archbishop Milingo of Zimbambwe?????? This was a very Charismatic Archbishop who has the Holy Spirit’s Gift of Healing. He became very famous and sought after for his success in his Healing Ministry. Along the way, he began to believe the power was his – to heal – and not the Holy Spirit’s. And that was the beginning of the fall for this very gifted Archbishop. Now he is the head of a Splinter Church called The Married Roman Catholic. Mr. Richert, do you see where I am leading to???

I have no idea why anyone was offended by your Post. It was very balance and you wrote nothing but the truth – and with utmost respect. That is why we love your Website. You are a true Servant of God.

June 27, 2011 at 10:14 am
(115) Salvy says:

Although, I think Father Corapi is still very probable innocent of those allegations, I think there’s way too much controversy surrounding his character, now. If he lied or embellished his time in the military then what else might he lied about of his overly dramatic past. He’s beginning to remind me of the cartoon character Commander McBragg.

June 27, 2011 at 11:10 am
(116) Nettie Rose says:

The challenges facing John Corapi right now fill many hearts with sadness and possible confusion.
This is the time for the Body of Christ to come together and get on with the great commission of meeting people where they are and bringing them to the place where God would like them to be.
As members of the holy, Catholic and apostolic church– the world’s largest faith community– let us bring our focus back to what is important in God’s eyes. Being more Christ-like is what will help us deal with the daily challenges we all face. Don’t judge anyone…that is God’s duty alone.
The unchanging truth of the Gospel is what we need to rely upon and emulate. God smiles when He sees His children lifting up one another and continually reaching out a hand of helping. Be compassionate and patient with your fellow believers. Let’s pray for calm and understanding and peace in our hearts. Let’s build up the Body of Christ and search for ways to work together and walk the path of Christ’s Light. Ask the Holy Spirit to make us all one in Christ Jesus. Believe in the power of your prayers to change the bad things in this world which try to fracture us, one from another, to keep us from doing God’s work.
Be fervent and joyful as you go about doing the Father’s work. Now let us get back to the task at hand, namely building each other up. Believe in yourself and in the goodness of others. Be supportive and judge ye not…lest ye be judged. God alone is the great Judge of our souls– He alone will decide. Pray for peace and calm and let’s get on with His great work now.

June 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm
(117) David Biessener says:

Scott, thank you for writing about Father Corapi, and keeping a lot of the significance of your writing on Jesus Christ and the Church. Also, thank you for engaging in dialog with us.

Many people have the opinion, possibly you as well, that Father Corapi is responsible for some of the faithful threatening to leave the church. My heart also aches for anyone that does so, however, I do not blame Father Corapi for anyone who does so. The fault lies first with the non-believer who first put too much emphasis on any sinner (Priest, Bishop, or otherwise) and not enough on the Great I Am. Secondly, in my opinion, the fault lies with the church process in the matter and those responsible for forming it and administering it, and, although I love Bishop Mulvey, I sincerely believe that he is mistaken in this matter, which does not diminish my love for or respect for Bishop M or any other Bishop. The laity does have a responsibility to make their voices heard when they, with a properly formed conscience, believe a Bishop to be in error on a serious matter. In this case, I myself feel not only compelled but obligated to contact the Apostolic Nuncio in DC, who is our liaison to the Vatican and the Pope on matters including when we believe a Bishop is in error. We are all called to pray for and support our Bishops, and to conform to obedience to the Church. Contacting the Apostolic Nuncio is one way in which we can have honest disagreements with a Bishop, voice our disagreements, and remain in obedience.

As for Father Corapi’s actions since he has been placed on Administrative Leave, I have not yet seen one statement from Church authorities that he is in disobedience, and my communications with supporters (whether they agree with his actions or not) of Father Corapi have yet to include one that is threatening to leave the church – I know they are out there, I just haven’t communicated with any of them and do not know who they are.

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June 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm
(118) David Biessener says:

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I am confident that through Father Corapi’s cross that he has been called to carry, many faithful have been and will continue to be catalyzed to help motivate and affect change to the current church process which leaves our priests as open targets for anybody, crazy or otherwise, that either has an agenda or is seeking some kind of illicit payday from the church. Ultimately, this will lead to more people brought into Holy Mother Church, more priests ordained, and prevent what I believe to be a brewing schism caused by so many innocent priests having their public ministry threatened, damaged and destroyed.

