Santa Cruz Media on Fr. Corapi

It was not my intention to comment on this memo that was released by Santa Cruz media in defense of Fr. John Corapi. I was frankly happy to see passions abating from previous posts on the subject, and earlier in the week I had decided that, until something was “known” I would not post any further on Corapi.

Then the memo was released on Friday, and I thought, “oh, blerg! Not more!” I really didn’t want to open up another round of conjecture and speculation based on a memo that I thought raised as many questions as it seemed, for some, to answer. None of us knows any more than we did last week, when Corapi said, himself, that the allegations originated from a former employee, so it seemed pointless to comment on. And unlike a few inquiring email correspondents, I didn’t find the thing to be “proof” of anything much, and some of it bothered me. That being the case, I thought discretion would be the better part of valor, for all concerned, and that I’d take a pass on the memo.

Also, I figured Deacon Greg, that old newshound, basically had it covered.

Discretion would be a little bit easier, though, if Fr. Corapi — who was the one who announced this whole mess to begin with — could pipe down and just let this thing play out. Instead he puts the memo on his site — not on the Santa Cruz Media site (there doesn’t seem to be one) but on his site, and the thing immediately invites questions. Why is the first line of the memo about the “intellectual property” of Corpai’s work, as though it was making a public notice against a claim? Why was the VP of operations writing this, not the CEO; why does it begin by declaring itself a wholly secular, for-profit interest, making a point that it answers to no Catholic authority, and then commence holding forth in what struck me as the downright Corapian language of a religious firebrand?

Santa Cruz Media is a small company that handles all of Fr. Corapi’s multimedia product – it makes sense that they will want to protect their interests and their sales revenues. But I think a better memo would have been a simple declaration, something like “we support Fr. Corapi in this difficult time and pray for all concerned,” and then lead into their paragraph about appreciating their customer’s business.

But I think Santa Cruz Media should have said nothing at all. All that statement did was make people wonder why the CEO hadn’t written it. And a quick google search gave the answer:

At the urging of some readers, I did a little Googling to try and find out more information about Santa Cruz Media, Inc. According to this filing from the Whitefish Montana Election Commission, where the company is headquartered, the CEO of Santa Cruz Media is listed as John Corapi.

So, now I’m confused, and I am hoping someone can help me out, here. Is Fr. Corapi still a religious vowed to poverty, or is he a Diocesan priests who is entitled to own property? Does anyone know? I thought he was a religious? A commenter suggested that perhaps Corapi turned his venture over to secular management, as Mother Angelica did with EWTN, to keep her endeavor free-handed, but EWTN remains a not-for-profit organization, so this is not the same.

Like I said, this memo was better left unwritten. It certainly does nothing to hurt Fr. Corapi pursuant to the allegations he’s fighting, but it just muddies up the waters.

But who knows, perhaps it will help clear them.

The angel stirred the waters at Bethesda, and it brought healing. Perhaps all these stirred waters will bring healing to our beleaguered church and — please God — our much put-upon priests.

I say, let’s pray. I’m going to be offline and traveling for part of the day — a good chance to say rosaries for all concerned.

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • 4unborn

    Sue, I agree that Fr. Corapi’s superiors have not said that he is considered guilty of anything. They have to do an internal investigation IF they believe that the claim is credible.

    Joel (“Honey”) from Arizona

  • http://sailorette.blogspot.com/ Foxfier

    http://www.cathdal.org/files/Sexual_Misconduct_Policy.pdf

    It simply has to be claimed, not be credible.

  • 4unborn

    I agree that he personally does not own the web site, but http://www.fathercorapi.com is his web site.

    I have not judged him to be guilty, but I do judge his words and actions as troubling.

    You did tell me, “Because you’re convinced…” what my motives are.

    Finding Fr. Corapi guilty would be establishing the claim was credible, If his superiors did not believe it to be credible, they would not have taken action.

  • http://sailorette.blogspot.com/ Foxfier

    No, saying “you are convinced of X because you are jealous” or “you just say that because you’re trolling for responses” would be telling you your motives.

    You made it quite clear that you do not believe SCM inc has any right to issue a statement on the web site that they own.

    Under the rules his superiors have to work with, the accusation has only to be made– not to be found credible. This was mentioned in both statements.

  • 4unborn

    Do you really believe that his superiors would have taken the action they did if they did not believe that the claim was credible??

  • http://sailorette.blogspot.com/ Foxfier

    Do you really believe they would violate the rules and /not/?

