Conflicted about Corapi story – UPDATED

I mean, on one hand, I’m really tired of the story, but if I don’t link to the latest I’ll hear “so, the Black Sheepdog (people actually call him that) responded to SOLT, and you didn’t have the guts to link to him!”

And if I do link to him, I’ll hear, “why don’t you stop writing about Corapi and get a life?”

To me, the “special announcement” that was announced a few days ago and has finally dropped is a bit of a yawn-and-shrug; it seems more interesting for what it does not say, and does not address, than what it does.

But I have to be honest, I’m kind of bored to tears with all of this. I’d rather just go listen to this kid, again.

It occurs to me that when it comes to media stories, the worst thing is not to be bad or good, innocent or guilty, but to be boring. But maybe it’s only me. I do have a short attention span.

I’ll link Deacon Greg, who excerpts the latest without comment, and go make some meatloaf for supper.

Everyone managed to keep their heads last time out, and the comments were mostly well-done, so I’ll keep ‘em open this time, too!

Some reactions:
Te Deum Blog: John Corapi’s “non serviam”:

Until there is another official statement from Church authorities on Fr. Corapi, I have no desire to feed the Black Sheep Dog with the attention he desires. I seriously doubt we are going to hear much out of him or the SOLT for a time anyway. It takes time to process paperwork, and that seems to be all that is left to do. I suspect he is going to shift his discussion away from all of this anyway, and into his chosen political sphere. I’d rather focus on God, not the Dog.

I’m in “ditto” mode on all that, especially the political note. I predicted early on in this melodrama that he was going to broaden his audience to attract tea partiers, etc, and he confirmed it when he became the “BSD” out to guard and feed “the entire world.”

Maybe the church got too small for him, and he is looking to fill Glenn Beck’s spot.

Sort of reminds me of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard: “I AM big! It’s the picture’s that got small!”

Okay, joke aside, what does Corapi mean when he says, “I can not deny this desire to share aspects of Truth and Hope with all those willing to hear.”

Aspects of truth and hope? What is that? Picking and choosing? If you’re talking Christ as Truth, Christ as Hope, there are no “aspects” because Christ IS both truth and hope in totality.

Many others have noted that his statement doesn’t really address the bulk of SOLT’s last statement. I am a little amused that he characterizes their clear statement that they want his obedience as a “suggestion.”

“If I were to commit to the suggestion of the Society, then I would essentially crawl under a rock and wait to die.”

Well, not actually. You would be withdrawing into the desert with Christ. If that’s not an appealing choice, then why not just say you want to throw off the restraints of your priesthood and you know, get on with it?

An I support Bishop Mulvey page on Facebook. Dueling pages? I still say this whole thing is not going to end well.

Mark Shea:
“This is why forgiveness is like quitting smoking…”

Deacon Greg’s quote of the day:
from the Big Dog himself.
Gerard Nadal

Max Lindenman: Corapi is John Galt

In his own mind, Corapi’s John Galt — the hyper-productive citizen who refuses to support a structure he sees as corrupt, effete, and worst of all, oppressive. He seems to want others to see him this way, too. He might not have cited his earning potential in the beginning, but when SOLT mentioned money and assets, it made up the meat of his retort

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  • fiestamom

    What’s your meatloaf recipe? I would love to know how a real Italian makes meatloaf! Seriously.

    [Well, I'm Irish, actually. And the meatloaf is my own invention, but it does include a couple of hard-boiled eggs in the center, which is my Italian MIL's method. So, it's Irish/Mexican/Italian. I'll try to put the recipe up this weekend. -admin]

  • Mark P. Shea

    When you do/don’t link to Corapi, YOU REMIND ME OF HITLER!!!!

    There. Godwin’s Law fulfilled in the third post. Now we can move on, cleansed.

  • Kevin

    Well now that he has formally announced his intent to disobey his superior, can the story die, and he be counted as just another disobedient priest?

  • terry nelson

    “Let sleeping dogs lie” as they say.

  • Rudy

    Am Mexican, and I like meatloaf, but today we ate chicken patties in a bun. Yes (The Corapi thing) it is more telling for what he did not say in his much announced statement. Totally anticlimactic. There is a sense in the statement that he has been overwhelmed with the hands in the dough (to use culinary terms). BTW do you have some Mexican ancestry?

