36 Hours after Corapi-Stormfall – UPDATES!

“God knows full well all that is happening and if Father Corapi is innocent as he claims, then perhaps the priest is being used as a poster child to fix a broken process. “
— Diane Korzeniewski, TeDeum Laudamus Blog

Those are the sanest words yet written about this story, which is producing a lot of sound and fury in some quarters, signifying not-much, and producing little-to no light.

I can’t remember if it was a comment or an email but someone actually wrote these words:

This man is pretty much America’s lone voice of the Church’s Truth.

What astonishing nonsense; what an untruth! What a slanderous and diminishing insult to the thousands of fine, orthodox faithful priests and religious, deacons, seminarians and lay people who put their whole hearts and souls into serving this church and its truth with fervor, courage and complete fidelity. Fr. Corapi is a very fine preacher and a priest who has worked with the Holy Spirit to bring many souls back to Christ or to a deeper understanding of the mysteries of his Bride, the church. To say anything more than that is to betray something unhealthy beneath all the admiration. Corapi, I am sure, would be the first to refute that bizarre claim as the unloving, uncharitable, un-church-serving slander it is.

Let us recap what we do and do not know, so far:

What we do know:
Whether it is a constructive or — as Gerald Nadal suggestsdestructive decision, Fr. John Corapi, a fine priest and preacher, with a large following of Catholics who have gained fervor for the church through his orations, has been placed on administrative leave, in the face of accusations which all of us hope are untrue.

What we do not know: Who has put him on leave, whether it was his bishop or, as seems more likely, his religious superior.

What we do know: A religious superior is in charge of the good and welfare of the hearts, minds and spirits of those in his or her charge, so there is a good-faith presumption that whoever did this must have thought it a good thing, in some measure, for Corapi – even if it is meant, only, to give him time to pray.

What we do not know: Why that superior/bishop has chosen to do this; good-faith assumes the best.

What we do know: Old Scratch has his hand in all of this, because — whatever the real story is — someone is lying, so the Father of Lies must be a part of it, in any case. And it’s Lent.

What we do not know: No matter how fervent our respect, no matter how dear our hopes, none of us can possibly know what the story is.

What we do know: Corapi is certainly not “guilty by association” with some beard dye any more than he is “innocent by association” with his priesthood and the church.

What we do not know: Whether EWTN has suspended Corapi-centered programming.

What we do know: Writing letters insisting that EWTN “defend” Fr. Corapi is unrealistic; it is fairly common procedure for institutions of all sorts to take a step back when an investigation of any of its members is ongoing, for the sake of the organization’s own exposure to liability, and (more importantly) its credibility. EWTN is not, suddenly, a “bad Catholic” organization, any more than anyone else who is choosing to “wait and see” is a “bad” Catholic.

What we do not know: Where the line blurs between honoring and respecting a fellow human being — which involves acknowledging the fullness of his/her gifts and faulty humanity — and slipping into the sort of hero-worship that will brook no human wondering, without lashing out; only God and our own consciences can know that.

What we do know: Better to take refuge in the Lord than to put one’s trust in mortals. Better to take refuge in the Lord than to put one’s trust in princes. And our “princes” are anyone we love to such excess (family, co-religionists, politicians, entertainers) that it gets in the way of seeking Christ and his will, first and foremost.

What we do not know: the state of anothers’ soul – not even of those we love, or do not love.

What we do know: “wait and see; pray for all concerned” is good counsel. Venting may be cathartic but hysteria, name-calling and misidentifying enemies serves nothing but the Father of All Chaos.

What we do not know: why God allows things to happen.

What we do know: all things ultimately work for the Glory of God, even if we do not always recognize how, while we’re in the midst of events.

UPDATE: Frank Weathers writes about When St. Macarius the Great was accused

Deacon Greg: Fr. Corapi likely already has a good team in place

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Writes of once being mistaken for Corapi and what lessons he took from that

UPDATE II:

Mark Shea makes some salient points:

Naturally, I presume innocence until guilt is proven. But come on: If it were any other priest and these charges were brought we would be *screaming* at the bishop or superior in charge of the priest to pull the guy out of action until an investigation could be made and screaming hysterically at the preferential treatment of priests over victims if they didn’t. So let’s show some consistency here, okay? Amy Welborn noted way back during the Long Lent that even when priests had *gobs* of evidence against them (as Fr. Corapi does not at this point), their congregations would rally to them and say, “Oh, not *my* beloved priest! Other priests are bad, but *my* beloved priest is being treated meanly by the Church”.

