Statement from Fr. Corapi's superior — UPDATED

More details are trickling out about the Corapi story.

The statement below, from the accused priest’s superior, just popped up over at Pat Archbold’s blog at the National Catholic Register.  It is dated the same day as Fr. Corapi’s statement on his blog:

Statement from Rev. Gerald Sheehan, Regional Priest Servant

Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity

18 March 2011

Today, as Regional Priest Servant for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, I have the unhappy responsibility to announce that Father John Corapi, SOLT has been placed on administrative leave from priestly ministry, in accordance to the Code of Cannon Law of the Catholic Church.  We have received an allegation that Father Corapi has behaved in a manner unbecoming of a priest and are duty-bound to conduct an investigation in this accusation.

It is important to keep in mind that this action in no way implies Father Corapi is guilty of the allegation.  It is equally important to know that, based on the information we have received thus far, the claim of misconduct does not involve minors and does not arise to the of criminal conduct.  Consequently, this matter will be investigated internally, and unless and until information suggests otherwise it will not be referred to civil authorities.  In the event that we learn of any occasion where the criminal civil law may have been breached we will immediately refer the matter to civil authorities.

UPDATE: There’s also this statement from the bishop in the diocese where Corapi resides:

Statement of Bishop George Leo Thomas, the bishop of the Diocese of Helena“It is important to accord Father Corapi the principles of due process, including the assumption of innocence, until a full investigation is carried out by his superiors. More importantly, I appeal for prayers on behalf of everyone involved in this very complex situation.” Father Corapi has a personal residence in Kalispell, Mont. He does not hold priestly faculties in the Diocese of Helena, said Diocese of Helena Chancellor Father John Robertson.

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73 responses to “Statement from Fr. Corapi's superior — UPDATED”

  1. Well there’s good hearing. No minors, no criminal conduct, and the allegation “in no way implies” that he is guilty. Hopefully bloggers will take the time to read this.

  2. Re: anyone’s belief that Fr. C is just now, as some new defensive posture, accusing the process, apparently he’s thought as much and has stated as much as far back as 9 years ago:

    http://www.catholicreview.org/subpages/storyworldnew-new.aspx?action=9693

    “In an address at the Call to Holiness conference in Michigan in 2002, Father Corapi called the policy “unjust.” He said there was no question the church needed to remove serial molesters or any priest who posed a threat. But he said there was “a radical difference” between a child-molester priest who “just wallows in it” and a priest removed because he was accused of one long-ago incident but who repented and went on to have 25-30 years of fruitful ministry.”

  3. Sadly, the rate of recidivism in child molesters is huge – nearly 100%. It’s a rare thing for a molester of either sex to have only abused “once”.

  4. “…in accordance to the Code of Cannon Law of the Catholic Church…”

    I’m sure there are more than a few who would like to involve a cannon in these procedings…

  5. Father Corapi has always indicated there were devils that still plagued him. He was a hard core drug user at one time and a womanizer.Many times he asked for our prayers and I give them now.

    He is truly a gifted speaker and I hope whatever the issues they may be resolved.

  6. Keep in mind what Fr. Corapi has taught you over the years, if you have learned from him; you are Catholic, and he has taught and encouraged you to live as being Catholic. The things he may be accused of doing are not what he teaches and has taught, and he wants you to live out what he teaches and has taught. Those things are above reproach.

  7. e_scalia,

    e_scalia, I also believe that recidivism among child molesters is huge, as it is among almost any addict including alcoholics, drug addicts, and I might add power addicts as well. But some do reform and change, as a recovering alcoholic of 30 years I am grateful for that!

    Perhaps your comment points to something, maybe those that have only abused once are not really molesters and should be given a bit of slack. In that I have to agree with Fr. Corapi. I also believe that those that fall into that category should be watched and helped by not putting them in a place of temptation.

    My own opinion is that the Church authorities have failed us twice, first by allowing the sexual abuse to continue to a crisis point, and secondly by throwing the accused priests under the bus rather then giving them the loving support that they needed, either to recover or be placed in a safe place.

    Hugs,

    Mike L

  8. Unfortunately, now the opposition knows exactly how to get rid of a priest that is causing them problems. Just get somebody to accuse them of something. I’ve just seen something like this in my own diocese. As soon as a priest is accused, his superiors swoop in without a hearing and pull him from his parish and his ministry. Sure, they “say” he’s innocent until proven guilty, but what good is that? His good name is wrecked and he’ll have one heck of a time trying to get back to his parish or ministry. It’s always going to be “Isn’t that the priest who….”. Cardinal Bernadin was lucky that these new policies weren’t in place when he was falsely accused. Otherwise, he would have been pulled out of Chicago, somebody else appointed, and when the accuser finally confessed, it would have been “so sorry, we’ll have to find another job for you now”.

