In 2011, Father Corapi was removed from public ministry as a priest, following allegations of misconduct. Since that time, he has consistently maintained his innocence.
And now, in a March 18, 2013 post on a new Facebook page titled Vindication for Fr. Corapi, the disgraced priest says:
“In light of recent happenings, all the accusations against me and all the controversy…. A lot of these things are amazing to me. They are totally unfounded and I’m startled that people who should know better have paid so much attention to it.”
The grassroots response from Fr. Corapi’s loyal supporters has been immediate; the site is filled with words of encouragement and prayer and hope that he will come back. I’m pretty sure the vitriol from detractors will be just as vociferous.
I have no pony in this race.
I pray for Father Corapi, that he will live quietly in his new station, rejecting Pride and the temptations of the world, and will grow closer to God. I will not mock him, as some will be quick to do; he may have been removed from ministry by legitimate authority; but he remains a priest, one of God’s chosen ones, and is deserving of respect.
I pray for his followers, that they will not be discouraged but that they will turn, not to an individual teacher or preacher, but to the promises of God.
And I pray for his detractors, the cynics and critics, that they will leave judgment to their heavenly Father and will, instead, forgive Fr. Corapi and remember him in their daily prayer. Above all, I pray that they will not cause further scandal by their wagging tongues and accusing spirits.
You can watch his entire statement at this link.
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UPDATE: For a few hours, I pulled the video after friends told me this may be outdated information. So many have asked me about it, I decided to restore the post with this disclaimer: The “new” video which is circulating may not be so new, after all, although I’m not sure.
That being said, I decided to restore my call to prayer, for the elusive Father Corapi and for those who care about him. If anyone can provide up-to-date, verifiable information, I know we’d all appreciate it.