EWTN Explains about Corapi Programming UPDATED

Although EWTN had already made a statement announcing that it was pulling its Father Corapi programing until the matters concerning him are settled, the network must have gotten a lot of negative feedback from people who are hurting about the controversy and also — I am sadly sure — from people telling them what shameful, disloyal Catholics they are, and threatening to never contribute another dime to their operation, and so they’ve released a fuller statement:

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 and careful discernment.

The fact is that Father John’s own religious community has placed him on administrative leave and his capacity to function publicly as a priest has been suspended during the investigation of the charges against him. This was officially communicated to all of the bishops of the country in a statement saying that, “…Fr. Corapi has been placed on administrative leave and has had all of his priestly faculties removed.”

In EWTN’s thirty years of existence, the Network has never knowingly aired programming featuring any priest whose priestly faculties have been suspended. The Network has always responded consistently and immediately in such situations by removing such programs from the air. We are obliged to do so in obedience to the discipline of the Church.

You can read the whole thing at Patrick Madrid’s establishment. It seems very reasonable to me, that they be consistent with all of the priests and religious who present on their network. I frankly hadn’t realized that Fr. Corapi’s faculties had been removed (although Te Deum blog highlighted it yesterday); if that is the case, it makes perfect sense that they would suspend his broadcasts until such time as they are restored.

You can’t really run programming from a priest who has (for however long it takes) had his faculties removed. It’s a credibility issue. If this is accurate, I believe it means Corapi can no longer publicly celebrate any sacraments, wear priestly garb, or present himself as a priest — in which case it would actually be dishonest of EWTN to continue broadcasting the work he has done as a priest.

What a mess, for all concerned. I am sure everyone involved wants to see all of this quickly resolved.

There is no reason to suspect that this decision was not difficult for EWTN, or that they are not praying for all things to work out well. A network that has brought 30 years of excellent and orthodox Catholic teaching to the world can hardly be accused of being an anti-Corapi conspirator.

Frank Weathers has 10 Things to Do While Fr. Corapi is on Leave

Eric Sammons Fr. Corapi and Media’s Reality Distortion

Jimmy Akin: Thoughts on the Fr. Corapi Situation

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  • Steveandann

    Thank you!
    time to get out the checkbook. :)

  • Steveandann

    Thank you!
    time to get out the checkbook. :)

  • sbb19

    I loves me some Frank Weathers.

    Thank you for the update, Anchoress.

  • Jen

    What a double tragedy this would be if people stopped supporting EWTN for doing what they had to do. C’mon folks… calm down and use your heads.

  • Lily

    Prayers ascending and tears descending. I pray this is resolved soon and peace will return for all concerned.

  • NBW

    EWTN did right and we should keep supporting them.

  • Jeff

    I found the Akin article bizarre and obnoxious in the extreme. his ‘exegesis’ of the the text of Corapi’s statement was literally the inverse of how truth would be determined in any jury trial or other fair investigatory process.

  • odatbygrace

    I think it is possible that people who are angry at EWTN for pulling Corapi are desperately trying to exonorate him before a thorough investigation is completed, as if EWTN could pronounce him innocent by continuing to air his programs. Prudence is the guardian of all virture! It is to EVERYONE’s benefit (including Corapi) that everyone pause and seek the Truth … because “Truth is somebody, and that somebody is Jesus Christ” :)

  • Elizabeth J

    It’s possible to comment on the Father Corapi issue without editorializing in this way — “and also — I am sadly sure — from people telling them what shameful, disloyal Catholics they are”. Your dislike of him and the people who enjoy listening to him is certainly glaring.

  • Anonymous

    Quite wrong. I don’t dislike Corapi, and I don’t dislike the people who like enjoy him; as I have said elsewhere, I myself have enjoyed his presentations when I have happened upon them.

    I DO dislike — quite reasonably, I think — being told by some of Fr. Corapi’s fans, though, that I am going to hell, that EWTN is “possessed by Satan” etc, etc.

    It may not please you that I refer to them, but they’re nevertheless out there saying and writing this stuff, and to acknowledge that is not fantasy or even being spiteful.

    Of course I did not have to mention the people who have been shouting “shameful, disloyal Catholics” and suggesting collusion and conspiracy among any who dare to simply suggest praying and waiting this story out, but on the other hand, that IS what people were/are saying, and it is not unreasonable to assume that EWTN was responding to it.

    The comboxes bear it out – read them for yourself; that I acknowledge it is no reason to accuse me of “not liking” Corapi, any more than I could accuse you of “liking” those extreme accusations of evil and malice, which I credit you with NOT liking, at all.

  • Aj4coco

    Elizabeth J, you really need to read the comments from a few days ago to understand what The Anchoress is talking about. They were vile.

