John Corapi to feed/guard "entire world" – UPDATED

Have to be honest, sort of saw this coming when “John-once-called-’Father’-Corapi” (his words) offered his materials for sale with the note that they might not be available much longer. Seemed to be saying, to me, that he would not be able to preach or sell his stuff as a priest, anymore.

Real quick analysis and a little transcription on initial listen:

“All things change; only God stays the same…I am not going to be involved in public ministry as a priest any longer. There are ‘certain persons in the church’ who want me gone…I do accept what has transpired…but the bishops have the power, apparently, to operate any way they see fit.”

No explanations, nothing specific
— there’s a heavy victim note being played about “certain leaders in the Catholic church.” yet leaving the priesthood appears to be his decision. He states that he’d be “indefinitely” suspended by those in authority as they waited around for him to leave.

Parts of this are extremely melodramatic. I’m sure Corapi feels he has been treated unjustly, but his remarks are not — at least to me — seeming like the stuff of humility, acceptance, obedience. There’s nothing here about the movement of the Holy Spirit, or God’s will; Corapi is not talking about this in terms of God “writing straight with crooked” as some might expect. Nothing about prayer, struggling, his personal anguish, Mary, his confreres (he seems always to have been a bit of a lone wolf), or the Rosary, or hope. It all seems pretty earthbound, to me.

Corapi seems a little miffed that the people questioning him were not graduates of the FBI Academy; he is claiming he does not wish to be placed in an adversarial position against the church — you can hear him say that right after he storms about the bishop and procedures for a few minutes, and charges them with ignoring both canon and civil law.

A few days ago, we talked a little about how — just as the laity need to be able to depend upon the church to do the right thing regarding bad priests, accused priests need some protections put in place, too. But to be honest, since Corapi is offering no specifics regarding his “irrational and unjust situation,” I am not sure why he would not choose to fight, and therefore help to initiate new policies and procedures for the sake of the priesthood, which he always spoke of lovingly. If I was involved with something unjust, I’d fight like hell, but that’s just me. You love your priesthood, you fight for it; you trust Jesus, who IS truth, to bring forth the truth. That’s what Padre Pio did.

“For 20 years I did my best to guard and feed the sheep…was thrown out like yesterday’s garbage…I shall continue, black sheep that I am, to speak. And sheepdog that I am, to guard the sheep, this time not not just in the Catholic church, but in the entire world!”

Not hearing the Jesus note in there, that he’s feeling called to it by Jesus, obeying Jesus and not just following his own ambitions, etc…In fact, I am not sure he mentions Christ at all in the speech. I’ll have to listen to it again, but I’m not hearing any generosity, in any of this. Everyone is, of course, entitled to their own opinion — and I am sure many people are either confused or heartbroken over this news, and I truly feel badly for them — but so many have called him a “living” saint and a few have even called him “the lone voice of truth” in the church, today — and I guess those sorts of sentiments led me to expect something different.

He speaks of his audience necessarily becoming “broader,” which I guess it would have to be, if he’s intending to feed and guard the entire world!

Am I the only one who finds that a bit grandiose and thinks he sounds just a bit messianic along with the melodrama? Maybe he’ll start his own church! I’m more inclined to think, though, that he’s intending to go into a right-wing focused teaparty/religion sort of mode; I expect he’ll become more political.

Corapi’s new book is almost ready to be published. He’ll be writing/broadcasting as the “Black Sheep Dog.”

UPDATE: Entire text here

Deacon Greg is feeling pretty much as I do. But many, many of his fans and followers really seem upended in various feeds I’m reading. They need prayersupport. Whisper up a prayer, if you can, for them. I am, and for Corapi, too. It seems to me he is choosing to save his brand over fighting for his priesthood, and that is very sad.

Mark Shea is furious and mincing no words. He says this is worse than Richard Nixon’s “Checkers” speech. They won’t have John Corapi to kick around, anymore!

I predict a mob of pitchfork wavers fanning out across the internet to yell at the woman (about whom they know nothing except what The Black Sheepdog has told them to think) and the bishops and investigator

What a sad mess.

UPDATE II: Max Lindenman expresses sympathy and wonders if Corapi is over or under medicated.

Deacon Bill Ditewig urges prayer

Frank Weathers: I’m still here!

Lisa Graas: “saw it coming”

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  • Jean

    I’m new to this forum. Just came across the article and was taken aback a little. I have learned a lot listening to Father Corapi’s CD’s, but I would not consider myself a ‘fan’. I just think he did a very good job of saying exactly what it is the Church teaches.

