Accused: Fr. Corapi placed on "administrative leave" — UPDATED

Accused: Fr. Corapi placed on "administrative leave" — UPDATED March 19, 2011

The celebrated speaker and televangelist posted the following statement on his web 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 years crafted to respond to cases of the sexual abuse of minors. I am not accused of that, but it seems, once again, that they now don’t have to deem the complaint to be credible or not, and it is being applied broadly to respond to all complaints. I have been placed on “administrative leave” as the result of this.

I’ll certainly cooperate with the process, but personally believe that it is seriously flawed, and is tantamount to treating the priest as guilty “just in case”, then through the process determining if he is innocent. The resultant damage to the accused is immediate, irreparable, and serious, especially for someone like myself, since I am so well known. I am not alone in this assessment, as multiple canon lawyers and civil and criminal attorneys have stated publicly that the procedure does grave damage to the accused from the outset, regardless of rhetoric denying this, and has little regard for any form of meaningful due process.

All of the allegations in the complaint are false, and I ask you to pray for all concerned.

UPDATE: The Anchoress has more, including her own thoughts on the issue of accused clergy:

Having known a couple of clerics who were accused of making improper remarks or advances toward women and ultimately cleared of wrongdoing, I have some sympathy for Fr. Corapi; right now the church is exquisitely aware of all her failings and sins and at this point simply being accused is enough to convict, in the eyes of many.

An accusation made against a priest, or a layman is a powerful thing – it is an assassin’s bullet to the psyche and reputation of the man as immediate and thorough as a point-blank bullet to the temple. Because it is so serious, one hopes it is never made lightly. Sometimes it is. Sometimes it is not. We simply do not know which is the case here, but even if he is cleared, this will forever be part of Corapi’s biography. Still, let’s hope that this is not true. Better to have a bio with an asterisk than an utter disgrace.

Also, there is now a Facebook page for those who wish to join in the prayers for Fr. Corapi.

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444 responses to “Accused: Fr. Corapi placed on "administrative leave" — UPDATED”

  1. We would be interest to learn the name of that woman. I think it is a shame that the accused should be named but the accuser not. It encouraged libel and slander.

  2. Fr. Corapi:

    My family will certainly pray for you during this most difficult and challenging time. Such a situation can cause crushing frustration that can only be relieved through competent attorneys, commitment to fair legal process, and, most importantly, God’s grace. I will pray for all three. I wonder what Jesus, as Veritas Ipsa, felt when falsely accused.

  3. Wow, they finally “got him!” The enemies have been trying for years. I was once at a conference with him in Long Beach CA where he had such serious death threats his security demanded that he leave his own conference early!

    Com’on, Ash Wed! Who could take this seriously? Father Corapi is one of the biggest Catholic targets in America, as well as one of the greatest defenders of the faith, the Eucharist, the Blessed Mother, and of course the rosary.

    He even stopped hearing confessions years ago or ever being alone with anyone, male or female, for this exact reason.

    If anything it reinforces part of the approved message of Akita Japan, of bishops being against “their own.” I have no doubt this will be another difficult but grace-filled trial for Father Corapi, a truly holy and devoted priest of the Catholic Church.

    Lastly, I can only imagine how much these former employees were “compensated.” To quote Father Corapi, “Priests will always be the number one target for the simple reason: no priests, no Eucharist.”

    Once again, another reminder of how MUCH or priests need our prayers. We may well be watching a future saint here!

  4. Perhaps Our Lady is so fed up with the implementation of the “Guilt by Accusation” policy that has neutralized & damaged so many of her sons who are innocent that she interceded with her Son to intervene.

    Perhaps He wants one sacramentally configured to Himself, so well-known and beloved, being subjected to this in order to provoke among His faithful so great a hue & cry that this institutionalized policy of travesty is eliminated once and for all.

    I don’t presume to speak for Our Lady or Our Lord; it’s just what comes to mind. Perhaps I’m wrong; it wouldn’t be the first time.

    Please let us not forget to pray for Fr. Corapi in his suffering; I’m sure the Evil One is not pleased with what this champion of our Faith has been accomplishing.

  5. Father : I am praying for you and I am praying for our Church. Is it not a time for us to embrace martirtum for our faith, as was done by (St.)Mr. Bathi in Pakistan? This is a time of darkness, in which we need to proclaim: THE CRUZ.

  6. I have been a great supporter of Fr Corapi for years, reccommending his talks and catechesis to many people.

    I have been concerned recently by his change in appearance, with a dyed beard and eyebrows, closely shaved head and very tanned complexion. There may be medical reasons for such a significant change in appearance over 12 months, but one hopes and prays that the good father has not given into the temptations of vanity which accompany success on the scale that he has achieved and that he admits he was prone to prior to his reversion to the faith.

    I hope and pray that the allegations are found to be false, but humility is never a bad thing, it quite often helps save souls.

    St Joseph, pray for Fr Corapi and those people involved in these allegations.

  7. Sadly, I’ve been expecting this. Fr. Corapi has done so much to combat Satan it was just a matter of time before Satan started fighting back. I will pray for Fr. Corapi and for the people who started this.

  8. Pure D Garbage.
    F.r Corapi looked like an easy “mark”. In this Socialist Democrat era anything goes. From the WH to your house there is lawlessness personified.

    Father has come through worse than this. He likes the Devotions to Blessed Mary so the Memorare is being said for him. Request to Bleesed Mother are never known to fail

  9. This is what happens when many of the US bishops liten mote to lawyers than to the Heart of Christ.

  10. Fr Corapi has the magnetism Cardinal Sheen had – you are drawn to him. You go clicking your way through the channels, but you stop for Fr Corapi. His message is ALWAYS positive. Let’s pray for all concerned.

  11. This is the evil which Father Corapi warns us about in his ministry….Satan most certainly is alive and well here on planet earth. I will pray for the woman, and all involved in this unthinkable sin, that Our Precious Lord will hold them in the palm of His hand and touch their hearts. He will help them to see the horrendously evil in their efforts to degrade and destroy the ministry of Fr. John Corapi, who is guilty of nothing other than being an evangelist and teacher of the Catholic Church.

    I will pray unceasingly that the truth will win out, and Father Corapi will be shown to all that he is not guilty of any of this devious plot. I pray that Father Corapi will be given strength and many blessings from Our Precious Saviour during this difficult time. The Evil One is working overtime to destroy many of our innocent priest in this day, and I know one personally who was accused of a similar crime by a mentally disturbed woman he visited in prison. That fine priest was dragged through the mud for NO reason and is no longer acting in the capacity of a priest. This has got to stop!

    Fr. Corapi, you are such a blessing to me. I listen to your words, and I know you are inspired by God. You will always be in my heart and in my prayers. Now is the time when you have to be strong, and trust that Jesus Christ is with you! I recall now the words from Jesus in the Beatitudes ~
    “And if wicked tongues insult and hate you all because of me, blessed, blessed are you.”

    Patty, from the woods of Maine

  12. One wonders, though, why his superiors thought it necessary to suspend him. The U.S. bishops’ guidelines that require such action apply to cases of credible allegations against a minor, which does not appear to be the case here.

  13. Strike the shepherd, scatter the flock – It’s one of satan’s oldest tricks, right after the “ye shall be as gods” thing. This Lent, let’s all step up our sacrifices for this 21rst Century St. Paul, and become the Calvary Cavalry for Father. He’s the best preacher I’ve ever heard, and is a refreshing change from the milquetoast sermons from most priests and bishops who want to “be liked” more than they want to preach the unvarnished Truth of Thee Church.

    God Bless Fr. Corapi – We have your back, Father!

  14. From several perspectives, this ENTIRE “incident” is highly-suspect. Since many “Churches” of ALL denominations
    have business-interests of varying degrees, treasonously,
    they’ve long operated as de facto Agents of the State, hence, politically-generated “circumstances” occur.
    The lengths that some “Churches” have gone to placate –
    and serve – Political and Economic powers, is simply
    horrifying. This, is a indefensible fact.

    Still, be not further deceived: Individuals and Organizations who have committed these actions against The Kingdom of God will be -both- publicly exposed and held accountable.

  15. Since no ones knows the facts, it might be best to just keep the whole thing in prayer for all involved? Since Father is a member of a religious order, he is not under direct supervision of a bishop but of his religious superiors. So things are more complicated and none of us have the facts what is really going on.

    Perhaps things will work out like the situation with Cardinal Bernadin and people will admit their accusations were lies?
    When the founder of Covenant House was accused, no one could believe it, he denied it and even the Cardinal defended him……but the truth did come out and we should just hold all judgement and keep everyone in prayer until all the truth is made clear. IMHO

  16. I will certainly pray for this obviously great man of God. Father Corapi have been a life saver to me,,in a literal sense.

    The devil never ceases, but thanks be to the fact that God is ever vigilant.

    I stand with you, Fr. Corapi , in spirit.


  17. I don’t know Father Corapi personally but the first word I thought was “NEVER”. We had a priest accused of sexual misconduct 25 years ago, the priest fought back and the accuser dropped it. The truth will prevail.
    Of course this is the work of the devil. When you can bring 5000 Catholic Christians together and preach like he does, the devil doesn’t like that.
    I praying hard for you Father Corapi and we love you.

  18. FWIW…I did notice that a blog a few months back posted a series of pictures of Fr. Corapi that are, in a word, peculiar.

    Take a look.

    You can see a more recent example of what he looks like now on the Lenten video at his website. I have to wonder what’s behind the change in appearance.

  19. I pray for justice, mercy and reconciliation for all involved, no matter the truth of the allegations.

  20. The Evil One has reared his horrific head and is trying to bring down one of the most stalwart defenders of the Faith. It is difficult to say “I will pray for his accuser”. She is probably a minion of a law firm who sees a great cash jackpot at the end of the proceedings. As Fr. Corapi is such a wonderful teacher, I will put into practice what I have learned from his library: I will pray for her and all involved in this travesty against Fr. Corapi. I pray that she will see the wrong she is doing and put an end to this thing. And Father, I will pray for you as you pray for us. Thank you for your ministry and your vocation. You are an inspiration to all who hear you, and, through you, we can be examples of how God’s children should live. Peace and God bless.

  21. Accused of “exploits” with a number of “adult women”….well there would seem to be a lot of potential players in this. Lets see what they all have to say.

    As a few others have brought up a change in Father’s recent appearance, I think he would do well to give a more robust explanation than he has before given. The dye job left many scratching their naturally colored heads and beards. Its seems like vanity. Many of us let it pass earlier, but perhaps now is the time for the full story on all accounts.

    As you can tell, I am troubled by all this, and fear the worst. There I said it. I will pray that I am wrong. Dear Lord, please not another Euteneur.

  22. Well, a couple of times, overnight, went from having a beard to not having one. And, another time, went from having thinning, longer hair to a shaved head, again, overnight. Then, a few times, I went out and got a pretty quick, dark tan while I was baling hay or picking rocks in the field. Inevitably, I always accompanied/concluded these changes by using drugs and having affairs.

    Seriously, could Fr. Corapi have sinned? Sure. Does his shaved head and tan have anything to do with it? I’m not a psychologist but it had nothing to do with my sin or lack thereof. The beard got itchy. The hair was falling out. The sun was shining. What else can I say.

  23. “Mike, uh, E”: Unsurprisingly, it’s the merciless who cry for Mercy the loudest, come time to face consequences.
    The Moral Equivilent? A ruthless Dingo, BEGGING to be petted. John 20;23. PERIOD.

  24. I will be praying a Novena for you, dear Father Corapi. I only know you through your inspiring, educational, and faithful talks, and that is enough for me to know and feel that you are a true man of God. I praise The Lord, Jesus Christ, and His Blessed Mother for guiding me your way. May our prayers carry you through this ordeal until you are exonerated, and may Our Blessed Mother guide your accuser back home to her Holy Son. Amen.

  25. Fr. Corapi said some time ago that his changes in appearance are a matter of health. If you recall, there was a year or two where he was dealing with a difficult to pinpoint illness. Eventually he said that it had been determined to be a series of nutrient deficiencies. After that time, he gradually began to take on his current look. Because he seemed to have lost a great deal of weight, many people were writing in asking him if he was OK, and he eventually posted a video on his website explaining that he had begun to eat a healthier diet and that he was actually of sound health at that time, whereas before he was eating too much, weighed too much, and so forth. He encouraged everybody else to also take stock of their diets and other health-related habits.

  26. I will be praying a Novena for you, dear Father Corapi. I only know you through your inspiring, educational, and faithful talks, and that is enough for me to know and feel that you are a true man of God. I praise The Lord, Jesus Christ, and His Blessed Mother for guiding me your way. May our prayers carry you through this ordeal until you are exonerated, and may Our Blessed Mother guide your accuser back home to her Holy Son. Amen

  27. For everyone concerned about Father Corapi’s appearance, especially his suntan, here’s a fairly well known fact.

    About 2 years ago, Father Corpai was seriously ill, confined to bedrest. I think it was over a year and he hadn’t made one public appearance. Subsequently, he did a video explaining that he had some “mystery” illness, maybe a rare benign tumor, after finally checking himself into the Mayo Clinic for 2 weeks for extensive testing. Bottom line, after 2 years and a zillion tests, his “problem” was severe Vit D deficiency, not at all uncommon for people who live in for the most part, “sunless” regions of the country (MT in his case).

    This isn’t the place to get into detail of how and why Vit D levels are such a big deal, only that Vit D really IS a big deal, for many reasons, including in Father C’s case, incapacitation. The good news, it’s curable but the BEST cure, is the sun. FYI, one week in the sun for 30 minutes a a day (sans sunscreen) will usually bring the Vit D back to normal, far faster than taking the vitamin itself.

    My best guess is that Father Corapi now takes “sun vacations” for health reasons. As for covering the grey, since when is that a sin or vanity? Who among us doesn’t do that? It’s important to keep a good physical appearance. For goodness sakes, it’s not like he had a face lift and tummy tuck.

    Lastly, as far as charging, he gets no parish support and the only way he can teach is to charge. He also has to spend a fortune in security. For those of us who love him, we don’t mind paying at all; worth every penny!

    God Bless Father Corapi. Take it to the bank that he will have a power intercession of the BVM in fighting this.

    One last thing to think about is this: Father Corpai SAID he was innocent of the accusations. That’s more than good enough for me!

    Only a fool would take on Father Corapi.

  28. God Bless you, Father, in this your hour of trial !
    We will be praying for you !
    Matt Modrich, West Chicago, Illinois

  29. By his own account Corapi is unable to handle worldly success. He claims to have been a self-made millionaire who threw it all away through arrogance and drug addiction. Following episodes as a drug addled, homeless vagrant and psychiatric inmate, he discerned a vocation to the Catholic priesthood. Rejected by the Franciscans, he eventually became a priest in 1991 and has achieved remarkable success as a Catholic preacher. It would not be surprising to find that Corapi has again thrown away worldly success through arrogance. Unlike other respondents, I don’t know the truth or falsity of the allegations about Corapi. The bishops’ response suggests that they are taking them seriously. The Catholic bishops have demonstated for the last 25 years that they are not able to conduct a credible investigation into priestly sexual improprieties. In fairness to Corapi, the bishops should hire independent investigators to establish the actual truth and them publish a full and unedited report.

  30. How sad, Deacon, that you would link to a site that compares Fr. Corapi to a satanist – Anton Le Vay. I guess you’ve already made up your mind. Pray that this never happens to you.

    But by the grace of God go I…

  31. Father’s change in appearance corresponds to his losing weight and getting in shape. He obviously feels younger and wanted to look that way. He may be trying to appeal to a younger generation…who knows? Either way if these allegations prove to be true, false or somewhere in between our job is to remember that he is human and therefore just as weak as any one of us. His state in life makes him a bigger target of Satan and thus if he did fall under the weight of his perfectly designed cross look for him to get back up and become stronger through sanctifying grace! Either way his preaching still stands as the truth and anyone who becomes disheartened and looses his faith should reexamine why he ever believed what the church has taught over its 2000 year history.

  32. ABSURD!!
    did I mention absurd. it is bad in this way where he is put on ice until it all comes out. guilty until proven innocent.
    like my line of work where evrything said about you goes on your record. right or wrong and it stays there whether you are exonnerated or not. it disturbs me to say the least but it is the sign of the times. things are getting worse but we must prevail and persevere. Father Corapi would tell us to pray the rosary and so would our Mother Mary, so say a rosary and say another. we must pray for all concerned.
    peace to all +

  33. Another martyr to false accusation?
    There are many innocent mixed with the guilty. And it seems the guilty have made all priests convenient targets where justice is not serving them fairly. I have been, and will continue to pray, for vindication of those falsely accused. Good priests are taken down like bowling pins, however God knows the truth in every situation and that is all that matters in the long run. The church needs to take a look at the dynamics of false accusation to support priests who may be targets of malice and want of financial gain. HOw about a task force?

  34. Some adult women accused him of sexual expolits with him? How is this public concern? Last I heard, one’s sins are between himself, his confessor, and any others involved in the sin — and GOD! If these women had “encounters” with him, why go public with that?

    Best that Fr. Corapi keep silent lest he “doth protest too much,” and allow Our Lord to move in this matter. If he is guilty of anything mentioned in the complaints, let him confess his sins to his confessor and receive penance from him — in private!

    If he is innocent of all, let him imitate Christ in His passion and trust in God’s working through this. As Blessed Teresa of Calcutta said, “All for Jesus. If he takes your reputation, your good name, so be it. All for Jesus.”

    Praying for the sanctification of all involved (including each of us, I guess).

  35. Unless Father has left his religious order, then a Bishop would not suspend him. A Bishop can take away his faculties to preach and celebrate sacraments in his diocese but the suspension would come from his superiors in his order. and with his vow of obedience he must obey.

    in regards to his appearance, we are all responsible to try and stay in the best of health, so that is good for him to get healthy. But give me a break, for a priest and a religious to dye his hair and beard etc for the sake of looking younger is just stupid. (i am not saying he is doing this, since we do not know). Can you imagine John Paul, Mother Teresa, Pope Benedict dying their hair to look better or younger? it is just stupid to even go there.

  36. I pray that the charges are false, but that Fr. Corapi embraces humility and shuns vanity, power, and all the trappings of this world. They are dangerous and seductive, and none of us are immune to them.

  37. Greg – unbelievable that you linked your readers to a sight that treated Father Corapi with a heavy handed touch of yellow journalism.

    Whether the charges are true or not, you’ve lost a reader.

  38. God help the eternal soul of this woman. Prayers will be said for everyone involved. It just reinforces what Father says, Satan lives and if you don’t believe it, here is your proof!

  39. We are praying for you Fr. Corapi. It seems to be an
    effective way to stop you from proclaiming the Good
    News, which we so desperately need to hear.
    May you be covered with the Precious Blood of Jesus, protected from all evil and calamity, and be successful in your ministry to
    save souls beyond your wildest imaginings! AMEN!

  40. I just want to say that my prayers are with all involved. This should not be a surprise to anyone as we must fight and struggle “tooth and nail” in this life and most certainly pray for those that persecute us. My main concern is not necessarily that Fr. Corapi would be found innocent or guilty (although I’m inclined to NOT believe these accusations) but truly that Fr. Corapi would be able to carry nothing but peace and forgiveness in his heart to his accuser. This is indeed, even for him, a spiritual battle of tremendous proportion. I know that He is likely praying for her even as I write this.

    Always believe the best of everyone. One of them have “stumbled” to be sure…most likely the accusations are false. That said, let peace reign in our hearts and minds!

  41. Whether it really happened or if he’s being falsely accused; it is the work of Satan. I will be committed to praying a scriptural rosary every day for all those involved during the remainder of Lent. If anyone else is interested in doing so; here’s a good scriptural rosary website:

  42. I was movng closer and closer to becoming Catholic much because of Fr. Corapi, but seeing what the Church does to its own without substantial proof and revealing the name of the person who made the charges, well… now I’m having second thoughts.

  43. The tan couild very well be due to his illness. I know of individuals who have had liver problems and the skin can turn darker. A serious illness can cause skin changes. Father Corapi did say that not to be surprised if he would be accused of all sorts of things. The devil is trying to destroy everything about him. We must pray. He speaks the truth which is so unpolitically correct in our day and age. But Christ will always be victorious. We must pray

  44. I hope and pray Father Corapi is innocent. We should remember two things—One police analysis of cases against priests found at least 50% false accusations. There are people in jail in our state now for being convicted of bringing false accusations against priests. BUT there was no media publicity about them.
    On the other hand, some people canonize those they admire in religion before the holy person even dies. The Church wisely waits. Considering our culture and what money and fame can do to people, it is not surprising if even some “saints” fall into the sharp and ugly claws of Satan. In fact, it is those winning souls for Christ from lowly deacon (and their families), to priests (especially those whose preaching skewers the devil) to prominent bishops (and archbishops) who are all prime targets of the Evil One.
    In fact, we were warned about this in our diaconate training program before our ordination. Did we really want to enter the dangerous, and possibly deadly spiritual combat???

  45. O Fr.!
    Your work is so powerful for the conversion of souls! The evil one will do anything to bring you down!
    I will pray for you and for those involved with this mess and hope that you will return to “active duty” soon!
    God Bless you!

  46. Fr Corapi,
    I will pray for you. It is most unfortunate that our Church leaders have played right into the hands of the”justice system”. If there was “no pot of gold” at the end of , and during this process, the lawyers would suggest other ways to deal with issues. The new Trojan Horse within the Church is the so-called legal system. Until enemies of the Church have wrecked it financially, these allegations will continue.

    Granted, there were abuses that took place. There have been poor decisions in handling these matters, and yes, innocent people have been harmed. There are no excuses for any of this. However, I firmly believe if an ‘accused’ has no money, MANY of the allegations would never have been made.

  47. Deacon Greg,

    Was it really you that posted the link to photos of Fr. C? What possible value can this serve? These are no more credible than the allegations themselves. Photos/videos on the internet? Really? Is the Truth your objective?

  48. Mother protect and shield Fr. Corapi and all of God the Fathers children. Everyone say a rosary daily for the Priest, Bishops, and Pope, I am afraid this is just the start of the attack on our Church. Fr. Corapi this ones just for you. Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed are thee amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen.

  49. One of the priests in our diocese was falsely accused; he proved that the woman making the charge was lying. He intended to sue her for defamation of character. He was told because he is a “public person,” he does not have that option.

    The bishops have thrown thousands of innocent (until proven guilty?) priests under the bus, but no bishop has ever had to face the music for transferring truly guilty priests from parish to parish, assignment to assignment. When is THAT going to change? I don’t know canon law and what it prescribes for due process for accused priests. Perhaps this “zero tolerance” policy is far too harsh and unfair? In the public schools, “zero tolerance” even extends now to a student who tries to defend himself against a bully! BOTH are suspended. How much more madness will this nation endure?

  50. You have my prayers Fr. John.. May our Lord and Father protect you in this time of attack..

  51. Dear Fr. Corapi,
    I will definitely pray for you. I believe you to be a honest and faithful son of the Church and have done much good for Her and have produced good fruit. It’s too bad that our shepherds aren’t as diligent about teaching the True Faith as they are obliged to do, thus leaving it to others to do their work. Please know that I think the world of you and don’t believe for a split second any possible allegation against you. God bless you, dear Father.

  52. I am shocked to hear of these accusations.
    Father Corapi has shown himself to be a man of God, a wonderful personal testimony for conversion.
    However, we must not be too hasty in passing judgement either way.
    The only answer is prayer. We should be deep in prayer during Lent in any case, and Father Corapi should be added to our prayers now.
    Let us all put our prayers before God and pray that God’s will is done.

  53. 911, Spiritual that is, as Fr Corapi has advised all to do in times of greatest need. In the lives of the saints, the closer one is to God the more ferociously are they attacked by Lucifer himself. Pray or Be Prey. St Micheal the Archangel defend us (especially Fr Corapi) in Battle. Amen

    9 Memoraries
    1 Rosary
    1 Chaplet of Divine Mercy

    Godward Be

  54. Fr. Corapi,
    How awful that is. I pray for you that Jesus and Mary will guide you and protect you from evil doers. You have a powerful message to lost souls. I just bought you DVD last week on The Blood that saves. What a poerful message. Be strong because the evil one knows your so close to God He’ll do anything to try to bring you down.
    Here is my prayer for you.
    They cried out, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
    Pilate said to them, “I find no guilt in him.
    Take him yourselves and crucify him.” (John 19)

    Jesus Christ, Lamb of God,
    falsely and maliciously accused by the mob,
    have mercy on us.

    Jesus Christ, Lamb of God,
    handed over to death by cowardly authority,
    have mercy on us.

    Jesus Christ, Sun of Justice,
    vindicated by your Resurrection,
    grant us justice.

    Father of Truth,
    send the light of your Holy Spirit into the darkness
    of every false accusation and unjust condemnation.

    Give strength to the innocent to stand firmly in truth,
    as you gave to Jesus, in the face of torture and death.

    Give courage to church and civil authorities
    to grant justice and due process to the innocent,
    in the face of the mob.

    Father of Mercy,
    deliver your innocent ones from evil;
    grant them speedy justice and vindication,
    in the name of Jesus Christ, our Victim and Savior.

    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on all
    innocent victims: the abused and the falsely accused.
    Through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen!!

  55. What does SOLT have to say? I have tried unsuccessfully in the past to reach anyone there. It appears that each priest is really on his own once ordained.

  56. Dearest Fr. Corapi, I will include prayers for you my daily Lenten Rosary. You helped me return home to the Catholic Church two years ago and I am eternally grateful for your uncompromising devotion to the Truth. St. Michael, defend Fr. Corapi from evil.

  57. The procedure to remove priests from ministry (even temporarily) because of an unsubstantiated complaint is well-meaning but wrong-headed.

    Just imagine the worst case scenario: suppose an anti-Catholic group accuses ALL priests and bishops of sexual or other serious scandals. Then, according to this procedure they must be suspended, thus ALL priests and bishops could be on “administrative leave” immediately.

    As a result, ALL Catholics would be leaderless overnight and the entire church would suffer.

    This procedure has to change. I suggest that this procedure only be used for “credible complaints” which have ALSO been documented with civil authorities. And, that it only be invoked for pedophilic behavior which may threaten the young. That way, false accusations would have legal and financial consequences. And, less serious charges could be investigated BEFORE any action is taken.