So we need to make up our minds. Are we going to demand rigorous investigations and accountability for clergy–except with Fr. Corapi because we happen to feel–on the basis of no actual knowledge of the man other than what we see on TV–that he is one of us?

It’s difficult to excerpt, but it should be read.

Julie at Happy Catholic on both Fr. Corapi and Archbishop Dolan

Pat Archbold has the statement from Corapi’s superior

Also writing:
Lisa Graas

Michael Sean Winters

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Guest

    I’m a different guest than who you spoke to before, but I felt compelled to comment. Your apology is graciously accepted. I think Fr. Corapi is being treated undjustly also. I’m angry, and that leads me to want to pray more!

  • Guest

    Guys, Guys, STOP..all y’all have to do is look to JESUS on the cross. Not only was HE murdered and crucified on the cross for accusations that He was innocent of, He said before dying “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”…Just look @ Saul who became St. Paul…so instead of bickering, etc…let’s all pray the holy Rosary and the chaplet of Divine Mercy and ask for forgiveness and repent of our sins as we are in the end times….let’s ask Mama Mary to help Fr. Corapi as he is her beloved son, too…now let’s pray that this will come to an end soon….

  • nbw

    Amen!

  • http://kingandqueenrosaries.yolasite.com Michaeljaffrayk

    I love what you say… Best so far…Amen and again I say Amen

  • Rocc

    Pgbutler78: The Guest who I replied to did not reply to my apology because he/she was trying to cast shadows of doubt on how Father Corapi commented to the public about this accusation. He/She attacked Father Corapi’s character without full knowledge of what is going on here.

    BTW: After Mass, I spoke to a Monsignor in my Catholic church about how Father Corapi has been accused of an affair and he told me he will keep Father Corapi in his prayers.

    BUT without bringing up any details, the first thing Monsignor said to me, “It is amazing how people get a trial before being pronounced guilty, but with a Priest, the Bishops unjustly remove the Priest as though the Priest is already guilty, and this is only an affair. The church law needs to be re-written.”

    Then Monsignor said, “The devil uses anyone he can to remove Priests”.

    One other thing, today’s reading was Jer 18:18-20 where the people of Judah plotted against Jeremiah. How appropriate….

    PRAY PRAY PRAY

  • Rocc

    No one has the right to cast shadows on assumptions. What he does is answerable to GOD, and to GOD alone. He has not been found guilty and no one can judge another man for reasons of their own.

    If you pray for Priests, pray with unconditional love.

  • Rocc

    Living Saints are hard to come by and I pray that you we are both correct about Father Corapi.

    I am praying for him too and want to see the church law re-written because there is so much injustice from a law that turns good into evil without a trial.

  • Rocc

    After Mass, I spoke to a Monsignor in my Catholic church about how Father Corapi has been accused of an affair and he told me he will keep Father Corapi in his prayers.

    BUT without bringing up any details, the first thing Monsignor said to me, “It is amazing how people get a trial before being pronounced guilty, but with a Priest, the Bishops unjustly remove the Priest as though the Priest is already guilty, and this is only an affair. The church law needs to be re-written.”

    Then Monsignor said, “The devil uses anyone he can to remove Priests”.

    One other thing, today’s reading was Jer 18:18-20 where the people of Judah plotted against Jeremiah. How appropriate….

    PRAY PRAY PRAY

  • Rocc

    I am not quite sure I understood everything you said, but I can certainly say something about leaving your parish after 10 years.

    I have been at my parish for 10 and at times I have wanted to quit because of the attacks upon me from all the employees to the Parish Priest. I haven’t left for unknown reasons.

    I believe that GOD does not want any of us to compromise in our belief, but HE certainly wants us to persevere in our FAITH.

    One of the greatest gifts that is closest to the Holy Spirit as Saint Faustina says over and over again in her diary is “SILENCE”. This is a gift that I am praying for. As difficult as silence is, this is one gift that I know few have. Read the Diary of Saint Faustine.

    PRAY WITH SILENCE FOR ONE ANOTHER.

  • Anonymous

    Well, actually, no priest is answerable to GOD ALONE. He’s also answerable to his bishop or religious superior, and to his flock. And I wonder if you’re aware that hijacking a thread is considered bad etiquette?