  • Deacon Greg Kandra

    I gotta say, this long-awaited, much-anticipated “very special” announcement…was anything but special.

    And yeah: what he doesn’t say is more interesting than what he does.

    I’m sure there will be a lot of fisking with this — and comparisons to what the SOLT stated, and his response, line by line, charge by charge.

    But really. Nothing much new here. Move along folks. Nothing to see here. Just keep going …

  • Deb

    It was like a re-run, I agree, a yawn. He knows they wont sin by putting things online, but who knows, the woman might when the law suit is over, but that might keep her from talking for now.

    I am glad most don’t know him outside of EWTN and although he had a lot of fans, I don’t think this scandal will touch most church’s. In some ways, just being a businessman made him less “in the news” than a priest who was doing other things.

    He didn’t have to be supported by anyone if he was pulling in 100,000 a month (which was his very early numbers) and later much more. But his lifestyle ate up a lot of it and that is one him. Careful saving would give him a nice cushion since he is an older man and doesn’t have to save from 30 years on for instance.

  • James

    “Let sleeping Black Sheepdogs lie.”


    Fix it for ya terry.

  • Sal

    I’m with Kevin- except for prayers for all involved, I’m done.
    This is only going to go pitifully downhill.

    My meatloaf:
    1 lb. ground round
    1 egg
    2 slices bread, crusts removed
    1/4-1/3 C, milk
    1/3 C. diced green bell pepper
    1/3 C. diced onion
    1 8 oz. can tomato sauce

    Soak bread slices in milk until soft, add egg and mix well.
    Add ground beef, peppers and onions, mix well. Add salt and pepper, as you like.
    Form into a loaf or small loaves and bake at 350 for about 30- 45 minutes, Halfway through baking time, pour tomato sauce over loaf/loaves.

    A bare bones meatloaf that makes great sandwiches.

  • Mary M

    Fr. Corapi’s statement was hardly a “big announcement”. He did not address every issue. He needs to lift the Civil Law Suit so that the accuser can defend herself.

  • Mike G

    Corapi’s statement is carefully crafted to look like he is rebutting SOLT’s accusations, but he does nothing of the kind. Anyone with a brain can see right through this. This is very evasive and vague. He doesn’t directly respond to any of the accusations. Looks like the response of a guilty person.

    1. He doesn’t deny the millions he has and the many luxurious possessions, which is a gross violation of the promise of poverty. He merely says he was financially independent. That still doesn’t give him an excuse for his excesses and breaking the promise of poverty.

    2. He evades the sexual impropriety accusations by limiting his response to one woman. He avoids the charges of cohabitation, sexting and having a more recent mistress completely. Very slick.

    3. He says the reason for the payoff in the non-disclosure agreement was not to silence anyone, which is dubious at best. He does not deny that he paid or offered the $100,000.

    4. His explanation about his resignation is lame and rings hollow. He could have had a fair process and given his side of the story if he had released the witnesses from the non-disclosure agreement. He purposely ruined the process and stallled the investigation himself.

    5. Then he immediately gets back to business marketing mode, gives a false impression of what his choices are and promotes himself.

    6. He doesn’t address the grave charges of sacramental impropriety, he does not address the drunk driving incident of 1999, which is public record.

    Perhaps SOLT will feel compelled to release the emails and sexting records, as well as his real estate titles and records of his other luxurious merchandise. He is declared not fit for ministry, but his followers ignore the obvious and blindly follow him over the cliff. He is taking his followers for fools and continues to play them like a fiddle.

  • kenneth

    This story is like dirty street heroin. One hit is too many, a thousand never enough….

  • Rainey

    Agreed. Yawn.

    I’d just like to know what the legal definitions of “promiscuous” and “inappropriate” are. As long as she was legal and the sex was constant over the years, I’d say that legally-speaking, he could have been having sex with “her” (being his accuser) for a decade, and his statement would still be considered true in a court of law. It just wasn’t promiscuous or inappropriate sex, that’s all.

    Not to mention, he didn’t deny have promiscuous and inappropriate sex with ANY women.

    Clinton must be in awe.

    And man, I’ve been working at the wrong places. To get fired for cause and be offered a $100,000 severance!! I’m impressed.

  • jkm

    Let lying SheepDogs sleep.