    When I heard his video announcement, I felt nothing but sorrow and sadness. I think he is choosing the wrong direction. But, nonetheless, I know I am not walking in his shoes, and I certainly think Father Corapi is not a man who can be easily restrained. In my view, it’s a cross that was beyond his ability to accept. After all, no matter how perfectly he spoke about my Catholic faith, he is still an imperfect man, who has to struggle every day wit his own desires and will. My first impulse was to pray and offer up my Mass for him, so the Holy Spirit will act in his life to bring him back on track with he calling.

    Otherwise, I personally have suffered at the hands of injust authority and I can easily understand the so called ‘self-pity’ and underlying resentment in his video. Unless you have been through it, you cannot understand what a trial it is. I don’t think because he doesn’t handle it with the best finesse in the world, is no reason to discount that it is a credible charge. I love my Church and do not believe in attacking priests or bishops. When we do, we attack the person of Christ Himself. If we think they are wrong, we should pray for them. All of us, and Father Corapi are all called to the same thing: never attack a priest.

  • Sarah

    I’m not sure why you decided to use the Fr. Corapi story to make a subtle dig on the tea party.

    [Not a "dig" - I can see him really doing that. Why so defensive? -admin]

  • Verushka

    He said he had “exciting” news. No. This is devastating news, life-altering news, even important news, but to flippantly call it “exciting”?! As if he were looking forward to it. And wanted us to, too.

    My question: since he has decided to not be a priest in public ministry, what will he now preach about, as a layman? His focus, by his own admission, will be to more than just Catholics now. But…he just rejected part of Catholicism in the form of his priesthood. (he doesn’t call himself “fr.” on his website, just John.)

    Do you really think he’ll be preaching to Protestants on the goodness of Mary? Apostolic succession? The pope? Or…the priesthood?

    So that means his new stuff will be non-Catholic, just Christian, and, you know, that usually doesn’t end well.

  • Walter

    I do not agree with his assessment that the bishops have discretion to do whatever they wish; natural law morality as well as the laws that they have set down require them to be just and follow procedure. They will go to hell just like anyone else who does not do their duty.

    More than one canon lawyer has assessed the procedures laid down in the ‘Dallas Charter’ to be unjust and immoral, particularly when bishops will delay judgment in order to keep priests in ‘limbo’ indefinitely–hoping they disappear and they the bishops will not have to support them as is their obligation.

    [Funnily enough, I just saw a comment from your IP address threatening to go after another blogger (who had been quite sympathetic to Corapi) with "combat-trained size 12 boots" -- you should perhaps check on your ip address (Pope Scholarship?) to see if someone hacked into it? This being the case, though, I know you'll understand that I have taken the precaution of omitting your claim, as I do not wish to foment further scandal. -admin]

  • Gerard Nadal


    Forgive me if I missed your having posted the answer to the following question:

    Wouldn’t the SOLT’s have Father Corapi’s complete record? He must have a personnel file with them, no?

    [I am curious about this, also. Corapi's bio says he "served as a parish priest" in Hudson NY (his mother's parish, apparently) and Robstown, TX (no specifics) then he moved to Sacramento, where there is some question as to whether he was ever formally incardinated -- it would be good to confirm that, and I will try to on Monday -- then to SOLT, then to WY. Has he ever worked as a priest with his faculties under a bishop? I am a bit of a lone wolf, myself, so I can appreciate lone-wolf preachers, but it does seem very strange to hear of a priest moving around so much. Most of the priests I know stay in their diocese, even if they change parishes. -admin]

  • John

    Congratulations to Rainey for picking up the first stone. So Fr. Corapi is a con man, on your authority. Just who or what has he scammed? Has he taught one thing contrary to the Faith in any talk or writing of his? You may or may not like his style but his message on the Faith is what mattered and why I enjoyed listening to him. It was not his personality but his message. And in no way was I scammed by him. I never bought any of his tapes but I did attend one of his conferences, along with about 2000 other men from our Archdiocese. Never heard one thing that wasn’t true then either. He strengthened and encouraged my Catholic Faith. Not because it was Fr. Corapi saying it but because he was telling us something that most of our Bishops and priests had stopped telling us years ago. Did he see this void as a potential marketing scheme and exploit it? Not my place to answer that. But even if he did how does that make him different than many others out there on the Catholic lecture circuit, with flashy websites and lots of books and CD’s for sale. I wouldn’t call them scammers either.

  • Elizabeth Scalia

    As I am suddenly seeing a number of posts from one particular IP address coming under many different names (all saying variations of the same thing) and one threatening a blogger, I am closing comments, and those comments will be archived; it seems some believe that the gospel message includes threatening others with bodily harm. I figure with 215 comments everyone has had their say. == ES