  • Anonymous

    “There is no disappointment in prayer. ”

    That is very right.

  • Anonymous

    Innocence of accusations or guilty of succumbing to Satan’s allure, Father Corapi is sadness itself. May Our Blessed Mother rescue him again.

  • Pat78

    I was removed from my volunteer ministries as the priest retaliated because I reported his misbehavior at WYD. I struggle with when to be silent and when to report. I’m reading the diary of St. Faustina.

  • Pat78

    I am going to another parish now. I’m retired and am able to serve and am called to do so. I volunteered with adults and teens. I hope to do the same at my new parish and continue to pray for my past pastor.

  • http://globalexclamer.wordpress.com Frater Bovious

    Very nice recap. Sane, sober and loving. Thank you.

    Fb

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000805025031 Rose Healey

    God Bless you and I agree, not in part but every word, Glory to God!!!

  • Rocc

    AMEN

  • Totny Casale

    Few have mentioned Father’s past. Drugs taken for his illness could have easily caused a relapse. I hope not. For us prayer is the only method that will lead us to Christ like solution whatever is the truth.

    TONY

  • Anonymous

    The dissentors attacked the wrong priest. Fr. Corapi knows persecution and is cloaked with Mary’s and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Corapi
    “Corapi filed a qui tam False Claims Act lawsuit against Redding Medical Center cardiologist Chae Hyun Moon after Dr. Moon informed Corapi in 2002 that he was in immediate need of triple bypass surgery, but then told Corapi the procedure could wait three weeks. Corapi decided to seek other medical advice, and it was found he had perfectly clear arteries. Corapi ultimately went to the FBI and filed the suit that was the basis of an FBI raid, and multi-year investigation into Dr. Moon’s practice.[13]

    The United States Department of Justice reached a settlement with four cardiologists and Tenet Healthcare Corporation, the owner of Redding Hospital during 2005, in part due to Corapi’s initial complaint. Three physicians, Dr. Fidel Realyvasquez, Dr. Kent Brusett, and Dr. Ricardo Javier Moreno-Cabral, settled for a total of $24 million; Realyvasquez and Moon, the target of Corapi’s lawsuit, paid $1.4 million; and agreed to never perform cardiology procedures or surgeries on Medicare, Medi-Cal or Tricare patients.[14] Moon’s medical license was eventually revoked in 2007 for gross negligence, among other charges. Realyvasquez is still practicing in California.[15]

    Corapi was awarded $2,712,281 (USD) for his role as a whistleblower in the False Claims Act Lawsuit as well as the $500,000 USD he and his friend were awarded for the insurance case they filed.[16] His involvement as a whistle-blower in the federal investigation of the practices in the Redding Medical Center played an important role in Stephen Klaidman’s non-fiction book Coronary.”

    God blesses Whistle Blowers with great strength and courage! We know how to make lemonade when life brings us lemons.

  • Emmarhernandez

    That is so true we do need to Pray for all our Priests and Fr Corapi needs our PRAYERS more now then ever. We love you Fr.Corapi our Lord Jesus will walk the way with you.As our BLESSED Mother said PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY THE ROSARY.

  • Emmarhernandez

    That is so true we do need to Pray for all our Priests and Fr Corapi needs our PRAYERS more now then ever. We love you Fr.Corapi our Lord Jesus will walk the way with you.As our BLESSED Mother said PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY THE ROSARY.

  • jeff

    i’m so flattered that i got 46 likes on that comment. Fr Corapi’s Spiritual Survival Manual is making my Lent this year and I’m happy to offer any support for him.

  • Tmdesign

    We actually DO KNOW “why God allows (bad) things to happen”. Its because of the gift of Free Will and also because of Original Sin.

  • Tmdesign

    We actually DO KNOW “why God allows (bad) things to happen”. Its because of the gift of Free Will and also because of Original Sin.

  • http://profiles.google.com/frjimt9455 frjim t

    yeah, well, let’s see what you write if this, god forbid, were true. i hope then that you will apologize to all of us priests you put in the #2 column…… it is as hurtful as the presumed accusations vs fr c and, i’m presuming, he wouldn’t support your assault.

  • tj

    huh? why would fr c’s guilt make #2 priests deserving of an “apology”?

  • jeff

    No I won’t. And to call it an “assault” is laughable. Nor did I put “all” priests in that category.