  9. Regarding the speculation about guilt or innocence. . .
    As a trial court judge for 25 years, I had occasion to give this preliminary instruction to jurors:
    “You should keep an open mind and not express any opinion about the case until after you have heard all the evidence . . . Sympathy should not influence your decision. Nor should your decision be influenced by prejudice regarding race, sex, religion, national origin, age . . .”
    This legal instruction dovetails well with the moral mandate to distinguish rash judgment from the Spirit’s Gift of Right Judgment.

  10. Comparisons to how teachers are suspended if accused until things can be prosecuted–or disposed of as a lie–are not quite apt. In most states investigations and grand jury proceedings must be kept secret until, if warranted, an indictment is made. Then the teacher is put on leave. One of the reasons for Grand Juries (and their secrecy)-as I understand it– is to keep innocent people from being smeared and their reputations from being forever destroyed.

  11. The pendulum went too far in the past in not stopping proven abuses and now is over compensating in the other direction accepting as true accusation alone. Will we ever in this life have a reasonable middle course of investing and then responding according to the facts?

  12. Really? Are you sure this is from Fr. Corapi’s superior? I’m just thinking that surely if this was a legitimate statement from his religious superior he would have spelled “canon” correctly. Might want to make sure this statement is the real thing.

  13. Well, Judy, at least “Cannon” was capitalized. No, I agree, why the typo?

    And, so, on the one hand Fr. Corapi decries lack of due process and his superior insists this is all in keeping with canon law?

  14. While it’s hard to understand how anyone could blog about the abuse of minors on this case it’s always the first thing that comes to mind when anyone sees a collar now-a-days. As one who has to constantly live with the stress of being one phone call away from being dumped on the street it would be nice if people recognized the the ‘scandal’ is basically over. .0015% have credible accusations against 40,000 priests in the last 5 years … you’ll notice that’s less than 1% people….sorry … it’s over. Donahue posted as of late the following: “a) the Catholic Church never had a monopoly on this problem to begin with and b) it has less of a problem today than any other institution, secular or religious (the average number of credible accusations made against over 40,000 priests in the last five years is 8.6)”

  15. Fr. Jim…

    Thank you for helping put this in context. And no one is more sympathetic to the plight of our priests than I am. I have a couple good friends of mine who were falsely accused.

    But when you say “the scandal is over,” well, I’m not sure the good people of Philadelphia would agree with you.

    Dcn. G.

  16. Don,

    Try your best to put the Philly thing in context – again it’s Donahue who sums the Philly situation best:

    “Beginning in 2003, 61 cases of priestly misconduct were examined by the archdiocese. Twenty four were dismissed because the accusations could not be substantiated. Of the 37 remaining cases, three priests were suspended immediately following the recent grand jury report; 21 additional priests were suspended this week. Which means a total of 24 priests have been suspended, leaving 13 unaccounted for. Of the 13, eight were found not to have a credible accusation made against them; one has been on leave for some time; two are incapacitated and no longer in ministry; two more belong to religious orders outside the archdiocese.

    This means that no credible accusation was made against the majority of the priests (the initial 24 plus the eight newly absolved, or 32 of 61). Moreover, none of the 24 who are currently suspended (the initial three plus the 21 this week) has been found guilty of anything. To top things off, the charges against them include such matters as “boundary issues” and “inappropriate behavior,” terms so elastic as to indict almost anyone.

    Just as it is important not to understate the problem, it is important not to overstate it.”

  17. Fr. Jim

    With all due respect Fr. when one places more weight on statistics, and (unsubstantiated) claimes, (uncredible) accusations and the (sort) of charges leveled, again it gives the tone of insensativity that can not be rationalized in the light of our faith. Quoting shear numbers gives someone reading your statement the impression that there is a lack of understanding, that these incidences are affecting people, catholics, deeply. They are struggling. They are angry. They ache. They hurt. The degree of sadness is off the chart! And they are increasingly frustrated at the density and callousness of such rationalizations, and ill-focused material irrelevancies. Based on (numbers) the recession is over too! However, the number of families that are lining up at my fathers food bank in central California has more than doubled! And growing. Your numbers are usless. What people need, from their preists is sincere compassion and clear thinking.
    One of the most important lessons I learned from my diaconate training was when we were beginning homiletics. The preist covering this said, “When preparing and giving your homilies, (will it show how much you love your people). The assumption here is, that you indeed love your people. The ones you will serve. Are you empathetic to them? Are you speaking to them, where they are at.”
    God Bless, Fr.