    Must confess I am not a big meatloaf fan (though I do enjoy listening to Meat Loaf occasionally). I barely endured my mother’s while growing up, and finally found a recipe I liked that incorporated stuff like plain yogurt and crunchy veggies instead of ketchup and wet bread crumbs. I delightedly served it to my son, who turned up his nose, called his grandmother, and demanded Real Meatloaf. I guess it skips a generation.

    Going into rehab on this story. Good eats, restful sleep, and blessings to all.

  • diane

    Hey, I’m Irish-Italian (classic Boston combo), and my Italian Nana made meatloaf with eggs in the middle, too. My mom (from the Irish side) adopted her recipe. The eggs were always the yummiest part, for some reason.

    (Why am I finding Italian meatloaf so much more interesting than the Corapi Scandal? LOL. But I do agree re Corapi’s latest–that was the lamest, most evasive, most disingenuous response I have ever seen to anything!)

  • diane

    Clinton must be in awe.


  • tf21

    @Rudy your choice of metaphor (dough reference) made me laugh out loud! Awesome.

  • Gail F

    Fr. Corapi’s last several statements have sounded a lot more like a nomal, pissed-off, hot-tempered man and a lot less like a Charlie Sheen. But the original “BSD” bit is way too far off the weirdness scale for me. Whatever the merits of his position are or aren’t, he was ordered to be obedient to his superiors and go back to SOLT, and he didn’t do it. That plus the original jump off the weirdness meter leave me cold. So much for all that talk about suffering with Christ! I’m sorry for him, I’m praying for him. But that is the last of his posts I’m going to read. I’ll take the shepherd, not the sheep dog. Thanks, Elizabeth, for your sane coverage of this story.

  • KLM

    You know the story has run its course when we’re all more interested in exchanging meatloaf recipes. Here’s my favorite. A pain, but worth the effort according to my three teenage boys:

  • James

    I think someone should invent a Black SheepDog Meatloaf recipe. Any ideas? Please discuss.

    Talk amongst yourselves…..

  • Rainey

    I tried, James, but all I could come up with was a BS Dog Cow Pattie.

  • Greta

    I will wait to see how this all turns out. I loved his message and see nothing in it that detracts from what he brought to the Church in time of intense attack. If he has failed, it would not surprise me as he had to be under the attack of Satan and I doubt few of the posters would stand up well to the focus of Satan for as long as he has been active in bringing the truth and beauty of the Catholic Church. Many did not like his message or tone. He was not agreeable to accepting the the “spirit of Vatican II” PC thought process gaining steam in the Church over the last 40 years. Father Z is also under the attack of the left and of Satan as are many other priests. For those who seem so happy to see this priest in trouble, wonder if seeming him brought down serves God or Satan?

  • kris

    9 Sal

    re: meatloaf

    I’ve used same recipe as you offered (I do tend to add some ketchup along with tomato sauce for a little extra oomph!), but last time I tried panko instead of the bread crumbs (and have used Ritz crackers as well in the past). Not bad any way!

  • vox borealis

    I have to admit that I am increasingly fascinated with the brewing slapfest between Michael Voris and Mark Shea. It is fascinating because I find the pair so similar.

  • kris


    He could have had a fair process and given his side of the story if he had released the witnesses from the non-disclosure agreement.

    I don’t see how statements re: personal life would fall under an agreement dealing with business dealings and what occurred just within those parameters.

    Re: libel; business success depending on good name, etc.; well, such statements can only be considered as libelous if they are not true! I doubt if true statements outside of the business transactions could be held to secrecy. Also, if there is danger to one’s security, etc., I would think one is bound by law to report such to proper authorities. Would have to see the entire “contract”. So I would think any defendant/s in court filing would certainly have a defense of the truth! She/they don’t have to “be released” from any complaint – she can just bring some evidence of truth of accusations made.

    Know the absolute defense against libel and slander. There are a number of possible defenses against libel and slander, but the only one which is an absolute defense is truth. If the statement is true, it cannot be considered libel or slander.