  58. As someone who is very angered by the scandals in the Church and who believes in the need to punish predator priests to the fullest extent (and laicize them), I do not believe these accusations against Fr. Corapi for one minute. This man is pretty much America’s lone voice of the Church’s Truth. There are many corrupt priests and bishops who cannot stand him for this and thirst for his blood. There have been several prior attempts to frame Fr. Corapi; this isn’t the first time. I am sickened by these accusations and pray that Fr. Corapi can maintain his sanity through this latest trial. I hope he understands that it is necessary (unfortunately) for him to be placed on leave right now, as that is what these rotten pedophile priests have brought down on all priests. I would urge everyone to pray a “Spiritual 911” for Fr. Corapi. This is something that Fr. put together for extremely trying times – it consists of 9 Memoraries, 1 Rosary, and 1 Divine Mercy Chaplet.

  59. I know nothing of this man, but I sincerely hope he is innocent of the charges. Perhaps the bishops are acting on the side of caution regarding this matter as in the past those priests that were accused of misconduct were just moved from one parish to another, without anyone knowing the reason why except those bishops involved. Some of those priests were guilty of molesting children. The reputation of the church was considered more important than getting to the guilt or innocence of a priest. Is suspending Fr. Corapi fair? Perhaps not, but the RCC now has to show people it IS being responsible. Is life always fair? No.

  60. Fr Corapi is one of many priests who has been innocent victims of the over-reaction of the bishops. He is right that there is no way to undo the damage. The saddest part is that the bishops are not concerned about the damage that is done to a priest. The priest is put on “administrative leave” and an announcement is made at every assignment that he has ever had. Anyone with an accusation is then invited to come forward. Almost no one is ever required to prove any of the accusations. The bishop says he will investigate the accusations after a settlement is reached. After the settlement the bishop says the accusations must be credible because they have paid off on them. So nothing is done and the priest is left on “administrative leave” for the rest of his life. In the rare circumstances when a priest is returned to ministry, nothing is done by the bishop to restore his good name. He is just assigned to a new parish, etc. He is given no help. It is very sad.

  61. It is no surprise to me that the devil is out to attack this man of God. I also find it silly how so many people are making assumptions about his change of appearance. People who have chronic health problems can sometimes have significant changes in appearance depending on the status of their health. My prayers are with you in this difficult time.

  62. I think it’s sleazy to mention the strange appearance of Fr. Corapi in those recent photos in connection with these horrible charges, and to suggest that there may be a pattern of weirdness. Yeah, they look strange, but what in the world does that have to do with what he’s been accused of? People are strange. Maybe it’s some insecurity about his appearance–vanity. Big deal. People do that kind of thing, for no apparent reason, even macho dudes like Corapi. It may be odd, but it’s perfectly compatible with a life of holiness. To suggest otherwise is really pretty low. He’s not “losing it”; he’s just human. Fr. Corapi has claimed complete innocence in these charges; he deserves to be believed unless and until his accuser(s) prove the contrary. Goatee notwithstanding.

  63. “Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” [Matthew 5:11, 12]
    That’s cold comfort when you have worked hard, helped many, spoken the truth, and not taken anything for yourself.
    It is interesting that it’s a woman who has brought this action against Father Corapi. Perhaps, now, Fr. Corapi is tasting some of the backlash and contempt that women in the Church have experienced–especially at the hands of priests–when they work, teach, speak the truth, help, and don’t take anything for themselves. If we were a Church without misogyny in its midst, then we would not be ‘breeding’ litigation. Our priests and bishops only give lipservice to the idea of ‘respect for women’s contribution’. They’d rather not deal with women in the first place. They just don’t like ’em.
    Our brother, John, is taking a walk in ladies’ shoes. (Heels are not easy, are they?) But, he’s quick study. He’ll learn from this regardless of the outcome.
    I hope and pray he is exonerated completely, and that the woman who brought this action won’t make a dime on it.
    More than that, I hope that Father John Corapi will find a new enemy to fight in and outside the Church: hatred of and contempt for women. He’s a good fighter. I say: turn him loose on the root of this action. If anyone can make a dent in it, Father Corapi can. Rid the Church of the blight of misogyny. Do so so that we all can get on with the business of the kingdom. We’re all in that ‘racket’ together. Men and women. Let’s get to work.
    Postcript: When my TV went out, I had to listen to Father Corapi on the radio. I could fall asleep hearing his voice. It was a voice from my childhood. He speaks in an Upstate New York accent that I hadn’t heard in a long time. It gave me great comfort and peace. Don’t let that voice be silenced. There are too many long lonely nights to come for so many of us. And there’s so much work to do…

  64. I remember as a seminarian getting close to ordination that if we go through life and no one tries to harm us then we have not been preaching as Jesus wants us to. And, the retreat master, if you get accused of something sexual you have hit the Jackpot because that means you have taught the truth and the truth hurt. Courage!

  65. Throughout the past decade such “triggers” have been pulled on a few of my innocent pastoral friends, as you Fr.Corapi are experiencing … it is an amazing thing when an individual can impact the life of another to such degrees. I think of Balthasar’s “Heart of the World” in his chapter on ‘The Conquest of the Bride.’ The Church remains Mother, and your obedience is blessed for your fidelity, in spite of authorities who seem to fail to support their own. Know the Church, in Her small members, recognize your works, knowing that abandonment to that Will of Christ, and fidilty in transition(s) continues to bless beyond knowledge. **Be of good heart. Man judges … but Christ is just -Peace upon you

  66. Fr. Corapi: My prayers are with you and all of the other priest and religious who are and have been subjected to our society’s current “witch hunt”. That is NOT to include those guilty parties who will ultimately be more appropriately judged at the end of time.

    Our (immediate) former pastor was accused of sexual misconduct with a former (male) altar server from our parish. Prior to the accusations, he’d been reassigned to another parish. After a very long and difficult 10 months of investigating charges that literally bifurcated our parish, the priest was (very appropriately) cleared of any and all charges. He was reinstated as pastor of his parish effective 3/1/11.

    As in your own case the accuser’s name was withheld. I know our present system of justice has its flaws, but so many of us felt and continue to feel since our beloved priest was inappropriately and quite unjustly accused, that the complainant’s name should be released. Many of us have difficulties in hating the sin, but not the sinner.

    Again prayers and best wishes to you in this latest time of trial in your life. Knowing you are totally innocent, and the amount of your strength of faith in our Lord which has helped you defeat your previous demons, I can only expect that this too shall pass—-once your latest desert visit is complete. I feel you are one of our Lord’s favored!

    May he continue to bless you!

  67. Dear Fr. Corapi, I join all these who have written before me in their outrage at what is happening to you. It’s a bunch of bull—-.

    You have helped me immeasurably. You persuaded me to reconcile with my parents after being estranged for 30 years. No kidding. We’ve been together again for four years.

    You made me confess a mortal sin that kept me from God. You made me see what I was doing wasn’t in conformity with the Church’s teaching.

    You’ll be back. Satan doesn’t win. This is just a battle. We win the war. As your mom says, “We know how the story ends.”

    Keep the faith, Father.


  68. Well I have been listening to Father Corapi for a long time, and I have never heard anyone dispute his teaching. Am I now to stop, because someone made a claim against him.
    Personally I don’t place much credence in this accusation.
    Could this be a figment of her imagination, a lie perpetrated by the devil, to the point that she now believes it.
    Sorry, as hard as it is to pray for this person, I’m going to be forced to, because that is what Fr. Corapi say’s our Lord wants.
    God Bless you Father, I’m not about to give up on you.

    Jim Fabyan
    West Palm Beach, Fl.

  69. Every Our Lord was falsely accused.
    The accusers have allowed the devil
    to get his way..


    Father, I have you in my prayers
    and also your accusers..

    your friend in Christ.

  70. When Fr is cleared of the charges, perhaps it will awaken him to his and other good priests’ vulnerability.

    Since our hierarchy will not purge the bad guys (until Bishops get caught), he could lead the charge of good priests to remove predators and other miscreants from the ranks, before we lose the Church. (warantees do run out or can be reassigned)

    Bad behavior unchecked, if not encouraged, has greased the skids of cynicism, jokes, doubt, falling away and (many times false) accusations.

    We bring this on ourselves by not demanding that Christ’s Church be cleansed to achieve a level which will not be so easy to accuse and disparage.

    Many businesses and institutions are filled with filth. But, except for us, they don’t have leaders with a cover up and sleaze development department.

  71. The devil is working vigorously to destroy the church.
    This is truly one of my biggest concerns. Fr. Corapi you are my hero sir, and God bless you. Not only is the society demeaning our moral codes as Catholics and mocking it, but also taking away our rights for true and righteous jurisdiction. This is clearly not right

  72. Fr. Corapi
    The Truth will set you free. This is your cross for now, take it and bear it with grace. My prayers are with you Father. May the peace of the Risen Lord be with you. Have a good Lent and a Blessed Happy Easter.

  73. A journalist asked a Cardinal Archbishop after the Dallas meeting. “What about unjustly accused priests.” The Cardinal replied, “Well, yes, there will unjustly accused priest, but they will just have to suffer for the good of the Church.” Well, now, isn’t that heartwarming to all the unjustly accused priests? Tell me, just how does a Bishop restore a priest’s “good name?”

  74. Prayers for all allegedly involved in this. As to most bishops, remember that although they are firstly, supposed to be shepherds of their flocks, more interested in the political/financial needs of their diocese or are so far removed from their flock that they can not see the forest for the trees. Our bishop is such a man…holy, ascetic, well intentioned, but without a lick of common sense. I pray for him as well.

  75. I think anyone who accuses anyone else of anything should have their name plastered all over the place too. If they are not willing to put their name forward their complaint should be ignored and discarded.

  76. To David (#47) I will pray that you continue to pursue your journey towards the Church Jesus founded. No matter what, there will always be Truth in the Catholic Church. We are all human, but having a relationship with Jesus requires deep humility, which isn’t something most of us are capable of ( I know this is difficult for me). Christ’s Sacraments are available only in the Catholic Church; it’s what He wants for all of us, for God is love and Love wills the highest and best good for the sake of the beloved.

    As St Peter said “But Master, where will we go?”.

    I believe Fr. Corapi is not guilty of these accusations. Humans make mistakes; perhaps he will be found guilty by fallible judges and punished unjustly. Fr. C is a Christ-like person; perhaps Christ is allowing Father to know Him even better than he does now. I know if anyone can keep it together under these conditions, it’s Father . He’s a tough guy, and, however this works out, he will be a better person for it.

    Chain of Command: Let’s do our Catholic Duty and pray for ALL priests, especially for those who are falsely accused.

    ( C’mon Blessed Mother, THIS GUY really depends on you…get your combat boots on , Mama !! )

  77. I’m not sure of that,my mind is telling me that the Priest is innocent.Such thing once happened to me as a Corper(teacher),my student once asked for friendship and i refused and she blew up that i wanted to have sex with her,it was God’s grace that vindicated me. Women tell lies most times

  78. Please know that I am praying for Fr. Corapi, such a good
    soul, doing good work, that is definately why he is being attacked. He knows God is on his side, though!!

  79. Father Corapi’s preaching has been a wonderful inspiration to my husband and myself. Satan would love to take him down – one way or another. We will pray for him. As a deacon’s wife, I think, Deacon Greg, that you have a wonderful blogspot. I enjoy it often, but your comments and links about Fr. Corapi’s appearance were very unbecoming, especially coming from a deacon of the Church.

  80. Those here who are wondering why any bishop would/could give credence to such ridiculous charges need only say EWTN!!! There are those in the hierarchy that have seen the Eternal Word Television Network as hindering the advancement of their socialist/liberal agenda…and have throughout the years criticized Mother Angelica relentlessly and ruthlessly. Where have most of us become acquainted with this priest we all love, Father John Corapi??? Well, wonder about these bishops
    no more!! I am sickened by the tone of this article as well as many of the comments here …a tone of insinuation with the use of such words as the Anchoress ..”but even if he is cleared”…..planting ” little seeds of doubt” is dispicable!! In our country a man is innocent until proven guilty…however that is not the way the Devil works on the human psyche…a rosary daily until this holy priest’s good name is cleared…and this woman exposed! Why should an adult accuser’s name be exempt from the notoriety this good man name is being unfairly subjected?! She does not deserve to be “protected” like an underage accuser…to
    easy to cry “foul” when there appears to be no accountability.

  81. This accusation is rather too grevious and damaging to the accussed for annonimity. Pls,let the Accusser be mentioned that she could be prayed for.This attack is surely a direct blackmail against the CATHOLIC CHURCH but thro a stong defender”Fr.Corapi”.
    Fr. Corapi, May Christ strengthen you at this tempting period.May your faith never wain.May you like our LORD be able to say: Father forgive her for she knows not what she is doing.

  82. God bless you Fr. Corapi You are doing God’s good work,
    and Satan is prowling around. Keep up your zeal and we
    will hear from you soon. God is with you.

  83. Fr. Corapi,
    You have our prayers. Each one of us is tested but not many have preached His message so purely and clearly. How many have been converted or brought back? We’ll only know on the other side.
    Thank God for your vocation.

  84. Father, from time and place…Medivac…”

    The oldest ruse in employment is what does a former employee does or says, always a bit uncomfortable, not because of any transgression but of some perceived injustice on their part, I suspect this may be the case.

    I wish you well and prayers will be directed towards this calumny as well

    Sic Transit Gloria

  85. We love you Father,we will pray for you.We are asked to pray for our enamies so we will allso pray for the acusers.GOD BLESS…….ED&BETTY

  86. Father, you are most definitely in our prayers! Thank you for all you do–it is you who has brought such clarity and zeal for Christ and His Church to our family. We love you.

  87. I have enjoyed listening to Fr. Corapi on the radio. His talks are solid, orthodox, uplifting. I pray these accusations are false, and offer my prayers for both Fr. Corapi and his accuser.

    That said, the Anchoress is sadly correct, damage to his reputation has already been done; The asterisk now exists on Fr. Corapi’s bio -regardless the outcome.

    One needn’t spill one’s blood to be a martyr for the Church. There are other kinds of martyrdom.

  88. I was a traveling nurse on a Navajo reservation in 2007. I had no TV reception. One day I turned on my radio and heard the booming voice of Father John say that ..”in the end we will be in heaven or hell forever”. My ears perked up and I thought who is this man? Imagine my surprise when I found out it was a Catholic priest! I have been an avid follower of Father John since then. I have heard his sermons on Spiritual Warfare and I agree that this is what Father Corapi is involved in, the ploys of the evil one -Satan. He has said many times how he was fodder for those who hated him and his teachings. What greater way to hurt a man of the cloth than to bring sexual and drug allegations against him. I too believe that the names of those bringing up charges, should also be released. If you accuse someone of something that will destroy them, then be brave enough to acknowledge who you are. I believe that the methods the church is using at present ,to put these priest, whom we need so much, on a leave while they check out whether these claims are credible or not are wrong. I will send out a Spiritual 911 to my Momma who wears combat boots, and implore her to crush the head of the malicious serpent who is behind this evil act. The chronic pain that I suffer each day will be offered up so that Father Corapi can carry this cross and forgive those who would seek to destroy him. As his own blessed mother reminded him… “in the end we win” and that’s what matters most! God bless you Father!

  89. May I propose that everyone e-mail EWTN and request that they come out and make a statement supporting Fr. John Corapi? As ThirstforTruth rightly points out, EWTN is what brought this good priest to the masses. Everyone on that channel from Doug Keck to Raymond Arroyo to Fr. Pacwa to Johnette Benkovic to Marcus Grodi should record a statement in support of Fr. Corapi. “All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing.” Let’s start publicly supporting our good priests under attack and not add to Fr. Corapi’s suffering by having him meet with silence from the people who know him best.

  90. We couldn’t possibly know whether the charges are true or not, nor should we.

    Fr. Corapi is human and the bishops are human and the accuser(s) are human. We should be thankful for the truth that he has spoken to us and pray for all those involved, not rushing to judgment of anyone.

  91. Padre Pio was twice accused of sexual misconduct with women.I will pray to him to intercede for Fr. Corapi.

    At first I didn’t think it was a good thing that Fr Corapi stopped hearing Confessions but then I read “Any priest so accused would be entirely unable to offer a defense due to the seal of the confessional.”

  92. Wow, this is so ridiculous! In the United States, like previous posters have said, we have a justice system of innocent until proven guilty. And out of Christian Charity, the bishops should exercise this same principle with their priests. And I want to reiterate what a previous poster has said: there are no minors even involved in this case. But for those outside the Church, the action of a priest who is put on administrative leave will be interpreted in the absolutely wrong way (as involving minors)!

    I’ll pray and say a rosary for Father Corapi, as well as the accuser. The rosary is a powerful prayer, as Father Corapi himself has said!

  93. Fr. Corapi,
    The truth will set you free. I, for one, will not cease praying for you daily until these accusations have been proven false. I know they will ultimately clear you, Fr. John. May your many many supporters pray for you daily as well. May your exoneration be one of your finest hours.
    God bless, Jesus is with you!

  94. Other men no one ever suspected would succumb have done so, I hope and pray that Fr. Corapi has not done so. That said, the way accused priests are treated is despicable. In our Archdiocese a priest who was accused of abuse of students at a school decades ago was put on “administrative leave” until the day he died. He never stopped saying he was innocent. He is not the only one. Where is the justice in this kind of garbage? Because bishops made mistakes and treated victims unjustly, they are now making the opposite mistake and treating their own priests unjustly. It is sickening. The way to fight injustice is to be JUST.

  95. This is repeating history of centuries ago.. all the hate, violence, murder, wars one after another, infanticide, genocide, anti-Christ blaspheming, slander, scandal, etc. Priests are human beings.. and ‘he without sin, cast the first stone’ ‘the devil will not prevail against the church”.. the church is still here, right?

    What I’m trying to say is, Fr Corapi is a holy priest who had lived a life of hell and got to the point of no return.. God’s Name is Mercy” ..he repented and became a true soldier of Christ.. he has brought more conversions than any other priest I’ve ever known. Now, why in God’s great earth, would he want to return to that life of hell again for something so sick and perverted, when he knows in his heart and soul, what traumatic consequences it would bring???????
    I find this woman’s accusation to be a device to slander a holy priest who’s done nothing to her.. she’s in the same category as those who would want to desecrate the Holy Eucharist, or the Blessed Mother and anything Holy and Sacred. God have mercy on her soul.
    I will always thank God Almighty for Fr Corapi and all priests, especially the priests who courageously stand up for the Word of God, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour..
    Remember, as Fr Corapi says “God gave us limitations on our intelligence, but none whatsoever on our stupidity”.. that is solid truth.. anyone who doesn’t admit it, is fooling themselves.
    Dear Fr Corapi, you are a blessing and a perfect example of God’s mercy in your testimony.. We all love you and will always stand with you…May God hold you in the palm of His Hands and give you moral courage & strength to get through this.. Thank you Fr. Corapi and Thank you God, our Father for creating Fr Corapi for us. My prayers are with you, my Dear Fr Corapi.
    My love and prayers in Christ, RoseMarie… Pittsburgh

  96. To understand just how insidious all this is, readers really need to take a hard look at a three part series, “When Priests are Falsely Accused” by a wrongly imprisoned priest who has a lot to say to educate us on the power of false witness. You can read his series here:

    Sadly, for Fr. Corapi and any priest so accused, there is no real investigation of any kind to undue the false witness. Padre Pio experienced the same sorts of accusations, but in his time the Church aggressively investigated. Today, the Church only aggressively settles or otherwise appeases the media and the lawyers. Today, Padre Pio would be packed off to St. Luke Institute for assessment, and the staff there would determine that his claims of innocence are classic denial and evidence of his guilt. Like so many others, I sure do wish that we did not have to welcome Fr. Corapi to the cult of victimhood where political correctness now requires that no one’s claim of victimhood is ever questioned. How sad! How anti-Catholic!

  97. Fr. Corapi I am praying for you! The devil is indeed messing with you.

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and on your own understanding rely not, in all your ways be mindful of Him and he will show you the way.” Proverbs 3:5-6

    “For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of the present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places…” Ephesians 10-17

    God bless you always,

  98. Deacon Kendra,

    Whether the charges leveled against Fr. Corapi are true or untrue what you have done by posting a link to the photographs of him are disgusting!

    How can you call yourself a Deacon and a man of God by inferring that his appearance could have something to do with the charges leveled against him and scandalizing Fr. Corapi in such a way. Offering prayers for all concerned would have been more appropriate.

    You really need to take a good look inside yourself Deacon Kendra – and by the way – you need to go to confession.

  99. I’d like to keep track of
    where i can find in the public
    record the suits brought against
    the church concerning sexual
    abuse? Thank you.

  100. I just wanted to leave a statement in support of Father Corapi. I have been a convert to the Church for about 10 years, and most of the solid teaching I’ve had has been from Father Corapi. I find it amazing that priests who have been accused have their reputations tarnished for life regardless of the outcome, and people that make these accusations get off scott free. The Church and/or the civil authorities need to start imposing penalties on people, and then maybe they’d think twice about ruining people’s lives!


  102. Remember, He told us if we follow him, the world will hate us, but remember the world hated him first, so, take up your cross and follow him. That is the company I prefer to be in. No Pain No Gain ! Who Ever Said Martyrdom Does`nt Hurt, Not Even A Little Bit. Without Gods Grace It Cannot Happen.

  103. I believe in Father Corapi. I also know that Jesus must love Father very, VERY much to give him such a taste of His suffering during this, the Lenten Season.

    May those who falsely accuse people be remembered in our prayers.

  104. Everything will turn out for the GOOD for those who love Him.

    We believe, in faith, that this battle will only reveal God’s Magnificent Power! We, who have been blessed and converted by Fr. Corapi’s convictions shall fight this thru prayer! Be assured of our prayers, Father.

    “Our Mama wears combat boots”… we shall gear up with our Mama.

    All glory to the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

  105. FR. Corapi,

    I don’t need to tell you to be strong, you taught so many of us that.
    I will say it is an interesting time for such as this. I suppose this Lenten season will bring amazing things for you Dear Father from our Lord.

    Jesus I Trust in You!

  106. Dcn. Greg initially I gave you the benefit of the doubt when linking to the pictures, but then you doubled down and “updated” with an even WORSE link from the Anchoress, who without having facts of his severe Vit D deficiency, or admittingly much knowledge of Father Corapi, put him in the same league with Speaker of the House John Boehner and tanning salons!

    To say you are both a disappointment is an understatment. I get it that Father Corapi probably isn’t your “style” or the style of the Anchoress and so be it. Maybe it would be wise to remember that St. John the Baptist also wasn’t the same style as St. John the apostle. Different souls respond differently to different styles; all are needed.

    If that isn’t bad enough, the two of you can’t even take him at his word that his is innocent. So do you think he is a liar?

    I think I’m done with Catholic Blogs for a while, which sad to say, seem to be taking on a life of their own “magesterial authority” lately.

    I think for now I’ll spend my time going back to Father Corapi and the teachings of the Cathechism.

    God Bless, and St. Michael the Archangel, please help us all in this fierce spiritual battle.

  107. Klaire…

    Please tell me where I indicate that I don’t believe Fr. Corapi’s claims of innocence? I have no reason to disbelieve him.

    A commenter noted that dramatic change in his appearance. When I Googled for images to see what he was talking about, I was shocked at what I found, and raised valid questions about it. (Skin tone is one thing; but dying one’s beard and eyebrows, something else.)

    Further, I happen to have great respect and appreciation for his gifts as a preacher. He has had an undeniable impact on the church, drawing countless people back to the faith. His conversion story remains one of the most powerful I’ve ever heard. For you to suggest that I’m somehow trying to smear him because I dislike his “style” is both absurd, and ignorant.

    I also see that you conveniently failed to mention that I provided a link to the Facebook page for those who wished to pray for Fr. Corapi. But that would then undermine your thesis, I guess…

    Dcn. G.

  108. FR. COROPI,….If God is with you , who can be against you??

    No weapon formed against you shall prosper!

    Our Lady will be there with you until the end. Don’t give up. Remeber your Dad’s words. Dont you dare give up!!!

  109. I have heard you speak. You know that evil lurks even where it is least wanted. Like spraying away roaches they leavve for a while and return. The devil may leave for a while but he comes back because he doesn’t give up. You are a good, holy man. You have helped so many in their journey of faith. My prayers are with you. I believe in Divine Providence in that God sees the real picture of what is going on. I place my trust in him.

  110. Fr. Corapi is a wonderful man and a wonderful priest. Please pray for him as he doesn’t deserve this. Evil will always go after what is bringing so much good into world. We love you Father!!!

  111. Father Corapi God bless you for your ministry you are truely a man of God. Fear not . we need you out there on the front lines. Our mother does where combat boots
    I pray for your quick return to active ministry.
    I will also pray a spiritual 911 for you until this attack is over

  112. Klaire, you are clearly upset and distraught but I am not sure how lashing out at Kandra or me and accusing us of either passing judgment or trying to torpedo Fr. Corapi serves anything. Both of us have expressed admiration for his preaching. No, I may not be a “follower” or a ” fan” but I have posted his videos at my blog, have never written a negative word about him, and I haven’t today either…not only have I NOT compared Corapi to the Speaker in any way (you did that) I have expressed sympathy for him in this predicament and a genuine hope that all will be brought to light and he will be exonerated. What seems to be bothering you, and a few others, is that Deacon Greg and I have not explicitly deemed him “obviously and completely innocent” because there is no way an honest worsen can know that, not if we are on touch with our own sinfulness and our brokenness…but we certainly can and do HOPE he is. It would be wonderful if we could all instantly know what is true, but we can’t. The only true and constructive thing we can do for anyone in this situation is pray for them. Noting the change in Corapi’s appearance is not a betrayal, it’s simply an acknowledgment of what is, and what WILL be discussed. It’s just like Pope Benedict…no one wants to recall that he was drafted into the Hitler Youth, because it is a distraction…but it did happen, and it will come up…so it’s better to jut acknowledge the thing openly than pretend that it never happened…that just looks like a denial or a covering up.

