To Fr. Corapi: Bupkes; To John Corapi: Concern and Sympathy.

I’ve got to hand it to John Anthony Corapi — once called ”Father,” now, as he announces today, no longer to be involved in public ministry as a priest — he knows how to keep ‘em guessing.

In a voiced-over video running just shy of nine minutes, which appears on blacksheepdog.us, apparently his new website, Corapi is both effusive and coy, magnanimous and accusatory. He claims that the canonical investigation into allegations of his sexual misconduct with a former employee is hopelessly biased against him. According to Corapi, cooperating with authorities would mean giving up “all of my civil and human rights in order to hold harmless anyone who chooses to say defamatory and actionable things against me.”

Full transcript here:

He says the call to investigate came from the bishop of Corpus Christi, TX. In his statement, Corapi fairly seethes, even as he concedes the bishop’s right to act:

I did not start this process, the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas ordered my superiors, against their will and better judgment, to do it. He in fact threatened to release a reprehensible and libelous letter to all of the bishops if they did not suspend me. He has a perfect right to do so, and I defend that right. Bishops aren’t bound by civil laws and procedures in internal Church matters. I agree with that, and would defend to the death the Church’s right to proceed as they see fit. He is the bishop and he has the right to govern as he sees fit. It isn’t an easy task. Many forces besiege him, including pressure from other bishops.

In reviewing his options, Corapi combines an expression of self-pity with a declaration of self-reliance:

I will not try to fight this irrational and unjust situation for the simple reason that I don’t want to be placed in an adversarial posture against the Church. For 20 years I did my best to guard and feed the sheep. Now, based on a totally unsubstantiated, undocumented allegation from a demonstrably troubled person I was thrown out like yesterday’s garbage. I accept that. Perhaps I deserve that.

I can’t do what I can’t do. I can only do what I can do. I shall continue, black sheep that I am, to speak; and sheep dog that I am, to guard the sheep—this time around not just in the Church, but also in the entire world. I am, indeed, not ready to be extinguished. Under the name “The Black Sheep Dog,” I shall be with you through radio broadcasts and writing. My autobiography, “The Black Sheep Dog,” is almost ready for publication. My topics will be broader than in the past, and my audience likewise is apt to be broader. I’ll do what I can under the circumstances

The man is deeply distraught — that much is obvious. I’ll also venture the guess that he’s either over-medicated or — perhaps worse — under-medicated. He strikes too many discordant notes, sends too many mixed signals. Corapi is a very polished and very experienced public speaker; in his right mind, he’d know the importance of consistency. Perhaps he was under some sort of pressure to put out this statement in a hurry. But even if he couldn’t recognize the bizarreness of his message, you’d think somebody close to him would step in and say, “Say, John, don’t you think we ought to tweak that?”

Makes me wonder whether he’s getting bad advice, or more likely, is getting good advice, but disregarding it.

Corapi’s a survivor. He said so in almost exactly those words, and that’s a good thing. But what terms is he going to survive on? He’s got a history of addiction and a grandiose notion of himself — not a good combination. With his whole world caving in on him, I don’t think it takes a Jewish mother to wonder whether he’ll return to old habits. After all, he no longer has any superiors to answer to. He’s his own man, with exactly as much rope as he’ll need to hang himself.

Did he sleep with his accuser? I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he did. Is he treating religion like a business, playing the faithful for easy marks, Elmer Gantry-style? You betcha. But I’m not convinced he’s been purely cynical from the start. As he said himself, he’s been a priest for nearly twenty years, and was in the seminary for some six years before ordination. That he saw the formation process as a path to riches and women, first and foremost, seems a little farfetched. There are quicker routes to those rewards, especially for a man with Corapi’s presence and gift of gab.

As a priest, he was never my style — too big a blowhard, frankly. But now that he’s just a person, I find him very easy to sympathize with. Even if he deserves reduction to the lay state, he also deserves protection from his own frailties. And in that spirit, I’m going to send him up some prayers.

Update: Am shutting down comments for the evening. Before I do, I want to thank all my respondents for posting so decorously. This could have been a lot worse.