  • Manny

    OK, both parties have had their say. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just leave it at that. Further entries on this story only go to (1) enhance Mr. Corapi’s book sales and (2) further stain the American Catholic Church. Sigh. Unfortunately the entertainment value of this story just provokes comments. Corapi and Clinton, what a dynamic duo they would make. ;)

    [Don't give him any ideas. I'm with Te-Deum blog. Until SOLT makes some sort of decisive move (or Corapi does something really dramatic like heads back into the grey robes) I don't see anything worth talking about, any further. Now it's just becoming like ecclesial power-porn, and I'm not into that.. :-) admin]

  • Carol S.

    this has turned into a bad movie; “it’s over johnny”

  • Gerard Nadal


    If you have any leftover meatloaf, I’d love to drop by with a bottle of wine and talk about ANYTHING BUT CORAPI! I posted a note to his more distraught followers last night, folks for whom I genuinely feel:

    Beyond that, I find Corapi’s rejoinder to be a dying whimper rather than a howling rebuke of SOLT. I’ve wasted too much time on this. Absent a theophany in his defense, he’s finished, and I’m getting back to dealing with some hard core bioethical and pro-life issues over at my blog.

    If you choose to bow out of the Corapi drama at this juncture, nobody can say that you didn’t do your due diligence with the story.

    God Bless.

    [Thanks, Gerard, I appreciate that, and yes, I'm done with it, too. Weary of it. We all have our own sins to look after. Just think, if Corapi had not made the moves he had, we wouldn't know anything about this stuff. -admin]

  • Claire

    The answer to this mess is prayer. Pray for Fr.Corapi, his followers & those who are writing in a gossipy manner. Only Fr. Corapi & anyone involved knows the absolute truth. Everyone else is just speculating and condeming. We need to move on and pray for all of our priests and religious. They are under severe attack.

  • Joyous Gard

    Greta, I am with you wrt the truly remarkable gifts Corapi had, and — howevermuch wealth they may have generated — the power and efficacy with which he used those gifts to promote the truths of the Catholic Faith. I am surprised that this seems to count for so little amid the understandable dismay at his spiritually maimed response to the accusations made against him.

    This is not merely about the failure of an individual, it is about the destruction of an amazingly gifted worker in the vineyard. As this sad business unfolds, I would hope to see folks be a bit less dismissive of that loss.

    [I don't know a single soul who is taking pleasure in this. This is not good news. But the melodrama factor is off the charts. I agree with Te-Deum blog. At this point, prayers for all concerned. The best thing would be for Corapi to get into the desert with Christ, for a while. That's good for all of us. But you know, you have to want to be there. -admin]

  • Sr Chris S

    “What about your co-habitation in CA & MT?
    What about youir drug & alcohol usage?
    What about your real estate, vehicles, boats, & boat dock?
    What about your sexting?” [someone wrote in his blog]

    These were not touched… and needs answers too.

    The ‘response’ sounds totally convoluted. Sorry ‘Fr’ Corapi… I’m really sorry that this has happened and the claim of lies all around are really the work of evil.
    Pray, pray, pray… esp. that people will turn to God and yes, Our Mother.. instead of idolising a man!

    The SOLT cannot afford to make accusations without proof and they don’t have the following that Corapi has. They took time to put the statement out and that is already telling us that they did seek the truth found what they have stated. Time is always a crucial factor. Even Corapi ‘buys’ time in his responses.


  • Kevin

    Let’s get back to the good stuff.

    I’m having dinner with my girlfriend this weekend, and she’s cooking.

    Any good recipe ideas anyone? Doesn’t just have to be meatloaf. :)

    I’d say this thread deserves to get hijacked, but I don’t think a blog owner can hijack her own comboxes when talking about meatloaf recipes.

    ['s summer, so perhaps grill up some ribeye steaks, and follow this OUTRAGEOUS recipe. I made this for my inlaws, last year, and all of their friends. People were licking the plates. My BIL who doesn't eat beef scarfed it down. -admin]

  • James

    My goodness Anchoress, that Outrageous recipe you posted looks so good it HAS to be sinful:

    Grilled Ribeye Steak with Onion-Blue Cheese Sauce……mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…….

    [I am told by a friend who made it that it is particularly good with a baked potato; she made extra sauce for the spud and said it was incredible. -admin]

  • terry nelson

    Thanks for filling in the blank James.

  • Elizabeth Scalia

    Speaking of outrageous recipes, that site also carries a Tres Leche Cake recipe that I railed about, here. I have made it several times for my family, and it’s always a huge hit, but I can’t make it anymore, because I frankly can’t resist it and the thing is, I may be fat, but I’m not really a cake-eater; THIS cake, though…it’s just the devil in whipped creme!