  18. Deacon John,

    If an administrator (principal or superintendent) is aware of allegations of abuse against a teacher – the teacher is likely put on leave until an assessment of the allegations can be made. If not put on leave – the brouhaha would make it almost impossible for a school to function.

    (One of those fun things you learn when working toward an administrative cert)

  19. As Christians baptized in the name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit (Catholic or not) we would all do well to ask ourselves WWJD ? Then do it.

  20. Tom,
    When did “empathy” become a worthwhile cause for refusing to admit all the facts?
    In the 10 years since the abuse scandals broke, I’ve heard almost nothing at all from any victim or victim’s group regarding how they wish for the faithful to pray for anything virtuous. No, the vast majority of what I’ve heard has been..call for “justice”, “reparation”, or money.

    Since when does being a victim of crime give one the fundamental right to summarily condemn and entire institution (and it’s supposed “subjects”) for life?

    I won’t wear the black armband forever.
    Sin happens. We have confession for a reason.

    Let’s not let “understanding” for those who’ve suffered wrong get in the way of our seeking to live for virtue.

    When “empathy” trumps statistical fact, you’d better believe the Church has more serious trouble than you thought.

  21. John Flaherty,
    Some Church victims have an aversion and fear of things holy since their privates were violated by a churchman and often in a church. Just passing by a Catholic church gives them chills. Pray that their trust may be restored.

    On the other hand, a loyal soldier of Christ, like Father Corapi is having a severe test of his faith when the devil is allowed to attack him so unjustly.

  22. Gordon…

    I agree.

    This isn’t an open-and-shut case. Which also explains why his superiors spent at least 10 days vetting the charges before finally taking action.

    Dcn. G.

  23. Father Corapi is a strong and faithful servant. Satan knows what a great job Fr. Corapi has been doing and is now trying to bring him down. We have been warned about “Spiritual Warfare” and also how Satan will attempt to destroy marriages and the priesthood.

    It is too easy for enemies of Christianity and Catholicism to insert themselves into situations and then wreak havoc. For all we know, the person who has made these allegations had this intent all along.

    We must pray that all is done to help Fr. Corapi. Does anyone know how else we can help besides prayer?

  24. Tom,

    Certainly compassion includes the truth about where we are at and what we’ve accomplished. 8.6 out of 40,000 in the last 5 years – that’s better than anybody: if this is ‘irrelavent’ for you then you need ongoing formation. If you expect absolute perfection from the human element in the life of the Church then you’ll spend a lifetime in delusional sorrow.

    Perhaps compassion would allow this fact (8.6 ~ 40,000) to help with the ‘ache’, ‘struggle’, ‘anger’, and ‘hurt’. Meanwhile what’s lost in your compassion and public discussion in general are the constitutionally protected due process rights of accused priests – they don’t have any: here’s hopin that helps with your grief process.

  25. My prayers to all those involved. This policy of just being accused and removed from ministry is not just or godly. Anyone, who has been proven of anything inappropriate with a minor or vulnerable person must be removed immediately. Now slander, false accusations, etc. does exist. I’ll believe that these policies are just when they are applicable to the Bishops and those who hide the truth. Now, we must never forget that we are people of the Good News of Jesus. Many people are out for a quick swift action: Justice Now, crying out loud with such vengeance.

    Mat. 5, 43 ss
    Love for Enemies

        43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

  26. What we ALL have to keep in mind is that Satan is alive and well. If he can succeed in tempting and bringing down just ONE Catholic priest (let alone 1% or whatever the statistics are)…..just think how many other disillusioned souls will leave the Church and abandon the Sacraments, Mass, and their Catholic faith.

    In other words, Satan considers this ‘mission accomplished’!!!

    We are ALL flawed human beings (priests as well as parishioners). So, we need to have compassion for – and pray for – all of our priests…..as well as those who have become victims of any priest who has lost his way.

  27. Satan could have been involved and led Father to fall, Satan could have led to false allegations too–my read of the situation and following and deeply respecting Father Corapi (even received communion FROM him at one of his talks) through the years is that perhaps things went a little awry for Father–at the time his appearance suddenly changed (although certainly the weight loss was a good and health thing) that at least created circumstances in which these allegations (whether true of false) could have some legs at all…

    Having recently read about Fr. Euteneur’s situation in conjunction with this…its like deja vu all over again. Hopefully with a better outcome.

