You’ve Been Corapi Rolled. What Now?

So the Corapi bombshell that went off a few weeks back? It turns out that Corapi fragged himself while committing mutiny. Yes, a self-inflicted grenade explosion. He hoped you wouldn’t notice, and that you would assume his wound was honorably received.

But now his order has issued a statement and there are plenty of folks jiving on it. Telling you all about it. “What it all means,” etc.

Just check the sidebar and you’ll find everything you want to know, but were afraid to ask. Deacon Greg Kandra broke the announcement; The Anchoress on SOLT and CorapiMark Shea on Mercy and Forgiveness; Deacon Scott Dodge on the unsurprising denouement; New Advent with all this and more. The human drama is all there, in more detail than you want to know.

What does John Corapi have in common with pop singer Rick Astley? Nothing, unless you count momentary fame. Because everything that Rick says he wouldn’t do, John Corapi did do. But let’s get down to earth and realize that Rick Astley can’t live up to his lyrics either. Nor can I.

Only one person can, and He happens to be God.

Only Jesus Christ is,

Never gonna give you up,
Never gonna let you down,
Never gonna run around and desert you.
Never gonna make you cry,
Never gonna say goodbye,
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

You can take that to the bank. Sing it Rick,

I suggest you do what I recommended back when this story first broke. And I recommend you watch Sweetgrass, which is airing on PBS today, and learn a little about the nature of sheep, which Our Lord compares us to favorably.

Pray for all involved, pray for healing, and pray for a faith strong enough to stay true to Christ and His Church through thick and thin.


    I will never listen to Rick Astley the same way again! :)

  • Lisa Julia Photography

    Excellent commentary as always…i too will forever hear Rick Astley in a new way ;-)

  • Dwija {House Unseen}

    Thanks, Frank. I have to say, I may have seriously laughed out loud when I saw that quiz at the top there!

  • Anthony S. Layne

    Great post, Frank!

  • Fran

    You are something else – where do you get these things? On a serious note, what else can we do but pray? This is so tragic at so many levels.

  • Frank

    @Suzanne and Lisa: I must have an Ignatian bent going on, you know…seeing Christ in all things.@Dwija: Sometimes you've just gotta laugh, right?@Anthony: =)@Fran: Dunno. But I figured pious things were being said better by others, and I really said my piece back in March. Laughter isn't bad medicine either, but prayer is the only balm that will be a salve for those hurt by this development. I hope Corapi follows SOLT's orders and returns to the fold.

  • Dcn Scott Dodge

    Frank: I agree with Anthony. Great post.Dcn Scott

  • Frank

    @ Dwija: I just noticed that the quiz skips "g" and goes strait to "h." LOL, at the mercy of Google images.

  • Allison

    Came away really wanting to watch Sweetgrass. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Jeanette O’Toole

    Awesome (and humorous) post, Frank. What beautiful scenery in Sweetgrass. Toward the end, I think I caught a glimpse of a black (well there was a little white too) sheep dog. :)

  • Frank

    @Allison: It aired last night. If you missed it, perhaps they will be airing it again. Check your local listings.@Jeanette: Noticed the dogs, did you? =) The black animals that the shepherds threw their modern day "rods" (rifles) at, (your rod and staff give me courage) to protect the flock were either bears or wolverines.

  • Leslie K.

    Thank you for this post. You summed up my feelings very well!

  • Anonymous

    wow, hey Frank are you really a Christian? Do you actually receive communion with a clear conscience? Do you enjoy stomping on a preist when he's down?That goes for the the other unchristian commentors above too.Jasper

  • Dwija {House Unseen}

    Oh look…there's my anonymous commenter! I was wondering where you'd come from and what you were referring to, especially as you left no signature. As you'll note, I simply thanked Frank for his work and mentioned that a silly google image made me laugh. If you perceive that as "stomping" on anyone, then I imagine that you must be quite exhausted going through life feeling slighted at every turn, and I pray that you're able to find peace. For what it's worth, I have shed tears for the choices that Fr. Corapi has made. I have laid awake at night praying that other priests do not fall prey to worldly temptation the way he has. My heart aches because I KNOW the pain of turning away from Christ and feeling severed from His life giving body and blood. I feel nothing but sorrow when I imagine the darkness Fr. Corapi must be walking through right now, in much the same way as I mourn and pray for my own worldly father who has turned away from Jesus. If that is "stomping", then I will "stomp" for the Lord and his unending love until I take my dying breath.There is no sin too great and no sinner too fallen that he cannot enter back into the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Knowing that with my whole heart and soul, I can do nothing but pray that Fr. Corapi comes back to the fold.

  • Frank