  • James

    Good Lord, That Tres Leches Cake is practically food porn.

    Okay, I’m making that this weekend. Now I’m starving…..

  • PKenny

    Fr Willie Doyle SJ (, the heroic military chaplain who died while ministering to wounded soldiers in World War 1, was especially devoted to the sanctification of priests. He offered many of this sufferings in the war, and his very considerable voluntary penances, for this intention. Amongst his numerous apostolic projects, in 1911 he became the Director-General for Ireland of the League for Priestly Sanctity, a French organisation founded in 1901. It may sound quaint to modern ears, but its work is greatly needed today!

    Here is the prayer for priests composed by Fr Doyle. Fr Corapi would benefit from a long meditation on this prayer.

    O my God, pour out in abundance Thy spirit of sacrifice upon Thy priests. It is both their glory and their duty to become victims, to be burnt up for souls, to live without ordinary joys, to be often the objects of distrust, injustice, and persecution.

    The words they say every day at the altar, “This is my Body, this is my Blood,” grant them to apply to themselves: “I am no longer myself, I am Jesus, Jesus crucified. I am, like the bread and wine, a substance no longer itself, but by consecration another.”

    O my God, I burn with desire for the sanctification of Thy priests. I wish all the priestly hands which touch Thee were hands whose touch is gentle and pleasing to Thee, that all the mouths uttering such sublime words at the altar should never descend to speaking trivialities.

    Let priests in all their person stay at the level of their lofty functions, let every man find them simple and great, like the Holy Eucharist, accessible to all yet above the rest of men. O my God, grant them to carry with them from the Mass of today, a thirst for the Mass of tomorrow, and grant them, ladened themselves with gifts, to share these abundantly with their fellow men. Amen.

  • Eliza Jane

    golly moses. That is a very damning post on SOLT. I wanted to give Corapi the benefit of the doubt, but from what SOLT says about him, it makes me wonder whether his entire sojourn as a priest has been a complete sham. He was a con man in the past, I think he just found a new way to work a bigger con. There is no possible reason that he can give for having contracts with his employees that require them to keep silent.

  • Gregg the Obscure

    There’s somewhat off-color connotation to “BSD” that, while it may not fit this site, sure seems to fit (Fr.) John Corapi’s view of himself. Just sayin’

  • Joyous Gard

    I think that it is important to remember that, if Corapi was “a conman” during his years as a speaker on Catholicism, the con was not in what he was saying, but in his misleading others about himself by living contrarily to what he was saying. Too many people — some who never liked his style in the first place, I suspect, but also some who admired him and understandably feel betrayed — are characterizing him as a snake-oil salesman. Corapi was not selling snake oil, and it is regrettable that this current train wreck seems to have obscured that point.

  • bearing

    I’m late to the game, but can I give you my summer meatloaf recipe?

    Grilled Meatloaf! So good served on hot buttered toast with a side of fruit salad and some green vegetables.

  • Sal

    #23 kris

    Panko sounds good- I just suggest the bread, b/c who doesn’t have bread? Bread crumbs- maybe not.
    We put ketchup out for those who want it, i.e. Dad.

    But really- it’s all about leftovers the next day. A meatloaf
    sandwich and a Twinkie in your red plaid Alladin lunch box?
    Childhood paradise.

  • Teresa

    If it wasn’t Friday I would bake a meatloaf tonight. I usually mix the usual ingriedients (onion, garlic, panko bread crumbs, egg. Spread it out on wax paper and put grated cheese on top (cheddar or better yet mozzarella). roll it up and top with a little tomato sauce and bake. Really great cold the next day with a nice chabatta roll. As for Corapi, I’m done with it.

  • jcd

    People sound disappointed. I just wish the best for Fr. Corapi and all Catholics.
    Does anyone like Weird Al?

  • Tom K.

    On The Next Food Network Star, one of the contestants made what everyone said was a wonderful meatloaf using buttermilk (and, yes, panko). This claims to be that recipe:

    Looking for a reference, though, I came across this recipe for duck meatloaf, which is probably illegal outside the Octave of Easter:

  • Sarah Triplett

    First, to all those who have made fun of Corapi calling himself the Black Sheep Dog, I can only say you are exhibiting your ignorance. Having owned real sheepdogs, Kuvaszok, for 40 years, I must say they are the most noble creatures God made.

