…Father John Corapi?
Patrick Madrid takes note:
Father John Corapi’s Internet presence at sites such as the www.theblacksheepdog.us and http://theblacksheepdog.wordpress.com has vanished, ditto for his presence on YouTube and Facebook. No one I know has any clue what happened to him, but there are several possible scenarios that would explain this. The one I hope is correct is that he has reconciled with the S.O.L.T. order he once was a member of and with, more importantly, the Catholic Church that he seemed to be distancing himself from after all the unpleasantness that happened last year.
It may be THE one question I get asked the most, via e-mail or Facebook: “Do you know what happened to him?” A few parishioners have asked me the same thing. I know about as much as Patrick but if anyone has a concrete answer, please let us know.
If you visit his old website, the following note appears:
Inquiries regarding TheBlackSheepDog.US can be made to:
450 Corporate Dr. Suite 107
Kalispell, MT 59901
Meantime, as Patrick notes, we need to keep John Corapi and all those whose lives he touched in our prayers.
UPDATE: Diane over at Te Deum laudamus has an interesting wrap up of the Corapi situation — and suggests some possible scenarios, including:
When a priest seeks to be freed from his canonical obligations and requests laicization, the Holy See may impose certain conditions for the laicization, or for remaining in good standing with the Church. My thought here is the possibility that the sudden disappearance of his public sites may be a desire to comply with some kind of directive from the Holy See, if he has officially requested laicization…
…Time may or may not reveal whether Fr. John Corapi has been laicized and will be known as Mr. John Corapi by the Church. If he is not headed back to community, my prayer is that he is taking the necessary steps to remain in the graces of Holy Mother Church, following whatever is asked of him by the Holy See. Like all of us must do, I pray he is also following the 10 Commandments and that he has not fallen back into those vices which nearly cost him his life and his soul.
Please, in your charity, pray for this troubled priest and all concerned. May the Blessed Virgin Mary who pulled him from the gutter and led him to the priesthood; and Blessed John Paul II who ordained him, guide Father John Corapi in his time of need. We pray that his guardian angel makes it easy for him to act on the graces that come from the prayers of us all.