Penn State, Paradigms and Poor Me

With all there is to read on the Penn State/Sandusky story, here are two excellent pieces that should rise to the top of the pile: Read Mark Shea on Betrayal and the Power of a Relationship: But though lots of combox warriors are quite adept at fantasizing about how bravely they would have behaved and how vile Mike McQueary is in comparison to their brave selves, how they would have taken a baseball bat to Sandusky had they caught him in flagrante, the reality is that, if the Milgram … [Read more...]

"Of Gods and Men" and John Corapi

The remarkable film Of Gods and Men is out on Netflix, and if you haven't seen it yet, I urge you to put it on your queue and move it to the top. It is one of the best films I seen in years -- gripping, moving, enlightening and insightful. I can't think of a film in recent memory that so truly and respectfully portrays the life of faith, the religious life, and most especially the value, use and meaning of liturgical prayer and the sacramental, Holy Mass -- how these enhance the life of faith, … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Thoughtful pieces on Casey, Caylee, Corapi, Idols

Emails are coming in reporting a state of high tension on various Corapian threads, in anticipation of the Black Sheepdog's "very special announcement" which is promised today. You gotta give the Dog credit; he knows how to play to an audience and build up the suspense. I'm finding it kind of sad (and troubling) that so many people have made this one man such a huge part of their lives of faith. And I am troubled, too, by our society's seemingly endless appetite for high-drama and … [Read more...]

Holy Women & Everyday Hero Priests -UPDATE

"The Church gives thanks for all the manifestations of the feminine genius which have appeared in the course of history, in the midst of all peoples and nations; she gives thanks for all the charisms that the Holy Spirit distributes to women in the history of the People of God, for all the victories which she owes to their faith, hope, and charity: she gives thanks for all the fruits of feminine holiness (n. 31)."--- Blessed Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem Exciting … [Read more...]

SOLT and Corapi – UPDATED

Well, after hanging back on this story in order to verify it, it does appear -- via The SOLT's own website -- that the society did release a statement today that reads, in part: As the Society was engaging [a fact-finding] team, Fr. Corapi filed a civil lawsuit against his principal accuser. He contended that she had defamed him and breached her contract. The contract, according to Corapi's lawsuit, contained a provision binding the woman to silence about him. He offered the woman $100,000 to … [Read more...]

The Neverending Story Corapi

The Te-Deum blog has a very good, very even-handed post on l'affair Corapi and most recent discussions on the case: For many people, Fr. John Corapi's recent decision to abandon public ministry as a priest, and the title, "father", has been painful. There have been many misunderstandings about certain facts, and not all of the facts known to date have circulated. Here are two interviews - one in video form and the other in audio form. What is refreshing about these two interviews is that they … [Read more...]

Dog Day Afternoon – UPDATED

+ + + + Heh ++++++++ Meanwhile, offered without comment because I have to pay attention to paying work, and because I'm getting a trifle bored. And the Wagner at the end was just so self-important and heavy-handed that, I'm sorry, I laughed. All I could think was "kill da wabbit, kill da wabbit, kill da wabbit!" I think I am done writing about John Corapi, unless something earthshaking comes up. I'll keep praying for him, but I'm not giving him any more publicity. If you need more things … [Read more...]

EWTN's statement on Corapi – UPDATED

Unable to sleep this weekend, I was very grateful to be able click on EWTN in the wee small hours and find the brilliant art historian and writer Elizabeth Lev discussing the paintings of Georges Rouault and Caravaggio on this wonderful program on EWTN: Over on Facebook, a brief statement from the network: EWTN was deeply saddened by the news that Father John Corapi has announced his decision to resign from active priestly ministry and religious life. Unfortunately, his decision makes it … [Read more...]

The Corapi Investigation: What it is… (UPDATES)

Deacon Bill Ditewig, who has serious experience in the matter of priestly investigations has a very helpful post up on his site. First and foremost, he admits the system is flawed, but maintains it also has its strengths, and that the issue pertaining to John Corapi and his resignation -- or whatever it is -- from the priesthood has nothing to do with the so-called Dallas Charter: It has never been my intention to comment much on l'affaire Corapi. We simply don't know enough the facts … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Announcements of Announcements: New Trend?

Deacon Greg got wind of the announcement of a forthcoming big announcement from Father John Corapi, whose fans and followers -- many of whom credit Corapi with having been instrumental in their return to the church -- have been waiting since March to hear something new. Recently, Fr. Corapi held an internal office meeting and informed us that he is “not extinguished!” He expressed his continued desire to help deliver a message of hope to those who seek it and he informed us that by this … [Read more...]

Face-Palm to Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese

Oy. Deacon Greg has an an update to the Kansas City-St. Joseph story that seems to be a triumph of naivete and just not getting it: The sad story of the troubles in Kansas City has taken a new twist: The Catholic official who oversees sex abuse complaints against priests in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, has himself been accused of past sexual improprieties. You can read it all there. A friend of mine was quick to email about this story, and this writer: Judy Thomas has had that … [Read more...]

No, EWTN is not airing Fr. Corapi – UPDATED

Via For reasons I will never understand, when it comes to this ongoing issue with Father John Corapi, my encouraging a "wait and see" attitude has translated (for some) as meaning "Mean Lizzie hates Fr. Corapi and cannot wait to see him destroyed, bwwwaaaahahahaha!" Which, as I have said before, is crap. But people believe what they want, and that's human nature, I guess. So, a couple of hours ago, I get one of those "you hate Fr. Corapi" emails out of the blue, this one from a woman named … [Read more...]