  • 4unborn

    The Dallas Policy on Sexual Misconduct states(Article 9, page 18): “action may include…placing the accused person on administrative leave.” Giving his superiors the benefit of the doubt, I do not believe that they would have placed him on admistrative leave if they did not believe the claim was credible.

  • http://sailorette.blogspot.com/ Foxfier

    You missed the important bit that is directly above that:this all happens on the basis of being accused.

    They have no leeway.

    Upon receipt of a complaint of sexual misconduct, the Chancellor will notify the Bishop and
    assist him with the manner in which to proceed, including the undertaking of an investigation.
    The Bishop may immediately take necessary appropriate action to prevent further acts of sexual
    misconduct or harm to the victim or alleged victim, in accordance with civil and canon law. Such
    action may include, but not be limited to, placing the accused person on administrative leave and
    withdrawing permission to engage in acts of ministry. The Bishop, Chancellor or their designee
    will promptly assist the victim in securing appropriate pastoral and administrative care and
    assistance.

  • http://bloggerpriest.wordpress.com Father Joe

    The Fr. Corapi issue aside, SOLT is not a religious order but rather a pious society. I could find no reference to superiors, so am at a loss as to whom the priest (or anyone else) would pass money. Instead, it appears that the society is under the diocesan jurisdiction of the Corpus Christi Diocese in Texas. That would make his superior the local bishop. As a diocesan priest, Fr. Corapi would take a promise of obedience and of celibacy, but not of poverty. However, bishops usually require that their priests get approval before involving themselves in private business operations. This may have happened. SOLT or the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity does NOT yet have pontifical status.

    Although Fr. Corapi is operating way outside the diocese, I would suspect that he would still be under Bishop William Michael Mulvey of Corpus Christi, Texas, given that he has jurisdiction over SOLT.

    Bishop George Leo Thomas of Helena, Montana, is cited in the news as the one pressing the case and I am sure that he is in communication with Bishop Mulvey about the charges and situation. We discovered this week from the Helena chancery that that Fr. Corapi has all along kept a personal residence in Montana although he was never granted priestly faculties from the bishop of Helena to function there. These are required, not optional. This issue may be far more serious than an fired and angry woman worker. No priest is permitted to function as a Lone Ranger. Transient priests have been frowned upon in American Catholic Church history going back to Archbishop John Carroll of Baltimore, the primatial see.

    Fr. Corapi was ordained in Corpus Christi, Texas. He has faculties there, I suspect, although he is not listed on the diocesan website as one of their priests.

    The SOLT website does not detail a traditional order; rather, communities are very small and organized into Ecclesial Teams. These teams are composed of a priest, religious and lay person or married couple. It may be that this structure gives the groupings too much autonomy and that there might need to be greater supervision or oversight.

    As for the statement from Santa Cruz Media, Inc., you are right that nothing more should have been said. Given that Fr. Corapi is the CEO, it has fanned the flames. A suspended priest cannot engage in ministry. Fr. Corapi’s outreach is largely that of a media ministry. EWTN made the moral decision of putting his programs on hold. I cannot imagine that the bishop will be pleased that the media ministry through Fr. Corapi’s company will continue. As to whether it is for-profit or not-for-profit is beside the point.

    We must give the process time and trust the bishops. We must not worship personalities, no matter how good and holy the priests; to the extent that we ridicule the Church and her bishops, we undermine the message that Fr. Corapi and good priests have long preached. We are Catholics first and fans of Fr. Corapi, second.

    Pray for Fr. Corapi; pray for his accuser(s); pray for SOLT; pray for EWTN; pray for the bishops; and pray for the Church. Remember, we are followers not of Fr. Corapi or any mere man, but of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

    FATHER JOE

  • 4unborn

    Foxfire and I quote the Dallas Policy on Sexual Misconduct makes clear that the Bishop does not have to place the accused on administrative leave.
    I do not believe that Fr. Corapi would have been placed on administrative leave if there were not a credible claim against him.

  • sj
  • http://sailorette.blogspot.com/ Foxfier

    Finally, something that ISN’T an automatically generated web page.

    Still isn’t the owner, though; given that we already know that he formed the company so that the ministry wouldn’t be hurt by legal threats to their tax exempt status, one would HOPE that he’s rather high up in it–or was, until he was told to stop doing stuff because of the investigation. (Or are you going to accuse him of violating that, too?)