    Fr. Corapi is a gifted orator, and if I happen to be clicking thru EWTN and see him preaching I always stop to listen, even when the network is running a worn out tape. But I can’t possibly just say, “an obvious lie” because we are all sinners, and any of us may fall. If it is a lie, I am confident that it will be outed — as Martin Luther King said, a lie does not last — and if it is true, then who knows? Maybe God would allow a fall in order to teach something to us about grace, or the need for community, or a need to rebalance ourselves and rethink how we deal with these sorts or accusations, or to teach us about putting our faith in anything but Him.

  113. Just a question—why is a Satan to blame for all FR. Corapi’s problems with the church? People do things to people…in this case the Father’s bishop chose to put him on administrative leave. Satan or whatever name someone wishes to use, would have had nothing to do with it, IMO.

  114. It is a good thing that Fr. Corapi was not accused while serving in the Savannah Diocese because he would NEVER be exonerated! Right now, there is an innocent and holy priest who was only accused, never arrested and never proven to be a molestor yet his priestly priviledges are GONE forever. It is Fr. L.’s word against his accusor only. God bless Fr. Corapi and the woman who accused him and may the truth come out. If Fr. Corapi is innocent, the damage is already done … how sad.

    Prayers are being said for all involved right now. Please pray for Fr. Lorenzo too.

  115. @Coyo – “May I propose that everyone e-mail EWTN and request that they come out and make a statement supporting Fr. John Corapi?”

    I think this is a great idea, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. It appears EWTN has already pulled at least one of Fr. Corapi’s programs: the episode of “The Blood That Saves” scheduled to air tonight was replaced with rebroadcasts of Lenten Reflections.

    I haven’t found a statement regarding Fr. Corapi on EWTN’s web site. Has anyone else seen anything?

  116. This is terrible but remember that you are in good company, Father Corapi. Our Lord and many of our saints have faced false accusations. Pray to St Gerard Majella and all the saints.

  117. Jerry…

    From my experience, they won’t put out a statement supporting him. They need to remain neutral — just as a parish has to, if one of its priests is accused. They can offer prayers, but that’s about it.

    For a variety of reasons — some of them, legal — they need to let the process play itself out.

    Dcn. G.

  118. Has anyone thought about some Opus Dei involvement here? Fr Corapi is an Opus Dei priest. Opus Dei DO have issues with Opus dei people from the past who have been in major scandals.Let’s not forget Fr Ettenhauer. I thought he was entirely wronged till I read what the father of the victim said…..You just never know GOD does however. The truth will unfold so be careful whose side you trumpet. The Bishop should be respected at all costs for his judgement call.

    Jeff: Early on, Fr. Euteneuer admitted to his affair with the woman, stating ‘The circumstances that led to my departure from HLI were related exclusively to my own decisions and conduct within the ministry of exorcism that I carried out independently from my responsibilities at HLI.. ‘one particularly complex situation clouded my judgment and led me to imprudent decisions with harmful consequences, the worst of which was violating the boundaries of chastity with an adult female who was under my spiritual care.’

    Dcn. G.

  119. Imagine for a single moment that Father has sinned in some way. I tend to doubt that the accusations are true, but to make a point, lets say they are true. What that means is that Father is the same as all the rest of us in sin and he is a huge target for Satan because he preaches truth and brings many back to the Church. I would never want to attract as much attention from Satan as Father does. Nor would I want to attract as much attention for those holding power in the organization where I work. I have to believe that there are a lot of priests and bishops who have no use for this priest. So if he slipped, and I again say that is a very remote possibility, what does that do to our faith or his truth? It really changes nothing if we actually heard what he was saying and it brought us closer to Christ and His Church. I know many are here saying we are praying for him and want the truth to be this accuser lied to get even or some other reason. But I think we need to pray for this wonderful priest no matter what the case because if not for the grace of God, we fail as much or worse. If there is any truth in this at all, Father will be best to get the full truth out which I am confident he will do.

    I will pray for the truth and for this wonderful priest and I will pray for this woman as well. If she is lying, she is in very deep trouble and doing the work of Satan. She will pay a terrible price. If she is truthful, she needs our prayers for what she will face in proving her truth.

    As to the Anchoress and the Deacon, while I do not always agree 100% with them, both are very good at what they do and try to bring the Catholic faith to as many people as possible. I am choosing not to look at the pictures, because we should not judge this by appearances. Suffering from being overweight, I have been the subject to those who make decisions about me based on my appearance and most times they are far from who I am. Deacon said ” I was shocked at what I found, and raised valid questions about it. (Skin tone is one thing; but dying one’s beard and eyebrows, something else.)”. Saying one who dyes their beard and eyebrows is beyond normal accepted think like skin tone seems to tie this change to a question of how it might be showing some type of problem which might connect since it is in the same story. If it had been in a seperte post say a week ago before this surfaced, it would simply be a question of what is this guy doing. the error for deacon in my view is tying it around the abuse story. Kind of like a story about some silly old man who walks around doing things like leaving his zipper open as my dad in later years seemed to do versus saying an old man accused of abuse walked around all the time with his zipper down. Deacon is such a great writer that he should be able to see why this is a problem…

  120. I wish to let you know that I believe in you Father Corapi and I will be praying for you and the truth to be known. You have been very instrumental to me for my own healing as I have previously strayed from my Catholic faith. Not completely, but in the cafeteria sort of way. There is only one way and you helped me get back on track through Jesus. Going to confession and receiving the eucharist is a taste of heaven. Therefore please do not dispare as this will pass and you will be redeemed by our Savior Jesus Christ.

  121. “It appears EWTN has already pulled at least one of Fr. Corapi’s programs: the episode of “The Blood That Saves” scheduled to air tonight was replaced with rebroadcasts of Lenten Reflections.”

    Jerry – I noticed this as well. I am very upset. How can this station abandon him?

  122. Steve Ray is reporting that EWTN has supposedly suspended Father Corapi pending investigation. I don’t know that they really have a choice if he’s been placed on administrative leave by Church authorities.

    There is too little information given to make any kind of informed opinion. We don’t even know who put him on administrative leave. Did it come through a relgious order superior? If so, who is that? Or, did it come through a bishop? If so, which one? Bishop Thomas of Helena, Montana?

    The best thing to do is to pray for all souls involved and that truth be made known.

  123. Apparently I’m the only one who does not gaze on Fr Corapi’s countenance with stars in my eyes. I have watched this priest on TV and every time I have ended up switching channels because I’ve heard one too many “I”, “me” and “my” references. I’ve heard him tell his story more than once, when once should be enough. Christocentric preaching attracts me, not ego-centric stories. I shake my head to see that the good Father sees a need to defend himself… and in so doing, he disses the Church’s standards for dealing with accusations of sexual abuse. If he is innocent, then no defense is necessary; if not, no defense will ever suffice.

    Nevertheless, all parties involved are in need of prayer. As Hamlet’s friend Horatio said to Marcellus: “Heaven will direct it.”

  124. Dear Fr. Corapi ~ I have watched you for over many years. In your talks you always teach us to fight satan. It seems as if he is chasing you. We will pray for you and all involved both in my family and in my parish. I firmly agree that one-way accusations are unfair and do much damage. Do not give in…you fought illness to speak again. God has a plan and it is for you to keep on. One way to do that is to keep in touch with us any way you can. We love you and will not stray from our prayers for you.
    Warmly ~ Dr. Mary

  125. Jeff (132):

    Father Corapi is not associated with Opus Dei, but rather with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT).

    This news seems to be public only due to Father Corapi having posted it. I would suppose if anyone has put Father Corapi on “administrative leave”, it would be the Society. It’s not very clear to me to what degree they have any supervision over him, as he seems to be working on his own apart from his community. I’m not sure where he is incardinated or what bishop could possibly be suspending his faculties, as he does not seem to have any assignments for the diocese in which he lives.

    It doesn’t seem to be an “anonymous” accuser, but that father knows that it is a former employee and he has not named her. Father has indicated that the charges are not credible. Apparently he could have kept this quiet while the process is undertaken, but instead chose to publicly protest the process. His timing may be linked to EWTN’s decision to pull him off the air for the time being.

  126. Fr. Corapi’s disciples have certainly come out in support! True disciples of Christ do not, however, sit in judgment of anyone…accuser or accused! I shudder to wonder what some of his disciples would say if someone like Fr. Richard McBrien were accused! Would they say the same things? Would they ask for prayers? Would they want EWTN to show support? I think NOT, because they have already judged Fr. McBrien to be a heretic. If satan has any part in this, he is jumping for joy that people are judgmental and divisive in the church. God help us all and may we not be led into the temptation of thinking we know the answers to this mystery. After all, Judas was 1) chosen by the Lord after prayer, 2) a faithful witness while with Jesus and 3) a human being who fell. We all have the ability to fall, and we all have the obligation in the charity of the Lord to trust that God is in charge and God will take care of his church!

  127. First of all, two things should be pointed out. A few years ago, Fr. Corapi received a settlement in a medical case involving the FBI of over $ 2,500,000.00. This was a documented case as a whistle-blower investigation. While he is a “religious” the settlement was a personal one. So there is a large cash flow that could be gained from someone trying to sue him. Or it could be perceived that his arrogance and his attitude is because he is has all this money. If he has $ 2,500,000.00 in the bank (or his order does) why does he need to charge so much for his workshops? The interest alone on this money (and since he has a vow of poverty his order does not pay taxes) would help his order survive for many years after his death, there would be no need for him to charge speaker fees or travel expenses if his work were indeed for the good of the church.

    Secondly, if his arrogance and his speech was perceived to be self-righteous by any of his victims, then this could foster or inflame any hatred or indignation by them towards him for continuing to speak out or alienate them and others in the Church. For example, divorced and re-married Catholics, gays and lesbians who are members of the Church, etc. The expression “when people live in glass houses, they shouldn’t throw stones” comes to mind.

    It also reminds me of the in-famous Father Bruce Ritter of the Covenant House in NYC who went around raising thousands and thousands of dollars to take street kids off the streets of NYC while living a life of luxury in a ‘hidden apartment’ behind the walls of a shelter in NYC in which he abused, molested, and tortured kids. After it was revealed, he quietly retired to a Episcopalian Diocese and was never heard from or seen again. He is now living on a farm in New York City that he bought. Where did the money come from?

    It will be interesting to see how the Father Corapi story plays out. It may be at least a year to a year in a half before he is restored to active ministry. In the mean time, he may not present himself as a priest, wear the Roman Collar in public, say public masses or hear confessions, or use the title Father in public. He will also be restricted to his monastery and his travel will be extremely limited.

  128. I feel for you Father Corapi. Being a Priest myself, I feel like I’m walking on egg shells right now. Most recently our Diocese has come up with a document that allows people basically to take revenge on us Priests. In fact, the Diocese has asked us to sign a waiver that states ‘the Diocese is not responsible if any accusations come up whether true or untrue.’ This type of documents will instill ideas in people to simply spoil our name.
    And we wonder why there is scarcity of Vocations in the West. Who would be attracted to be Priests when we have all this going on and the Diocese can’t even support their own Priests.

  129. I’ve liked Fr. and appreciated his gifts of preaching just fine when he was admitting to me that he was a recovered philanderer. After admitting the faults of his past to start with, I see no reason for him to now lie about the present.

    I hope whoever put him on leave and accused him know what they are doing.

    Peace be with you Fr. Corapi.

  130. We are praying for you Fr. Corapi. We know you are innocent and that this event serves all the more, the signs of contradiction that Our Lord gives to those who love him.
    Courage for you are not alone – the Church is with you!

  131. Sirach 2:1 My son,when you come to serve the Lord,prepare yourself for for trials.
    God bless Ft.Corapi~My wife and are praying for this situation to be resolved.

  132. But there is this difference between St.Padre Pio and Fr. Corapi: Fr. Corapi quite often
    bragged about what a great sinner he was. He detailed his exploits: “I had it all: mansion, money, drugs, women. You name it. I was a guy a father would not his daughter to date!” He repeated these revelations two or three times. What shocked me
    was that he never expressed any regret or repentance; so, I quit listening. If you don’t believe me, check with someone who taped his talks. I don’t accuse him of present sinful conduct as a priest; however, he should clean up his act.
    As for improving his appearance for EWTN, Fr. Pacwa has a rug; even Fr. Benedict seems to have had a facial; and those dudes with the gray habits, especially the oldest
    monk,hugging strange young women; et cetera. Enough. We all are lousy sinners Mea culpa!

  133. Fr. Corapi,

    This is indeed the work of God’s enemy and I am deeply sorry you have been placed in the middle of such a horrible situation.

    Please be assured many prayers will be going out for you at this time.

    May God Be With You!

  134. A couple of months ago I was listening to Fr. Corapi on the radio. After several minutes of listening to him tell stories about himself I grew increasingling impatient that he was spending waaay too much time talking about himself hoping there was some point to this. Then in his story he said (paraphrasing) ‘he was sunning himself on the roof when he jumped up butt naked!’

    I took serious issue with that statement. I really didn’t want the image of this priest’s naked butt in my imagination. A holy man would know better than to place such an immodest image in the minds of his listeners. I turned off the radio & have been concerned for him ever since.

    Also, to be honest, I find Fr.’s statement about these accusations sorely lacking in humility especially in this time of Lenten introspection.

    Although I can understand the treatment for a Vitamin D deficiency to explain the tan, it doesn’t explain why after all this time he would combine the tan with dying his facial hair.

    I think Fr. Corapi does need our prayers & am happy to see so many taking up their weapons, the rosary, in his defense.

    P.s. my apologies to anyone offended by the ‘butt naked’ story.

  135. Once I heard Fr. Corapi say he really didn’t like or want to be a preacher. He said he loved the people, and loved doing God’s work, but what he really wanted to do in his heart of hearts was spend his time in contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament. He was making the point that often Our Lord puts us in work we do not like or want to do, and if that is happening to us, probably it is where God wants us to be, because we are not getting anything out of it for ourselves.

    In light of this “scandal” and accusation, it would seem that perhaps Fr. Corapi might get from our Lord what he wishes in his heart…to be freed from public ministry and be ordered to spend all his time and the rest of his life in contemplation before the Lord. And don’t you think THAT would be more deadly to Satan than all the preaching in the world? Perhaps God sees Fr. Corapi has said enough, that the tapes and videos are enough to convert us, and the preaching part of his mission is finished.

    In some spiritual book I read once (can’t remember the name), the priest author suggested that Satan was gleeful and gloating at the destruction of Jesus all the way up to the moment He died on the cross. Then, in horror, Satan realized that he had made a deadly and fatal irrevocable error—that Jesus dying on the cross was not His destruction but rather His victory over Satan (sin and death) and brought REDEMPTION for the world, the exact opposite of what Satan wanted.

    The possible destruction of Fr. Corapi fits the same pattern: namely, his apparent destruction may bring about even greater losses for Satan, because I cannot imagine a more powerful weapon than someone of Fr. Corapi’s stature spending each day as a prayer warrior.
    It is said Pope John Paul II had asked before he was made a bishop, to be released to go into a contemplative order so he could pray all day every day. His superiors denied his request, saying due to his personality and his intelligence, he was too valuable to the Church in Poland. You know how God’s plan unfolded in his case.

    Fr. Corapi was scheduled to speak in DeKalb Illinois this next Saturday, March 26, 2011. I don’t know the status of that lenten mission now. However, his topics were ‘Christ’s Life: Pattern of Our Life.’, ‘The Mystery of Christian Suffering.’, ‘Spiritual Survival in a Hard World.’, and ‘Victory of Easter Only From the Cross.’ Now doesn’t it seem ironic that Fr. Corapi was about to speak intimately about suffering and the imitation of Christ, including (possibly) the “trial” of Jesus before the Sanhedrin, and now he himself may be facing a trial of his own that may lead to his destruction.

    Mark 14: 53, 55-56 -53. They led Jesus away to the high priest; and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes gathered together. 55. Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, and they were not finding any. 56. For many were giving false testimony against Him, but their testimony was not consistent.

    I hope Fr. Corapi will be vindicated and it will be for the greater glory of God. If he is not, then we will once again have to learn not to put our faith in man, but in Christ alone, for He alone is our Rock, our Fortress, our saving Power.

    Jesus said to Peter, (Luke 22: 31-32) ““Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32 but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail…:

    Let us all pray that our faith may not fail due to the human failing of our brothers. God bless you and help you Fr. Corapi, in this your (and our) time of trial. Our Blessed Mother, please come to the aid of your son.

  136. @Elizabeth Scalia – “What seems to be bothering you, and a few others, is that Deacon Greg and I have not explicitly deemed him “obviously and completely innocent” ”

    Speaking only for myself, what bothered me was your snippy comment about Fr. Corapi’s physical appearance (“if I were Corapi, I’d ditch the tanning booth for the duration. I’m sure it’s perfectly innocuous and innocent, but it’s unhelpful at the moment.”) and Deacon Greg’s comparison of Fr. Corapi to Anton LaVey.

    As you correctly note, we have no way to know whether Fr. Corapi is innocent: he, like all of us, is a sinner, and he is certainly subject to far greater attacks than most of us. Either way, he needs our prayers.

  137. No one knows what happened if anything at all but the pedophile scandals when analyzed turned out to be a litany of misdemeanors and sexual encounters with willing teenagers in bulk. The Church should by this time be experts in handling sexual abuse allegations and coming to the truth. Yet I believe that the the accused ought not to be suspended or put on live through mere allegation. Many a man, not just clergy have been falsely accused of sexual crimes and even murder but those were simply lies. I pray that the Church follows procedure and come to a just conclusion.

  138. I do not believe any of it. It’s sad. My parents are ardent followers of Fr. Corapi on EWTN;I like him too.

    It’s inevitable that persecution of the Church happens at this modern time when “reproductive rights” across nations join the bandwagon of politically correct evils. The faithful have roused just as strongly to defend the Mother Church.Hence, Satan is hellbent (pun intended) to weaken and ultimately destroy anything of and for the Church.

    Let’s fervently pray for Fr. Corapi and include him in our intentions specially during Sunday Holy Masses. The Holy Rosary, Divine Mercy chaplet and The Memorare….

  139. Jeff at 132 said: Has anyone thought about some Opus Dei involvement here? Fr Corapi is an Opus Dei priest

    Father Corapi is with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (hence, the initials after his name, S.O.L.T.).

    Correct me if I am wrong: A diocesan priest can become a priest of Opus Dei, but is this the case for religious order priests?

    His STB, STL, and STD are from the University of Navarre, Pamplona, Spain which was founded by St. JoseMaria Escriva. But I see nothing in his bio which suggests he is a priest of Opus Dei.

    Reference Links:

    As I have said in an update of my own blogpost, I think we need to be careful to not label the accuser as guilty of going after an innocent man. The bottom line is that we simply do not have or know the facts.

    No one is beyond the effects of concupiscence – neither Father Corapi, nor the woman involved. Someone else must sort this out and we don’t know what was contained in the letter that would have brought about such prompt benching. We don’t even know who benched him and whether enough information was gathered for that person to consider it credible enough to sideline him as it is investigated further.

    EWTN really didn’t have a choice but to pull the plug until this thing plays itself out. Whether we agree with it or not, it wasn’t just some bishop or religious leader who sidelined him. The Church pulled the plug.

    If the accusations are proven to be unfounded, he should be publicly cleared and returned to public ministry.

    That is what is most broken is that priests who are cleared and who maintain their innocence are not restored to “active duty” so to speak. Many of us know priests in this kind of limbo and it is against justice for the accused and innocent priest.

  140. Father Corapi, was a very wordly man before he became a priest. He had money, power, drugs and women; he has admitted to all of this in his lectures.
    A man who decides to be a priest going from high school to seminary is opened to more temptations than a man who has lived a worldly life realizs its shallowness and turns to God with eyes wide open.
    Father Corapi is very extroverted, he smiles well and has a charisma that would make a few women read into it more than his friendy conversations. Some women live too much in dream worlds; they see kindness, a hug or even a few extra minutes in conversation as sexual advances. Notice the women did work for him at one time.
    Father has been unwell for a long time now, he has limited his speaking engagements and spends his time in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Surely he knew being a high profile man of God he was going to be cannon fodder of Satan, eventually. Anyone who didn’t think this would happen wasn’t paying attention to his lecturers. Jesuswas high profile and ended up crucified. Did anyone think that the Apostles would not see the same fate heading their direction?
    I am truly disappointed in EWTN though, you think they would know that all priests in America, should be considered innocent until proven guilty. The problem with this country today is that any man of the cloth is immediately guilty and thrown into the darkness of rumor, innuendo and silence.
    Though with Father Corapi the devil may have thrown the gauntlett down in front of very strong man, lets see how this plays out. btw I am sure all the money that he might have won in that lawsuit more than a decade ago has been used in charity and no longer exists.

  141. Diane I don’t think the Church has any power over the tv station EWTN. I am almost sure of it since the bishops never have liked the station since its inception and was trying to build one of their own when God sent Sister to Birmingham.

  142. What if he’s guilty? He might be. We all fall short of the glory of God. Remember Fr. Maciel? Maciel and his defenders swore up and down to the last that he didn’t do the things he was accused of. But he did.

  143. To clear up some misinformation in previous post:

    Fr Ritter (founder of Covenant House) never became Episcopalian,
    his order would not allow him to continue as a priest until he sought and completed treatment (this was in the early 1990’s)
    Fr Ritter refused and retired on his own till his death a few years ago.

    Because of his popularity and high profile, it seems reasonable that Fr Copari would not have trouble taking up his ministry once he is found to be innocent.

    Reading the comments here and on other blogs, what comes to my mind is the situation with the founder of the Legionaries of Christ. People were so attached to the messenger they almost forgot the MESSAGE. so many were sure he was a victim, that the church was persecuting him etc….but when the truth came out it was worse than anyone could imagine.

    of course we all hope he is innocent and will soon return to his ministry and that all the truth will finally come out. but there seems to be a separate issue of a personality cult developing around him and that is never a good thing.

  144. Satan wants Father Corapi more than anything.If we don’t start praying for Father we’re going to lose him and we need him now more than ever.Lord Send Down Your Most Holy Angels To Comfort Father Corapi In His Hour Of Need!!

  145. Let us all have a Mass said for Fr Corapi. This is a spiritual attack; lets fight back with the strongest weapon we have; MASS.

  146. Fr. Corapi has been given a heavy cross to carry. Look, the news was even brought to him on Ash Wednesday. For many of us too, it is a heavy cross. My heart was deeply saddened when I saw the report. But, there is no power greater than the Lord’s. Trust in Jesus. Even in great darkness, trust in the Lord. “Jesus I Trust In You”. Fr. Corapi, you will always remain in my prayers, as you have, up to this day. Everyone please remember always to pray for priests. They are the consecrated most hated and attacked by the evil one, because they are the true brothers of Jesus.
    Blessed Mother, please guide and protect Fr. Corapi and all of your priest sons under your mantle. Jesus mercy, Mary help.

  147. anthony…

    Re: “personality cult” and Fr. Corapi.

    My sentiments exactly.

    Dcn. G.

  148. He’s an egomaniac and an unrepentant one at that. To intimate that it could all be in the imagination of the women because of his charisma is just laughable! He reminds me of a snake oil salesman. They would not have put him on “administrative leave” if there was no just cause.

  149. SOMEONE PLEASE point out the DIFFERENCE….

    It was stated above that
    1. Fr Corapi is so popular that he needed bodyguards.
    2. Because of the troubles of being this celebrity he had to stop hearing confessions!! ARE YOU SERIOUS?
    3. He needs to look good, hence the hair and beard makeover.

    1.PADRE PIO is undoubtedly one of the most POPULAR priestly saints

    2. He heard confessions for hours on end as popular and seeked out as he was. The devil himself was not be able to stop his duty as a priest.

    3. HE was POOR and never boasted about his past sins and used them as a strategy or tool to get others into the fold.

    4. The stigmata was his outward sign of his intimacy with Christ and he suffered in silence and also with a smile.

    So ARROGANCE, PRIDE and vanity versus humility. BIG difference. How can someone so opposite be so right? I’ll state the obvious ….They both had different liturgies…one traditional the other Novus Ordo.

  150. Priests are not gods and should stop being looked upon as such. They are human beings with all the illnesses and flaws of the rest of humanity. Yes, they have a huge responsibility to us as priests, and have to answer to God for how they handle that
    job, but it is not a witch hunt…it is being extremely careful to protect the Body of Christ…which was not the case in past years. That`s why things are the way they are now…it has all caught up with Holy Mother Church and we must get through it. Has anyone EVER had the thought of praying for the children and adults of the abuses…it is a life changing situation for them I can tell you that…….are there false charges out there…probably…but get a grip…this ugly thing has caught up with us as Catholics and all need to get a look at reality…start praying for the families affected by this…and then the Priests. God bless you all…..and stop looking at just the poor priests!!!

  151. Personality cult; no. It is natural to be drawn to holy people as has been noted with saints. For example, Padre Pio, a very holy man; people were drawn to him in great number was accused of infraction of all three of his vows; poverty, chastity and obedience.

  152. As for myself, I have been lax in my prayers; however, I am now motivated to turn off the television, get out all of Fr. Corapi’s cds and my rosary and devote myself to listening and praying for him. I pray that all devout Catholics will do the same and confound Satan for what he is attempting to do to God’s beloved son, once again.

  153. Guilty or not there doesn’t seem to be any actual crime here seeing as the accuser was adult and didn’t mention the offence was unwanted. And don’t give me that garbage about drugs, there are many addicted priests and religious out there. These priests are men, they didn’t drop out of The sky or pass through A membrane from an alternate reality they’re men, period. I don’t believe it but even if It’s true I don’t think removing fr corapi is the answer. The Church and the world needs this soldier of Christ. This makes two very potent priests in just a few months Fr Euteneuer and now Fr Corapi. Euteneuer admitted guilt but again the accuser was a grown adult and consenting, unethical yes but no crime. Now Corapi…I was at the Newark conference on spiritual warfare and gotta say we had the feeling it was only a matter of time before something like this happens. Yeah I pray for Father I also pray our Bishops and everyone else wakes up and stops handing the Enemy victory after victory by laying down. Remember what fr corapi said,” NEver give up! Never lay down! Don’t you dare give up, don’t you dare throw a fight!” If you have ever gotten anything from the man……defend him! Innocent or guilty don’t you dare abandon him!