  28. I feel sad for Fr. Corapi. But then I look at my own situations and think actually he is quite lucky in a way. In my employments over the years, I have been bullied and harassed out of multiple workplaces. The last place I worked, bedside nurse at hospital, co-workers and patients could say whatever they wanted about me and it was taken as truth. No proof, no witnesses, I had no say. Eventually terminated. I will never work as a nurse again- I refuse to be treated this way ever again. And so really I feel father at least has someone investigating, trying to prove he did wrong. Not just taking gossip as truth.
    XO
    I do love, and will pray for Fr. Corapi.

  29. What’s missing from Fr Corapi’s statement?

    Joy.

    Here’s the attitude that Jesus encourages us to have when we are persecuted:

    Matthew 5:
    [11] “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
    [12] Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.

    Luke 6:
    [22] “Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man!
    [23] Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

    Fr Corapi’s public statement reflected no sense of rejoicing whatsoever. That’s unfortunate.

    All it did was inspire in me some animosity for the unfairness of the bishops, and some pity for Fr Corapi. His statement gave me no hope. Had it included some acknowledgement of his rejoicing, I would have been inspired by his heroic virtue.

    In my personal Evening Review, one of the questions that I ask myself is “What happened to me today that caused me to lose my joy?” Losing my joy is a fault of which I repent. It indicates to me a lack of my trust in the Lord, and a lack of my acceptance of his will.

    Sure, Fr Corapi’s was a natural human reaction. But, by my Baptism, I’m called to more than that. I’m called to virtue, even heroic virtue.

    When are Catholics going to get really serious about growing in holiness? I certainly expected more from Fr Corapi.

  30. Walt: “O holier than thou”, comes to mind after reading your remarks… but perhaps I need to include that in my ‘personal Evening Review’.

    What bothers me most about these proceedings is that the accuser remains unidentified while the Church investigates.

    IMHO both parties should be accorded secrecy until the Church’s investigation is complete. Currently, Fr. Corapi is left with one hand tied behind his back, while being publicly attacked.

    Accordingly, I found that Fr Corapi asking us to pray for ALL concerned to be truly inspiring.

  31. Mhari–I don’t know what the rules are in the state where you live, but Grand Jury proceedings and investigations leading up to an indictment are supposed to be secret in my state. When a teacher in our public high school was indicted (and later found totally innocent) everyone was shocked and surprised because noone had any idea that a charge had been made and that an investigation had been going on.
    Talk about a no win proposition. 50% of those accused apparently are later found to be falsely accused. So if everything is done publicly the 50% falsely accused have their lives and reputations destroyed. On the other hand if accused persons all keep working, then the 50% who are guilty are still in a position to keep doing their evil.
    One solution might be to make the penalty for bringing proven false accusations extremely severe (like a jail sentence as long as what the falsely accused would have gotten).

  32. Now from EWTN:

    The broadcast of Fr. Corapi’s homilies and teachings is also being affected by the allegation. The Eternal Word Television Network issued a statement from its CEO Michael Warsaw on March 21. He said that the “troubling situation” will result in the suspension of the priest’s radio and television shows until further notice.

    “As a result of this evolving story EWTN has deemed it prudent to place Fr. John’s TV and Radio programs ‘on leave’ as well, pending the resolution of this situation,” Warsaw said.

    Read more: http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/US.php?id=2859#ixzz1HMgxdh6F

    Pray, my dear sisters and brothers, pray.

  33. d. swank …

    This is par for the course.

    One of the press releases now circulating, announcing the cancellation of an event featuring Fr. Corapi, notes that as part of his suspension, he has had his priestly faculties removed. This means, among other things, that he cannot say mass publicly, celebrate the sacraments, wear clerical attire or present himself as a priest.

    That includes, presumably, doing so on broadcasts that were recorded when he was still a priest in good standing.

    Dcn. G.

  34. until i hear from fr.corapi himself say that he is guilty, i will believe him innocent! what we need to do is support our priest and pray for then.

  35. Why do priest have their own residence? We have priest living in aparments, or leased or purchased houses in Cincinnati. Sure different then the old days when you could ring the bell and a priest was home in the parish house. To much freedom, or should I say temptation. Priest who live with brother priest are always there for each other and the faithful.

  36. Walt,
    Seems to me you’ve got quite great deal of gall in saying that Fr Corapi ought to be more joyful. I heard “be joyful” all the way through my teens and into my early 20’s. In the same time period, bishops, priests, and adults happily neglected to teach us important beliefs and practices about our faith.

    After all this, THEN the Millenium hit, we had the sex abuse scandal, and THEN we had the “pleasure” of being told that we must subject the Church to civil law, even as civil law itself became intentionally more hostile to men in general.

