They come now like clockwork every Friday.
Over on his website, they’ve just posted an item from a canon lawyer – a statement which continues Fr. Corapi’s practice of condemning the investigative process while, in passing, invoking (once again) the Dallas Charter. You can read the item for yourself.
It is unclear how the person who wrote this — Rev. Michael Sullivan — can claim specific knowledge about the Corapi case, beyond what has been in the press, unless he is serving as Fr. Corapi’s lawyer. (If so, he should say so.) Also unclear is why, once again, Dallas is being mentioned, when it clearly has nothing to do with Fr. Corapi. Corapi and his cohorts are the only ones who keep bringing it up (just as they are the ones who keep tossing out these Friday statements week after week.)
As for Rev. Sullivan: a Google search reveals that he has done some work for an organization called Justice for Priests and Deacons — which, according to its website, exists “to educate Roman Catholic clergy and laity regarding their canonical rights especially with regards to due process for the proper support and protection of priests, religious, deacons, and laity.”
UPDATE: A member of the clergy dropped me a line to offer his take: “This group that touts itself as canon lawyers in support of priests and deacons who are now involved in the Corapi thing came to the fore right after Dallas. Their attitude is pretty much that a priest and deacon have all the rights and everyone else has none. They’ve become, de facto, a kind of ‘law firm’ for priests in trouble.”
UPDATE II: There’s more. A reader sent this: “Justice for Priests and Deacons…is headed by a recalcitrant former priest who was defrocked by the Holy See… There are good canonical advocacy groups; it’s hard to think this is one. I’m a canonist and I don’t recommend them.”
FINAL UPDATE: I’m closing comments here. To understand why, just read the thread. As I indicate in the comments, this is my last Corapi posting until this matter gets resolved.