  154. Fr. John
    You are in our prayers and I will certainly keep you in mind and heart at today’s Eucharistic adoration which your example of dedication gives new meaning to suffering.

  155. Oh yeah and that goes for EWTN too! Don’t back away like eleven of The twelve apostles you cowards. Stand up and defend your priests. This backing away makes me sick. You are at war. Get these men to a confessional if they are in the wrong but don’t throw the fight!

  156. This is incrimination. A serious crime. Satan accuses the righteous of God. This woman is a tool of Satan. Probably had an issue with his teachings or was on the line of getting fired and did this to get back at him. I wouldn’t want to be this woman on judgement day

  157. (#153) Dcn. Greg and Elizabeth:

    Suspect I’m not the only one glad to hear your positive comments on Father Corapi that honestly, weren’t obvious, at least to me. Jerry (#153), nails it, as that is EXACTLY why I reacted as I did. Believe me, it took a lot and some prayer before I wrote what I did, as I think the world of both of you and have also learned much from each of you.

    Personality Cult? If true Dcn. Greg, the same would have to be said for you and the Anchoress. I’ve never in my life been an idolizer, but I very much respond to truth when I hear it, be it from you, Elizabeth, or Father C.

    I have just come out of the worst (3 year) trail of my life. Wihtout the teachings of Corapi, especially on the power and ncessity of suffering, (and God’s grace of course), I have no doubt that I would have gone to despair.

    #151( Janet)

    Speaking of self, what better witness. Who but Christ could transfrom a sinner to that degree.

    #152 (Bee)

    Beautiful post Bee. I think you nailed it also. I’ve heard Father Corapi often speak of his thrist to be poor again, as he never felt closer to God than when he was on the streets (which of course was the genesis of his conversion). I would be surprsied to see him end up at the Mystic Monk Monestary in WY, as I beleive he truly is a Carmalite at heart.

    #143 (Brad)

    Speaking of the monks in Wy Brad, I am not 100% sure but fairly certain that it might have been THAT settlement that started the Mystic Monk Monestary. What I do know is that the money was long ago “donated”, and that Father C is a long time friend of Father Prior. This may well be “Divine Providcence” at it’s splendor!

    #167 (Jeff)

    Jeff, I see your point but you fail to consider how different the times are now. St. Pio was throughly investigagted and found innocent, that type of investigation will never happen with Father Corapi. Also PP did not have the media we have today, or the shark lawyers against him. Lastly, this is America.

    Lastly, I’m totally with Bee. Father Corapi has enough on tape (who btw, is the modern Bishop Fulton Sheen teacher according to the Vatican). Anyone who knows Sheen’s teachings can easily see how Father Corapi follows (and also adds), to those core teachings of BFS.

    Perhaps this is all the work of great Divine Providence. If anything, Father Corapi has prepared all who are willing to listen for the great trials, especially our own human sufferings and the power of the cross. If he fell off the face of the earth today, we have much recorded , much to learn, much to ponder. It’s all there, in black and white, for anyone open.

    Personally, I would love to see Father Coprai, like Mother Anelica, finally get to live out their religious vocaitons per their hearts and God’s will, in silence and prayer with their personal sufferings.

  158. Dear Father Corapi,

    Our thought and prayers are with you during this difficult and challenging time.

    I am curious to know who was it that made the decision to place you on ‘administrative’ leave? what panel and who is on that panel, or what Bishop or Bishops, and from what Diocese did this emanate?

    Thank you.

    Cheryl and Bill Kuhn

  159. as a devoted Catholic I only hope that rumors stay as is…rumors….but one thing for sure , Father Corapi needs to address the fact of having fallen a bit into the sin of vanity…the worry of physical appearance doesn’t get along too well with the virtue of humility ….. BUT from that to being accused of such serious faults….. there’s an abyss of a difference …
    nowadays in this world we are all living ….humankind has been put aside spirituality as an ‘OLD FASHION’ thing ….
    PEOPLE IN THE WORLD….WAKE UP!!!! WE HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE LIVE A SPIRITUAL WARFARE AND FOR SUCH NATURE OF WAR WE CANNOT WIN OR EVEN RESIST ALONE….WE NEED GOD…… you see the devil knows very well how human beings are living without acknowledging the existence of heaven and hell…….therefore all human beings living like that fall into great disadvantage…..the devil is always working at his ease and ESPECIALLY STRIKING WHERE THERE IS DIVISION…. we have to UNITE IN PRAYER,FAST,PENANCE,MASS,ALMS GIVING and FAITH IN GOD!!!!

  160. last but not least….. it comes to my mind how the saints at some point during their lives have been attacked by the devil and I am not saying Father Corapi is a saint but he is A WARRIOR OF GOD SAME AS EVERY SAINT HAS BEEN AND YES… PADRE PIO was suspended of most of his duties….. just for a quick reference I am posting a piece of his biography…taken from this site

    “As his spiritual influence increased, so did the voices of his detractors. Accusations against Padre Pio poured in to the Holy Office (today the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith). By June 1922, restrictions were placed on the public’s access to Padre Pio. His daily Mass time varied each day, without announcement to diminish the crowds, and he was ordered not to answer correspondence from people seeking spiritual direction. It was also rumored that plans were being developed to transfer Padre Pio. However, both local and Church authorities were afraid of public riots and decided that a more remote and isolated place than San Giovanni Rotondo could not be found.

    Despite the restrictions and controversies, Padre Pio’s ministry continued. From 1924 – 1931 various statements were made by the Holy See that denied the supernaturality of Padre Pio’s phenomena. On June 9, 1931, the Feast of Corpus Christi, Padre Pio was ordered by the Holy See to desist from all activities except the celebration of the Mass, which was to be in private. By early 1933, Pope Pius XI ordered the Holy See to reverse its ban on Padre Pio’s public celebration of Mass, saying, “I have not been badly disposed toward Padre Pio, but I have been badly informed.”

    Padre Pio’s faculties were progressively restored. First, the confessions of men were allowed (March 25, 1934) and then women (May 12, 1934). Although he had never been examined for a preaching license, the Capuchin Minister General granted him permission to preach, honoris cuasa, and he preached several times a year. In 1939 when Pope Pius XII was elected pope, he began to encourage people to visit Padre Pio. More and more people began to make pilgrimages.

  161. Know that you are in my prayers, Fr. Corapi. For you to have to go through all this is a terrible waste of precious time. The Lord and truth is on your side!!

  162. How can this happen? Are the bishops overreacting? Is there no congruence in Fr. Corapi’s life and preaching? Let us all pray for the church and our priests. These are indeed troubled times.

  163. Question: Has Fr. John said he dyed his brows & beard? I don’t recall him saying that, or, are their assumptions here?
    The reason I say this is my own youngest son has dirty blonde hair but when he lets his beard grow it comes in grey around his jaw and red on his chin!!! My daughter went through chemo & radiation, when her hair grew back it cam in
    curly. She always had straight hair that resisted a curl.
    What I am saying is no knows what Fr. C’s medications were!!
    He may not have been totally forthcoming with his listeners about exactly what he was suffering from!!
    Question: Could his previous life before reversion to the faith left his health in serious condition. As we grow older [as in people who smoke]our immune systems weaken naturally bu are accelerated by abuse done in our youth.
    Here is a man, a sinner like every human being, who tasted of the decadency that exists in our culture, at his lowest, he looked up and God’s Mercy was there.
    I find it hard to believe that after all of that, He would want to turn back to it, but yes it is possible.
    Our Fraternity of Secular Franciscans say a prayer for Priests: O, Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my
    humble prayers on behalf of Thy priests.
    Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope
    and burning love which will ever increse in the
    course of their priestly life.
    In their loneliness, comfort them. In their sorrows
    strengthen them. In their frustrations, point out
    that it is through suffering that the soul is
    purified, and show them that they are needed
    by the Church; they are needed by souls; they
    are needed for the work of redemption.
    O’ Loving, Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take
    to your heart your sons who are close to you
    because of their priestly ordination and because
    of the power which they have received to carry
    on the work of Christ in a world which needs
    them so much. Be their comfort,be their joy, be
    strength, and especially help them to live and
    to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy.Amen
    [a prayer of the late John J. Cardinal Carberry of St. Louis]
    Fr. John you are in all our prayers..

  164. Remember in the Bible it says something like; Behave in such a way that when you are accused the shame will be on the accuser because your behavior has been exemplary. Also remember what high esteem God holds Holy Obedience as in the case of ST Padre Pio. He endured the same treatment for over 10 yrs. Father Corapi is tormented among the greatest saints. Was it St Peter and another Apostle somewhere in ACTS, said, they were honored to be beaten for Jesus’ sake. When those whiley Pharrasees told em to stop preaching about Jesus. Hang in there Fr Corapi, they didn’t get you, they never will. Don’t stop preaching unless you have to by Holy Obedience. But not to worry, we got your tapes and CD’s to tide us over. St Peter didn’t have modern technology. The Rosary and St Michael The Archangel Prayers are your and our comfort, opps! The Mass, and endless other prayers. And Divine Mercy Sunday is just around the corner. Jesus had one trator in his group, now you got yours.

  165. I have followed Fr C for many years. I awe of his natural ability to communicate God’s word. Yes he is tough and asks of us the hard questions. However lately I have seen a shift in his demeanor I believe he my have lost his focus and humility.
    My prayers are with him as he journeys his way in God’s light.
    I’m sure that the Holy Spirit will guide him to back to acceptance of Our Lords plan for us all.
    My prayers are with you Father C. ~j~

  166. One more thing! Relax, take a break, go hunting, go on vacation, where do all those motorcycle people go in Indiana in the summer? Sturgis! What ripe pickins for conversion!

  167. “Oh yeah and that goes for EWTN too! Don’t back away like eleven of The twelve apostles you cowards. Stand up and defend your priests. This backing away makes me sick.”

    You said it, stmike! The swiftness with which EWTN has made this decision to banish Fr. Corapi from the airwaves sure is eye-opening. They have no problem leaving the psuedo-Protestant “Life on the Rock” on the air for years, but they immediately pull Fr. Corapi’s shows wherein he teaches only the Truth of the Magesterium?

    Anyone who understands the bigger issues at play here can see why it is so dangerous for EWTN to so quickly abandon Fr. Corapi. There’s a battle going on within our Church and the few that speak out for pure, unadulterated Truth are put on the hit list to be silenced. The evil within the Church cannot stand EWTN and, in particular, the beacons of truth Mother Angelica and Fr. Corapi. These sinister forces are thrilled that, for now at least, Fr. Corapi has been pulled from the air. They’re probably already scheming as to how to get their liberal-agenda-shows up and running.

    Fr. Corapi is so loved not because he is a charismatic character nor even because of his wild past and dramatic conversion story. He is loved because he teaches the Truth of God and His Church – something the Faithful are thirsting for because it is so hard to find. Fr. Corapi helps illumine the ways and laws of God. He points us to Him. Fr. Corapi is a true Priest.

    Mother Angelica and Fr. Corapi are the only two high-profile Catholics (in these last few decades) that accept no compromise when it comes to teaching the Faith. I’ll add the web’s Michael Voris to that distinguished short list as well. These three have been and are hunted by the enemies of Truth.

  168. Coyo, the devil is dancing for joy at your judgemental comments toward members of the body of Christ who practice their faith differently than you! You are destroying the unity which Christ desires, and Satan is smiling. Both Mother Angelica and Fr. Corapi are rolling in the dough since they started catering to the ultra-conservative Catholic fundamentalists…smart move on their part…they know where the bucks are!

    Nonetheless, guilty or not, his administrative leave is the most prudent action at this point. There are more questions than answers. Looking at past dynamic evangelists who have fallen (Fr. Ken Roberts, Fr. Maciel, Fr. Dale Fushek, Fr. Eutener, to name a few), nobody believed they could do any wrong. Yet all of them deserve our prayers as well. Only God knows the truth, too bad so many think they are God! May the Divine Mercy guide us all!

  169. P.S. Let’s not forget that Fr. Corapi’s autobiography was due out any day now….the timing of this accusation is not a coincidence by any stretch of the imagination.

  170. “Coyo, the devil is dancing for joy at your judgemental comments toward members of the body of Christ who practice their faith differently than you! You are destroying the unity which Christ desires, and Satan is smiling. Both Mother Angelica and Fr. Corapi are rolling in the dough since they started catering to the ultra-conservative Catholic fundamentalists…smart move on their part…they know where the bucks are!”

    Eric – Fr. Corapi and Mother Angelica are not catering to ultra-conservative Catholics – they are Catholics who teach Catholicism. There’s only one way to practice the Faith – and that’s God’s way. Look to the Pope, the Bible, the dogmatic Truths and doctrines of our Faith to learn God’s way. Steer clear of man’s manufactured false additions to the One True Faith.

    Condemn no one- that is reserved for God alone. You’d have to be an idiot, however, not to make judgements about the people and events of this world. You were given an intellect to be used and those that cannot or will not observe truth, acknowledge facts, and weigh the evidence will be eaten alive by wolves in sheep’s clothing.

    As G.K. Chesterton once said, “Don’t be so open-minded that your brain falls out.”

  171. It still amazes me how many think that “the devil” has influenced this man or MAY have influenced this man. That’s just it—he is a man. Just because he chose to be a priest doesn’t make him special—makes him still a human male with all that encompasses. He is no better or worse than anyone else, he just chose to be in the religion business, not a plumber or a computer specialist etc. IF he is guilty, he should, IMO be dismissed from the church, and if he isn’t—good, he can go about his business.

  172. “What greater way to hurt a man of the cloth than to bring sexual and drug allegations against him.”

    What I find a bit quirky about the accusations is that BOTH admitted to weaknesses of Fr. C’s past are included. Now the one type of weakness relapse, if repeated would seem rather easy to prove by many witnesses of the man’s recent behavior and simple medical tests for drugs.

    And … all of this man’s long term popularity has been known to his own superiors. Have they been completely out of touch? If there was ever some danger of being stressed out (due to his history of illness, court case, threats, etc.) where is the superior’s own responsibility for observation and guidance? Apparently there was nothing, after all these years, that alerted them to question the huge public ministry and teaching efforts of one of their own. I remember how Mother Angelica held herself responsible for all eternity if any of her nuns were not guided properly.

    Perhaps it’s how you “package” yourself that lends to the follow-up attitude by the public…and even clergy as well. I think of Thomas Merton who wrapped his superior around his finger – one who of course knew of Merton’s own past history. Meanwhile Merton manipulated every rule of the monastery that the others abided by in order to have his way …. because he was seen as a bit of an elitist arteeest type. He used his best friends as well to unknowingly transport him to his illicit meetings with his very young nurse girlfriend. His loyal friends appeared to be the only ones, out of personal disappointment in the man, who attempted to advise him. But for some reason the liberal side of the faithful to this day make all kinds of excuses for the behavior. These types always seem to “luck out” with innocent duped kind who “believe” and who would not make a fuss later. Still it had to be the woman who said the situation was “impossible”.

    Today it would appear, that if you in the least preach the narrow road be ready to be completely on your own for your own defense.

  173. 181 Coyo

    The swiftness with which EWTN has made this decision to banish Fr. Corapi from the airwaves sure is eye-opening. They have no problem leaving the psuedo-Protestant “Life on the Rock” on the air for years, but they immediately pull Fr. Corapi’s shows wherein he teaches only the Truth of the Magesterium?

    Anyone who understands the bigger issues at play here can see why it is so dangerous for EWTN to so quickly abandon Fr. Corapi.


    Well, common sense should tell you that EWTN operates under their own local bishop – it was the former bishop who decided the style of liturgy that would be on the air, forcing EWTN to change. And, well, in this instance, EWTN would then also be seen as interfering with Fr. C’s own decision for cooperation/obedience with either the bishops or his own superiors “procedures” if they did otherwise. Otherwise there would be an arbitrary stance for division within the structures. That could only make Fr. C’s current situation even worse and more controversial. I doubt if EWTN wishes to be considered as some rogue element in the equation!

  174. My husband and I join many who support Fr. Corapi and
    pray daily for him and all priests. He is an amazing holy
    priest who has sacrificed much for the salvation of thousands. Lay people and religious alike must stand by him in his time of tribulation and pray that he will be quickly

    Last time I checked a person is innocent till proven guilty.

  175. I believe the names of the bishops involved should be named.

    These charges are crap and everyone know’s it.

  176. I believe the names of the bishops should be known.

    I believe these charges are false and I believe that everyone else also believes these charges are false.

  177. Endure to the end Fr. Corapi with all of our prayers. I have heard you encourage the world to “take up your cross” and that we shall do. Christ wants personal time with you in prayer and thanksgiving.

    My family will be praying for you – a rosary at your beckoning!

  178. ……Fr. Corapi has been an ispiration to me for years. His life’s story is exactly what God & Jesus teaches us ….if we listen!!! We’ve all made mistakes in our lives…ask for Divine forgivenss……..then try to do better with God’s grace. We live in a very sick secular society…..even “good people” are confused and easily mislead. PRAYER IS the only answer….for ourselves and others!!!!! As the late N. Carolina St. basketball coach Jim Valvano said, as he was fighting his cancer, “don’t give up……don’t ever give up!!!!!!!”


  179. 161 Tapestry
    Diane I don’t think the Church has any power over the tv station EWTN. I am almost sure of it since the bishops never have liked the station since its inception and was trying to build one of their own when God sent Sister to Birmingham.


    I recall that it was only due to Pope JPII’s indirect support of Mother A. that kept things from going too far with Cardinal Mahony’s attempt to take over all of EWTN. I recall her own response of “I’ll burn the damn thing down rather than have it taken over”. But, in the end, she was forced to make a type of apology to the Cardinal – so, yes, the Church of course has power over that enterprise. I miss her approach and the many interesting true faithful guests she was bold enough to treat like equals in the faith. It’s a bit too much of wariness to punch all the right tickets today.

    Re: cult celebrity, etc. … there was no one more well known in that category on an even larger world stage than JPII. In fact he expected the media to be used for such …. saying that today if you’re not seen you don’t exist. He wasn’t shy either about his own history with Communism be known … and he had that experienced knowledge to use without any naivete when the time was ripe to risk his own countrymen in “Solidarity”. And the conversion of Fr. Calloway is probably an even better story than Fr. C’s. He does not refrain either from letting such a gift of God’s grace be known … for the sake of so many others stuck in our present culture’s lures with feelings of being too bad to ever be forgiven. Many of the nuns in the popping OP order of MI (Mary Mother of the Eucharist group) openly speak to their own past histories – living with someone, etc. The day when people who have experienced many demons (even having them dwelling within) feel drawn to come into a Catholic Church for acceptance and healing by those already inside will be the time more like that of Christ’s. Perhaps that is what will happen after a true purification of the Church takes place … after all the pride of position, misuse of authority, property has been brought to its rightful place.

  180. Pagansister, some folks are better than others, which is why some will go to Heaven and some will not. Granted, it is not for us to judge who is better in conscience, but the bible teaches what is right and wrong, sin or not a sin. So it is not wrong for me or anyone else to judge a persons actions, hence, I say without reservation, Father Corapi does a much more exemplary job of following God’s will than most of us, including me. While God loves us all equally, he is also going to judge us justly in the end.

    Fr Corapi and the vast majority of priests and nuns, have sacrificed their lives to spread the truth for God and his children, while many, if not most, are in denial of the truth. And there are others who know of God, but have chosen to ignore him. Father Corapi and most of his followers love and pray for those in denial, or who are ignorant, as they are the ones most in need.

    Finally, most plumbers and computer specialists enjoy a much more enjoyable life than Father who is on the road most days of his life. He obviously does not do this for the money, because he is unable to utilize it and only keeps a small portion of it.

    Father Corapi, may Mary and all of heaven, be at your side with God through this difficult time.

  181. one more comment…….don’t worry about the attacks on the Catholic Church……the “gates of hell will not prevail against it”…no matter how much man, through the power of satan, tries to screw things up!!!!!!!


  182. I actually feel more sorry for the lady that has come forward. She has got to face God with what she has done. What timing she put forth in her allegations and to say there was drugs also,well knowing that drugs were part of his past, pretty easy to accuse.
    The church is under attack big time. Pray, pray, pray. Isn’t that what our Blessed Mother says?
    God bless you Father Corapi. Our Lady of Victory will take care of you, and God will take care of the lady who has accused you.

  183. Responding to: 161 Tapestry who said:
    Diane I don’t think the Church has any power over the tv station EWTN. I am almost sure of it since the bishops never have liked the station since its inception and was trying to build one of their own when God sent Sister to Birmingham.

    This has nothing to do with EWTN not wanting to stand up for Father Corapi. Rather, it is just protocol.

    Salt and Light Radio in Boise, Idaho tweeted this morning that his show would be on hiatus pending investigation, as well.

    Catholic radio and television stations are not going to thumb their noses at a bishop or religious order superior and continue giving him a platform when he was put on administrative leave.

    That they have shelved his shows does not mean they are against Father Corapi or spineless as others have suggested. The fact is, he is on leave whether anyone likes how it came about or not and that is what these stations are faced with – a priest on administrative leave. They are waiting just like the rest of us for further information. As popular as the Fr. Corapi talks are, this is not something any station manager would want to do.

    Monday, we could see statements from some sources who changed schedules.

  184. Michael
    one more comment…….don’t worry about the attacks on the Catholic Church……the “gates of hell will not prevail against it”…no matter how much man, through the power of satan, tries to screw things up!!!!!!!


    To Michael and all:

    Have our managers done a good job with this Church? Has the top tier been infested with the evil one and his angels?

    THE Church will not fail. It will prevail. I hope its name is

  185. Dear Fr. Corapi,
    If it was not for you my Mom would feel incomplete as a Roman Catholic. She watches you every week on EWTN. Thank you for making a 90 yr old women so much in love with her faith.
    I myself has purchased your set on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. You have helped me believe in my faith again.
    You will be in our prayers every morning and evening. I pray your brother’s in the church stand with you now and always. You will over come this evil I truly believe that.
    May Gods blessings be with you.

  186. Even if it turns out that he did something wrong, don’t forget that one very important teaching…..FORGIVENESS. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. If this turns out bad and I pray it doesn’t, everyone better be ready to forgive and move on. Like I said before, it doesn’t appear to be any crime reported. Repentance, a good confession, a good long retreat and move on. But don’t give up this man who has been such an inspiration and powerful teacher. You all know his background do you think temptations to fleshy pleasures aren’t possible or even probable? I seriously doubt the accusations but I urge you all to be prepared to imitate Christ in his ability to FORGIVE!

  187. Priests who are wrongly accused, must start suing for slander, other damages, legal fees, etc., those who make accusations without proof.
    The Church must start suing as well to stop unfounded and unprovable claims that cost the Faithful much to defend in Court.
    We must all remember Fr. Corapi and those involved as requested by Fr. Corapi.
    Fr. Corapi and Sr. Angelica’s programs specifically brought myself and my spouse back into the Church after more than 25 years.

    Those of you who are judging the “person” will be judged accordingly by God.
    You weren’t there, so you do not know. Therefore you are guilty of defamation and slander (in a public forum).
    And potentially have broken the 8th Commandment – thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
    You are guilty of the mortal sin of “RASH JUDGEMENT”.
    You are now in the State of MORTAL Sin and must go to confession prior to recieving the Eucharist, and in reparation must try to undo the damage you have done.

    “CATHECISM of the CATHOLIC CHURCH, Second Edition” –
    “2477 Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury. He becomes guilty:
    – of rash judgment who, even tacitly, assumes as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor;
    – of detraction who, without objectively valid reason, discloses another’s faults and failings to persons who did not know them;
    – of calumny who, by remarks contrary to the truth, harms the reputation of others and gives occasion for false judgments concerning them.

    Quite frankly if I owned this site, I would remove the sinful remarks of “rash judgment” so that I would not be a party to them. I would not give people the opportunity to commit sin.

  188. Coyo: typical, typical, typical response I expected. Anyone who claims to have the monopoly on God is in grave error. Throughout the centuries the Church has been in error (just look back to the many apologies Blessed John Paul made to other denominations who are a part of the Body of Christ and have been offended by the Catholic Church). EWTN & Fr. Corapi have a very limited view of the Truth, like yourself (which is why you like them!), which does more to harm to witnessing to the Kingdom of God in the hear and now. I don’t recall anywhere in scripture where God delegates authority to anyone to judge another. That belongs to God alone because he is the only one who knows the heart and intention of any individual. Jesus said, “let the one WITHOUT sin cast the first stone.”

    The TRUTH is that God IS LOVE, and by what appears to be a self-righteous narrow-minded defense by yourself mitigates against what Christ came to establish. Once again, you make the devil proud! Congratulations! More self-righteous divisiveness continues to condemn and divide! Is God proud of this? Surely it’s not the God who loves me in spite of my own si fullness. I will pray that your anger will subside and that the Divine Mercy will overcome your obstacles to see the goodness of God even in those enemies you have created. The Gospel sure is challenging! May God, the only one who knows the truth, grant mercy and peace to all involved in this situation.

  189. Where I come from, teachers, DA’s, Police Officers, etc. are put on administrative leave when alligations like this occur and an investigation is started.

  190. Dear Carl………it will be The Catholic Church…..which was instituted by Jesus Christ…not the other “christian” churches started by Martin Lucifer, I mean Luther, and the “offshoots” of his minions!!!!!!! Not trying to be self-righteous……however, it’s man and the influence of satan that concerns me!!!! At some point God steps in and straightens things out…’s called FAITH!!!!!!!! In no discussion does a human have all the right answers in totality!!!!!!!!!!

    Yours in Christ,


  191. UGH I’ll bet Luther thought the same way. Truth is truth whether you like it or not. What’s true for one person is true for another. Not this “well that may be true for you but It’s not true for me,” garbage. That comes directly from new age philosophy and cannot be reconciled with church teaching. What is true is true for all. Not just for this one person or persons but not these others over yonder.

  192. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus creates and builds His Church on Peter, the Rock.

    “And I say to you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Catholic church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it, no matter how corrupt the leadership, no matter how many children are diddled by their charges.”

