Fr. Corapi's order says investigation has not yet begun

And the Diocese of Corpus Christi disputes a characterization posted on Fr. Corapi’s website, claiming that it was a bishop who suspended the priest. Details, from Catholic News Service: Marty Wind, director of communications for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, disputed (Bobbi) Ruffatto’s claim that Bishop Mulvey placed Father Corapi on leave. He said the [Read More...]

Fr. Corapi update: "The unsubstantiated rant of a former employee" — UPDATED

Santa Cruz Media, which owns and distributes Fr. John Corapi’s CDs and DVDs has posted the following statement on his website: 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 [Read More...]

Praying for priests in general, and one priest in particular

A few weeks back, I posted this prayer by St. Therese. Now seems a good time to revisit it: O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of your sacred heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch your sacred body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled [Read More...]

EWTN releases new statement on Fr. Corapi — UPDATED

Patrick Madrid has the scoop: We are aware that many of our supporters are disappointed in EWTN’s decision to remove Father John Corapi’s programs from the Network during his administrative leave.  We too are greatly disappointed that EWTN had to make this difficult decision. We can  assure you that it was made with much prayer [Read More...]

Quote of the day: "The only true Holy One is the Lord"

“An accusation leveled at a priest is a horrible thing, because it is nearly impossible today for a priest to have a fair hearing. There is no perfect justice or charity in this world, but these days falsely-accused priests don’t get anything like even the world’s “justice”.  But even when priests are guilty of that [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

Writing straight, with crooked lines: the amazing odyssey of a monk who married…and returned to the priesthood

This has to be one of the more surprising life journeys — and surely an example of God’s unfailingly creative penmanship at work: In the morning cold of a farmhouse in the foothills of the Cascades, his hand is stiff as he grasps the broad-edged pen. His eyes have aged. But the 78-year-old priest and [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

"March Madness" and the case against Fr. Corapi

Dr. Gerard Nadal — a frequent visitor and commenter here — says aloud on his own blog what many have been thinking: It is possible that the allegations are true in whole, or in part. While I strongly doubt that may be the case, it is nevertheless a possibility, grounded in the reality of past [Read More...]

Accused: Fr. Corapi placed on "administrative leave" — UPDATED

The celebrated speaker and televangelist posted the following statement on his web site: On Ash Wednesday I learned that a former employee sent a three-page letter to several bishops accusing me of everything from drug addiction to multiple sexual exploits with her and several other adult women. There seems to no longer be the need [Read More...]