God Bless,

David

June 27, 2011 at 8:18 pm
(119) Lincoln says:

Scott,
I just wanted to throw my two cents in there. I am not a Catholic (yet), and I have watched EWTN as often as possible. I’ve enjoyed listening to Father Corapi quite a bit.
My comment is this: I’ve read a number of comments left for you and maybe I just don’t get it. Some of the folks seem to be knocking you for your comments. I don’t want to criticize them. I don’t think your articles were insulting at all. You are expressing an opinion. I always tell my students “This is my opinion, it doesn’t make it right or wrong, just makes it mine.”
I am excited by the aspect of joining the Church. I have contemplated it for many years and have done extensive studying of Catholicism. I enjoy your email. Keep it coming.
Lincoln <

June 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm
(120) Jenny says:

Awesome Lincoln! Join a good R.C.I.A. program in September and don’t worry, there is no pressure to join, it is completely up to you whenever you feel ready.

June 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm
(121) Pam says:

Fr. Corapi’s decision to leave his order and ministry makes him look guiltier than if he had the courage to stay and face his accusers as did Jesus Christ. If he had humbled himself and seen the process through, even if found “guilty” I believe more people would be sympathetic towards him and seen him modeling himself after Christ. But to turn tail and leave so that people would never know either way is not only cowardly, it makes him look much more guilty

June 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm
(122) maria Baker says:

Thank you, Scott, for stepping up and writing these articles. Your words are greatly needed and helpful. Thanks for working to keep our hearts directed toward the truth and love of Christ, the Church, and eternal life.

June 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm
(123) Katherine says:

Could someone tell me where the money goes from Fr. Carapi’s website? and one thing that I read regarding this concerned me a bit.

However, Father Gerard Sheehan, regional priest-servant of SOLT and Father Corapi’s religious superior in the U.S., was quoted as saying:
“We wanted him to come back to the community, and that would have meant leaving everything he has. It would have been a drastic change for him,”

As a priest, he has to do what he has to do, and if that means leaving what he knows, than so be it, God’s work comes first. The Apostles left everything to follow Jesus. Everything. jmho.

The whole thing makes me very very sad.

July 2, 2011 at 7:48 am
(124) phil/themajor says:

Scott, I think what merits you being said to have judged him guilty is that you claim he left the priesthood. He didn’t decide to leave it; he was just stating what is the case. He is suspended indefinately. I’m sure he would be happy to again function as a priest if he were ever to be allowed to, but he is not currently. Thus he is ministering the only way he can licitly minister: through non-priestly ways. He still loves the church and the priesthood–never forget this.

May the peace of Christ be with you.

July 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm
(125) Sandra Chapin says:

I couldn’t agree with you more,Scott.I feel sad and have felt sad since this whole issue with Father Corapi began months ago. I feel let down by his leaving.I will miss his homilies.I am a convert to the Catholic Church (2 yrs.+).I have faced ridicule from non-Catholics because of the priest child sex abuse scandal and now this.But I love my faith,my church,and the Holy Trinity.I will stay.I will pray.I will pray for all our priests and Holy Mother Church.It is what Christ called us to do…to pray for and help each other.

July 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm
(126) P. Kay says:

When Fr. Corapi was a favored speaker on EWTN, it was inspirational and motivating to listen to his words of wisdom.
In light of recent developments, I pray for Fr. Corapi. The Evil One is very busy in our modern world, and Satan attacks those who are beloved by God. Satan has attacked Fr. Corapi, and I pray that the Holy Spirit will inspire Fr. Corapi “to fight the good fight”! The “Hound of Heaven” will pursue Fr. Corapi until he is in God’s Holy Embrace. Amen

July 3, 2011 at 10:04 pm
(127) John says:

Father Corapi never left the Priesthood he was suspended and All the evidence seems to indicate that he is being railroaded.
Father Corapi is a very good Priest, and should be considered innocent till proven guilty. My objestion is the spinning that has gone on reminds one of the KGB tactics and also what many who have a great knowledge of Canon Law, see an abuse of authorty. Father Corapi was not accused of any CRIME, a woman a past employee accused him of sexual relations with her, after she was fired and arrested for breaking into his office and physically beating up another person she was arrested for this and The Bishop is not interested in police reports many long crazy phone messages left on answering machines. Well Father Corapi denies it infatically and there is no investigation going on. Father Corapis Canon Lawyers and also the Founder of SOLT Father Flannigan an extremely “respected” Bishop advised him to sue in a civil court. We are a country of laws The accuser has a criminal record and has already physically attacked someone who worked for Father Corapi, perhaps these people are dangerous.It would be irresponsible for him to allow to felons to run arround blackmailing and threatening people. He is not the only one who has been harrassed by the abuser, or so called accuser. He never quit the Priesthood, and I believe he should not go back to SOLT for obvious reasons. They are violating Canon Law Mother Theresa left her order. His Canon Lawyers made it clear that they will never lift his suspension. Spunds like a Human rights violation.

July 6, 2011 at 2:47 am
(128) Mundabor says:

The behaviour of the SOLT is clearly an issue. They can’t possibly discover today that he was living in a large house (or earning vast amounts of money, come to that), and it seems to me that they have failed in giving him proper care and to set in place elementary cautions and controls – which is very easy to do, and can be ordered “under obedience” – to avoid a former drug-addict to get in trouble again.

If anyone is interested, I have blogged on the matter several times, last one here: http://wp.me/pZTCi-1Tr

Mundabor

July 10, 2011 at 12:44 am
(129) Frank Russo says:

Father Corapi’s decision to leave the priesthood troubles me greatly. One of things that stood out about this man was his ability to place himself in the hands of the Blessed Mother. He knew, no matter what she would make things right. I would think in this matter, the same trust would be called for. He claims, the investigation is unfair, and they are out to get him. Perhaps this is so. But it that’s the case, who better to have on your side, than our Blessed Mother. What better thing to do than place yourself in Jesus’ hands, in who’s serve you are in. Prayer and more prayer are his weapons agains forces that might mean him harm. And then, no matter the outcome, it is God’s will, and he will discover God’s plan for him. But instead, he leaves the priesthood. He does not place himself in God’s hands, he makes the choice that HE thinks is right. It makes me wonder (i really hate to say this) if he truly does believe al lthat he has preached these years. If he is truly innocent (and I do hope he is) he is throwing away a great opportunity to practice what he preaches. He is throwing away the chance to totally rely on God. For years he has said, “Tell it to my Mother…. She wears combat boots.” What better shield could he have against the forces of evil. Is he truly better off going out on his own??

July 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm
(130) Alan says:

To all concerned, could I offer an Irish Blessing :

May the grace of Christ uphold you ;
May the Father’s love enfold you ;
May the Holy Spirit guide you with joy and peace ,
Now and to eternity.
Amen

July 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm
(131) Kathleen Androlewicz says:

I was an ardent follower of Father Corapi — especially his series on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, I think that people are confusing the messenger and the message. Father Corapi delivered the message powerfully, but he and the message are not the same. He is a human being and Satan can enter him as Satan entered Judas as he stood in the same room as Christ (from Blsd. Catherine Emerich account/book “The Dolores Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ”. The situation with Father Corapi (whether it did or did not happen and I’m not in a position to judge) is very sad and only points out how important it is to pray for our priests–the only ones on Earth or in Heaven that have been given the power of transubstantiation. The church and our priests are the target of attacks by Satan because Satan knows his time is short. It is spiritual warfare of the most evil nature. So pray, pray, pray. That is what I take from this situation. Pray for our priests, pray for our church and pray for all God’s people!

July 20, 2011 at 11:01 am
(132) Jack Peggs says:

If it were not so pernicious what you do to others whom you might influence, it is almost sweet how naive you are.