    There, nothing is more pure than scriptural truth!!

  193. For those who have wondered about Father Corapi’s tanned appearance, he was incapacitated for about eight months and was diagnosed with an acute Vitamin D deficiency. One of the most convenient and effective ways of getting vitamin D is either natural sunshine or sun lamps, hence, his recent tanned appearance.

    Father Corapi speaks the truth in a clear way and has been pursued by those influenced by Satan for years. From private investigators with telescopic lenses from the tree lines on his property, to false accusations of sexual misconduct, they will stop at nothing to silence this great man.

    God Bless and Protect Father Corapi

  194. Michael – the Church/Pope was given specific powers (regarding Faith and Morals) from Jesus: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”. There is no such thing as a liberal or conservative Catholic, only bad Catholics and good Catholics. All Catholics are required to adhere to Holy Scripture, and the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition”. Our Church is not a salad bar; we can not pick and choose what we want to believe.

  195. 208 stmike
    Even if it turns out that he did something wrong, don’t forget that one very important teaching…..FORGIVENESS.

    This of course is speculative but our Church also has a conscious teaching re: the lessening of culpability when it comes to an already established addictive history (even after realization of seriousness of past actions) that makes one possibly more susceptible to a bodily chemical dependency that can overwhelm personal will. There is then that question of subjective vs objective freedom to individually act. I think that is what is considered now when it comes to those who may have an established orientation towards homosexuality….whether it could overwhelm the individual will to act on it or not and be a danger.

  196. Surely we who pay, pray, and obey are without power. We are only the good and the bad and the unworthy.

    Few if any of us in this thread have molested, absconded, raped, covered up, encouraged, or intentionally paved the way to suicide. We have generally not committed sins of
    adultery and/or sodomy while bishops’ employees have.

    If there are those among us who have, and who promote
    the buggering of children, God help us.

    So, if you are against the corruption before your eyes and ears, send a message. The only message the hierarchy understands…

    Only you can prevent cleric childhood destruction.

    Designate your giving to your local schools, churches, charities.

    St. Vincent de Paul and local food banks and soup kitchens are a good place to start.

    The need in your local community is overwhelming. The need continues to grow.

    Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, house the homeless. Visit the incarcerated.

    Your Parish Stewardship person can help with making sure your dollars go local.

    Your talents, time, and treasure are best spent at home for the time being.


    Overwhelming silence in the diocesan collection plate and in its envelopes may awaken – and the message may get through to – our clueless hierarchy.


    Copy and paste the above into your outgoing emails, facebook entries, tweets

    Oh, and, no more three hots and a cot for these sleaze merchants masquerading in clerical collars.

    Surely you don’t disagree.

  197. Anne (209) is correct. The Mortal sin of “Rash Judgment” has been committed by some posters on this site. See CCC 2247.

    Edward (216) is also correct.

    I would like to add:
    CCC “1791 – … ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man “takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin.” In such cases, the person is culpable for the evil he commits.”

    Those of you who have not read the “CATECHISM of the CATHOLIC CHURCH, Second Edition” must know that ignorance does not absolve people for sinning if they are literate. The CCC is a great gift and the only catechism from the Magisterium, and is available to all reagarding the Doctrine of the Church on Faith and Morals.

    If Father Corapi taught us anything it was to know our Faith by reading Scripture and the CCC.
    Perhaps Fr. Corapi’s situation will make the rest of us pick up the banner – and encourage others to read the CCC.

    QUOTE: “The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition” which I approved….and the publication of which I today order by virtue of my Apostolic Authority, is a statement of the Church’s Faith and of Catholic Doctrine, attested to or illumined by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium. I declare it to be a sure norm for teaching the faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion.” UNQUOTE – Pope John Paul II, with Imprimit Postest by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.

  198. It’s all coming true, what Father Corpi has been preaching, that satan attacks the Sheppard. Father Corpi has turn Me back to the church, and helped me in so many ways, in enbraceing my faith in a very special way. I have never knowed my God like I do know. thanks for Father Corpi. remember we have more weapons than Satan. We must grab our weapens (Rosary) and fight the evil one, I gurantee you we will win. I beleive in your teachings, you have encourged so many of us. We Love You Father Corpi. May God Bless You.

  199. What astonishes me in all of this is the number of people who have firmly and apparently unshakably concluded that the accusations MUST be false and the work of SATAN. They have absolutely no way of knowing for a fact that Fr. Corapi did not do whatever he is accused of. Similarly, they have no way of knowing for a fact that his accuser is lying, and for them to conclude with certainty that the accuser is lying is rash judgment, and if they knew that there is such a sin and what it consists of, they would be guilty of that sin.

  200. Whilst there is absolutely no doubt that our dear priests are targeted by the evil one, I am saddened that relatively few posters have offered to pray for the woman who has made the allegations. And we certainly shouldn’t be making comment about her eternal destination, as one poster saw fit to do. Much as I understand that many hold Fr Corapi in high esteem for his good work, I feel that we should pray for ALL concerned. This is not a time for sentimentalism. It is a time to practice what we preach which includes loving those who persecute us. May justice prevail and may peace remain in the hearts of those caught up in this horrible situation.

  201. This is good example of typical absurdity of today’s leftist political correctness.
    Similiarly, best police officers who do their best to defend us are being made into villains. Brutal criminals are portrayed usually as victims. Christians and their Churches are characterized as destructive, manipulative and evil. The love of the homeland is riduculed etc. We are being reminded daily that today’s role models and wise men are Holywood degenerates.
    It is very sad that even bishops are intimidated and lack courage to treat fairly the brave man who speaks truth .
    It is hard to find justice these days.
    Those of us who can still discern good and evil pray for beloved Father Corapi and are hoping for quick end of this nonsense.

    Orthodox Fiend

  202. naturgesetz – you are wrong.

    Ignorance of sin is no excuse for absolving someone from sin since the CCC 2nd Ed is readily available for those who are living up to their Faith – CCC #1791.

    Further, the Mortal Sin of “Rash Judgment” is based upon assumptions and harming someone’s reputation. The woman’s name has not been disclosed so her reputation can not be harmed. – CCC – “2477 Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury. He becomes guilty:
    – of rash judgment who, even tacitly, assumes as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor.”

  203. Father Corapi is innocent until proven guilty.

    However, I wonder why Father did not deny the charge anywhere in his message. He simply says that it is not credible.

  204. Father Corapi, you are being attacked by satan because YOU scare him, much like St. John Vianney scared him. You are truly being used as a weapon by our Lord in this battle, in this war. You are in Gods eyes, front and center. May His peace fill you and guide you, may you find comfort in His angels and saints. May you find joy in knowing that of all the weapons and tools at our Fathers disposal,….He chose you, above all others. May God bless you, and your heaven sent mission.

  205. MJC,

    From Fr. Corapi’s message: “All of the allegations in the complaint are false, and I ask you to pray for all concerned.”

  206. bo, post 204, you mentioned you feel sorry for the woman who came forward. IF she indeed was misteated by the Father, then I’m glad she said something. IF not then she has to deal with what she has said. As I said previously I hope he isn’t guilty.

  207. If we learn nothing else from this let us pray every day for our priests.

    Fr Corapi states early on in his preaching that he may fall, that a return to drugs, greed and vanity might only be a prayer away, that he relies on us to pray for his protection, that he is not strong, but asks that we assist him by praying to God for grace to resist.

    Instead of arguing amongst ourselves let us pray for our priests including Fr Corapi.

    Here is a beautiful Litany for Priests

  208. Edward —
    The words of the Catechism do not support your interpretation. The definition of rash judgment fits this situation precisely. What the catechism is implying is that an insufficiently founded assumption of another’s moral fault inherently harms her reputation. You are reading a requirement which is not there — knowledge of the individual’s personal identity — into the Catechism.

    Again it is an idiosyncratic reading on your part to take CCC 1791 as meaning that everyone is guilty of everything that is named sinful in the Catechism even if they have not read it. 1859 and 1860 makes it very clear that true ignorance of the sinful character of an act diminish or remove the sinful character of an act.

    And I have to question why you refer to rash judgment as a mortal sin. The Catechism does not say it is necessarily mortal. If the injury is lessened by the fact that the personal identity of the person rashly judged is unknown, the seriousness of the sin is similarly diminished.

  209. As far as Father Corapi’s appearance is concerned, I believe he had some form of cancer and had taken a sabbatical. As the accusations, I say HOGWASH! The woman who made it should be prosecuted, but the way Father is, it will never happen…she will get her judgment unless she repents and asks for forgiveness.

  210. For years the church swept allegations under the rug hoping they would go away. That didn’t work and the church got caught and has had to pay heavily for deception. Now, in order for the church to show that it’s changed its ways, they have gone way to far the other way and over react first without due diligence by actually investigating the charges to see if there might be some truth behind the charges.

    It seems to me that if the church did some praying and put these allegations in God’s hands the church with its legal branch would be able to address these allegations without doing more harm to the church, the person making the accusation and the priest.

    God will handle the guilty priests. As for falsely accused priests, we all need to pray for and physically stand up for them so that they will know that not only is their God with them but so are we.

  211. I went to mass today for the first time in probably seven years. I stayed away for so long due to the scandal, my anger at the Church and a serious dark night of the soul regarding my Catholicism. I am, and always will be Catholic. But, the trust and faith I once put in my priest is no more. Today, as I attended mass, I questioned whether the priest who was officiating was true. I know that God/Christ, is present in my heart and that is all I need to know. God has seen my struggle and will deal with those priests who have committed such serious and grave sin. Fr. Corapi has inspired me, moved me, taught me. But hearing this only makes me doubtful, again. I wish I could say without question that he is innocent of these charges, but I can’t. I knew a en priest who was moved from parish to parish for abusing children and the church looked the other way. He was a dynamic priest. Young and full of life. He was my confessor and now he is no longer a priest and is in jail. This shattered me. I will pray for Fr. Corapi — that is not guilty. I hope he isn’t … but that is something that none of us will ever know for sure. That is the damage that has been done to the individual Catholic who seeks truth and see deception … even the Holy Mother Church. It is so, so sad.

  212. I am not Catholic,but there is alot I love about it.It has helped me alot in my walk with God.I love to read about the saints.Watching Father Corapi on EWTN really inspired my walk with God.I am heart broken.The enemy uses people without their even knowing it to bring others down.I know Father Corapi has helped so many others like me.He is in my prayers.

  213. Fr. Corapi my prayers are with you. Certainly, satan, his demons, and his attacks, are trying to take you down. Stand tall and fight the good fight! We all know who wins in the end – and we can only hope, we are coming to his end. God bless!

  214. Father Corapi is a powerful warrior for Christ. He brought back many souls to Christ including mine. Fr. you are in our prayers and this Lent Season you being accused will unite so many of us in prayer for you that satan will surely cry. Mama Maria cover your son with your cloak.
    Do not give up Fr. You told us about the 911 prayer now is the time.
    May the Lord be with you

  215. I remember Cardinal Pell being accused by a particular man of having sexually molested him many years before. I know that there are differences but Cardinal Pell immediately withdrew from his position as Archbishop of Sydney and contacted the police asking them to investigate the matter. They could not substantiate anything so he set up his own “Court” and invited a known Judge to be in charge and gave the accuser legal support and insisted on his day in Court. There was a public hearing and the claim against him was quite unsubstantiated with the Judge ruling that the Cardinal had no case to answer. The Cardinal then took up Office again.
    Now, somehow I do not see Fr. Corapi being able to replicate the actions of Cardinal Pell but one can see how much damage can be done to any cleric in the case of false accusations. Because Cardinal Pell acted quickly and publicly, the whole matter died the death. The accusations against him were baseless but he had to show the “there’s no smoke without a fire” brigade, who are always ready to condemn any Catholic priest the minute such accusations are aired, that he, Cardinal Pell, could refute those accusations.

  216. I still remember way back in Catholic high school the sister who taught religion told us that many Catholic priests committed grave sins. They were NOT swept under the rug in fact, as some people believe, most were put on administrative leave by their bishop and were sent to a Trappist monsterary to not only do penance but to be counseled. Bishops who did not do these normal procedures they are the one in hot water now and they should be!
    Up through the 70s people didn’t make their sins public, if they did people thought they were slightly insane. Most sins were done in private and it was nobody’s business but to the sinner and God(and the priest who gave you absolution, but he didn’t know who you were in the confessional, there a wall and a small grill, you couldn’t even see faces).
    Being high profile can get you in all kinds of trouble with the media, even Bishop Sheen had his share but it was not like this, nowadays its always a sexual thing; then it was more pride gluttony or vanity. Whatever the case you don’t point a finger at anyone accused because you still have 4 pointing back at yourself.
    Jesus said: “You without sin cast the first stone”.

  217. Some of the posts on here are alarming. Comments such as “I wouldn’t like to be her for all eternity” and “I feel sorry for her – she has to face God one day with what she has done” are an implicit suggestion that she is guilty, which I find quite shocking. Absolutely nobody here has concrete proof either way, sadly. It would be deluded to suggest otherwise. I’m acutely aware of how vulnerable our priests are to false accusations but imagine any woman who has genuinely been violated by a cleric (and I am NOT saying that that is the case here) reading such comments. This is a very sad situation but the Church, in Her wisdom, has to be prudent. We can’t have it both ways; on the one hand lamenting cover ups and on the other hand lamenting investigation in the light of a serious allegation. I pray for healing for both father and the other parties involved in this.

  218. There is no way for us to know at this point whether the allegations are true or not and only time will tell.
    I have watched and listened to Father Corapi for the last 15 years or so and there is no doubt that he is grounded in the Catholic Faith and his teachings have brought many people to the knowledge of the truth.

    However, being only too aware of my own sinfulness and how easily I can fall from grace, makes me also very aware of how easily a priest as holy as Father Corapi could have stooped so low.
    Yes, the devil is working overtime. We do need to pray for all our priests that they stay strong and specially now for Father Corapi.
    I pray that if the accusations are true that he will be man enough to own up to it, repent and then be restored to his better self and continue his ministry. That would be an awesome lesson for all of us.
    If they are not true and indeed he is totally innocent , I pray that he be given the strength to go through this horrible ordeal and that he find forgiveness for his accuser.

  219. naturgesetz – the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition” does not imply anything. It is very straight forward. And we do not need your spin interpretation. I have capitalized certain words so you won’t miss them.

    CCC “1791 – … IGNORANCE can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man “takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin.” In such cases, the person IS CULPABLE for the evil he commits.”

    CCC “2477 Respect for the reputation of persons FORBIDS every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury. He becomes guilty:
    – of RASH JUDGMENT who, even tacitly, assumes as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor”.

  220. Fr. Corapi is INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty.

    The following statement is on his web site:
    “ALL of the allegations in the complaint are FALSE, and I ask you to pray for all concerned.”

    In his lifetime, he has been around the block and has been publically forthcoming about his sins. He has zero reason to lie.

  221. Innocent until proven guilty is a secular judicial thing not the heavenly truth.

    he is innocent only if he has not done any of the things he is accused of.

  222. This is purely a harassment to Fr. Corapi. I will offer a Rosary to him before I go to bed. May he always be strengthened by his belief that the Truth will triumph and that all liars will perish in the end. God bless you Fr. Corapi.

  223. Henri – Didn’t you know that the Church uses a judical process under Canon Law? This is why there are Canon Lawyers, and investigations.

    Anne is correct. Father Corapi is innocent until/unless proven guilty.
    This is true not only civily, but in the Church on earth.

    God will ultimately judge us all.

  224. so you are saying that if I steal and I know it …..I am innocent …cause it has not been proven…
    maybe in your world but not in mine

  225. I received an e-mail from EWTN stating the following:

    Dear Family: This past weekend EWTN became aware that Fr John Corapi had posted a statement on his website indicating that he was being placed on administrative leave. The facts related to this troubling situation are outlined by Fr John himself in his website statement at . We join Fr. John in asking all our family to not only pray for him but for all who may be involved. As a result of this evolving story EWTN has deemed it prudent to place Fr. John’s TV and Radio programs “on leave” as well, pending the resolution of this situation. We take this step reluctantly and hope for a speedy resolution.

  226. EWTN is treating Fr. Corapi as guilty until proven innocent.

    Fr. Corapi asserted his innocence on his website, but you’d never know it by reading EWTN’s assessment of the situation.

  227. Legally, in the court system, Fr. Corapi is “PRESUMED innocent until proven guilty.” The presumption of innocence puts the burden of proof on the state.

    Morally, however, Fr. Corapi already IS innocent or guilty in fact. And the rest of us are in no position to know the truth of the matter, so we are morally obliged to refrain from judging him or his accuser of being guilty.

  228. Henry – none of us will know the ‘heavenly’ truth about anything, unless told to us by Jesus or the Magisterium – until we are in heaven.

    While on earth – INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty is not only secular but religious. To prove anything, we search for the truth.

    The Church’s Canon Law (Code) and Canon Lawyers do not assume someone is guilty until proven innocent.

  229. Edward
    Please reflect on what I posted before and read it over and over and over…maybe it will start making sense.

    If someone sins…..they are guilty…

    If someone is blameless ..they are innocent.

    this is not rocket science

  230. Coyo – stop trying to defame EWTN. It is not going to work. You will not be successful in dividing those of us who watch EWTN, and those of us who admire the Preaching of Fr. Corapi. They both provide us with the TRUTH.
    What is your REAL problem ? ? ?

    When this is all over Father Corapi will be preaching again. Fr. Corapi probably notified EWTN himself after receiving the letter, just as he informed the rest of us on his web site.

    i hope the Church will expedite this case, so we can hear Fr. Corapi’s couragous preaching again asap.
    His enemies include all those who do not want people to follow the Doctrine of the Faith which is stated within the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition.

  231. Henry, are you suggesting that since we will never know if any Priest is innocent or guilty by heavenly standards, that the Priest should never be able to say Mass in a public capacity again – – – ? – Because you can not be positive?

    That would leave us with no good Priests. Everytime someone didn’t like a sermon all they would have to do is accuse a Priest of something.

    There has to be justice on earth to the best of human ability. The accusor must provide the proof of his/her accusation.
    The accused is innocent until proven guilty.

    Canon law does not state someone is guilty until proven innocent.
    And God did not give most of us the ability to read minds.
    You are asking for the impossible on earth.


    18 March 2011

    “Today, as Regional Priest Servant for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, I have the unhappy responsibility to announce that Father John Corapi, SOLT has been placed on administrative leave from priestly ministry, in accordance to the Code of Cannon Law of the Catholic Church. We have received an allegation that Father Corapi has behaved in a manner unbecoming of a priest and are duty-bound to conduct an investigation in this accusation.

    It is important to keep in mind that this action in no way implies Father Corapi is guilty of the allegation. It is equally important to know that, based on the information we have received thus far, the claim of misconduct does not involve minors and does not arise to the of criminal conduct. Consequently, this matter will be investigated internally, and unless and until information suggests otherwise it will not be referred to civil authorities. In the event that we learn of any occasion where the criminal civil law may have been breached we will immediately refer the matter to civil authorities.”

  233. WE will pray for you Fr. Corapi that the truth be known as quick as possible. Keep the Faith! A rosary a week for you:)

    Mt. 6 24-34

  234. I will pray for you Father.
    Why is it, that according to law everybody is not guilty until proven guilty and priests are guilty until proven not guilty.

  235. The problem is that if Fr Corapi is “cleared”, the same proponents of a guilt-by-accusation process will acclaim this as evidence that
    “the system worked.”

    A second most important issue is one I wondered about: the fact that Fr. Corapi years ago had to stop hearing confessions with ANYONE, yes, male or female, because of the risk and potential for accusation. I completely agree with him, and I wish I had his courage.
    I hated the incipient risk of being in the “enclosed-room confessionals”, knowing the next penitent who walked in might actually be the end of your life and vocation. Most of the laity have no idea what happens, and male or female, and age of majority is no
    barrier to being propositioned, not in today’s
    sexually active culture.

  236. Re: anyone’s belief that Fr. C is just now, as some new defensive posture, accusing the process, apparently he’s thought as much and has stated as much as far back as 9 years ago:

    “In an address at the Call to Holiness conference in Michigan in 2002, Father Corapi called the policy “unjust.” He said there was no question the church needed to remove serial molesters or any priest who posed a threat. But he said there was “a radical difference” between a child-molester priest who “just wallows in it” and a priest removed because he was accused of one long-ago incident but who repented and went on to have 25-30 years of fruitful ministry.”

  237. God Bless You Father Corapi: It is a crime and a shame that some one like you who has given his whole life to God and Dear Blessed Moher would be accussed of such ignorant misbehavior.
    On the other hand Satan never sleeps and he will do everything to destroy all the work you do for God and our church. You are a true rule model for all of us, especially those who have lost hope with addiction, our youth who are so easily tempted by the worldly success. The church needs you so desparately! I pray the church leaders and investigators put these allegations in perspective and look at the work the devil is doing through these women. I also pray that these women come to their senses and take back these allegations. No-one wins in these types of accussations.

    My prayers, God Bless you, margie vasquez-ruiz

  238. Dear Fr. Corapi,
    I have watched your programs on EWTN for so many years, I have learned so much from you… I am so sorry for the accusation… I pray that God grants your name to be cleansed and your good reputation to be restored soon and most of all that HIS love and consolation envelop you always…I believe in your innocense. I will also pray for the accuser’s change of heart.

  239. God is the Creator not Satan. Satan may have power to try do evil against a child of God but he doesn’t have any authority to carry it out. God’s word, the Bible, is the sword to stop Satan. I speak this scripture in faith for you Father Corapi. Isaiah 54:17 No weapon fashioned against you shall prevail; every tongue you shall prove false that launches an accusation against you. This is the lot of the servants of the Lord. Because of this attempt from Satan to shut you down, I KNOW God will mutilply your ministry even greater.

  240. Dear Fr. Corapi
    our prayers are with you, we pray that the eyes, ears and the hearts, minds and souls of all will be open to the truth! May the Lord bless you and give you strength.
    Beatrix and John

  241. My husband and I are always watching Father Corapi on EWTN
    and we are very sorry to hear about these accusations. There is no doubt in our mind that they are false.
    God bless you Fr. Corapi weare praying for you.
    Beatrix and John

  242. How can people continue to make the rash judgment (look it up in your catechism of the Catholic Church) that the accuser is making a false accusation, or worse still, is an agent of Satan?

  243. Jesus was falsely accused and condemned, and you are walking in his footsteps. May his example strengthen and sustain you!

  244. I agree with Kay.
    One of the worst crimes is to accuse an innocent person, and the condemnation of Jesus, the most innocent, was the most extreme example.
    I can’t judge the guilt or innocence of anyone involved, but I’d be surprised if Fr. Corapi was at fault. It is easy to accuse without evidence.
    I will pray for everyone involved in this whole mess, especially Fr Corapi.

  245. Father Corapi changed my life and gave me hope. Father Corapi will prevail and evil will once again fail. He was ready for the next stage of war and immortal combat, get your combat boots on I’m going to march with Father, this will only make the flock stronger and the truth will prevail!

  246. I cannot belive this.
    The event of my life: FATHER JOHN CORAPI LIVE – cancelled.
    Due to an obviously FALSE accusation.

    On what very special day?
    Ash Wednesday
    On what very special time?
    Just before a very special event:
    Father Corapi “From the Agony to the Victory” Conference at NIU on March 26, 2011

    My prayers are with him, to be stronger than ever before.

  247. What bothers me is that when in early part of 1990’s when Card Bernardin was also accused in the same if not worse fashion by a young man who claimed he was abused by the Card, the same Archdiocese of Chicago that removed priests for the same or lesser accusations did no such thing to Card. Bernardin at the time giving him THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT until the matter was investigated. What a double standard it is indeed !!!! Card. Bernardine was later found to be innocent and the young man even apologized for the slanderous act!! But for Fr. Corapi? Where is there such DUE PROCESS??? Where?

  248. I have never heard of this priest until now. I am a Catholic who is a hair away from leaving because of the Scandal. I am glad the church is finally responding to an accusation instead of just sweeping it under the rug or pretending it doesn’t exist. All of you who assume he is innocent because he can talk the talk are just like former Catholics who let child rapists not only get away with their crimes, but let them go and sin again. Let him take a little break and if his name is cleared, all the better. He is not acting very humbly, for a priest. If he’s truly innocent, this will go away.

  249. I have never felt so empty…..a day without the voice of Father Corapi is a day I never wanted to hear. For five years I have had the privilege of listening to Father and it has changed my life. I have been away from the church for 30 years and am making my way back thanks to Father. I even saw him last summer in Appleton and felt truly blessed to have done so. My 98 year old Grandma watches him everyday and is deeply saddened to be without him too. Father’s words of “No Priest, No Eucharist” are ringing in my ears. In the words of his late father “Don’t you quit, don’t you ever quit” I hope are ringing in Father’s ears. We love you Father and will pray non stop for you as always. God Bless you and all your faithful followers. Jackie

  250. I have tears in my eyes from reading this…I hate the devil! If it wasn’t for you Fr. Corapi I would not be in this most blessed Church of ours. You were instrumental in my becoming Catholic. When I watched you speak I could see Christ in your eyes and saw the purity of God in them. This is how I know that these allegations are false. Not that you or any of us is perfect. But, I just know in my heart this is an attack from Satan. I will be praying my rosary for you daily! You are not alone!

  251. The truth will not be defeated….never.
    Love will prevail…always.
    My prayer is to place Fr. John in the hands of our Lady and our Lord Jesus.
    Trust in God Fr. John…all will be as it should!

  252. Father John,

    It seems that today just an accusation is the same as being guilty. In 2009 I was in the spot of being accused of something I didn’t do, and now, my son is being accused of such horrible things that aren’t true, yet all is based not on evidence but just because they say it is so, makes it so. There is no ” benefit of the doubt”, and there is no ” Due Process” . The only winners in these situations is the Attorneys. God be with you !

  253. Agreed with Bathilda, and others here. Have we not learned anything/been chastened enough over the past 10 years, that we can still circle the wagons like this? The Church is investigating, and rightly so; it’s we laity who don’t want to consider the possibility that a(nother) ‘good and holy’ priest isn’t either thing.