    How can you howl about Fr Corapi’s lack of joy when, for the past 10 years, media and lawyers have recklessly heaped accusation after accusation against priests and Church, only to have most of those priests completely exonerated, but those same lawyers and media can’t be bothered to apologize?

    Frankly, your comment seems to imply that neither Fr nor we have any right to expecting anyone else to have any accountability for THEIR failings.

    I’m sorry, but being a happy Catholic DOESN’T mean that I’m morally required to be someone else’s doormat.

    If Fr Corpai isn’t precisely thrilled, perhaps we ought to wait until we’re told what actually happened and what the consequence might be?

    Heaven help the accuser if the allegations relate to nothing more than “modern feminist” notions of how men ought to behave…..

  37. I do not believe a word of these accusations against this priest. He has converted many peopole and brought many more back home to the church.
    This priest knows that he is a target and he still keeps preaching the truth. Pray, pray, pray and we will Father. We stand behind you with our Rosaries and Our Blessed Mother. shan in utah

  38. Father Jim,

    Any credible accusation makes mother Church look bad. Any credible accusation no matter how minute the number is too much. God doesn’t judge us by statistics he judges us by our morality.

    Anything that makes Mother Church look bad is unacceptable.

    John Campbell,

    Would you like your name broadcast out there if you were a victim? No, I don’t think I would. If the victim’s allegations are in fact true then she/he should not be punished by having their name thrown up in the media. Their letter was a private letter to Father Corapi’s superiors. It was Father Corapi that decided to go public with the fact that he had been suspended by his superior pending further investigation.

    The issue is Father Corapi having the decency of staying silent until the issue is resolved. That would have been the prudent thing to do.

  39. I have not seen the exact accusations against Fr Corapi, but I have seen him speak many times and have noted that what he says is right on the mark with what the Catholic Church believes. SO – would he do these things? He COULD. Do I feel that he might – not as likely as his naysayers, apparently. I read his character as being true to what he SAYS. It is as I said of St Augustine, when I read his works in Third Year Latin. This man is either absolutely true, or absolutey evil. He cannot be both. I do not feel that John Corapi CAN be totally evil. He has done too much that is good. Thus I do not believe any accusations now, nor will I ever. He has already fought these battles, and has won.

  40. I am praying hard for a speedy resolution for Fr. Corapi. Including in my daily Rosary that he is so proud to promote. I believe in his innocense. And I believe “Our Lady” will see him through, as will “Our Lord”!!! If Fr. Corapi were guilty, it would be pretty hard to hide it since he is so ” present” in the world preaching and teaching “THE WORD OF GOD” don’t you think? God Bless Fr. Corapi and may Jesus and Mary bring a close to this tragedy soon. And may they forgive the accuser as well. For that is what Our Lord calls us Catholics to do. And Fr. Corapi would be the first to forgive his accuser too. I know that about him. I hope this comment finds it’s way to the press in defense of a wonderful, wrongfully accused priest. We need all the good ones we can get. God Bless, guide and heall all involved, AMEN!!!

    Sincerely,

    Cathy Hess ( a proud ,cradle Catholic woman in Michigan)

  41. Jeff,

    You have to be able to distinguish between the two elements that make up the life of the Church: human and divine. If you expect the human element to be perfect you’re setting yourself up for a let down. A lot of people, it seems yourself included, think that the human element (i.e. the people that make up the life of the Church) is the divine element (articles of faith & morality) and expect perfection – when they don’t get it they are disillusioned. Yeah – we should work for perfection and we have done better – Yeah any credible allegation is too much – Yeah we are safest place in the country to work today – Yeah people aren’t perfect and to expect that is neurotic.

  42. I feel great sadness for Fr Corapi. I have a son in a religious order. He had done excellent work in his first Parish assignment. He then was assigned Pro Life organization. He traveled across the world; bring the message of life to many in Europe and Africa. He was accused of inappropriate touch by 2 teen age girls. It turned out that the one girl was 18 and not a minor. The second girl was receiving therapy for previous emotional problems. He denied both acts that he was accused of. It took Rome 18 months to issue a ruling. The document when reviewed was full of errors. He has appealed. 6 more months more has gone by with no feedback. Fr. Corapi may be unable to do his priestly work for a long time.

  43. @ e_scalia before you spread false information please realize that Fr. Corapi DID NOT do anything to a child as your post implies.

    “Sadly, the rate of recidivism in child molesters is huge – nearly 100%. It’s a rare thing for a molester of either sex to have only abused “once”.”