  • sj

    This article from the Catholic News Service is the most comprehensive report I have seen yet: http://www.catholicreview.org/subpages/storyworldnew-new.aspx?action=9693
    It indicates that Fr. Corapi was placed on administrative leave by his superior at SOLT after consultation with the Bishop of Corpus Christi.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HD6MCOK7CFWJEMZQ2VXNIMNNXY Dr. Mary

    I totally agree with most of the commentors below. Fr. Corapi has been open and forthright about his finances and the set up of Santa Cruz Missions. He has helped me greatly in dealing with demons who attack Catholics almost on a daily basis. He gives me strength.

    I think Authoress (whom I did not know of before the Corapi incident) is way out of line in her comments (this and other nights) on Fr. Corapi. I rather look at this as a disgruntled former employee being used by the forces of evil to get back at a man who so openly and fearlessly fights satan in almost all of his talks. So satan coming after such a priest is not unexpected. What is also not expected are Catholics or Catholic writers inserting their own condemnation against a priest in such a public manner…especially since he just waged a battle for his health/life. Fr. Corapi was on the road for years with his own ministry and many listened. We will continue to listen. But if I see Authoress’ posts again I now know to just scroll on by.
    Warmly ~ Dr. Mary C

  • Anonymous

    You know, I absolutely HATE this comment format, where it is virtually impossible to find new content, you can’t find out IF there are new comments because the front page doesn’t show the number of comments, and if you do, by chance, stumble upon new comments they are 5 characters wide!

  • sj

    And who do you think the owner is? He is the President, Treasurer, Secretary, and only director. If not the owner, Fr. Corapi must have the full confidence of the very anonymous Mr. Big. Your original quibble was whether or not the SCM site entitled “fathercorapi.com” was Father Corapi’s. Under these circumstances, I don’t see who else’s it could be.

  • Guelkerl

    Dear Elizabeth. I too think Santa Cruz Media should stand up for Father Corapi. I think it is too bad that EWTN did not. If Mother Angelica were around, she would not desert him, because she is a fighter and she knows what kind of Priest and what kind of man he is. First the Church sweeps problems under the rug and now they hang everyone that anyone wants to make an accusation against. Father Corapi tells the truth and there are many people in the Church that don’t like that. We need more Father Corapis. Maybe you should become more familiar with him & then you would understand. You may not like his style. No one is perfect. But Father Corapi tells the truth. He teaches the truth in total agreement with Catholic teaching. I don’t blame Father Corapi for posting a commnet on his site. Why shouldn’t he state the truth? The people that have come to know him, want to know what is going on, and we appreciate the information. It is just like Father Corapi to lay his cards on the table. That is who he is.
    God Bless, Linda Guelker, St. Louis, MO

  • http://sailorette.blogspot.com/ Foxfier

    It belongs to the company.

    You have no proof of the company’s owner.

    That hasn’t changed, and it’s pretty clear you’re just reaching, now.

  • http://sailorette.blogspot.com/ Foxfier

    Please do not put words in my mouth, especially when you know they are exactly the opposite of what I have said.

    Between this and your highly selective quoting of the policy, I can no longer believe you are acting in good faith; you keep saying that the claim must be credible, but the word “credible” does not even appear in the entire document, let alone the quoted portion.

    http://www.cathdal.org/files/Sexual_Misconduct_Policy.pdf
    Upon receipt of a complaint of sexual misconduct, the Chancellor will notify the Bishop and
    assist him with the manner in which to proceed, including the undertaking of an investigation.
    The Bishop may immediately take necessary appropriate action to prevent further acts of sexual
    misconduct or harm to the victim or alleged victim, in accordance with civil and canon law. Such
    action may include, but not be limited to, placing the accused person on administrative leave and
    withdrawing permission to engage in acts of ministry. The Bishop, Chancellor or their designee
    will promptly assist the victim in securing appropriate pastoral and administrative care and
    assistance

  • sj

    In response to your comment below, don’t be ridiculous.

  • http://sailorette.blogspot.com/ Foxfier

    I can see how you wouldn’t want competition.

  • sj

    hah

  • jeff

    Father Joe, you seem to be making very serious allegations, i.e., that Father Corapi has been operating without permission for many years. Is this what you are saying? Are you certain?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6SQWADITZPYHKSWSM5ONMDI52I Greta

    I agree with the post on the comment section style used here and the five character posts when replies are posted. I also see a few people who post multiple times on the same story as if this is somehoe their personal blog site going back and forth with other commenters. Seems like if you have something to say on the post, say it and let others comment. If someone posts something directly related to your post, you get one reply. Not up to me, but frankly would get more out of the comment section if there were more viewpoints to consider and not domination by a few.