  254. my heart goes out to you , you have been such a life line,to the catholic church. there will be such a serious void with out you. no one teaches like you. to the accuser, what you have done is destroying a one of a kind priest. and to add to that the effects that this will make on the catholic church.can you ever give that back to him? our chuch needs him,as i do.i pray to god to bring him back.

  255. Please God let this be sorted quickly. I pray that it isn’t true, (and I don’t believe it is). It is so important that it is speedily resolved. My 19 year old son listens to him all the time. It was seeing the goodness and solid doctrine of Fr Corapi that enabled him to stay close to his faith in spite of all the scandals. It would break his heart if he thought there could be any truth in these allegations.

  256. Father Corapi,

    Our Father in heaven has looked down and HE is showing

    how PLEASED HE is with you. NOUGH SAID.

  257. I have been listening to Father Corapi for years and have had the blessing of attending two of his conferences. He is even more powerful in person than on radio or tv. I was heart broken when I heard about the accusations against him. The first thing that came to my mind was this happening on Ash Wednesday and the way Satan will use some people to do his work. I would bet that his accuser was a problem and disgruntled employee wanting to get revenge. Why hasn’t her name been revealed? I pray that the truth comes out and Father Corapi comes back stronger than ever.

    Love and prayers for you Father Corapi.

  258. Dear Father Corapi, The Father of lies wants to take you out and it may look like he succeeded. You must remember that in our time you are the chosen shepherd that has brought many souls out of Satan’s hands and back to God, by speaking the truth. The Blessed Virgin Mary now has an army of soldiers that will not scatter. Satan, may have struck our shepherd, but these sheep will not run!! Last year through the grace of God, I was able help free a dear friend who had been involved with the occult from the grip of demonic spirits. Through very much prayer and sacrifice and the holy sacraments Satan was defeated! Like Father Corapi spoke of in many of his conferences, the devil is a master tactician and we must always be on guard for his traps. Pray the Rosary as it will defeat Satan!! Father Corapi has been attacked by Satan, but remember that the gates of hell can never prevail against the one true Holy Catholic Church. God Bless !

  259. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in Heaven for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.

  260. We must be ever vigilant. In a search for meretricious persiflage one must consider the ramifications of blatherskite, particularly when elevated to the level of gasconade.

    Furthermore, let us all take comfort in the beneficial misattribution in this teaching moment.

    The borrowed allure evinced in this matter will easily be overcome by a commemoration and memorialization of this event (Catechism 15798.456 annotated).

  261. Our prayers our with Father Corapi. It is a shame that we so often convict based on an allegation. Equally sad is that Catholics are so often targets of hatred for speaking the truth.

    It is wrong to lie or commit adultery. This is true even if the person saying it lies or commits adultery, we are all sinners and need forgiveness.

    It is the truth that is important and we should always put our faith in the Lord – not man. Whether true or false, he has helped many and no ones faith in God should be shaken by man.






  263. Who is more credible, a priest who has been the stalwart and public champion of Catholic Truth and Our Lady and her Rosary for many years (much to the dismay of even bishops and “modern” theologians) or an unknown, former lady-employee? Have no doubt, Our Lady protects her knights.

  264. My heartfelt sympathies and my prayers are with Father Corapi. Father Corapi is a man of God who has done such amazing things in the aiding of the salvation of all of his follower’s souls. Fr John is known for being an instrument of God who has brought thousands of Catholics back home to the Catholic Church. It is so sad when Satan and his minions can grab hold of a mere mortal to do such damage to a holy man…along with any repercussions that may occur over time to the accuser and the weakened followers of Fr Corapi.
    We should all say a rosary and a St Michael prayer each day during lent for Fr John Corapi. I believe that if we all say these prayers faithfully – this ridiculous issue can be resolved in his favor sooner than later.
    A message for EWTN- please put Fr Corapi back on the schedule- it will do more good than bad.
    You are so loved Fr Corapi, hang in there…God is with you.

  265. The DEVIL had a “field day” with this accusation at the beginning of LENT…but it is because of the EFFECTIVENESS of Father Corapi in gaining souls for the GLORY of God, the Most Holy Blessed Virgin,and the CHURCH that Our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST instituted .. Fr. Corapi himself was taken away from the Devil many years of Spiritual Darkness..and lest not forget that Father Corapi was ordained by the soon to be Beatified Pope John Paul II (May 1st) with an expressed gift to PREACH the GOSPEL in all corners of the World…but the Father of Lies did not like the GREAT accomplishments that Fr. Corapi was achieving in his ministry…So he found a disgruntled annonymous ex-employee WHO SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED HERSELF ALL THE WAY TO HER PAST HISTORY and DEEDS!!! I personally have been praying the Holy Rosary several times as well as the Chaplet of Mercy on behalf of Father Corapi..and wish that after his ordeal is victorious the Holy Father names him Bishop…Finally as Fr. Corapi many times says WE ARE IN A SPIRITUAL WARFARE but WE KNOW THE END CHAPTER as THE ALMIGHTY WILL WIN over the DEVIL (and he knows it)

  266. Before I converted to Catholicism, I listened to Fr. Corapi on the radio. Several days before I was to make my first confession, on which I was extremely uncomfortable about, Fr. Corapi was talking about confessions. About halfway through the hour talk, the batteries in my radio blew up-I heard them explode-, but the radio kept on until the hour was over and then it quit.

    Like St. Paul who always talked about his background as a devout Jew who persecuted Christians, Fr. Corapi’s past is relevant in relating to us sinners in today’s world to help with our conversions.

    None of us know what is in each other’s hearts, except God and each of us will experience many different trials during this our exile. It is our free choice in how each one of us acts in this earthly life. It is a spiritual battle.

    Pray: St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell, Satan and all evil spirits who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

  267. Fr Corapi,

    You are in everyones prayers, remember this is Lent, and how better to walk with Christ this Holy Season then for an innocent man to be condemned. This whole event was inevitable.

    If I might say something in regards to this matter for all the faithful, I do not know if what is transpiring in my personal life, and virtually all around me is unique to me or if it is happening around the world, but the reality which Christ has brought is being challanged as never before in my life. People are falling away from the faith, or clinging to some hideous mutation of it, via some political affiliation. Christ has been lost to so many, it is painful to watch and witness. People who I believed had a deep faith and understanding are being pulled away from the body of Christ like never before. I pray that this is not a sign of somthing worse to come in the near future but the further into prayer I go, the more I see. My own wretchedness, the stench of my own sin, and of those around me. It is a time to prayer like never before, for all our Priests and Bishops, and beloved Pope. From the turmoil that has engulfed the world today, the devil is sewing the seeds for somthing wicked. Cling to Christ, and his Holy Family, and never take your eyes from Him.
    God keep us strong and shelter us.

  268. After Mass, I just spoke to a Monsignor in my Catholic church about how Father Corapi has been accused of an affair and he told me he will keep Father Corapi in his prayers.

    BUT without bringing up any details, the first thing Monsignor said to me, “It is amazing how people get a trial before being pronounced guilty, but with a Priest, the Bishops unjustly remove the Priest as though the Priest is already guilty, and this is only an affair. The church law needs to be re-written.”

    Then Monsignor said, “The devil uses anyone he can to remove Priests”.

    One other thing, today’s reading were Jer 18:18-20 where the people of Judah plotted against Jeremiah.


  269. We as Catholic lay need to start being pro active in seeking restitution for priests falsely accused. Is this yet one more person attempting to shake the money tree? We will pray with you Father and hold your arms up when you are tired. You will have your Easter.

  270. These times — trying our souls — cry out, nay, demand EPISTEMOLOGICAL, League of Decency approved resources.

    This recommended literature list will sooth your soul as your read…

    The Yellow River by I.P. Daily
    Rusty Bed Springs by I.P. Freeley
    Twenty yards to the Out House by Willie Makit and illustrated by Betty Wont

    Things I Wouldn’t Do for Money by Dennis Rodman
    The Book of Virtue by Bill Clinton
    How to deal with bankruptcy by Bill Gates How to be a Kamikaze Pilot by Osama Bin Laden
    The Importance of Telling the Truth by Bill Clinton
    How To Dance by Sheik Yerbouti
    Things I Can’t Afford by Bill Gates

    by Hillary Clinton

    by Jane Fonda & Cindy Sheehan.
    Illustrated by Michael Moore

    by Rev Jesse Jackson & Rev Al Sharpton

    Complete Knowledge of Military Strategy!
    By Nancy Pelosi

    By Bill Clinton

    by Ted Kennedy

    by Bill Clinton with introduction
    by the Rev. Jesse Jackson

    by Tiger Woods

    “The Lion Attacked”, by Claude Yarmoff.
    “How to Write Big Books”, by Warren Peace.
    “The Art of Archery”, by Beau N. Arrow.
    “Songs for Children”, by Barbara Blacksheep.
    “Irish Heart Surgery”, by Angie O’Plasty.
    “Split Personalities”, by Jacqueline Hyde.

  271. I just learned today of the terrible falsely accused thing that happened to Fr.Corapi. Reading the comments from people I too believe that satan is in full force and using people that are committed to him to try and destroy someone like Fr. Corapi.

    The church needs to investigate this terrible demon.

    We need Fr. Corapi to come back and feed our souls with his words of wisdom.

    I am praying for you Father.

    God is with you Father.

  272. I am very sorry to hear of your ordeal Father. I will continue to pray for your vindication from this obviously false accusation.

    May God be with you in your time of suffering

  273. Father Corapi, The Blessed Virgin Mary is with you>>Remember she has brought you this far and now you are destined for sainthood! Now you are blessed more than ever! Amen

  274. >Doug
    I see it too…I feel something is looming. I believe this is a time for many to be martyred whether physically, or socially.

    There is still a great deal of good going on but there are forces at work. I pray that this will come to a speedy conclusion as delays allow for too much speculation and does more damage to the Church and her faithful followers.

    There but by the grace of God….

  275. To Carl Lefong:

    I am wondering what your point is?

    Are you trying to lead a crusade of some sort?

    Think of Jesus’ mission, not the earthly mission that is failing us ALL.

    I read too, but I stick to books on the saints.

    Saint Faustina’s book is a GREAT read!!!
    Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich’s books are also a GREAT read.

    These are books to keep one grounded in what CHRIST wants, not what we want….

    GOD bless you brother,

  276. If you really want to understand why our Catholic Priesthood (and all of us) are under attack, then listen to “AN URGENT APPEAL” by Fr. Benedict Groeschel – Produced by Grassroots May 2002 — It is FREE audio download (see link below), or better yet you can purchase the book or DVD and show it at your parish for LENT! I strongly recommend it! In fact…, I double dare you to listen right now!!! “Pray, Hope & Don’t Worry” — St. Pio

  277. Remember that case with Cardinal Bernardine ? Caused him so much pain, but in the end was proved innocent. We will continue to pray for Fr. Corapi and all our priests, that they be given the strenght to survive their trials.

  278. Father, I want to inform you that my wife Donna and I are praying for you, and for a fast resolution to this situation. We want to express our outrage and let you know we believe in your innocence! We want to encourage you to fight on!
    It will take a lot more than this to bring you down. The devil will do what he does best, however, we know how the story ends ” WE WIN”.
    I have no doubt that you will come out of this better than you were before!!
    This is a Mortal Combat, and you have all the tools to win !!
    Father, I am pleased to say that you and I have something besides our faith in common. I am also a Green Beret.
    May God Bless you and our Heavenly Mother and all the Saints continue to intercede on your behalf.
    “De Oppresso Liber”

  279. Father Corapi,

    I have been listening to your programs on EWTN for the past year. The messages that you have for us are straight forward and to the point with no sugar coating. You have been telling us all along that the DEVIL is stepping up his effort to destory the church. This is living proof of that. My wife Cathy and I will pray for a quick end to this unbeliveable accusation and a return to the network. We hold to the words (WE WIN). May God Bless you and the Blessed Mother protect you from harm.

  280. Deacon Ken

    The blog you refered to for photos of Fr Corapi’s physical changes was so slimey.
    This is the first and last time I’ll read your blog. Your motives are suspect and you are creepy.

  281. Fr. Corapi was involved in a case in 2002 where he received a medical diagnosis that he needed immediate heart surgery and when he got a second opinion he was told there was nothing wrong with his heart. He reported the doctor, the hospital and so on to the FBI. Based on his complaint and the complaints of others, the hospital was raided and investigated. Ultimately the hospital, doctors, insurance companies, and parent company of the hospital paid out over 1/2 billion dollars in criminal and civil payments. Fr. Corapi received 2.7 million dollars for his part in 2005 in a whistleblowers’ suit (which I assume went to the order).

    The point is that it seems that the questions of why Fr. Corapi needs bodyguards and what could be a motive someone wanting to destroy him could be connected to this case. I doubt if the powerful people that lost 1/2 billion dollars just accept the judgment and let it go. It appears he has made some powerful enemies.

    God knows all the details and we must forgo our own judgment until we know more facts and the results of any investigation. I pray we will not be shaken in our faith, in spite of these sorts of events.

  282. Let us pray a rosary for Father Corapi and for his accuser, may our Blessed virign Mary intercede before the throne of her son, our Lord for a speedy conclusion to this cross that the father is carrying.

  283. The accuser is a former employee of EWTN. The powers that be there (excuse the pun) know who she is, and should be bringing INCREDIBLE pressure to bear on her, so that she comes forward and RETRACTS her previous lies.

    She got what she was after. She harmed Father. Look at all the people who jump from points A to B because he decided to color his hair. I color my hair since I think the grays make me look washed out and unhealthy. For people to imply that Father colored his hair to chase women is clearly absurd and indicative of the weak flaw in many humans. These same people are the ones who will remember the accusation alone, long after the vindication has been pronounced.

    I implore all those at EWTN to hound this woman mercilessly until she repents and admits to her lies. May God have mercy on her soul, since she will need it indeed. My extent of prayers with regard to her is that she finds the courage to account for the egregious harm she’s done to Father Corapi. SHAME ON HER!

  284. From:

    “Statement of Santa Cruz Media, Inc. Relative to Fr. Corapi’s Suspension

    “Santa Cruz Media, Inc. is the owner of all of Fr. John Corapi’s intellectual property and the DVDs, CDs, and books that flow from it. We are a secular corporation and not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. As such, we are not under the jurisdiction of any bishop or other official in the Catholic Church, although we have the utmost respect for Church authority.

    “We fully support Rev. John Corapi in this terrible trial, not surprisingly having begun on Ash Wednesday. Through the sacrifice and struggle of the desert and all of the dark moments that this entails, we are confident that the glory of the risen Lord will shine forth from the power of the Resurrection and Easter.

    “We have consulted with a number of canon lawyers. They have assured us that the actions of the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas are, on several points of canon law, illicit. It is our fervent hope that The Dallas Charter will be changed because of false accusations like this. There is no evidence at this time that Fr. Corapi did anything wrong, only the unsubstantiated rant of a former employee, who, after losing her job with this office, physically assaulted me and another employee and promised to “destroy” Father Corapi. We all continue to pray for this person, and we ask you to do the same.

    “We sincerely believe that the work Fr. Corapi has done is of greatest value to the Church, hence hated by the devil. We fully intend to make Fr. Corapi’s material available as a service to the Church and the world for as long as we possibly can.

    “The Church provides no financial support to Fr. Corapi. He has to pay for his own legal representation, medical costs, food, housing, etc. We have never accepted donations or charitable contributions of any kind. We are supporting Father’s efforts to defend himself. Your purchase of products from Santa Cruz Media helps provide the funding for Father’s continued work as well as the legal expenses he continues to incur as a result of these malicious allegations.

    “Father Corapi and all of us here at Santa Cruz Media, Inc. greatly appreciate your kindness, support, and prayers. Please continue to pray for Father Corapi and his accuser, as well as all priests who find themselves in this unfortunate situation. ”

    Sincerely yours in Christ,

    Bobbi Ruffatto
    Vice President of Operations
    Santa Cruz Media, Inc.

  285. God Bless you Father. We’re all praying for you in this time of struggle. Keep the crucifix close. You’ll be all right. Us and millions of others will pray you through. ~peace

  286. This priest saved my soul…..I don’t believe it happened. Satan is alive and well…and father was a great target for him. I just can’t understand some people. I know we all have been accused of something we just did’nt do. I will always love father even if he did something wrong….he is only human. I have prayed every day for father for about a year. “In God We Trust”……WE LOVE U Father!!!!

  287. Thank you, Bobbi, for your message. I am sorry that the woman lost her job at Santa Cruz Media, but there must have been a good reason…and she worked for the Company, not Father Corapi. Lashing out at Father Corapi and threatening to destroy him is despicable. You see from all the prayers being offered through these blogs the good job Father did teaching us our Faith. Many of us have him to thank for our turning to Our Lord and Blessed Mother during this crisis in his life. Just like I said in a previous blog, it is the devil at work using a woman to do his dirty deed. Tell Father that his loyal followers will never abandon him and will continue to offer a daily Rosary for him. Our lady rescued him before…she will do it again. I will pray for his accuser that she retract any and all accusations and ask for forgiveness.

  288. God help those falsely accused but I hope it makes father stronger than ever we need not stand for this anymore a man is innocent to proven guilty Catholics need to speak out for the innocent God help us if we don,t.This is not China or the Old Soviet Union Lets stop satan in his tracks.Pray Pray Pray

  289. Fr. Corapi,

    Our hearts, and unflinching support, go out to you in response to this shamful, false accusation. I pray that this troubled woman may be touched by God’s healing presence and find what she needs to make amends. I also pray that in the meantime, you who have helped to bring God so close for so many may be relieved of this burden and reinstated very soon. We need you and love you.

    God bless,
    Danny Shaw

  290. Seeking justice against clergy is seriously flawed whether a priest is guilty or not. Following an investigation ordered by our Diocese, our pastor admitted to and was found guilty of over 6 counts of sexual misconduct and several counts of retaliation and all he got was his hand slapped. He was ordered to take a 3 hour course on-line for sensitivity training but was allowed to stay as pastor. What a joke! The women who were his victims and who turned him in were punished instead and removed from all of their ministries. This pastor still remains and to this day he retaliates against his victims by treating them as if they do not exist. All the while, the Bishop stays silent. This priest should be removed for his behavior is a disgrace to the holy priesthood. Sometimes there is no justice. I pray that Fr. Coropi is found innocent.

  291. To the moderator: 322 Carl Lafong’s inappropriate, sarcastic remarks should be removed from this discussion.

  292. God Bless you Fr. Corapi for all the work you do to bring people closer to God. I want people to continue to hear your inspiritional talks so I will be ordering your DVD and CDs and I will distribute them. We are all praying for you during this difficult time.

  293. So I colored my hair this morning–don’t think God is disappointed in my “vanity.” When someone is in the public eye, it’s normal to want to look good. I don’t see it as vanity, I see it as presenting yourself well, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

    Ruining (or attempting to ruin) someone’s reputation is a hideous thing. Those trying to take down Father Corapi will be in my prayers for a change of heart.

    Father–I believe in you, and want you to know that you are in my prayers. I remember reading that Padre Pio went through similar accusations. You are in good company (if that is some small comfort).

  294. Father Corapi is not alone in his suffering. He has only preach Jesus and the way of the cross. We know Father Corapi is innocent of all accusations and stand with him to fight the enemy and to suffer with him. Anthony

  295. I thank those above for articulating what I cannot. I thank Fr. Corapi for carrying a rod and staff and being blessed to lead us out of our darkness. If Notre Dame can honor the most visible proponent of the Culture of Death, it’s no surprise that there are those who now do this to a prodigal son…

  296. Poor people of America ! Cast your so deeply embedded naivete aside !
    Though your collective naivete is pitiable, it borders on folly, and thus unpardonable.
    The posts on this and other sites reporting this story are truly frightening. They go the very heart of what is wrong with the church in America. Any independent observer, upon reading the comments here, or upon visiting the man’s website, will immediately be struck by the combination of: 1. an unhealthy cult of the individual the man has cultivated amongst his naive followers, combined with 2. naked self-promotion, buttressed by the powerful marketing machinery behind the Corapi “brand” (i.e. Santa Cruz media) 3. A murky “credibility” which has been established by his “touching” story of personal “conversion”.
    How so many of you fail to see the evident and deeply-rooted character flaws of the man, how you blindly place so much trust in “servants of God” who so evidently use the gospel as a vehicle for personal advancement and enrichment is incomprehensible. One needs but visit the man’s website, look at his videos and “products” to see that he is a shameless self-promoter, a peddler of cheap and poor taste spiritual wares, all designed for vainglorious and economic puposes, though wrapped in a cute little spiritual wrapper, which sadly, albeit predictably, the vast majority of Americans fail to see through. One need only watch his videos to shudder at the strange voice, the brazen self-confidence, the evident lack of prayer life and absence of holiness that are so immediately apparent. How so many of you fail to see this is beyond me.
    People, I make an appeal to you: read post 317, by a certain Bobbi Ruffato, Vice President of Santa Cruz Media, Fr Corapi’s marketing engine, and see therein the number of red flags, which should alarm you. Do not be like the SEC which was blind to all the red flags surrounding Madoff ! Mr Ruffato writes:
    1. “We are a secular corporation and not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. As such, we are not under the jurisdiction of any bishop or other official in the Catholic Church.” FASCINATING ! Let’s pick this statement apart, dear people. So the marketing engine of a Roman Catholic priest’s cheap spiritual wares is a “secular corporation” which is not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way? Since when has the Church’s message, her truth and her ministry been funnelled through “secular corporations”? People, does that not strike you as odd? Does it not equally strike you as odd that the Vice President of this “secular corporation” deems it within his remit to criticise the procedures of the church – as the corporation is not deemed to be an organ of the church – and mix into a letter of legalese some vague statements which have spiritual connotations, like signing off “yours sincerely in Christ”, even though Santa Cruz Media has no affiliation with the Catholic Church? Finally, are you people not alarmed by the fact that the marketing engine of this “priest” claims it does not come “under the jurisdiction of any bishop or other official in the Catholic Church”? Is it not deeply frightening that the way a “priest” should “evangelise” his people is through the medium of a “secular organisation” which claims to be free of any ecclesiastical authority, in other words, giving the charlatan total free reign?
    Poor people of America ! When will you understand that ANY priest who draws attention to himself (Fr Corapi being a prime example), and who makes a cult figure of himself, is, in all likelihood, a fraud, a charlatan, and an instrument of Satan?
    Open your eyes America ! Remember Marcial Maciel and the Legionaries of Christ saga. Maciel was only able to achieve what he did because of his legions – no pun intended – of blind followers, who sought the stardom of their cult figure before they sought an inner life guided by the Holy Spirit.
    Stop praying for the accuser to repent, as the likelihood of her accusations being real is nigh on 100% – pray rather for yourselves and for those whose faith will be profoundly if not irreparably shaken when these allegations are very likely to be proven true, because, like Dorothy (post 319), who was “saved” by Fr Corapi (as opposed to through Christ’s grace), they put their faith in their cult figure, rather than in Jesus…Dear people, for all the “due process” which you think the man has been denied, you do not even consider the remote possibility that very few people, in their right mind, want to go through the type of process that accompanies the gravity of these kinds of accusations. If Mr Ruffato deems it fair to call these allegations “malicious” in his post – though he has no right to do so unless he possesses proof the accuser is lying – which he inevitably is not in a position to do, then it is equally fair to bring some balance back to the discussion.
    Oh, and Mr Ruffato, I suggest you start looking for another job, as Santa Cruz Media is not likely to be around for long…If it were a listed company, I think short-selling it would not be a bad idea, for when the man is unmasked, the whole artifice will collapse, rather like the LLC (Legionaries of Christ, Incorporated)

  297. John:

    This is totally, totally off topic. But since you have been so meticulous in your parsing of the statement by Bobbi Ruffato, I would like to know why you have referred to said person as Mr. Rufatto. It could be Ms. Rufatto.

    (As to the Corapi issue, the gender of Bobbi Rufato is, for me, irrelevant.)

  298. Although I am a lifelong Lutheran, I have often found inspiration in Father C’s television talks. Whenever I miss church on a Sunday for any particular reason, I try and tune him in at 8:00 that evening, when he is aired on the local cable network. He may or may not be guilty as charged, but one thing is certain, he has helped me develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. For that I must offer him thanks, and a promise to hold him in my prayers. Satan has been using the issue of sexuality more and more lately to drive wedges in all Christian denominations, including my own. The good news is, for those of us who know how the story ends, it is all for naught, because we know we will spend forever in heaven with Jesus. I will miss those 8:00 broadcasts this Easter season, but I am secure in the “Mighty Fortress” of my faith that Father C. has helped construct. God Bless you Father, and all people, even those who work against you now.

  299. the devil is lose and really has it for such holy servant of God as Fr.Corapi is, we need to double our prayers, and support Fr.Corapi financially and spiritually.

  300. Come on Father Corapi, I know you better. Get mad, get really mad and come out fighting like you never fought before. I have been a follower of yours for many years, I know you don’t give up. You love a good fight and this is the “FIGHT OF YOUR LIFE”. Like many, I am also fighting for you. This is so very wrong.

    Prayers for you and all.


  301. I have greatly appreciated Father Corapi’s homilies and his truthfulness regarding the gospel. Nothing can change this. However, in todays church and under the decades long history of scandels the following holds true:

    Sometimes the truth cannot be proven to be true.
    Sometimes that which is false cannot be proven to be false.
    Sometimes that which is true is partially true and sometimes that which is false is partially false.
    It is a fact that many priests were protected in hopes the scandal would not surface.
    It is also a fact that many victims of molestation were ignored or they could not prove the behind the door molestation.

    It is also true that priests are the targets of many women (including teenagers) who want to to sexually concor the celibate priest and flaunt their bodies and emotions before those priest who seek to remain celebate. When priests fall to the women who hold out the apple, they quickly realize their fall and carry the shame and guilt.

    Some priests repent and serve. Some are drawn into continuious sexual sin. The women who tempted them and then claim to be innocent or who attempt to destroy the priest by claiming they are victims face the wrath that far exceeds the original sinfull act.

    Our legal system, and the church have placed priests in the position of denying the sin in hopes our legal system cannot prove their guilt. If there is a victim, then that victim is faced with a dark future in our church.