    This matter deals with a grown woman. This situation is devastating as it is for Fr Corapi and his followers. Please do not stick a thorn where it is not needed. I am so tired of people just assuming that every Catholic priest is a child molester! Remember innocent until proven guilty! Stop allowing people to blackball our priests. Put yourself in their shoes. How would you like it if someone could write a letter true or not about yourself and have you pulled from your job and make the front page of a news paper in big bold letters and helplessly watch the matter spreads like wild fire? Then when it is proven you are innocent you get a small paragraph in the back of the news paper. Your name becomes tarnished and you have no way to clear it because the media isn’t doing anything to clear your name because the story is no longer there. The damage has been done another blow to the Catholic church….the work of the evil one!

  44. Dear Greg,

    I know exactly what Father Corapi is feeling. The new policies of the Church have also wrecked the reputation of a decent priest in my diocese. There was no due process. He was summarily relieved of all of his duties and placed in limbo. Supposedly a decision from Rome is pending, but how long could that take? If either priest is reinstated, will they ever be looked at the same way. I place complete confidence in Father Corapi as I do my friend in this diocese. May God provide a positive outcome.

  45. IF HE WANTED TO LIVE THIS KIND OF LIFE, HE COULD, HE DID. HE CHOSE TO BE A PRIEST AND INSPIRE OTHERS. IF HE INDEED WANTED TO CONTINUE DOWN HIS PATH OF DESTRUCTION HE WOULD HAVE DONE SO. HE WOULD NOT HAVE BECOME OF PRIEST. HE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST HEROES OF OUR TIME. HE DID NOT DO THIS. PRAY FOR HIS ACCUSERS THAT THEY WILL BE TRUTHFUL. PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE INVESTIGATING THIS, THAT THEY WILL SEE THE TRUTH!

  46. Unfortunately, Fr. Corapi is an addict. There is no getting over that and he must struggle daily with it. I know many addicts and 99.9% of the time, they eventually cave in to it. It is hard for non-addicts to understand this. Someday, science will answer the why’s and how’s, but for me, I’m not surprised at the allegations but I forgive and understand if they are true.

  47. I have listened to Fr. Corapi’s lectures. He has often and openly revealed his troubled past. I pray that the allegations made against is not a reflection of his past. If the allegations are true it would be another testimony of the devil’s influence and relentless attacks on Fr. Corapi. Father has always reminded of saving our soul because in the end we are going to either heaven or hell. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation I pray that God will always hold fr. Corapi in the palm of His hand.

  48. I don’t think that what grand juries do is relevant to the discussion, since they investigate crimes and this is about personal misconduct/moral failure. (Being addicted, by the way, is not considered a crime.)

    Ideally, whether the person being investigated is a priest, a schoolteacher, a police officer, or a health professional, minor accusations of misconduct or violations of policy are in fact usually kept as discreet as possible. It’s when the allegations are serious that this becomes more difficult, because the issue of whether the accused should be placed on administrative leave must be decided. If the accused is removed from service, their absence is noticed and rumors begin to fly. In this case, Father Corapi himself started the firestorm by making a public announcement.

    I don’t think it’s fair to say that simply by being accused and placed on leave his reputation is permanently ruined. If he is cleared his supporters will rejoice. Those who were not his supporters, well, they were never his supporters anyway.

    It’s possible he could be found guilty and the full evidence will never be made public, to protect the accuser and to protect his dignity and that of the priesthood. That would leave many wondering if the investigation was fair. In any case, I don’t think we support Father Corapi by attacking his superiors.

  49. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Father Corapi is innocent. Let’s use our brains for a moment… Father John is ex Army special forces and was a very successful businessman and real estate investor. Men like him operate on a much different plane than the typical, careless guy.

    Does anyone really think that he would be stupid or undisciplined enough to succumb to his past vices in plane view of the public or ministerial associates? If he had indeed fallen, wouldn’t other accusers step forward? Also, wouldn’t he use his business and military skills to evade having past vices brought to light? The mere fact that the accusation completely mirrors his past vices — when he was a much younger, different man — amidst the protection and signal graces of Our Lady should raise a red flag. It is so obviously the work of Satan as it plays to our fears, inclination for gossip, chronic intellectual laziness and lack of reason.

