The Corapi case: what we know, what we don't

Well, to paraphrase Garrison Keillor: it’s been a quiet weekend at The Deacon’s Bench.

Which is to say: um, no.  Not so much.

The blogosphere is still trembling from The Corapi Quake.  There’s been an unprecedented reaction to this story about the famous priest’s very public admission that he has been accused of impropriety and suspended, pending an investigation.

The phenomenal numbers of comments and “shares” on Facebook tell the story — and appear to be a record for The Bench.

But to click on the comments and read them is to wade into a veritable foodfight of people flinging truths, half-truths, fervent pieties, adoring prayers and angry accusations.  It’s a mess.  One reader is suggesting that blog commenters who have made “rash judgment” about the man are now in a state of mortal sin.  (For those wondering: that’s the case only if it is done with malicious intent, which isn’t always easy to discern.  And I’m not convinced that people who read blogs — or those who write them — are necessarily the best-equipped to judge the conditions of souls belonging to total strangers on the other side of a computer screen.)  Others are shocked, simply shocked, that anyone could even conceive of this man doing anything remotely sinful.  He’s been compared, more than once, and favorably, to Padre Pio.

Anyway: Elizabeth Scalia has done a very good job of sorting through what we do and do not know about the Corapi case, concluding with these wise and common-sense observations:

What we do not know: why God allows things to happen.

What we do know: all things ultimately work for the Glory of God, even if we do not always recognize how, while we’re in the midst of events.

To which I can only add: Amen.

Comments

  1. Paula Gonzales Rohrbacher says:

    Elizabeth Scalia and Bill Ditewig are voices of reason in this maelstrom. Thanks for posting this, Greg!

  2. I can only suggest that we pray for all who are involved.

  3. I hope that the allegations are not true; after Father Thomas Euteneuer, this would be a heavy blow.

  4. and may I also add a Big AMEN!!!!

  5. Eh I wouldn’t rush to canonize them as the Voice of Reason in this matter or anything else. That is God himself.

  6. Seems like a very general statement.
    While I agree that we believe that all things ultimately work for the Glory of God, I wouldn’t agree this is the best response to the Corapi case.
    -Some people in fact know more about what has happened in this case than others. Some people think they can conclude what has happened based on other evidence.
    Most of us don’t know whether the accusations are true or false.
    Some people believe Father Corapi is innocent based upon their experience with him.
    To be honest, I think this general response is a bit naive…
    Let no one judge Father Corapi.
    Let no one accuse him based on heresay, gut feeelings, or based upon other non-essential facts.
    However, it cannot be ignored that the accusation causes questions for the laity.
    Putting this particular case aside, how can we not grieve for the number of fallen heroes we have seen over the last few years.
    How can not people feel injured from the truths that have already come forth about other well known priests.
    Yes, Father Corapi is innocent unless proven otherwise…
    however, it would be naive to not feel somewhat distrubed by this accusation.
    An excellent response would be to increase our pray more for our priests.
    Another fair response to this or similar situations as this is to feel deceived or dissapointed…
    I would conclude that only God knows the truth about the deeds, the character, the temptations, and the struggles of others.
    I would also conclude that we should not judge others or try to sway others towards believing he is guilty or innocent based on circumstantial evidence.
    I hope that Father Corapi is innocent.
    I know that similar things have happened.
    We must put our faith in only Jesus Christ Himself, and realize keep our faith strong, even if our heroes may dissapoint us.

  7. What do we know:

    We are ALL sinners.

    Why are we always surprised when a priest fails to be perfect. We are made whole through our imperfection.

    If we are looking for a truly holy priest to lead us to heaven we will be sorely disappointed. Only Christ is the way to the Father.

    DD

  8. Most of the comments on the details of the matter are arbitrary. We know next to nothing.

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