    I, too, am a victim of alcoholism. I have been in a continuous state of recovery for over 43 years. May Father Corapi weather this storm and if the woman who is hell bent on destroying him remember she must face the final judge.

    May Father Corapi be blessed for his faithful efforts to preach the gospel. May God hold him and protect him. Regardless of guilt or innocence of any charges, Fr. Corapi has helped many. And may those who are quick to condemn him, refrain from throwing stones in their own glass houses.

    Dear Lord, may the truth be known. And may we laity find forgiveness in our hearts for all who fall. We know You are most merciful. Let Your grace abound.

  302. Wondering what the woman involved was fired for in the first place.

    336 Kevin Finn

    The women who tempted them and then claim to be innocent or who attempt to destroy the priest by claiming they are victims face the wrath that far exceeds the original sinfull act.

    And it’s been interesting, over the last several decades, how many priests left to marry women they were counseling … oftentimes divorced women.

    Those priests who remained over these years have been doing yeoman work – often times carrying the load of 3 or more. It’s been a crazy, crazy time indeed for all.

  303. P.S. to comment 337:

    “And it’s been interesting, over the last several decades, how many priests left to marry women they were counseling … oftentimes divorced women.”

    p.s. and also nuns!

  304. Evil will try and try again to overtake good, over take God and those wonderful people out there working to spread his good news. Father Corapi I heard you once say that God is mercy, the most beautiful mercy anyone has ever seen. God have mercy on those who are trying to hurt you and God have mercy on those who spread lies about you. We say in Mass the Lord be with you and also with you. May these 9 words be the most powerful words that lighten the darkest days yet to come.

    You will be in my prayers

  305. I have followed Father Corapi for several years and his teaching and plain explanation of the Catechism have helped me back to the faith. I will pray for him to our blessed Mother in this time of trial and frustration.

  306. As a reasonable and fair-minded person, unlike the Anti-Catholic bigot who calls himself “John,” I stand on the premise that Fr. Corapi is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY of the accusations against him. This matter is deeply distressing to those of us who try to be faithful Catholics and also believe that Fr. Corapi is among the Church’s faithful priest sons. From what I have read thus far, there are two people who were assaulted by Father’s accuser who also testify that this person threatened to “destroy” him. It does not sound like these accusations have been made by a reasonable person, which makes the situation even more difficult. We place our trust where it belongs–in our Lord Jesus Christ who sees our tears and hears our supplications. Let us all pray that charity and justice, together, will find the truth while there is yet time for healing.

  307. Like John The Baptist, Father Corapi is suffering at the hands of evil women/woman. That woman better repent of her grave sin and clear the name of this great man of God!

  308. Without this holy man….I would never have gotten back to “the church”. Father Corapi has always spoken the absolute and sometimes bitter Truth….which many people cannot digest….and Satan despises! Well, watch out Satan…you will lose! Father Corapi has taught us that along with our Blessed Mother, we TOO must get out our COMBAT BOOTS…as I am positive Father has already done. Thank you for everything dearest Father John! Multitudes of rosaries will be prayed on your behalf during this crisis.

    Eva and Joseph… and family

  309. Dear Father Corapi,
    My prayers are with you at this most difficult time. I BELIEVE YOU.

    Most Sincerely,

  310. Dear Father Corapi,
    I pray the rosary as often as I can, because of you. May Blessed Mother Watch over you. Take Care Father.
    Most Sincerely

  311. Dear Fr. Corapi,

    I will keep you in my prayers. Your conversion and gift of faith were instrumental in the healing of my family. I believe in you and I will continue to pray God’s will for you.


  312. Father Corapi, we love you, and you are covered in prayer. Thank-you for all you’ve accomplished so far, and we look forward to hearing you speak and spread the word of God soon.

    Comment to “Kris” #337: I hope that you re-evaluate your curiosity, and how your comments come off like a gossip-monger.

  313. 349 Christina

    Comment to “Kris” #337: I hope that you re-evaluate your curiosity, and how your comments come off like a gossip-monger.

    Explain when history is “gossip”. Where’s “curiosity” in historical facts? Rather truthful facts remedy any “curiosity”.

    Perhaps you might “re-evaluate” the definitions you use to accuse others when they are obviously misused … perhaps in ignorance??

    Our Blessed Mother herself did not “re-evaluate” her warning and sadness in her prophecy “The Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.”
    Shouldn’t we reflect then on just what causes these things to have happen???

    Or do you wish to repeat history by not recognizing its facts? A warning is given to alert us. I’m speaking of a great trend within the last few decades that is FACT. Are you unaware of such large bad fruit from that history as the organization called “Rent a priest”??

    Re: Fr. C which I was not addressing to perhaps your misunderstanding and knee jerk response … we a yet see nothing of evidence as yet and we see alleged witnesses to alleged threats by someone involved in this accusational report.

    If you have more information than what has been reported thus far please enlighten us. If you have other evidence refuting the history I mention of the past few decades then also please enlighten us as to how those things have been wiped out of your little world of apparent denial of reality.

  314. And BTW, Cristina, you might note (as it does not appear in your rapid fire remark that you did) that I was responding to

    336 Kevin Finn

    whose remark you would likely concur. I was stating in a type of agreement a history which shows obviously that it “takes two to tango”! no?

  315. I went to Mass today to offer my Mass to you, Fr. Corapi and a rosary and mother Mary is on your side and me too!

  316. A very Holy and on the road to beatification priest, Fr. John Hardon said that we need to be very careful of the sin of detraction. He said that the daily news commits this sin every day. Whether a truth or a lie, what we say of others can be a very serious sin ( mortal). For those of you who don’t know what this sin is, I have included a definition below.

    Detraction is the unjust damaging of another’s good name by the revelation of some fault or crime of which that other is really guilty or at any rate is seriously believed to be guilty by the defamer.

    An important difference between detraction and calumny is at once apparent. The calumniator says what he knows to be false, whilst the detractor narrates what he at least honestly thinks is true. Detraction in a general sense is a mortal sin, as being a violation of the virtue not only of charity but also of justice. It is obvious, however, that the subject-matter of the accusation may be so inconspicuous or, everything considered, so little capable of doing serious hurt that the guilt is not assumed to be more than venial. The same judgment is to be given when, as not infrequently happens, there has been little or no advertence to the harm that is being done.

    It is true that Fr. Corapi did place the information on his website, but all of the remarks that all of these bloggers have perpetuated border on detraction because they have brought in several things to their response that don’t even pertain to the accusation.

    I will pray for all concerned, even all of us bloggers that God will place on our hearts the spirit of Mercy and of Charity.

    God Bless us all.

  317. Father Corapi, my prayers are with you. Our prayer group at Santa Rosa de Lima in Las Cruces, NM had a mass said for you on Sunday, the third Sunday of Lent. I really am missing you on television on Saturdays. I so looked forward to them. I pray that everything is cleared and you can get on with your priest life and keep inspiring us with the word of “GOD.” Please be strong, keep the faith, and know that our Lord Jesus Christ” and his mother, our Virgin Mary love you so much.

    Rosie Pressler
    Las Cruces, NM
    Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church parishioner

  318. 353 Dee Berger


    Thank you for the definition of detraction. Wouldn’t you say then that every blog that has brought this situation to the public thus inviting comments with various speculations or linking to other blogs with similar discussion is guilty of this since at this point no one knows anything for certain?

    And then all of us who participate in such discussions with various assumptions resulting without all the facts are ourselves then also guilty of such detraction since such discussion only enables many to say things also without foundation? Then all such blogs become what we pray against in the Lord’s Prayer – lead us not into temptation!!! I mean you can’t have it both ways.

  319. Fr. Corapi is an amazing spokesperson for the Church. He’s been condemned before even being tried. Seems that the Church now goes to a policy of DEFCON 5 on every perceived offense in a society that is teetering on hysteria with every “breaking news” story

  320. Fr Corapi,

    I know it is difficult time for you but do not worry we are all behind you. We do not believe in any of the accusations. To us you are always going to remain our Fr Corapi.

    Shouldn’t you rejoice that you are sharing in the passion of our Lord? He was falsely condemned and even killed. As He performed miracles was He not accused of using the devil’s power? His accusers continue doing it even to this day.

    I have read many books about lives of great saints, they all go through some kind of accusation.

    Truth will set you free because it always prevails. May God forgive all those propagating this lie.

    We Love you our Fr Corapi

  321. Hang in there Fr. Corapi. You can be sure Our Mother is aware and protecting you. I can hear her say ” be at peace, everything is going to be alright” Evil cannot prevail.
    May God bless you. We love you.

  322. It’s a sad day for the Church. We should not assume that Fr. Corapi is guilty but likewise we should not assume he is innocent either. I personally look at the evidence.
    1. His appearance has changed drastically over the last few years and not for the better. It’s a worldly appearance, dyed hair and slightly tanned to name a few.
    2. Not one woman is involved but several. If one were going to have a conspiracy you would most likely have only one accuser. It’s very hard to conjure up a conspiracy with more than one person involved and lying.
    3. There must be some very hard evidence that we don’t know about for his superiors to stop all his Priestly ministries. They know the following he has and the consequences of their actions if they are wrong.
    4. There must (the keyword is must) be very strong evidence to these allegations for his superior to take this drastic action.
    5. Not sure what the accusers have to gain by lying. If what ever took place was consensual then there is nothing for them to gain. All involved were adults.
    6. These woman worked for him. They most likely were somewhat orthodox Catholics. Meaning they too prayed. They were not secular woman.
    7. I had a chance to go see Fr. Corapi when he came to NJ recently but I was very turned off by the fact that seats were selling for as much as $75.00 for the front row. Could you imagine Jesus and the Apostles charging that kind of money to go and hear them preach? Even his website became big business, charging good money for most stuff on his website. I refused to pay money to hear him or anyone preach the word of God. I though salvation was free! The event should have been a free will offering.
    With all this said I am not saying Fr. Corapi is guilty. But there sure is probable cause to at least investigate.
    I pray to God he is innocent!

  323. One more comment: Vicky 358 made this comment.

    “May God forgive all those propagating this lie”.

    Comments like this are just as wrong as saying Fr. Corapi is guilty. For one, none of us know if it’s a lie or not. As much as we all want Fr. Corapi to be innocent (me included) we don’t know this to be the case. We all know that the accused are innocent until proven guilty but this doesn’t mean that everyone that is accused is innocent. One thing is for sure, someone is lying. No one on this forum including myself has any of the evidence so no one has the right to accuse anyone of lying, yet. The statement by Vicky is accusing the accusers of lying since she is using the word “those”.
    This is wrong and not Christian. I do agree and pray that God forgive all those who are lying but we don’t know who those are yet. One thing is for sure, the Truth will prevail. Padre Pio was accused of fraud and stripped of his Priestly duties but in the end the Truth prevailed and he is now a Saint. Everyone on this forum should stop taking sides and PRAY!

  324. I put my faith in one man, only. The rest of us are a mess to one degree or another. Regarding some of the previous posts: a flowery, sweeping use of the English language does not make you right… just flowery.

  325. Gary, I think that you need to go back and read my definition on detraction #353. All of the little things that you add to your comments about his looks, his fees, and talking about probable cause. None of this has anything to do with the accusations.

    I am 67 years young, I dye my hair, does that make me suspect. All of this finger pointing has got to stop. I pray that all of us will stop and think before typing out our comments, ” is this detraction or calumny.

    Either one is a VERY serious sin and in and of itself separates us from the love of God.

    Let us pray for one another.

  326. Some years ago a song came out ” Don’t judge your neighbor”

    Clean out your own house, sweep out your own house, There
    will be a great judgement day before long!

    All I know and all I want to know is,
    Father Corapi speaks for Jesus and his statement ” I’m not going to Hell for you” provokes me to soul searching. Anyone that thinks they don’t need soul searching, belongs in the rolls of the Saints, Congratulations. As for me I will humbly request forgiveness of Father Corapi and anyone I’ve offended, this is a comfort zone and it will fit any sinner!
    praying for Fr. Corapi

  327. Dear Father Corapi,

    May God be with you. May Jesus sit with you, comforting, holding your hands to give you peace, courage, love and strength. Behold your mother; may the blessed Mary sit beside you as her own pleading your case. May the strenght of St. Michael shield you, fight your battle in defending you. May God have mercy on the wrong and lift the truth to the higest level. May God have mercy on us all. Pray

    I was drawned to the outright bluntness of the truth you spread. “Tell it like it is”

    I read over and over “truth will prevail”
    The law is cerainly not “truth” and can be manipulated – how many lawyers do you know is spiritual or goes to mass?
    – Jesus very own people turned him in to the “law”
    – “God is truth light and the way”

  328. I pray for you Fr during this difficult time. You have thought us so much about the Love of God and may he give you the grace to continue to teach his love to all.

  329. I have been following religiously (?) the posts about Fr. Corapi on the Deacon’s Bench and have found the Deacon to be very “fair and balanced” about the issue.

    So, for what they are worth, here are some of my reflections:

    – I have observed that the vast majority of the comments have been positive about Fr. Corapi, with most declaring his innocence.

    – Unless I have missed some comments, I have not seen anyone who has declared him “guilty.”

    – However, there are some who have raised red flags about his comments and those of the VP of Santa Cruz Media, which, for me, do not reach the level of character assassination.

    Somehow, this whole thing reminds me of the plot of that 1957 movie “12 Angry Men” starring Henry Fonda among others. At the beginning of the movie, 11 jurors are willing to say that the defendant is (in this case) guilty without any discussion. Fonda prods them on to look at circumstances and facts that they may have missed or do not want to see in their rush to judgment. Several times he asks them if it is possible to see other aspects to the case.

  330. Dyed hair and slightly tanned – Not one woman is involved but several – give me a break! How many lied & pointed a finger at our Lord as He was dragged before Pilate & screamed crucify Him?

    Those of you without sin cast the first stone.

    I believe that our Lord will see to it that you prevail over your accusers. I know that the Holy Virgin is watching over you so you hang in there and never give up the fight. I’m praying for you every day Fr. John and we love you.

    Semper Fidelis,
    Dusty Kline
    Lancaster, Ohio

  331. I am very disappointed in EWTN for not giving you the chance to prove your innocence. I so looked forward to your show each week You were reaching many people in a most positive way that Satan had to step in. He is running rampant. You are in my prayers and I’m looking forward to your return.

  332. Dee,
    I once had the honor of meeting Mother Teresa. At the time I was contemplating the Priesthood. She gave me advise if I were to become a Priest. She said “If I want to truly serve and follow Jesus then I must be prepared to give up everything this world has to offer. Only then will I find the true peace that Christ speaks about for this life”.
    Give up EVERYTHING (EVERYTHING) Everything! Everything this world has to offer. It’s natural to want to look and feel young for us humans because the world has us fooled. The world nor Satan could fool Mother Teresa as she let go of everything. She gave all to Christ and picked up her Cross and followed Him. It’s supernatural to not follow the ways of the world. Jesus said if you want to be my disciple then give up EVERYTHING, pick up your Cross and follow me.
    This is a radical way of thinking but Jesus meant every word of it. Think of how powerful our Catholic Church would be if every Priest could let go of the things of the world. There surely would be no need for a Priest to dye his hair or any other vain thing. As Thomas A Kempis said “All Is Vanity except Seeking The Will Of God and The Things That Are Eternal”.
    Many of you can’t grasp the true way of the Cross. If you are a Priest and reading this remember this “If you try and serve Christ while at the same time holding onto ANYTHING this world has to offer then be prepared to be attacked by Satan and in many cases be taken down. Look at the state of the Church!

    A man is hindered and distracted in proportion as he draws outward things to himself.
    Thomas Kempis

    Oh, how great peace and quietness would he possess who should cut off all vanity and place all his confidence in God.
    Thomas Kempis

    We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.
    Thomas Kempis

    God bless you all.

  333. Dusty, believe it or not I am in your corner. And yes Jesus was condemned unjustly and this may be the case with Fr. Corapi. But neither you or I know the Truth. We do know the truth about Jesus as it happened two thousand years ago. This incident just happened. One thing is for sure, Father did dye his hair and to the best of my knowledge there is no record of Jesus dying His hair or any other vain thing for that matter. The fact that Fr Corapi dyed his hair has absolutely nothing to do with guilt or innocence it only proves he has vanity like the rest of us (me included) and that he is a human being pron to sin. You have already made your mind up to his innocence without hearing any of the facts because you couldn’t bear the fact that Father Corapi is a sinner like me and you and pron to temptation and falling.
    And please don’t use the saying “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” This is by far the most out of context piece of Scripture of all time. We all have the right to condemn sin but never the sinner for we are all sinners. No where in my previous posts did I condemn Fr Corapi and nowhere did I tell a lie about anything pertaining to him!

  334. This is my last comment regarding this matter. In a way I’m kinda sorry I posted anything to this forum.
    I don’t know if Fr. Corapi is innocent of this charge or not and neither do any of you. But reading the posts on this forum you would think otherwise. Many have already passed a verdict of innocent without knowing one fact about the case. I am personally being condemned for making truthful observations. I have never said Fr Corapi is innocent or guilty because I don’t know. Yet I am being condemned because many have already passed a verdict of innocense.
    Let me ask you all this question, Do you think it’s possible that any Priest or person is beyond sin?
    Is it possible that these charges are true? Is it possible that these charges are lies? The answer is yes to both questions.
    No person no matter how Holy they may be is beyond the possibility of committing serious sin. That’s why Christ came in the first place. There are only two possible outcomes to this whole mess:

    1. These are lies from hell and Satan is attacking a Holy man of God to try and destroy him. If this is the case then Fr. Corapi has nothing to worry about. God is with him and we must pray for the women who have conjured up this lie.
    2. The accusations are true in which case Fr. Corapi has nothing to worry about. Jesus stands ready to forgive him. We must pray for him. If they are true (and we DON’T know) then we really need to pray for the women. What if, just what if this accusation is true. These women have been demonized by many in this forum. They have been called liars and working for Satan. Is everyone of you that has already passed a verdict of guilty on these women going to ask them for forgiveness? Talk about letting him without sin cast the first stone. If these accusations turn out to be true (and I pray they are not) then many of you need to ask God for forgiveness for calling the victims (the women) as working for Satan.
    None of you know the Truth! Be very careful what you say!

    Don’t all of you see? There is a victim or victims here. Don’t rush to judgement either way. Just pray!

  335. Since Father Corapi was accused on March 9th and was put on administrative leave 9 days later. I feel it is only appropriate to pray a Novena to Our Blessed Mother for him.

    Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! See your king shall come to you; a just savior is he. Meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass.

    We need to all pray as one.

    “Your momma wears combat boots! “

  336. My heart aches. All of us members of the Body of Christ, bleeds at this vainless accusations. What does the nameless lady gains by this? Does she hurt only Fr.Corapy? She hurts millions of us Catholics and non Catholics too. God have mercy on her soul. s.d.kahit.Shillong, India.

  337. As a member of a Diocesan Review Board, I can say that we’ve struggled with the issue of how to handle such complaints. Our conclusion was that the guidelines do NOT call for the automatic imposition of leave on the accused priest.

    Rather, the Review Board is to make a preliminary determination of the credibility of the accusations, and if, and only if, the accusations appear facially credible, will the cleric be placed on leave while a fuller investigation takes place.

    I don’t agree at all that a priest should simply be placed on leave due to the filing of a complaint of this nature; it’s too hard then to “unring the bell” if the complaint is patently ridiculous. The priest’s reputation is damaged the moment he’s placed on leave, and to do that without at least a thorough initial evaluation of the complaint’s credibility, is simply unjust in my opinion.

    I know nothing of the Corapi situation, but certainly hope that he is cleared of any wrongdoing.

  338. Dear Fr. Corapi
    I know exactly how you must feel, I’ve been falsley accused
    in a similiar manner, even though I’ve been vindicated I’ve been labeled, and my reputation had been destroyed.I will pray for you, offer you my daily rosary for you. God Bless you.
    Mr. Mike

  339. Again the Question Where are the Lawyers?( Cannon Lawyers in this case)

    why haven’t they come to his defense. All it would take for reinstatement, is a communication with Rome. There is a procedure for this, I have seen it in action.
    Politically correct? Cowardly?, scared?
    Lets get off our duff people, and do something, Our Brother
    needs our help.
    We love you Fr. Corapi

    [Felix…what makes you think they haven’t come to his defense? Fr. Corapi’s superior noted in his initial statement that they are taking this action in accord with Canon Law. Moreover, a bishop involved in this process described the situation as “complex.” We can only conclude that SOLT has its reasons for doing this, and that there is more here than any of us know about. Dcn. G.]

  340. Have not had the honor of meeting Fr. Corapi but, listen to him as much as I can on Relevant Radio and EWTN. So he lost some weight….so he’s darker than usual, did his soul change?, did his message change? no it has always been the same, believe in the power of Jesus and prayer. Fr. Corapi, you have done so much for our souls, you have done so much for our hearts, know that our prayers are with you always. And may God bring you out of this fabricated lie, stronger and more ready to keep doing the wonderful work our Lord has given you for the salvation of many. The whole world is in a war against Christianity, especially Catholisism, we must stay strong and valiant in this struggle, so that not only Fr. Corapi but others who are also being accused, be vindicated. We must pray and fast because even when all this is over, and the truth be known, the scar this calumnity(sp?) has already caused, will take time to heal.

  341. Don, We’ve come on some sorry times when we call something complex that has been influenced by a e-mail which was not signed. To my understanding that is all there is, or how the complaint was presented. Also the time limit on the procedure is fifteen days, do the math from Ash Wednesday, this should have already been cleared up. A sharp cannon lawyer could have made history of this by now. This makes me think Fr. Corapi is not getting the defense that he should.

  342. Father Corapi helped me a great deal by just listening to him on the radio daily. He may have saved me. He always emphasized that Satan is a great general and strategist. Since Father Corapi was probably the best and most effective preacher among the ranks of Catholic priests or Christians of any kind today, do you think he would be a good target for Satan in this area? If this woman can level these charges, and he is immediately punished, her NAME SHOULD BE KNOWN. It is because a background check would reveal who and what she is. Trust me. That is the truth.

  343. Did you ever sign a contract that you barely read? Did you ever play a game in which you did not really know the rules?

    The majority of Catholics are in this predicament. We really do not KNOW most of the Church’s teachings. Sadly, this is so easy to prove! As a result, there are a myriad of “Catholic” religions; many are at odds with each other.

    Pope John Paul II and the current Magisterium constantly beg Catholics to read and study the CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. It is the Church’s rule book. (For various reasons, some people do not like rule books.)

    In many ways, the CATECHISM IS the Church.

    Father Caropi also begs Catholics the read the CATECHISM. He has been more effective in presenting its teachings than any other man alive. He has brought the TRUTH to millions of Catholics.

    Now Father Caropi (a human sinner) is accused, perhaps spuriously, of immoral actions.

    A former employee has accused Father Caropi of the very grave sin of SCANDAL. When, in effect, (if her accusations are malicious and false) she MAY be committing the gravest sin of BLASPHEMY.

    Blasphemy against the CATEHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, blasphemy against the EWTN network, and blasphemy against a Catholic priest.

    If Father Caropi’s ministry is neutralized, I hope you will (continue to) read the CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

    Unfortunately, millions won’t.

    Plase pray for Father Caropi and his accuser!



    (2148) BLASPHEMY is directly opposed to the second commandment. It consists in uttering against God – inwardly or outwardly – words of hatred, reproach, or defiance; in speaking ill of God; in failing in respect toward him in one’s speech; in misusing God’s name. THE PROHIBITION OF BLASPHEMY EXTENDS TO LANGUAGE AGAINST CHRIST’S CHURCH, THE SAINTS, AND SACRED THINGS. It is also blasphemous to make use of God’s name to cover up criminal practices, to reduce peoples to servitude, to torture persons or put them to death. The misuse of God’s name to commit a crime can provoke others to repudiate religion. Blasphemy is contrary to the respect due God and his holy name. It is in itself a grave sin.

  344. Maybe the woman has skitzophrenia and has imagined all of this and thinks its real. I have a relative that has the disease and has imagined things and thinks they really happened. In any case, I believe priests are under attack because the devil knows his time is short and he is trying to strike the shepards and scatter the sheep.

  345. I have been a practicing Catholic all of my life, but I am frequently left thirsting after the “politically correct” homily of a typical parish priest. A few years ago I was turning the radio dial during a long road trip, and left it on this guy preaching good stuff in a loud voice. I said to myself “WOW, who is that ?”. At the end of the program I learned he was John Corapi, and that surprisingly he was a Catholic priest. Last July he came to my area for a speaking engagement, and I said to myself “WOW, I am glad I was there”.

    After scanning all 382 posts on this site, I found many people who share my viewpoint that this man has a special gift. Plus we cannot understand why our own church has silenced him now…especially when his age seems to limit the number of remaining years in his ministry (his biological clock is ticking).

    I also noted some opposing posts about his recent change in appearance, or the high cost of seats at his speaking engagements, or the high cost of his recorded materials. I too observed this with some disappointment. By the way, how does his change in appearance suggest that he may be guilty, when we are missing the time frame for his alleged sexual exploits (maybe he did this when he had gray hair?).

    I especially noted the short post of a woman who called him a “jerk”. This is obviously someone lashing out…perhaps a woman scorned. In fact, could this be the post of the perpetrator of this scandal?

    I came away from this several hour adventure of reading all the posts with a feeling of mental fatigue. I am glad that such a large group of bloggers are not dissecting every aspect of my own personality and relationship to God. However, the Bible has GOOD NEWS…it is not our job to judge other people…God will gladly take that burden from us, and do it Himself!

    Of course, the liberal/socialists (communists?) and their lawyers will scream that a priest, especially a well known priest, must be held to a more perfect standard than us lay people…I guess because it feeds their agenda of crushing the church and making money. Again, look at the Bible…Jesus could have hand-picked twelve well groomed Pharisees, instead of the motley crew He ended up with. By the way, the successors to the Apostles in the Middle Ages didn’t exactly come from the monastery! Some of those appointed by kings were very into power and money, and they even had a fulltime mistress.

    Long ago the church realized that the man must be conceptually separated from the office. Men are never free of sin, but the church office they fill is holy. Therefore, in an absolute sense sinful men are God’s instruments in sustaining His church by evangelization.