  • noemi

    Fr.Corapi is vow to chastity,poverty,and obedience. He does not get a salary as diocese priest would, he has to eat,live.
    Let’s remember that Fr.Corapi has plenty of enemies devil satanic worshipers in hollywood that hate him because he vomited his past with them and said yes completely to God. The gift to speak, preach as Fr.Corapi does with only the thruth of our Catholic church can only be achieved through the Holy Spirit.

  • Wkup007

    Sue from Buffalo
    its true, all those devil worshipers from porno have it for Fr.Corapi they hate him because he warned us how they operate in evil worshiping to attrack more addicts

  • Kate

    The accuser may have identified herself in the letter of complaint. It seems likely to me that she did identify herself, as one would think a priest would not be suspended in response to an anonymous accusation. Since she made the accusation in private, I don’t see any reason her name should be made public.

  • Kate

    The accuser may have identified herself in the letter of complaint. It seems likely to me that she did identify herself, as one would think a priest would not be suspended in response to an anonymous accusation. Since she made the accusation in private, I don’t see any reason her name should be made public.

  • Anonymous

    Your using the phrase ‘Like I said’ rather than ‘As I said’ . . . now that’s a real scandal!

  • peasant of Long Island Sound

    Fr. Corapi picked the wrong time to be denounced as a sex abuser and a drug addict. He was preceded by the notorious Marcel Maciel who posed as a priest in order to further his lecherous lifestyle. Countless thousands backed Maciel, including the Holy Father, yet he was undone and appeared to die impenitent. Fr. Corapi may be innocent of the charges, but it’s not a good season to be accused. People who remark about innocent before proven guilty need to be careful these days.

  • 4unborn

    Where do I say “the claim must be credible?”

  • 4unborn

    The Authoress did not condemn Fr. Corapi. I think that the Authoress is in line.

  • Anonymous

    Mike I have never said or implied that Fr.. Corapi has “defended pedophiles” nor would I, because I don’t know enough about him. I do know there was some discussion In the threads that the Dallas protocols can sometimes seem a bit unfair to the accused priest, and I do think I said somewhere that we need to find some balance in our
    responses to accusations against priests so that we can be fair and just to both victims and innocent priests…clearly we are not there yet. Also, there was my responding to the notion that a priest — any priest — could (as Corapi argued) might be a one-time offender who otherwise serves the church fruitfully; there I was most not by any means suggesting that Corapi was “defending pedophiles.” I was only putting forward the information that the rater of recidivism among child molesters is nearly 100%, so there is very likely no such thing as a “one time” offender. If you were a regular reader you’d know that is a subject of particular import to me, and I simply wanted to CORRECT any reader’s misunderstanding on that issue. For all I know, Corapi does not know about the rate of recidivism, and I just wanted to put a fact out there. To mischaracterize me as accusing Corapi of “defending pedophiles” suggests that you misread me at best, and I’ll give you the benefit of a doubt.

    As to the rest, Are you saying to me that asking questions precipitated by Fr.Corapi’s own public statements is unfair? The questions are reasonable ones. What is unfair,it seems to me, is to say “father has spoken, and therefore no one must ask a question.”

  • Kieran Stewart07

    I agree and will pray for Fr Corapi and all our priests and our holy church. Say the rosary. Fr Corapi helped me to appreciate the value of the rosary. God and our Holy Mother Mary protect him.

  • http://sailorette.blogspot.com/ Foxfier

    How many times have you said the claim must be credible because they wouldn’t act on it otherwise?
    (This in the face of plain orders that on getting an accusation, they have to act.)

    The facts do not back up your belief that the claim has to be credible because they acted on it.

  • Colkoch

    If you really want to just scroll on by you should get this bloggers name correct. It’s Anchoress.

  • Mary

    Fr. Corapi may have been a resident of Texas when he was ordained, but he was ordained in Rome by Pope John Paul II. Pope Benedict has also ordained SOLT priests, so you needn’t worry about what kind of priests they are. Fr. Corapi’s current superior is Fr. Ogie Rosalinas. If you really, really want to know facts – such those concerning vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for SOLT priests, ask Fr. Rosalinas! Phone 363-387-2754.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QB5NBCDFKW3MK2YZTBBHJ6OMWM JB

    It’s Weird. It’s getting weirder.