    When this calumny is exposed and Fr. Corapi is vindicated of this malicious, deceitful attack on his character and ministry, I hope the matter is referred to authorities so that his accuser can be brought to light and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. This is what real due process is. The accused has the right to know his or her accuser. Prosecution, in my view, is the only way of counteracting the shortsightedness of recent Cannon Law which inadvertently has facilitated works of evil that seek to bring down the Lord’s Church by way of destroying His Priesthood and subsequently eradicating The Holy Eucharist. Also, Fr. John’s accuser will likely need this medicinal penance to purify her soul and lead her back to the infinite fount of mercy that is found through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

    Hang in there, Father…

    Mike

  50. These are dark days indeed when all hell seems to be breaking loose all over the world-man’s doing, not God’s-and I’m not talking about the weather. And our country, in particular, is on the brink of disaster as it turns further away from God, slowly being consumed by the forces of evil. Father Corapi has been the most vocal, courageous voice in the wilderness, warning us and teaching us how to fix it. He has had an ongoing battle with the Devil, the Father of Evil, for a very long time, particularly since he was chosen to be God’s servant and His Messenger, so this attack on him comes as no surprise, with the devil using women once again for his dirty work. Father Corapi has reached millions through his talks, repeatedly warning us that we are engaged in a spiritual war with the devil for our souls, with our children being the most vulnerable. As the devil’s evil influence as been spread like wildfire to every corner of the earth, via all the latest media devices, Father Corapi, only by the grace of God, has kept pace with the devil in utilizing the same devices to spread the Word of God, warning us and guiding us on how to combat the Evil One. Father’s selfless mission has been to save us from damnation, to understand what is at stake, and how to prepare for this possibly most decisive era in history, for the entire world, for our country, for the Church, and for Christians everywhere. We must pray for Father Corapi during this terrible ordeal and ask God to intervene on behalf of His good and faithful servant, Father john Corapi, S.O.L.T.

  51. My comment is numer 52……I have already completed it.
    not sure what else you need from me. Helene

  52. UPDATE: Please see the latest statement released on Fr. Corapi ‘s website. According to the statement released by the president of santa cruz media, Inc, the accuser assaulted another employee of Fr. Corapi and was heard to say that she was going to destroy or ruin Fr. Corapi after being laid off. Things are becoming a bit more clear now after hearing this latest insight.

  53. Statement of Santa Cruz Media, Inc. Relative to Fr. Corapi’s Suspension

      Santa Cruz Media, Inc. is the owner of all of Fr. John Corapi’s intellectual property and the DVDs, CDs, and books that flow from it. We are 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, although we have the utmost respect for Church authority.

    We fully support Rev. John Corapi in this terrible trial, not surprisingly having begun on Ash Wednesday. Through the sacrifice and struggle of the desert and all of the dark moments that this entails, we are confident that the glory of the risen Lord will shine forth from the power of the Resurrection and Easter.

    We have consulted with a number of canon lawyers. They have assured us that the actions of the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas are, on several points of canon law, illicit. It is our fervent hope that The Dallas Charter will be changed because of false accusations like this. There is no evidence at this time that Fr. Corapi did anything wrong, only the unsubstantiated rant of a former employee, who, after losing her job with this office, physically assaulted me and another employee and promised to “destroy” Father Corapi. We all continue to pray for this person, and we ask you to do the same.

    We sincerely believe that the work Fr. Corapi has done is of greatest value to the Church, hence hated by the devil. We fully intend to make Fr. Corapi’s material available as a service to the Church and the world for as long as we possibly can.

    The Church provides no financial support to Fr. Corapi. He has to pay for his own legal representation, medical costs, food, housing, etc. We have never accepted donations or charitable contributions of any kind. We are supporting Father’s efforts to defend himself. Your purchase of products from Santa Cruz Media helps provide the funding for Father’s continued work as well as the legal expenses he continues to incur as a result of these malicious allegations.

    Father Corapi and all of us here at Santa Cruz Media, Inc. greatly appreciate your kindness, support, and prayers. Please continue to pray for Father Corapi and his accuser, as well as all priests who find themselves in this unfortunate situation.

     Sincerely yours in Christ,

      Bobbi Ruffatto
    Vice President of Operations
    Santa Cruz Media, Inc.
     

  54. I am truly saddened and appalled by this accusation against Fr John. He is a dynamic speaker, an intelligent human being and a wonderful person. I take this accusation with a grain of salt and from where it comes. It comes from a disgruntled employee, possibly someone who has interior motives, lack of money and no scruples. If something bad happened between her and the good Father, she should have gone to the police herself, instead of writing letters to the Bishop. She sounds like a phony to me in my humble opinion. I wait for the vindication of Fr John. Thank you Mary NJ

  55. Father John will forgive the trespasser. I Hope she confesses her trespass against him.
    May we all pray to Our Blessed Mother for Her powerful intercession to grant Fr. John a Mother’s love and consolation during this unjust scourging.