  • Elizabeth J

    I did read them, days ago. Nothing that I’ve read on the anchoress’ blog about this issue doesn’t contain some invidious little jab of poison. And I keep wondering about things being posted on the subject, like bringing up how Padre Pio reacted when he was accused, as if there should be a connection.

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  • Jeff

    Of the hundreds and hundreds of comments on this issue, i think i saw one about hell. And that could have beem written by anyone including someone trying to make fr corapi and his supporters (should be all of us christians..) look scary and crude. I wouldn’t put any stock in them.

  • Child of God

    This is clearly the work of satan who would like nothing better than to see a Father Corapi discredited and his faculties removed to keep him from proclaiming the truth. What kind of justice is that, to remove a Priest’s faculties because some woman makes accusations? Sounds like injustice! A reaction born out of fear.

  • Child of God

    This is clearly the work of satan who would like nothing better than to see a Father Corapi discredited and his faculties removed to keep him from proclaiming the truth. What kind of justice is that, to remove a Priest’s faculties because some woman makes accusations? Sounds like injustice! A reaction born out of fear.

  • http://profiles.google.com/klwhoward Karen Howard

    The Frank Weathers post was terrific. Thanks for the link.

    I don’t see where EWTN had any choice but to pull Fr. Corapi’s shows for right now.

    I do, however, sympathize with Fr. Corapi’s frustration with the whole situation (being suspended, not EWTN specifically). When the new child protection policies were put in place, I thought at the time that they left priests too vulnerable to unsubstantiated accusations. It seems like we went from one extreme (too little consideration given to the rights of victims) to the other (too little consideration given to the rights of accused priests).

    Perhaps the bishops felt that they had no choice, given the magnitude of the scandal. I suppose that one good result of the current policy is that, whenever someone starts carrying on about the Catholic Church and child abuse, we can point out that no one but no one currently has such strict policies in place.

  • jeff

    Santa Cruz Media, Inc., the owner of the rights to Father Corapi’s work, has put out a powerful statement in support of Fr.Corapi and against the veracity of the accusations. The former employee is described as having assaulted a co worker and vowed revenge against Corapi.

  • jeff

    Statement of Santa Cruz Media, Inc. Relative to Fr. Corapi’s Suspension
    Santa Cruz Media, Inc. is the owner of all of Fr. John Corapi’s intellectual property and the DVDs, CDs, and books that flow from it. 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 we have the utmost respect for Church authority.
    We fully support Rev. John Corapi in this terrible trial, not surprisingly having begun on Ash Wednesday. Through the sacrifice and struggle of the desert and all of the dark moments that this entails, we are confident that the glory of the risen Lord will shine forth from the power of the Resurrection and Easter.
    We have consulted with a number of canon lawyers. They have assured us that the actions of the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas are, on several points of canon law, illicit. It is our fervent hope that The Dallas Charter will be changed because of false accusations like this. There is no evidence at this time that Fr. Corapi did anything wrong, only the unsubstantiated rant of a former employee, who, after losing her job with this office, physically assaulted me and another employee and promised to “destroy” Father Corapi. We all continue to pray for this person, and we ask you to do the same.
    We sincerely believe that the work Fr. Corapi has done is of greatest value to the Church, hence hated by the devil. We fully intend to make Fr. Corapi’s material available as a service to the Church and the world for as long as we possibly can.
    The Church provides no financial support to Fr. Corapi. He has to pay for his own legal representation, medical costs, food, housing, etc. We have never accepted donations or charitable contributions of any kind. We are supporting Father’s efforts to defend himself. Your purchase of products from Santa Cruz Media helps provide the funding for Father’s continued work as well as the legal expenses he continues to incur as a result of these malicious allegations.
    Father Corapi and all of us here at Santa Cruz Media, Inc. greatly appreciate your kindness, support, and prayers. Please continue to pray for Father Corapi and his accuser, as well as all priests who find themselves in this unfortunate situation.

  • Daniel T

    Check with Santa Cruz Media Inc. to see if they would be willing to release their financial records, a list of their majority stockholders and the compensation of officers. Why did this statement come from a vice-president of operations rather than the president or chairman of the board of Santa Cruz Media Incorporated?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colleen-Finlon/555815352 Colleen Finlon

    It is indeed hearbreaking to see this situation with Father Corapi. I believe he is innocent and a sacrificial lamb with respect to the Church and the historical need for abuse protocol. I believe Father Corapi’s heart is broken and along with his physical health challenges, it is very difficult for him to handle this worst imaginable
    situation. I pray for him to be still and pray for the Resurecting power of Jesus Christ through Mary to reign victory over all.

  • Amy

    Thank you for doing what you can to help Father Corapi. I think we all need to pray that this situation ends as quickly, & with true justice, so that Father can continue to speak about Jesus our Lord & Savior!

  • David Griffith