The Corapi Kerfuffle and Agape (In Reply to a Reader)

A reader writes,

Wow, hey Frank are you really a Christian? Do you actually receive communion with a clear conscience? Do you enjoy stomping on a priest when he’s down? That goes for the the other un-Christian commentors above too.

Jasper

Dear Jasper,

My Christian brother, you are a few posts behind (see this and this)but let me just say that if St. Nicholas could punch Arias in the face at the Council of Nicea, and still be a Christian, then yes…I can say I am really a Christian too.

Unfortunately, you don’t seem to recognize that our brother is in direct violation of the orders of his superior. In other words there are two options here: a)rally behind the mutineer,or b) rally behind the Church.

I choose b).

Agape your neighbor as yourself. I have children and when they disobey me, I don’t just “let it go” or “pray for them,” but out of love and duty, I set them straight too. Sometimes it’s not pretty, but it is necessary. I did the same thing in the Marine Corps with juniors, peers, and even superior officers. It’s called providing counsel, even when it isn’t asked for. That too is agape.

From your comment, it seems that you believe that Catholic priests are above reproach, and that Holy Orders is a sort of “get out of Jail Free” card. Surely, after all the the scandals that have roiled the Church since 2002, you don’t believe this. And yet now that the fellow you thought was the best thing since sliced bread has gone and been exposed to have fallen, he is now attempting to lure away the faithful. All while being ordered to return to the fold. He needs to be held accountable for his actions, yet he refuses to do so. So, in your estimation(?) I should just assault heaven with prayers for him and let it be.

Christian love is many splendored and multi-faceted. In all charity, the only charitable thing to say to John Corapi now is what I said in my previous post,

Obviously the best thing to do would be for him to obey, return to base, and stand the ecclesiastical version of a court-martial.

If I was foundering in the same way, I would hope that others, such as yourself, would agape me enough to say what I needed to hear to get my head screwed on straight. Not just egg me on towards the abyss with brave words and “you can do it!” And “We stand behind you!” Thanks, but no thanks.

I’d prefer you had enough agape for me to say what this reader on the Corapi’s site said,

“John, you need to rethink your approach. You sound like a dry drunk, full of self-righteousness and blame. That you fell—who cares? You’re just a guy. That you’ve behaved this way after you got caught? That’s another thing. Cling to the misguided support of some of these folks posting, if you must. But there are plenty of recovering men out here who know stinking thinking when we hear it. We love you, and want you to repent, but we aren’t falling for any of this posturing. May God be with you, and may you listen to Him before it’s too late.”

That is the kind of counseling that John Corapi needs to hear now.

Pax Christi,

Frank

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18314110968832604067 Brandy Miller

    Sometimes it takes nearly losing everything before we regain the motivation needed to return to the faith. I think God is stripping away the adoration and adulation that was Father Corapi's stumbling block so that he can remember why he needed the Church and her sacraments in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    "If I was foundering in the same way, I would hope that others, such as yourself, would agape me enough to say what I needed to hear to get my head screwed on straight."I would Frank, but I wouldn't be mocking or making fun at you as you are doing to Father Corapi. Thats what a immature punk does."And yet now that the fellow you thought was the best thing since sliced bread has gone and been exposed to have fallen, he is now attempting to lure away the faithful."I do not think Father Corapi is the best thing since sliced bread but he did teach sound, true Catholism for 20 years.Jasper

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    Jasper,You say "punk", I say "plucky comic relief." Your mileage may vary.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07161523398172242534 diddleymaz

    I thought you got it about right Frank.

  • Anonymous

    "You say "punk", I say "plucky comic relief." Your mileage may vary"I didn't say you were a punk Frank, you seem like a faithful, good man. Why in heavens name you and others laugh at a good preist who has fallen. I can't understand it.Jasper

  • http://semperjase.com Jason

    Teaching sound doctrine for 20 years does not make anyone above reproach when they start down the path of disobedience and attempt to bring others with them.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02647220453777040327 Paula

    I heard about an old lady who was on her deathbed and said to her grieving children: "Oh, don't cry for me, at least I don't have to hear about Fr. Corapi any more!"

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07181529277715646835 Fran

    I am curious about just how and why Jaspar thinks that what Corapi taught was sound and true. Please cite resources if you can Jaspar. I am being serious.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14807873592896092136 Anthony S. Layne

    You just happened to remind me of an illiterate Dominican tertiary named Catherine of Siena who lectured a pope, Gregory XI! No, sometimes the best way to show love is to give the beloved a thundering kick in the six. That's why I keep a copy of the parody poem, "Buttprints in the Sand".

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    And when the lectures alone didn't work, she went to Avignon and would not go back to Rome until the Pope followed her back.Imagine the vitriol in the imaginary comm-boxes. (LOL).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10829496093118310922 Dual Role Grandma

    Like the old lady on her deathbed, I too am sick of hearing about Fr. Corapi. However, what Frank says makes a good deal of sense, with a light touch of humor. It is, in fact, something I needed to remember on a completely different topic. THANKS FRANK.

  • http://reactionarydrivel.blogspot.com Mack

    I'd prefer sliced bread, thanks.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02647220453777040327 Paula

    Thanks Frank! We will all be glad when this kerfluffle is replaced by another kerfluffle!


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