  • guest

    Hey, even the Devil “cares for others”. Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin “cared for others”. Methinks your caring is the same kind of caring, Eye Opener? Not the good kind?

  • guest

    Hey, even the Devil “cares for others”. Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin “cared for others”. Methinks your caring is the same kind of caring, Eye Opener? Not the good kind?

  • guest

    Oh good heavens, read the above, Smweinstein. If you are such a fool as to call deciding not to follow a heretic “judging”, you probably make other judgments in your life with just as much common sense. If Corapi told you to jump off a cliff would you do it? Or would you call it “judging” him to not follow him? Tell me, do you think choosing NOT to believe in Santa Claus is JUDGING poor Santa? Idiot! How old are you?

  • guest

    Oh good heavens, read the above, Smweinstein. If you are such a fool as to call deciding not to follow a heretic “judging”, you probably make other judgments in your life with just as much common sense. If Corapi told you to jump off a cliff would you do it? Or would you call it “judging” him to not follow him? Tell me, do you think choosing NOT to believe in Santa Claus is JUDGING poor Santa? Idiot! How old are you?

  • Guest

    Jump off a cliff ’cause Corapi tells you to! Use your frickin’ head that God gave you! A mind is a terrible thing to waste!

  • Guest

    Jump off a cliff ’cause Corapi tells you to! Use your frickin’ head that God gave you! A mind is a terrible thing to waste!

  • guest

    Oh really? And what excuse will you have on your judgment day when you have to account for not speaking out against a heretic? For supporting him and helping to lead hundreds, possibly thousands of souls to fall into the abyss along with him? Tell me, what will you say, Missy? You’re following a heretic and pathological liar. Oh, you don’t believe that? Is the POW network full of liars? Try this on for size:

    http://http://www.pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies344.htm

    Now, sweetums, I think an apology to Debra would be in order, right?

  • guest

    Oh really? And what excuse will you have on your judgment day when you have to account for not speaking out against a heretic? For supporting him and helping to lead hundreds, possibly thousands of souls to fall into the abyss along with him? Tell me, what will you say, Missy? You’re following a heretic and pathological liar. Oh, you don’t believe that? Is the POW network full of liars? Try this on for size:

    http://http://www.pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies344.htm

    Now, sweetums, I think an apology to Debra would be in order, right?

  • guest

    The only change a true Catholic will support is one that comes from Rome. Le Papa. Benedict XVI. No one else. Anyone that tries to get you to “change” the Catholic Church as Eye Opener above is, is NOT being prompted by the Holy Spirit. Don’t fall for such deceivers. They WANT to bring down the Church. Truth does NOT change. St Peter’s direct successor will change things when he is prompted to do so by the Holy Spirit. He will never buckle to any person or persons screaming for “change”. When you read something like the above, stop reading IMMEDIATELY. You must be aware what spirit is prompting such urgent “changes”. NOT God’s Spirit. Beware!

  • guest

    The only change a true Catholic will support is one that comes from Rome. Le Papa. Benedict XVI. No one else. Anyone that tries to get you to “change” the Catholic Church as Eye Opener above is, is NOT being prompted by the Holy Spirit. Don’t fall for such deceivers. They WANT to bring down the Church. Truth does NOT change. St Peter’s direct successor will change things when he is prompted to do so by the Holy Spirit. He will never buckle to any person or persons screaming for “change”. When you read something like the above, stop reading IMMEDIATELY. You must be aware what spirit is prompting such urgent “changes”. NOT God’s Spirit. Beware!

  • guest

    You are a total nitwit. BTW he is not “Fr” anymore. By his own admission. Pray long and hard, darlin’, cause it appears the allegations ARE true. Check this out, poopsie:

    http://pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies344.htm

    Okay, now do you think the POWs are Satan-possessed as well? Open up your eyes and use your brain as your Creator intended! He didn’t put your head on your body as an ornament!

  • guest

    You are a total nitwit. BTW he is not “Fr” anymore. By his own admission. Pray long and hard, darlin’, cause it appears the allegations ARE true. Check this out, poopsie:

    http://pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies344.htm

    Okay, now do you think the POWs are Satan-possessed as well? Open up your eyes and use your brain as your Creator intended! He didn’t put your head on your body as an ornament!