    This leads me to the most important group of posts that I noted…those made by people who were actually brought into the Catholic faith by Fr. Corapi. Exactly how many souls have you bloggers saved? With a missing time frame for his alleged sexual exploits, how can we be sure that Fr. Corapi did not continue to save souls after these alleged exploits? In other words, people without a hidden agenda should say “who cares what he did in his personal life?”.

    I would like to close with a short example based on Civil War history. In spite of having almost every material advantage to end this war quickly, the North could not…because of poor leadership. The South had most of the good generals. Abraham Lincoln was frustrated with his incompetent generals, and finally appointed Ulysses Grant to the top command. Many came forward to point out Grant’s personal problems…he was a looser in civilian life just before the war, he was a drunkard most of his life, and he was the poorest dressed and unshaven officer anyone had seen. Lincoln agreed with them, but he replied “I cannot remove this man from command, because at least he fights!”. Later, Grant did win the war.

  346. Quenton, I think your post was spot-on until you got to the Civil war. The South lost for the same reason the Axis lost WWII – God backed the opposition. You can have the best weapons, the best generals, and the bravest fighters, but that dont mean nothing. God’s team has always and will always win. The best thing we, as American’s, can do is work as hard as possible to keep God on our side. We must remain steadfast in keeping Him in that top spot. I would be hard-pressed to name any individual who has helped put more folks on God’s side in the last (5) years than Father C. The real issue here is far bigger than the hot water that father C currently finds himself in. The battle between good and evil has raged continuously thru history. The real issue is making sure ones self, and all the people that he or she can drag, push, or carry, stays on God’s side.

  347. Someone please explain to me why simply being accused of something by somebody is enough to have the accused punished without evidence or facts? Is the Catholic Church so weak that it wont even give its own priests the benefit of the doubt? Shame on the bishops for not standing up for Fr. Corapi and making him look guilty! I’m embarrassed to say I was baptized Catholic!

  348. God Bless you Father Corapi,

    Our rosary group is praying for you. Hopefully this misguided woman will receive the Holy Spirit and come to her senses, which would be in her best interest. No need for you to give them hell…God will take care of that.

    God’s peace be with you.

  349. Fr. Corapi, the devil is alive and well and comes in many sizes and genders. This one is a she devil, that obiously has a very sad, sad life. And has no faith, or belief in the Lord. May God help her realize what an erroneous sin (mistake) she is making. Our God is a very forgiving God and I pray that she gets on her knees and prays for herself in this horrible time she has created for herself and you. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you always. Connie

  350. Fr. Corapi
    As you know and preached, Satan has many powers…… but
    God is more powerful over Satan.
    The truth will prevail.
    Satan will always attack a good priest like you who is getting through to people about Jesus.
    So, let go, let God!
    I will pray for you and God bless you Fr. Corapi.

  351. farther Corapi.
    i became a catholic because of you, when i heard about it i almost cried, father i want to give a big hug and say i love you, no matter what the devil planed to stop you, you are going to come back strong, you are the one of the courageous priest i have ever seen,
    it`s the time for us to fight with devil for the priest and plead mercy for them,
    i beleive now you can understand what other priest are going through, we all are sinners, but not every priest have sinned, most of them are only accused by the devil
    father be strong, comeback more with Jesus and his love,
    God bless you alot
    I love you so much,
    don`t never give up, stand firm, you will win the crown at the end,
    why can`t you start your own TV station, we need you,
    father this is a stepping stone to move forward, show the devil who you are in christ
    blessed mother and jesus is with you, do some thing more for him,
    with love your daughter in christ

  352. My Dearest Father Corapi,

    You have been an integral part of my recent conversion to the faith. Please don’t let this send you to a bad place! I have had a life similar to yours and you made me believe that it was possible for someone like me to have God’s saving grace. If not for you I would still be a lost soul wondering around this evil world. The devil is at work here and I believe that your charisma is a blessing a a curse. Sounds like a woman scorned to me. Please keep the faith and I cannot wait until you are exhonerated. I tape all of your old shows on DVR ( I just got that ) and was wondering why you were not on, but instead other programing was in your time slots. I just learned today from a dear friend in my Church what happened. Please, please, do not let this set you back, but rather let the persecution deapen your faith and maintain patience. I will be praying for you every day. I recently saw you in person in Newark NJ and was filled with Grace to receive the Eucharist from your hands. Out of all the priests and Deacons and Eucharistic Ministers, I was one of the few who was lucky enough to receive from you. I feel so blessed to have had that experience. I knew before I went that I just had to go. It seemed urgent that I take this once in a lifetime opportunity to be in your presence. I am thankful to my Lord and Saviour that I listened to the message and came to see you. Carry on and if I can help in any little or big way, please let me know.

    Karen Basciani

  353. Father John Corapi.

    I am not a Catholic, but I am a Christian, and my girlfriend, Carol, would watch your program every saturday night ( instead of going out ). We feel that you were wrongfully removed from your position. Your television ministry is a blessing to all who see it and we hope to see it on the air again soon. Those that are mighty in the Lord are targets for the devil and his minions.

    God bless you and keep the faith.

    Carol and Stephen.

  354. How very sad that a good man/priest like Fr John Corapi should be treated as guilty until proven innocent instead of innocent until proven guilty!!!!! Where is the rule of law for him???
    Also even if Fr Corapi had a fall, why has no one heard that God is merciful?? Why does no one in the hierarchy of the church practice mercy either????
    Fr Corapi can also go to confession too and get right back there, back on the road to holiness again. King David committed adultery then murder but still he died a friend of God. Its is so wrong that he has been taken off EWTN, he has been judged. Please leave that to God and bring back Fr Corapi EVEN if he had a fall and for now he is innocent until proven guilty. How uncharitable of church institutions and organizations to treat him like this. Even if he were guilty God id merciful- he msut carry on in his ministry. No one is wihtout sin so please no one can throw a stone. Fr Corapi Gid loves you , you are a great soul and even if you had a fall you are still a great soul and we love you and always will. What a shame very few live mercy in the church!!!!

  355. I stand by Father Corapi and I will not watch EWTN again until he is back on. All we can do is pray for him and hope that this is solved quickly. No other priest preaches on sin like he does and this world needs that kind of preaching especially today.


  356. Our prayers are with you Fr. Corapi.

    These are the signs of the times when the devil will knock down our holy priests. These priests are the ones who are saving thousands of souls. And the evil is jealous.

    May God bless our holy priests.

    Fr. Corapi you have a gift to catch our attention. keep teaching us, we need you.

  357. Dear Father,

    you were nailed to the cross with Christ this lent. The dark night of the soul…the garden of gesthemane. Be strong and faithful for Christ. I once heard that if one devil is chasing lay folk, there are 2 that are chasing our priests. I believe legions.We need your voice desperately in this fallen world today God bless.

  358. WE are the church Fr. Corpri, not those who sit at their post, as did those who sat in authority in the time of our dear Lord’s presence on earth. We must remain committed to Jesus and to graces of the Blessed Mother. Do not lose faith, do not lose your focus of our precious Lord. We shall overcome all trials if we but have the faith of a mustard seed. I believe in you and I pray for you to stay strong. We know the truth, the answer, the challenges of the evil one. You are strong…stay the course….guide us with your strenght, forgiveness and wisdom. I pray for you so that we all may come to the greater understanding of what our Lord is calling us to do. I do believe that satan is trying to prevent us from understanding and trusting that there is any hope.

    Blessed Mother watch over this holy man! Lift him high to make us see that you are near.


  359. My heart and prayers are extended to Father Corapi it is with great regret that he must endure such accusations. Nonetheless, I know that a true servant of God is expected to endure such persecution. God, stated that if we were to be his followers we would go through no less than he would. I know it is difficult and I know in my heart that it would be most difficult for me to endure….However, Father Corapi is a true testament to the truth and the Catholic Faith. I have not lost not an ounce of faith in the Catholic Church, but am more of a believer today because we have such role models as Father Corapi.

  360. Dear Father Corapi,

    You are in my prayers as I lift up the priesthood everyday. You most certainly are a blessed and holy soul for God to give you such a trial. Look at Padre Pio for consolation. Our beloved church removed the sacraments from him for years.

  361. Fr. Corapi, I am a convert myself and have long admired your straightforward presentation of Gospel truths. My wife and I will certainly keep you in our prayers, trusting all things to our Almighty Father. In Christ and St. Philip Neri, Albert and Patricia Holder

  362. I am from Sri Lanka. Father Corapi has been an inspiration to me and my whole family and also to the Catechism School where I teach. How he is being treated is grossly unfair. Please bring it out in the open if there is any truth. Father is so forthright that if the accusations were true he would be the first to admit it. Afterall he’s been to “Hell” before. I never missed any of his TV broadcast on EWTN for the las 5 years. Please let us know what in heaven’s name is happening. Please re-instate him. what about the name of the accuser? This is similar to the adulteress in the Bible. She was accused but the man who was also caught in the act seems to have gone scott free.
    By the way I am a convert to the Catholic faith from Islam.

  363. My prayers are for everyone envolved in this mess. Priests will be tested and tried. The evil one never sleeps.

    God Bless You Fr. Corapi and all our Priests! God is our Judge he alone can judge us. We cannot throw the first stone! We are to pray for our Priests!

    Our Lord’s revelations to Mutter Vogel

    “One should NEVER attack a priest, even when he’s in error, rather one should pray and do penance that I’ll grant him My grace again.
    He alone fully represents Me, even when he doesn’t live after My example!”
    (page 29, Mutter Vogel’s Worldwide Love, St. Grignion Publishing House, Altoting, South Germany (29. 6. 1929)).

    When a Priest falls we should extend him a helping hand
    I myself will be his judge, NO ONE BUT I!”
    “Whoever voices judgment over a priest has voiced it over Me; child, never let a Priest be attacked, take up his defense.
    ” (Feast of Christ the King 1937)
    “Child, Never judge your confessor, rather pray much for him and offer every Thursday, through the hands of My blessed Mother, Holy Communion (for Him) (18.6. 1939)&nsp;
    “Never again accept an out-of-the-way word about a Priest, and speak no unkind word (about them) EVEN IF IT WERE TRUE!
    Every Priest is My Vicar and My heart will be sickened and insulted because of it!
    If you hear a judgment (against a Priest) pray a Hail Mary.” (28. 6. 1939)

    A Prayer for Priests

    Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and to act in your name. For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving. We ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal your presence in the Church.
    Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that your power shine out throught their weakness. In their afflictions let them never be crushed; in their doubts never despair; in temptation never be destroyed; in persecution never abandoned.
    Inspire them through prayer to live each day the mystery of your dying and rising. In times of weakness send them your Spirit, and help them to praise your heavenly Father and pray for poor sinners. By the same Holy Spirit put your words on their lips and your love in their hearts, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the broken-hearted. And may the gift of Mary your mother, to the disciple whom you loved, be your gift to every priest.
    Grant that she who formed you in her human image, may form them in your divine image, by the power of your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

  364. 405 JOE BROGNA

    I’m 70 years old, a staunch CATHOLIC, in great health both mentally and physically

    Being a retired Massachusetts State Police officer and ex-boxer, having won many titles and very capable of handling any tough street kid out there today, I was emotionally unable to handle the incriminating accusations made against Father John Corapi. It made me cry, not for John, but that someone could perpetrate this sinful act.

    I don’t need to know what those accusations are or who made them, but one thing I do know for certain without actual knowledge of the facts, that I would put my life on the line, regarding the innocence of once a great sinner, converted into a great and most humble Catholic Priest.
    Not since Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. has a Catholic Priest come along with such intellect with a passion and personality to preach AND TO Teach.

    I envision a sudden greatness to take place for someone who prays and is so humbly dedicated the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Mother of Christ could ultimately bring glory to her Son,s Church, using Fr. Corapi as a glorifying tool.

    It could be the hand of God at work, to give a sign of Divine Revelation to a world in need of one, a Miracle for the world to see Father John Corapi, go from priest to Pope.

    Can anyone imagine a more outspoken bishop since Saint Peter to be head of the Roman Catholic Church than Father John Corapi and taking the Pontiff name Pope John Paul III, who was ordained him a priest by Pope John Paul II. . . Amen.

  365. Well, I don’t believe Father Corapi is guilty whatsoever, and I think that no one should judge Him lest they be judged by Our Lord. I think this woman needs help, and anyone in their right mind would not be doing this to such a wonderful man of God.
    I am sure that everybody still loves Father Corapi and that He will soon be vindicated, because God will do it by His Holy Spirit.
    The highest men of God are the ones who get attacked, and this is a whopper of a spiritual attack. I have never heard in all my 57 years, a priest preach so phenomenal from the Word of God as Father Corapi. He only preaches Truth. The Blessed Trinity and the Blessed Mother and all the angels and saints are surely going to help in his vindication. Please make it speedy, Dear Jesus of Nazareth!

  366. We all know what is going on…This happened to many of the Saints of the past… Father Corapi is saving to many souls and guess who can’t stand it…Father Corapi is a Saint and he will be back stronger than ever… Jesus was accused also and Jesus is allowing this …. SOME CROSSES ARE VERY HARD TO CARRY He will carry this one and it will again save souls because Father Corapi understands how this suffering can be offered up for even the souls of his accuser as did Jesus…. Matthew….. Take up your cross and follow me…….HE WILL BE BACK WHEN SATON REALIZES THAT THIS SUFFERING WILL BRING MANY TO HEAVEN…..

  367. Why can’t the Bishops just reinstate Fr. Corapi to his priestly activities immediately? People like me need to hear him preach because his sermons are so spot on and uplifting. If more priests were like Fr. Corapi the Church and the world would be in much better moral shape today. Moral pollution is destroying the world and only Priests with Fr. Corapi’s conviction can turn things around.

  368. Horrible for people to do and say such things. Prayers to you and the accuser. I look fed to his book to come out this august

  369. Sometimes myself criticized some priest without realizaton of great damage following my statements. Lately I realized my mistakes of the past and understand more than ever how important are priest to our Parishes and us as Catolics. I hope my prayers will help Fr. Corapi and other priests in these dark days surrounding them. Let’s offer our prayers especially during Holy Communion to help strenghten them in the hour of that great battle of Good and Evil for the sake of our beloved Priests.

  370. It happened that in the past I often have had criticized some priests without ralization how much evil had caused doing so. I hope God forgive me that part of my foolishness and won’t take it against me in the hour of His judgement on me. Nowadays knowing more facts regarding the battle of Good and Evil over our beloved priests I pray for them and humbly ask you for the same. I read somewhere that we should pray for them more than anybody else cause of constant danger they’re living in, greater than anything we ever imagined. There is a special prayer we should recite during the Holy Communion for our beloved Priests. Let’s follow these guidance and keep our priests in daily thoughts and prayers.

  371. Fr. Corapi, May God and the Blessed Mother be with you. We all will pray that you will be back with us soon.

  372. Clearly, the devil is on the prowl and has had Fr. Corapi in his sites for a long time. The Holy Spirit is strong within him and exudes forth to all who have met or heard the Fr. speak. I know he has made a big difference in my life. When all is said and done I know Fr. Corapi will be vindicated albeit some damage will be done. However, it will only make Fr. Corapi’s “comeback” that much greater for the glory of our God.
    Father, we support you and will pray for you.

  373. I have set up a Facebook page called “Pray for Father Corapi.” I am outraged at the way he has been treated by the bishops and by EWTN.

  374. I pray this will bring about many new and great sermons in the future, as great or greater than the sermons he has already preached. God Bless Him

  375. May the PEACE OF CHRIST be with you Father Corapi in all that you do untill this terrible crises is completed by the kangarue court of clerics and private attorneys and unjust accusers. Your mental battles are with the aid of your Mother that wears combat boots, indicating a spiritual armor of the name of Jesus in combatting the prince of darkness. In addition to adding verbaly the holy names of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as more holy armor, morning noon and night would be like St. Peter with the sword of the centureon cutting out of the evil from the accusers act against a Priestly Man of the Holy Mother Church of the Catholic Faith.

    Hale Holy Queen, mother of mercy, show Father Corapi your combat boots. Lord have mercy.

  376. Tomorrows rosary is for all involved and thank you Fr. Corapi for all you have done for me. Our Lady will watch over you.

  377. Saint Michael the Archangel defend Father Corapi in battle. Be his protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and may thou O Prince of the heavenly host,cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.

    May we be able to control, subdue and confine female factors and evildoers in Gods Name we pray, Amen.

  378. You have prayers from one who just loved all the inspiring talks you gave. My own son is going through some pretty rough stuff now so I have the two of you included in daily Rosary. This attack is a difficult one and I know Christ will prevail!!!! (years ago when I was assaulted I did not sit and write a three page letter….I called the police so i think there is something wrong here. ) it just does not cut the mustard in my little booklet. You have all my respect and candles will be lit for you by me.

  379. if all of us would just take the time to pray for peace around the wold! as much as we want to leave r comments here maybe there would be a better tomorrow! yes its true father corapi is only humman! so we cant put r faith in him.. but it is also true that thanks to his teaching alot of us found r way back to the church.. r a meaning to the church!! but regardless of what we think of this matter!! it is true that god said love one another like i luv u!! so love those who love u and pray for those whom u dont luv so much!! we all do rong in life maybe we lie to r love one ! maybe we r un faithfull. we all have sins.. but only god is who is worthy of judging us for are since !! who cares if father got a tan, r dye , r cuffs.. let god to be the one to say he did rong. becuase im shure we all have a thing r two to worry about and see what god thinks about r life being!! catholics r not we all have to respond to the same god .. cuz there a alot of relegons! but there is only one god… plz excuse my spelling

  380. How could someone possessed by Satan preach so vehemently against Satan and so eloquently for Our Lord and his mother Mary? Conscience would not allow it.

  381. Anyone who is so eloquent in his strong orthodox Catholic spirituality (his attacks against sin, his flare for calling a spade a spade, and his no nonsense pronouncements against lukewarmness in our love for Our Lord and our Blessed Mother) has to be saved by our prayers. Unfortunately, I sense a cautionary and cowardly note by a few of the responses just “in case it’s true.”
    To paraphrase what some one once said, “Christians are the only Army in the world that abondons its wounded soldiers.”

  382. I agree, you shouldn’t kick someone under the bus because of an accusation but I understand cautiousness. Many have had priests locally and on TV fail them when they put them up on a pedestal. Words are words and actions are actions.
    I pray after reading about changes he made in appearance, about his more secular business, etc. that his private life was not too secular. I also realize that fragments of someone in an article don’t make up that person, but Father was always very private about his life, just talked about his working out, hunting, etc.

    It’s not cowardly, it’s being human when you don’t really know someone. I remember Fr. Francis when he first started on EWTN, saying how he called men who’s wives said they were “lukewarm” are didn’t help them and gave them the facts, helped some see the light, “man to man” so to speak. He did a lot of good things but fell into sin and in his case, he couldn’t keep preaching or reaching out to the youth for obvious reasons. He didn’t cancel any good he ever did, just effected what he did from that point on.

  383. Please know, Father, that you are being prayed for. I and many other Catholics are with you. God Bless You and Mary keep you safe.

  384. Amazing isn’t it? On another thread we have people who are excoriating a bishop for being insufficiently vigilant toward a priest who was accused of inappropriate conduct, and on this thread we have people who have no way of knowing the facts but nevertheless insist that Satan is behind the suspension of Fr. Corapi.

  385. I find the almost “fan club” following (not on this site) a bit unsettling. It’s like they blindly follow and anyone who hurt Father is the devil, if he sinned, it’s the devil, if he thought about it, it’s the devil. My reverent Domincian priest warns about blaming him for everything, there is personal blame and priests know that more than anyone.

    I found following this more unsettling to me to hear about his company which I assumed was mostly charity (never assume, I knew that) was not, the pushing of the DVD’s in emails which I canceled (thought they’d just be newsletters like other religious sites) that he had a lot of money he used for bodyguards and trips, that he was seeing a trainer named Gina, tanning, dying his beard, etc. None of these things have anything to do with his guilt or innocence but I wish I hadn’t been curious and just didn’t know. Something seems odd, nothing criminal, just odd. I guess when you’re on TV, that happens. Luckily being mainly on EWTN, he wont be in the papers like some more popular priests.

    I personally am drawn to priests like Fr. Apostoli and Fr. Groechel, and others that are humble and preach sometimes with words, sometimes without. I realize that’s a personal thing though.

  386. I have watched Father Corapi’s programs on EWTN for several years and have really benefited from his catechetical talks. I hope and pray for a timely resolution to his current situation and earnestly hope that Father will be found to be innocent.

    I am praying for all involved and that God’s will be done.

  387. As a women who was approached by the pastor of my catholic church to have an affair with him, I can understand there are priests who lead double lives. I was horified when he asked me for a date . He said he found me sexually attractive and he had his needs.

    It seems women get memorized by their faith and think the priest and the catholic church can do no wrong, but the truth is its all a sham. I beleive in God and Jesus Christ but no longer will attend a catholic church.. I can pray at home and I don’t need some priest to tell me what to do, what bookss to read, how to raise my family, and how much I should be contributing to the parish.

    Plymouth Michigan

  388. Ive listened to Father Corapi on EWTN Radio for several years. The man is a fire-eating preacher of the Gospel and defender of Christianity as taught by the Roman Church. His witness has put me in the position of considering leaving Protestantism for Catholicism…
    I understand somewhat the position Fr Corapi is in.. SHE accuses, HE is automatically guilty. Been in that boat myself, and falsely. There should be very REAL consequences for false reporting and accusing.. something to make would-be accusers think very carefully about the story they tell. Just my opinion. Hope it gets sorted out, meanwhile… the ministry is disrupted and diminished.


  390. How long do you think it will go on? The sad thing is if he isn’t innocent, he could still go on with apologies, but there would be some loss and if he’s innocent, there might still be a scar.
    It doesn’t feel good though.

  391. I strongly believe that Satan is trying to destroy one of today’s best defenders of the Faith. My prayers are not only for Father Corapi during this time of his innocent suffering but also that he will SOON be declared falsely accused.

  392. I pray for Father Corapi to be given back to us who love and need him so much. COULD WE ALL SAY A ROSARY FOR HIM AT 3PM ON ANY GIVEN DAY, NO MATTER WHAT DAY, THERE WOULD BE MANY OF US.
    Remember what Father says, “if you don’t want to say the Rosary, say it anyway.” Our Lady will never let him down.

    Pray for the accuser also even though we may not want to.

    Father Corapi, my heart hurts for you but you know as we do that satan hates the fact you preach the truth, keep souls out of his reach and of course promote the Rosary.

  393. Jesus came to save sinners,

    Father’s road was rough and heavy and one does not wish what he underwent.

    His profound conversion and entry into the priesthood was planned by the Lord and my goodness how he has touched million of us.

    Now he is on his cross with Jesus and his suffering continues for himself and all of us.

    Like Our Lady at Medjugorje said Pray, Pray, Pray.

  394. Gloria, on the slim chance the accuser is correct, would you still pray for him? You said pray for the accuser even though you don’t want too…if you find out she said something true, will you say you are sorry for your bad thoughts?

    Just something to think about, you are in a way, throwing stones at her (or them) without knowing anything, you only heard a few words from one side.

  395. Looks like this weekend will be an announcement:

    We understand many of you would like an update–any update–on the status of Fr. John Corapi. Please be assured that as soon as Fr. Corapi updates us with the status of these events, we will utilize all avenues of communications to update you, h…is fans, and followers. 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 weekend he will have a “very inportant announcement” that he plans on delivering on YouTube, Facebook, and through email.

    We ask that you continue to lift him up in prayer and are encouraged for what lies ahead.

  396. I am so sad. I really feel so much closer to my faith when I listen to God’s word spoken through Father Corapi. I don’t care what the rules are, when I see you and if I am blessed enough to speak to you I will address you as Father Black Sheep Dog. I will pray for all envolved and grieve another Great loss for our Church.

  397. I haven’t heard anything about good Fr. John, I know he was ill, but hope he’s better by now. Is there any news on the travesty he was accused of. Is the investigation started yet….if NOT why not?
    It’s time the Church presume her SONS innocent until PROVEN guilty!
    This whole me$$ $pell$ a lot of money for $omeone involved here.

    lets get on with it! For crying out loud!

    S.K. Willy Rad.

  398. Padre Pio was accused in the same manner. The objective is to gain control of what the accused owns or controls. Padre Pio had the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, a very successful charity that had gotten millions in donations from very important people.

    Here in the USA we are all familiar with how Mother Angelica was asked to surrender EWTN to you-know-who. If John Paul II did not come to her aid they would have destroyed EWTN with their incompetence too.

    Now its Fr. Corapi and his very successful ministry Santa Cruz Media. Someone wants to control it. When some deranged poor soul created the opportunity the powers that be took it and put Fr. Corapi on ice. That is so clear… by now some kind of proof or evidence of wrongdoing should have been produced. But there is none. So in the absence of clear culpability there must be another motive to keep Corapi inactive.

    My prayers are with Fr. Corapi. He should go ahead and become a formidable culture warrior. He is one already.

    God walk with you Fr. Corapi! You taught me the faith ten years ago and you know very well that every soul saved makes the holy angels praise God.

    My prayers are with you!

  399. This is an outrage…Father Corapi is one of the most inspired priests I have ever seen…..I only know him from EWTN, but I have always been spellbound by his power of expression and unshakable faith…

    The forces that are trying to bring him down will eventually face a reckoning…an eternal one.

    My prayers go out to this truly holy man.

  400. I pray that all this mess is cleared up soon. It is not right to judge Father Corapi without even proving these charges. I hope the Pope realizies that the laws in our church need to change. You have taught us to stay strong and keep our
    Faith. Father Corapi; I pray you do the same. Am praying to the Blessed Mother to take this to Jesus; as Jesus never refuses His Mother anything. God Bless you.

  401. Father Corpai. I can’t say I am a serious follower, but have watched your program and find your messages usually inspiring and informing.

    Anyone in the media (and you are) should know that in public opinion, you are guilty until proven innocent regardless of how our laws read.

    I will pray for you and hope those that have accused you, are required to prove what they are charging you with.

    God bless, I will pray for you.

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