  • Mamaceda

    Satan is working hard to destroy Christ’s Church. I believe Fr. Corapi is innocent and is now being martyred for his love of Christ and His Church.

  • JMJ

    Nancy to say that Pope John Paul left the church in ruins is a LIE! He was very close to God, Jesus & Mary and very obidient to God’s Holy Word. It is so sad when people become “holier” & put themselves above the Vatican; when in truth, they can’t get their own lives in order. Pope John Paul was a great admirer of the saints and if you would take time to read & study the saints, you will find that the Church was in “ruins” many times; even with the Latin Mass! I thank God that we have had so many great popes in my lifetime to lead me and the world to the gates of Heaven. It is bad enough to have to put up with the followers of the late Fr. Feeney & the nonsense of Fr. Grunner & his cult which distracts us from the real battle: satin & his demons. Let us just PRAY for all the Priests that are being attacked & let God’s mercy down on each & every one of us. JMJ

  • Connie Giacalone

    I believe in Father Corapi and will keep praying for him

  • Daniel T

    Perhaps Monsignor overlooked the fact that suspects in a crime can be incarcerated for the good of society prior to being pronounced guilty in a trial.

  • Daniel T

    After further checking, S.O.L.T. could provide Father Coraapi faculties to act within their community, though not in matters of public worship. Though as a professed member of a Society of Apostolic Life, Father Corapi should be living in the religious community per canon law. If he is not living in the community on a temporary basis (and S.O.L.T. would be required to get the permission of the bishop to set up a house), then he should be subject to the local ordinary.

  • http://kingandqueenrosaries.yolasite.com Michaeljaffrayk

    That would be great if it is true..BUT even if not then God can still get a huge victory from what looks like a defeat.
    God does that often!!!
    I love and appreciate Father Corapi whatever the outcome. He is a great Priest and speaks with an amazing Charisma. And he speaks the Splendour of TRUTH.
    Prayer is so very Powerful. Pray the Rosary for his intention.
    And also for the intention of all those involved.
    I think in that huge list we would have to include all of us who have commented on this blog.

  • http://kingandqueenrosaries.yolasite.com Michaeljaffrayk

    If you want to listen to another amazing Priest who is helping set the world on fire for Jesus… Check out Father Robert Barron of Word on Fire and his Catholicism project..
    It is amazing and his podcasts and reflections each week which stretch back 10 years are very very inspiring and full of excellent teaching.
    http://www.wordonfire.org
    Check it out and you will enough info and sheer straight down the middle Catholicism to last you a life time..

  • http://kingandqueenrosaries.yolasite.com Michaeljaffrayk

    I really liked what you said. I pressed the like button and now add my LOUD AMEN!!!

  • http://kingandqueenrosaries.yolasite.com Michaeljaffrayk

    AMEN AND AGAIN I SAY AMEN!!!

  • http://kingandqueenrosaries.yolasite.com Michaeljaffrayk

    Wow!!!!!
    I really like this attitude!!!!
    God bless you Pablo…

  • http://kingandqueenrosaries.yolasite.com Michaeljaffrayk

    Amen!! You do not sound much like a MEAN Lizzie to me with a remark like that!!!

  • http://kingandqueenrosaries.yolasite.com Michaeljaffrayk

    In my opinion, you would do better to reserve your comments and instead pray..
    Unlike The Father Son and Holy Spirit you and I know very little about the facts…
    Faithful are the wounds of a brother…

  • http://kingandqueenrosaries.yolasite.com Michaeljaffrayk

    As I read the above posts it seems pretty obvious that we are getting way off track here.
    Humility and Prayer would be a so much better approach… don’t you think???

  • http://kingandqueenrosaries.yolasite.com Michaeljaffrayk

    ROCC Great post thanks.. I totally agree with you!

  • http://kingandqueenrosaries.yolasite.com Michaeljaffrayk

    How about praying that the Mercy of Christ will prevail????

  • http://kingandqueenrosaries.yolasite.com Michaeljaffrayk

    Amen!!!

  • http://kingandqueenrosaries.yolasite.com Michaeljaffrayk

    Amen !!!

  • http://kingandqueenrosaries.yolasite.com Michaeljaffrayk

    Amen!! Just prayed the Lord’s Prayer and how about saying a Rosary too. Today Friday is the Sorrowful Mystery???


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