  • guest

    Such holy thoughts, Bill. What part of “multimillionaire” don’t you get? Evidently he put ENOUGH in his own pockets to buy land, build a luxury ranch, buy expensive toys, etc. How many millions do you think ANYONE (let alone a priest, may God have mercy!) need to live on? What about the luxury cars, boats, and the like, which he has NOT denied owning? If you call choosing to not follow such a “priest” beating up on him, you probably have some serious problems discerning anything in your life. Hint: If someone tries to get you to buy the Brooklyn Bridge, don’t do it. Oh yeah, and the Easter Bunny isn’t real, either. Hope I didn’t ruin your day!

  • guest

    Such holy thoughts, Bill. What part of “multimillionaire” don’t you get? Evidently he put ENOUGH in his own pockets to buy land, build a luxury ranch, buy expensive toys, etc. How many millions do you think ANYONE (let alone a priest, may God have mercy!) need to live on? What about the luxury cars, boats, and the like, which he has NOT denied owning? If you call choosing to not follow such a “priest” beating up on him, you probably have some serious problems discerning anything in your life. Hint: If someone tries to get you to buy the Brooklyn Bridge, don’t do it. Oh yeah, and the Easter Bunny isn’t real, either. Hope I didn’t ruin your day!

  • guest

    What you see as God’s will most of us see as anything but. I’m sure Jesus and His Mother are jumping for joy over Corapi deep sixing his priesthood so he could continue to live like Hugh Hefner. (joke) The best thing that could happen at this point would be for God to take the “bad” you mention and drop him on his silly egotistical head. It just MIGHT wake up his conscience and return him to sanity!

  • guest

    What you see as God’s will most of us see as anything but. I’m sure Jesus and His Mother are jumping for joy over Corapi deep sixing his priesthood so he could continue to live like Hugh Hefner. (joke) The best thing that could happen at this point would be for God to take the “bad” you mention and drop him on his silly egotistical head. It just MIGHT wake up his conscience and return him to sanity!

  • guest

    What is a “veredict”, Makunkis? Why am I so sure you have about 30 different aliases on this blog alone? Same old tired argument over and over and over and over and over….ad nauseam. Come up with a new beef, for goodness’ sake! You’ve beaten the “Evil Bishops of the Catholic Church Are Out to Get You” story to death already! Uncle, UNCLE!

  • guest

    What is a “veredict”, Makunkis? Why am I so sure you have about 30 different aliases on this blog alone? Same old tired argument over and over and over and over and over….ad nauseam. Come up with a new beef, for goodness’ sake! You’ve beaten the “Evil Bishops of the Catholic Church Are Out to Get You” story to death already! Uncle, UNCLE!

  • guest

    Oh, yeah. Right. Please tell us all, dear Ceilia, whether the POWs were also bribed by the nasty evil Bishops who incidentally, are out to get us all (hello, Makunkis! oops! pardon me, “Ceilia”)?
    Oh? You’ve not read what the POW network has to say about your courageous, full-o-guts ex-priest? You can read it all right here:

    http://pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies3@comc44.htm

    Care to tell these men how “pathetic” they are?

  • guest

    Oh, yeah. Right. Please tell us all, dear Ceilia, whether the POWs were also bribed by the nasty evil Bishops who incidentally, are out to get us all (hello, Makunkis! oops! pardon me, “Ceilia”)?
    Oh? You’ve not read what the POW network has to say about your courageous, full-o-guts ex-priest? You can read it all right here:

    http://pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies3@comc44.htm

    Care to tell these men how “pathetic” they are?

  • guest

    a thousand pardons! Here is the correct link to the POW network page on “Father” Corapi:

    http://pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies344.htm

  • guest

    a thousand pardons! Here is the correct link to the POW network page on “Father” Corapi:

    http://pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies344.htm

  • An Eye Opener

    Joni M.
    It is written: “Do not judge, lest you be judged”. It sounds to me like you are not Catholic.

  • An Eye Opener

    Joni M.
    It is written: “Do not judge, lest you be judged”. It sounds to me like you are not Catholic.


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