Fr. Corapi updates: his case, and his order

The National Catholic Register has posted a couple good updates on the still-unfolding story of Fr. Corapi.

First, a round-up of the case, and what is known and what isn’t.

Secondly, an interview with a representative from Fr. Corapi’s order, The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT).

Both are worth a look.

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17 responses to “Fr. Corapi updates: his case, and his order”

  1. Wow.

    “In a recent public statement, the vice president of operations of Santa Cruz Media, Inc. described the for-profit production company as a “secular corporation and not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. As such, we are not under the jurisdiction of any bishop or other official in the Catholic Church.” Would you explain?”

    You would have to ask Santa Cruz Media what they mean by that.

    “What is the relationship between Santa Cruz Media and SOLT?”

    Santa Cruz Media remains completely independent of SOLT. We don’t receive any money, though Father Corapi has made personal donations to the community.

  2. How can a priest reside in a diocese, have a flourishing ministry, and not have faculties? I don’t understand.

  3. Interesting about S.O.L.T. — you know, when I read descriptions of how they were organized, and I thought that this just didn’t sound like a good way to organize religious life. I mean I understand religious who live a common community life, with accountability to each other and to their superiors. And diocesan priests who are accountable to their bishops — and in modern times circumstances have meant more and more diocesan priests live and work alone, which I don’t think is really healthy for them and their ministries. I don’t think it’s particularly healthy when religious women live and work alone, either, and the ones I know who do so work very hard to keep connected with their communities. This “Lone Ranger” arrangement that Fr. Corapi has doesn’t sound particularly healthy for him or for the Church, and the accumulated wisdom of 1500 years of Christian religious life is that it’s not the way to arrange things unless you have no other options.

    And apparently S.O.L.T. has been going through some growing pains, too.

    Now, according to our constitution, a different way of life has been established for members. All the money we make is turned over to the society, which gives us an allowance.

    We have begun to address the issues of members who joined the society before the new constitution. The society is moving to a more organized structural phase of its existence, with all the Church discipline that entails.

    You know, if these guys overreacted to a nutty accusation because they were looking for some excuse to reign in Fr. Corapi into some more traditional relationship to religious life, that is really unconscionable. But then, it was Fr. Corapi who publicized the accusations and the suspension — was he trying to enlist his fan base into taking his side in what should have been a private negotiation between him and the order?

  4. I find it interesting that a priest who is very vocal about church leadership failure to teach the authentic teaching of the Church now being silenced and note that they have what they want now and so expect they will drag their feet as long as possible. I also suspect that if Father is indeed as innocent as he claims, he will not sit idle long and not push this up the line for resolution in a fair and timely manner.

    I have to believe he would get a fair hearing if it went to Rome. He is and always has been very supportive of Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

    Time will tell and if this is a witch hunt, it will not be pretty for those involved. If he is guilty, it will be a shame for his message was spot on the mark. That of courese would make him a prime target of Satan so we cannot assume that he was able to overcome a full on assult by the evil one.

  5. Perhaps like many, I have grown weary of reading about Father Corapi. I remain a long time admirer of his and I owe him a great deal in my life as a Catholic. But either he did what the woman alleges or she is a liar. And after reading just about everything that has appeared on the Internet, I have decided to give up trying to figure it out. If he is innocent, the lady should be prosecuted if that is at all possible. If he is guilty, he should be allowed simply to repent and to continue his life as a priest in a nonpublic arena, administering the sacraments to those who perhaps do not now have a priest. There is another priest, of course, who recently experienced a similar problem and has admitted his guilt. It is my hope that he, too, has repented and will be allowed to continue his life as a priest among those who need a priest in order to receive the sacraments.

  6. “There is another priest, of course, who recently experienced a similar problem and has admitted his guilt. ”

    Funny you should mention the other priest, Father Euteneuer. He is a headliner in speeches with Father Corapi. Coincidence?

    The self entitled “Greatest Event of 2010”.

    Good old Fr. Euteneuer he admits, “I must acknowledge, however, that one particularly complex situation clouded my judgment and led me to imprudent decisions with harmful consequences, the worst of which was violating the boundaries of chastity with an adult female who was under my spiritual care.” Said adult female was, in fact, under his pastoral care in his “ministry of exorcism.”

    Coincidence that two priests that toured together in high dollar lectures were brought down by sex scandals?

  7. Jeff – look up Godwin’s Law or Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies.

    [That’s hilarious — and true! Dcn. G.]

  8. It doesn’t apply when someone makes such facially stupid arguments such as yours, calling for guilt by association. We can use a salem analogy if you and deacon greg prefer.

  9. While it seems everyone is making clear that Father’s priestly faculties are currently suspended, no one seems to be making a clear statement that Father had priestly faculties recently in order to suspend them. From Santa Cruz Media’s statements, it seems they expect his faculties were through the Bishop of Corpus Christi. Corpus Christi seems to say he had no faculties there. For some years he has resided in the Diocese of Helena, which indicates he had no faculties there. He has lived outside his community for years in violation of their constitution regardless of the circumstances of having some prior agreement with the founder. I would think that SOLT could not provide him with faculties, and their statement does not seem to say if they have prior to his suspension or not.

    Of course his most devout followers see this as the bishops being out to get him, there apparently is not a single bishop in all of the United States that would be willing to have him be incardinated in their diocese (assuming he were cleared of misconduct).

  10. It seems to me that in general that the bishops went from one extreme to another. If someone a statement as to the morality of a preist, he is guilty until he can prove he is innocent. Indeed, the bishop does not provide any help as I have read as to legal defense, nor do they bring charges against those who have been found to lie. I understand it this case that the woman did not bring charges until she was fired They don’t even the priest is innocent until found guilty. Indeed, the bishops don’t even follow cannon law in where the priest is given his rights that should be applied to any case

  11. Daniel T – The reason why there apparently is not a single bishop in the United States who would be willing to have Father Corapi incardinated in their diocese is because there is probably no Bishop who has the nerve and strength to support a priest who has absolutely no fear of speaking the truth regardless of the consequences. Remember why Jesus was crucified? He spoke the truth!

  12. I pray that the truth will come out soon, that Fr. Corapi will be cleared of all wrongdoing and come back to teaching the faith to all of us. I personally believe that he is innocent.
    He is one of the best teacher the Catholic Faith has. Let’s pray not to lose him!

  13. Caroline R — Your clever remark about the bishops is a terrible libel. May God grant you the grace to recognize the evil both in your disrespect to our God-given shepherds and in your wounding the unity of the Church by disseminating it to others. Don’t you see that undermining the hierarchy delights Satan? May God grant you the grace of sincere repentance. May you also have the grace to refrain from making any further attacks upon those whom it has pleased God to set in authority over us.

  14. naturgesetz – Please see comments by Daniel T (no. 11) and then read my response. Maybe you will understand better my comments.

  15. Caroline R — I have read Daniel T’s comment as the context of yours, and I find his comment to be unfounded speculation with respect to the bishops. If you think he is wrong in asserting that no bishop would be willing to incardinate Fr. Corapi, the correct response is to challenge his assertion. If you accept what he says as true (as you seem to), I stand by my comment. While it is possible that a bishop here or there is unwilling to stand up for the faith, it should be inconcievable to anyone who really believes in “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church” that all the bishops have forsaken their ordained and Spirit-supported ministry of teaching the faithful. Catholics have to have faith that the Holy Spirit guides their bishops or they are setting themselves up as judges of their teachers, which is Protestantism.

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