Panis Angelicus & our Priests

Two must-reads for you this morning: start with Max Lindenman's intimate and fresh encounter with a bishop he was prepared to dislike, because our media-constructed bogeymen are almost as dear to us as our consciences, sometimes:The final scene in Dumas, père's Three Musketeers brings young D'Artagnan, the hero, face-to-face with Cardinal Richelieu, a man he judges a usurper of royal authority and (at several degrees' remove) a murderer. Within a few short paragraphs, the cardinal's … [Read more...]

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No, EWTN is not airing Fr. Corapi – UPDATED

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...]

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EWTN Responds to Critics re Fr. Corapi

Photo credit: Patrick NovecoskyIf it's Friday, there must be something new to read about Father John Corapi! That does seem to be the truth of it, doesn't it? In a way, it's a shame. On these Fridays in Lent we should be turned away from the headlines and the news, looking at Christ and his passion. But then again, EWTN has come under a lot of fire recently, so this response is news.This is not the first time EWTN has felt the need to explain to its viewers why it has suspended the … [Read more...]

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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 … [Read more...]

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Church is Holy; Scandals are of Man – UPDATED

Pat McNamara, whose column "In Ages Past" runs every Tuesday here at Patheos, has an interesting piece up today on Scandals and the Church; a question and answer from 1929:"Will you not admit that many of the leaders of your Church— her Popes, Bishops and priests— have been wicked men? How can you call such a Church holy?"The Church remains holy, no matter how many of her leaders prove faithless to the Gospel they preach, for these men are cut off from the Church’s life by their sins, which … [Read more...]

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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 … [Read more...]

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36 Hours after Corapi-Stormfall – UPDATES!

"God knows full well all that is happening and if Father Corapi is innocent as he claims, then perhaps the priest is being used as a poster child to fix a broken process. " -- Diane Korzeniewski, TeDeum Laudamus BlogThose are the sanest words yet written about this story, which is producing a lot of sound and fury in some quarters, signifying not-much, and producing little-to no light.I can't remember if it was a comment or an email but someone actually wrote these words:This man is … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Dolan on CBS

Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who shared with moving honesty the story of his encounter with an angry Catholic here will be featured tomorrow night on 60 minutes.Even though 60 minutes starts the same time as In the Arena (the real one, not Spitzer's) that's one episode I will be sure to watch.Asked if he feared the impact of the scandal would go on forever, Dolan replies, "In some ways, I don't want it to be over, because...this was such a crisis in the Catholic Church that in a way, we don't … [Read more...]

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Fr. John Corapi Accused UPDATED

As near as I can tell, Deacon Greg Kandra has been the first to pick up this news off of Fr. John Corapi's site:On Ash Wednesday I learned that a former employee sent a three-page letter to several bishops accusing me of everything from drug addiction to multiple sexual exploits with her and several other adult women. There seems to no longer be the need for a complaint to be deemed “credible” in order for Church authorities to pull the trigger on the Church’s procedure, which was in recent y … [Read more...]

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God and Tsunami, Priests and Subprime

Two perspectives I might not ordinarily put into one post, but both really deserve your attention and both are relevant to headlines, in their own way.First, apparently last night Glenn Beck opined (or, as someone said to me, "tiptoed") that the horrors we're seeing in Japan may be God telling us that we're bad. Theologian Tim Muldoon has a different -- and very thought-provoking -- take on Japan, natural disasters and end-times:What if tsunamis are a reminder that human beings really must … [Read more...]

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