    Peace and all good to you Fr. Corapi,
    joe>+

  56. I pray for Father John….the devil always goes after GOD’S best and this is Spiritual War….let us all pray for healing and forgiveness…healing for Father John and forgiveness of his accuser as I truly in my heart DO NOT feel Father is guilty of any wrong doing….Praying for Truth and the Lord to prevail.

    Father Jim,
    Are you Father Jim Vituchi?

    Mary T

  57. I do not believe what he has been accused of. His reputation has been damaged. Could be some kind of conspiracy to malign him. I can only pray and keep an open mind. Mumbai – India

  58. Father Corapi is a wonderful evangelist for our faith. He is a true enemy of the devil. We love you Fr. John and pray for your vindication each hour of the day. We also pray for the accuser who is under the influence of satan at this time. May she be rescued by Jesus’ mercy.

  59. 63 Elba B

    Sacrifice is love. Fr. Corapi’s passion is just beginning, but at the end he will be like Christ — thriumphant! Let us pray for Fr. Corapi — and let God take care of the rest.

  60. I would like to know who this woman, find out more on her!!! Maybe she was paid to do it, check her out

  61. Father John is a soldier of Christ and this woman was put there to take him out, a set up for sure.

  62. I agree this was a set up. And I believe this is part of the left side of Government wanting censorship.

  63. Is Fr Corapi suffering like Jesus, the way he has told millions of others to do? To pick up our cross– and follow Jesus or is he seeking another path —
    It is an awful suffering to have one’s name trashed, but is he being like Jesus now? Jesus suffered in silence and he was all justice, mercy and he was the lamb of God!!!
    Bruised for our sins! Jesus the silent sufferer!
    Hey, we are in Lent you know!

  64. I believe like many other priests Fr. Corapi is completely innocent. I have seen a personally know a priest here in the Archdiocese of Phila that is innocent and yet he has been thrown under the bus by our own church. A priest today is guilty until proven innocent. Except the priest will always be guilty even if proven innocent. I am actually disgusted as to how the church caves immediately in to everyone. If there is one reason I could no longer advocate any of my son’s being priests it’s because your bishops and cardinals won’t fight for you. For anyone else serving as a priest make sure you never come into contact with anyone without a video camera.

  65. There are some who seek to defame an individual if a reward in there objective.

    Sadly, we live in a very litigious country which leaves so many helpless. Father Corpapi is another casuality of a legal system that does not police themselves; money is the root of all evil.

    Let God be by his side. In strength and Glory forever.

  66. From my past readings, there have been priests, friars, brothers, who have been accused falsely; And some have not been accused wrongly. Even ‘good’ accusations have been dealt with by taking the priest out of the public eye. St. Padre Pio was removed from the public, only to suffer as did Jesus, in his own way. Other saints as well. Father Corapi is one of the first to say he is not flawless. I believe when the investigation is finished, he will tell that which we should know, and probably humility will conseal anything that will make him look better than he could make himself to be. This whole thing could be a sham to discredit just another individual with power. Fr. Corapi just said that he was preparing to give a series of lectures on the dangers of socialism and the like. In Europe, there is a big movement against the Pope. ie.This whole global, no borders, etc, thing going on; Driven by the George Soros of the world, and their God-less minions. EWTN affects alot of area. It would seem prudent in their eyes to get rid of Fr. Coropi, especially at this time, for as long as they can. They know that the Church would have to take him off center stage, and the time is now. Jesus is the enemy of the ‘world’. This One World Order is a personification, if you will, of the ‘world’. They want to do what they want to do whenever they want to do it, and on their own terms. Why now? The timing is something to consider. The father teaches us to be what Catholics should be. It’s not a fundamentalist congregation where the preacher IS the dogma. Divine Providence will prevail one way or another. I pray that this thing is resolved fast, because if there is anything to what I brought up, these people globally and in America, want him out for good, or as long as is needed. I hope the Church moves fast on this. What are the politics of the accusors?! If, and I say if, anything is related here, they only have the world to gain.

  67. In a statement in April after EWTN removed his programs, Michael Sullivan J.C.L. issued a statement on Corapi’s website (and reproduced in many places on the internet) that a priest on administrative leave can speak publicly as long as he does not wear clerical garb or have a Mass.

  68. If Father didn’t have his employees sign those contracts (or let them out of them in regard to this matter only) things would have moved along. Why he said no, led to speculation. That is what stopped them from coming to a quicker conclusion. They said they coudn’t move on if they coudn’t interview other employees, you don’t have to be a detective to realize that is a bit difficult.

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