    They devote themselves completely to their sheep. Every night, they are prepared to give their lives to protect the sheep from the bears, coyotes, and large cats who are endeavoring to kill them.

    How does a shepherd know one of his ewes is beginning labor? Because the sheepdogs are gathering around to watch. When a sheepdog is missing, where is she? Se is staying in the field with a lost, injured, or sick sheep. How does a shepherd know when one of his sheep is sick? The sheepdog is insisting he go to one of his sheep to see why there is a problem. No human is capable of doing all these things, much less being willing to show the devotion.

    Shepherds who have Kuvaszok, or the other livestock guardian breeds, know sheep husbandry would be infinitely more difficult, without the dogs.

    If a human were willing to demonstrate all these traits, he could be described as “giving up his life for his friend.” That Corapi wants to try to do this is beyond admirable.

    It has come out, the reason Corapi got rich was he won a $2.85 million lawsuit against a doctor for malpractice. I dont know anything else about the lawsuit; but, I dont see how anyone can fault Corapi because he was damaged by a negligent doctor. Can you?

    Its not like he got rich by swindling his adherents out of their money by selling them “prayer cloths” and such, is it? No. He merely didnt give ALL his winnings away. As far as I know, there is NO evidence Corapi profited a penny by the efforts of his ministry.

    If the bishop who has been attacking him has any evidence of that, he should quit sitting on it and make it public, instead of just making unsupported aspersions. You will notice there is really NO evidence offered Corapi has done anything wrong.

    Where is the evidence supporting the aspersions?

    Now, if Corapi had taken a vow of poverty, then at least some, if not most, of the blame for him keeping the money is the fault of his bishop. The very one who has been attacking him and insisting he has done “bad” things like buying real estate. Why didnt the bishop insist he either give away his winnings or get out of SOLT years ago? Could it have been because SOLT was making tons of money from his speaking fees?

    Yes. That is, not only possible; but, probable. And, anyone thinking Bernard Law, also a bishop, didnt keep the pedophiles protected and hidden and the victims victimized because he liked living in a million dollar house and flying around in a private jet, just isnt in touch with reality.

    I dont know what Corapi is going to do now; but, I feel safe in saying Satan is glad it appears Coorapi’s ministry is ended. And, I doubt Satan would care if his bishop retired tomorrow.

    I am not Catholic; but, Lutheran. And, I believe all the Christians in America are poorer because Corapi is not out there doing his job today.


  • sj

    Just to clarify, Fr. Corapi’s lawsuit wasn’t technically a malpractice suit (that is, he wasn’t injured by a doctor’s negligent care) but rather a qui tam suit under the Federal False Claims Act. Apparently a cardiologist recommended surgery to Fr. Corapi; subsequent examination showed Fr. Corapi’s condition did not support surgery and the doctor had no reasonable basis for having recommended it. Fr. Corapi went to the FBI and they commenced an investigation and law suit against the doctor and others under the False Claims Act (originally passed to deal with Civil War fraud by munitions dealers). Under the provisions of that act, whistleblowers get a share of the money recovered (federal money must have been involved although Fr. Corapi also received a reward from his private insurance company.

  • David

    Link to Max is bad

    [Thanks for the headsup -- fixed now -admin]

  • Lurker Priest

    I was perplexed as to what “BSD” meant and went to Urban Dictionary to get an answer thinking it was some l33t jargon I’d somehow missed.
    It somehow fits as well (even after I realized it mean black sheep dog).

    And, meatloaf? Urgh. Fish on Friday but even on Monday, any food with both “meat” and “loaf” in it is unappealing to me.

  • Kevin


    I owned a sheepdog as well. Thing lived to be ancient. We were gonna change his name to Methusleh on his 18th birthday. I loved that blind, lazy, but absurdly overprotective of me dog more than anything as a child.

    Your points about sheepdogs are well taken. Yet a sheepdog without a shepherd is a wolf. Where is the “Blacksheepdogs” shepherd? He can’t say the King of Love my Shepherd is. If that were so, then he would have to be obedient to those Jesus Christ placed over him.

    Or does he view himself bold enough to be sheepdog against both the wishes of the shepherd and the sheep, who happen to think Jesus Christ is the only sheepdog they’ll ever need?