  • Trina

    Hi, Elizabeth. I stumbled upon your blog when I googled about Fr Corapi after reading the announcement on EWTN website. The volume of comments generated by this topic on your posts is amazing. This is certainly a touchy topic.

    I thought that maybe it is because the tone of the posts had very specific implications….such as “So, now I’m confused, and I am hoping someone can help me out, here. Is Fr. Corapi still a religious vowed to poverty, or is he a Diocesan priests who is entitled to own property? Does anyone know? I thought he was a religious?” and your comment about his tan: “but if I were Corapi, I’d ditch the tanning booth for the duration. I’m sure it’s perfectly innocuous and innocent, but it’s unhelpful at the moment”.

    Have you all noticed the phrase “just saying….” is such an excuse for rudeness nowadays. You say something then add that phrase and it appears you have no accountability over what you said. But the power of the word is tremendous. It stirs us up in very different ways. After reading all the comments, I will go with those who have called for prayer and silence over this.

  • Margo321
  • Sandra Gray

    I for dont believe any allegations against the good Fr. Corapi, what does the bible say about slandering someone unjustly, I hope they get prison and a very heft fine, the Church is not an ATM machine and Fr. Corapi is high profile which unfortunately attracts crack pots (mostly women) I am praying very hard for him and I totally believe him. In fact I am very sad and upset that he has this nonsense against him, may Our Ladys shawl be around his shoulders at this time of trial that none us would like, and to the woman I say begone Satan.

    Sandra Gray

    Dublin. Ireland.

  • Sandra Gray

    I for dont believe any allegations against the good Fr. Corapi, what does the bible say about slandering someone unjustly, I hope they get prison and a very heft fine, the Church is not an ATM machine and Fr. Corapi is high profile which unfortunately attracts crack pots (mostly women) I am praying very hard for him and I totally believe him. In fact I am very sad and upset that he has this nonsense against him, may Our Ladys shawl be around his shoulders at this time of trial that none us would like, and to the woman I say begone Satan.

    Sandra Gray

    Dublin. Ireland.

  • Kate

    But why would anyone believe what Father Corapi says, just because he says it? Especially now that red flags have begun to wave all over the place? He may have chosen to forego non-profit status in order to say what he wants to say. But I can think of other possibilities, too–like maybe he wanted to keep his finances private, rather than make the kinds of financial disclosures required of non-profits.

  • Kate

    But why would anyone believe what Father Corapi says, just because he says it? Especially now that red flags have begun to wave all over the place? He may have chosen to forego non-profit status in order to say what he wants to say. But I can think of other possibilities, too–like maybe he wanted to keep his finances private, rather than make the kinds of financial disclosures required of non-profits.

  • Kate

    The carefully crafted mystique surrounding Father Corapi is really beginning to bother me. He says he needs to spend big bucks for security because so many people would like to see him dead. But does anyone know if that is actually true?

  • Thomasp3

    If Fr. Corapi is innocent of the charges against him, he has a remedy available to him outside of canon law: he can sue the woman who has denounced him for libel and damages. That would rather conclusively settle the matter.

  • Samj36

    What’s wrong with you people ??????

    SINCE WHEN IS IT A CRIME TO TAN ??? WHAT DOES INNOCUOUS AND INNOCENT HAVE TO DO WITH GOING EITHER OUT IN THE SUN OR USING A TANNING BED ???

    HE LIVES IN MONTANA – WE DO NOT GET THAT MUCH SUN SO GOING TO A TANNING BED IS THE NEXT BEST THING.

    HE HAS A RIGHT TO DEFEND HIMSELF. hE HAS A RIGHT TO MAKE A LIVING AND USE HIS MONEY AS HE WANTS.

    I KNOW Fr John – In private he is a very quite low key man. He has used his wealth to help others. He is very compassionate to those less fortunate and has always helped to those in need.

    If I were being accused of vile accusations I would be screaming at the top of my lungs. Many people close to Fr John know the accuser and what the real story is behind her vile lies.

    If you do not know what your talking about then shut up !!

    Stop look in the mirror and take your own inventory ..

  • http://twitter.com/JohnMShuster John Shuster

    Lots of comments so far havebeen involved making multi-faceted excuses for the less than saintly, simple and holy background activities of Corapi. An examination of the co-dependency aspects of the current expression of our Roman Catholic tradition is in order.

  • jeff

    can you be specific? seems very judgmental of you.

  • J.T. Christopher

    Colleen, I hope he reads this!


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