"Fr. Corapi, you are a priest forever…"

That’s just the beginning of this extraordinary taped message, posted by four men who say their lives were changed by him. I’ve written more about Corapi and his priesthood right here – wondering, among other things, why the sacraments were such an insignificant part of his vocation.  Could that have been part of the problem? [Read more...]

"O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart…"

Now seems an especially apt moment to recall this prayer below. I first discovered it this spring, in St. John the Evangelist Church, on the ground floor of the building where I work in Manhattan.  They had several yellow cards on a table, with this prayer printed on it.  I took one home, folded in [Read More...]

Corapi "unleashed" — UPDATED

He responds to last weekend’s developments — and  to his critics — right here. Well.  If we had any doubts, it now seems clear from hearing his latest performance that the Corapi saga has nose-dived into something so pitiful and painful, all we can do is avert our eyes.  It’s not a scandal anymore.  It’s [Read More...]

Corapi's superior: "We wanted him to come back to the community…" — UPDATED

He offers new insight into the case, from a story that just moved at the National Catholic Register: Father Gerard Sheehan, regional priest-servant of SOLT and Father Corapi’s religious superior in the U.S., confirmed June 19 that the order’s investigation faced complications created by a civil suit filed by Father Corapi against the former employee [Read More...]

Following the Black Sheep Dog down the rabbit hole — UPDATED

I wasn’t planning to re-open this can of worms, but here goes.  I couldn’t help but be shocked by what I discovered late today over at John Corapi’s new website. At the top is the text of his now-infamous farewell to the priesthood — wherein he states, bluntly, “I am not going to be involved [Read More...]

What can an ex-priest do? — UPDATED

With the Corapi news, it’s a question many are asking. A few years ago, Jimmy Akin posted a good and clear-headed summary that, as far as I know, still holds: 1) He can’t celebrate any of the sacraments except for hearing deathbed confessions. It is especially noted that he can’t give homilies. 2) He can’t [Read More...]

Who is Fr. Shawn Ratigan?

The Kansas City Star has done a remarkable job of digging into this headline-making priest‘s early life, including his childhood and years in the seminary: Records from Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo., show that Ratigan entered the school as a freshman undergraduate in 1996, 12 years after he graduated from high school. And though [Read More...]

Corapi, the morning after — UPDATED

You don’t have to look far to find a lot of wide-ranging reaction to the Big News around the blogosphere. First up, Max Lindenman, who says something a few people have wondered about in e-mails to me: The man is deeply distraught — that much is obvious. I’ll also venture the guess that he’s either [Read More...]

Fr. Corapi speaks: "I'm not going to be involved in ministry as a priest anymore…"

A recorded statement, below … You can also read the text over at his website.  No official statement or reaction yet from his order.  Stay tuned. UPDATE: Elizabeth Scalia has her first reaction to the tape – and it’s similar to my own.  I kept waiting for something, anything, that would point back to God, [Read More...]

Corapi announcement? — UPDATED

A reader posted this in the comments thread of an old post about Fr. John Corapi, and similar statements are hurtling around the Catholic blogosphere tonight.  It evidently comes from a statement distributed to those on Fr. Corapi’s e-mail list: We understand many of you would like an update–any update–on the status of Fr. John [Read More...]


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