JP

July 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm
(133) mary johnson says:

I have just one other comment about Priests in general when they leave the Catholic Church. It is a sad and very awful thing to do; drastic to say the least. I don’t think Fr Corapi would have been forced to make that decision unless there is something there he would rather not deal with. Bowing out like this saved his face and saved the SOLT a lot of trouble perhaps. I don’t know. I am reminded of the Catholic priest who married myself and my husband back in 1971. This priest ultimately left the Priesthood too and never looked back. Of course, my husband and myself were and still are legally and lawfully married in the Catholic church because this man was a Roman Catholic Priest when he performed our ceremony. It doesn’t lessen our marriage or our vows. And this is the way we have to look at Fr Corapi’s leaving. It will not and should not lessen our faith in any way. Everyone deals with his own struggles and crises of faith their own way. We are free to accept Christ or to not accept Him. Not even God Himself would ever force us to be with Him. Thank you

August 1, 2011 at 8:27 am
(134) Alison Beil says:

What is just or fair about a judgement that is not publically shown to be based on facts beyond reasonable doubt? That is libelous and does not permit a legal right to defence and appeal! Corapi is right at least in contending that he is not dead yet! Is there a Canon law preventing Priests from owning some personal property? If a Priest’s last will and testament states that upon his death the Church is beneficiary of all his wealth, where-ever situate, for missions and charity, does that not fulfil a vow of poverty? A corporation is a legal entity. There does not appear to be a Canon law requiring all Priests to live in monasteries, clothed in rags until they die. So, unless there is undoubtable evidence of wrongdoing publicized Corapi has done no wrong in filing a counter-suit for defamation. If St. Joan of Arc had possessed any property and the same legal rights American women have today, she could have done the same. There is certainly profit motive apparent among those who could like to defame the Church and any of it’s employees. Other civil judgments have required millions of dollars be paid from the Church to victims, and much of the evidence could be false memory syndrome. Yet Police and elected and appointed officials who intentionally break the law, committing gross violence with Tasers, and public fraud are rarely held accountable! Apparently members of the Church and non-believers all benefitted when US Courts were grateful Corapi participated in legal whistle-blowing against an unethical heart-surgeon. The Church should not criticize the lifestyles of it’s members if it fails to use the sacrifices it receives, to teach the Gospel, preserve and promote the Sacraments and provide charity and mercy to the poor. Until I see factual evidence that Corapi has failed in that, I must deem him an unjustly persecuted Priest.

August 29, 2011 at 11:36 am
(135) a j amato says:

1st Let me say once a priest always a priest.

Fa Corapi is wrong if he did not accept any order from his superior. In doing so his conversations with his superior should be between both of them.
Meaning he should discuss the accusations and give his opinions to his superior and then let it at that.

On the other hand I think in this case the accusers obtain what they really wanted. By his Superior pulling him off of tv etc it is as if Father Corapi is being judge GUILTY without trial, instead of being innocent until proven guilty. This was not a case where he would be in personal contact with his accuser. From what I gather she lost her job and it looks like she blames the priest.

If this was a pedophile, or any other case, where the accuser would still be in contact with that I might understand their removal.

Also I do not care what the accusation is of any one they should be reported to the civil authorities and the accuse would have their day in court!

God Bless All

October 10, 2011 at 7:59 am
(136) Pamela Heppolette says:

I am a practising Roman Catholic and I reside in the United Kingdom. I was an avid viewer of Father Corapi’s Thursday morning lectures to his many thousand audiences. He spoke with conviction and belief in his Faith. I feel the accuser is possily a Woman Scorned and hence the malicious lies she has spread to all and sundry. I hope he will remain within the Catholic Church, even if not as a Priest. I feel really quite upset about these terrible allegations about a good human being. I wish the Bishops concerned with this dreadful lie would believe Father Corapi when he says he did not do what his accuser alleges, and apologise about their unchristianlike behaviour and accept him back as a very honourable Priest. Pam Heppolette

July 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm
(137) Jorge H. Rodriguez says:

“Black Sheep Dog” has no connotations of anger, resentment or whatever negatives are being implied by whomever. The nomenclature is very clear and simple! It follows the doctrine of Jesus Christ: the dog is here to save or search for the black or lost sheep…. the good or white sheep in the heard need not be sought! …the dog is NOT black, it is the sheep!……

March 9, 2013 at 2:29 am
(138) Denise says:

I don’t know if Fr. Corapi is guilty or innocent. I pray for him and the Church. I believe ALL priests need our prayers, each one is different. The priest who gave me First Communion, whom I admire and pray for, had left his ministry a few years later, struggling with another problem that is common. The Devil must make an extra effort to tempt and ensnare priests, as well as encourage their defamation in media that supports immorality and hates the Catholic Church FOR their devotion to Christ. I also pray that us lay people trust Jesus and refuse to lose their faith over ANY scandal, as GOD is in control.

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