Conflicted about Corapi story – UPDATED

Conflicted about Corapi story – UPDATED July 7, 2011

I mean, on one hand, I’m really tired of the story, but if I don’t link to the latest I’ll hear “so, the Black Sheepdog (people actually call him that) responded to SOLT, and you didn’t have the guts to link to him!”

And if I do link to him, I’ll hear, “why don’t you stop writing about Corapi and get a life?”

To me, the “special announcement” that was announced a few days ago and has finally dropped is a bit of a yawn-and-shrug; it seems more interesting for what it does not say, and does not address, than what it does.

But I have to be honest, I’m kind of bored to tears with all of this. I’d rather just go listen to this kid, again.

It occurs to me that when it comes to media stories, the worst thing is not to be bad or good, innocent or guilty, but to be boring. But maybe it’s only me. I do have a short attention span.

I’ll link Deacon Greg, who excerpts the latest without comment, and go make some meatloaf for supper.

Everyone managed to keep their heads last time out, and the comments were mostly well-done, so I’ll keep ’em open this time, too!

Some reactions:
Te Deum Blog: John Corapi’s “non serviam”:

Until there is another official statement from Church authorities on Fr. Corapi, I have no desire to feed the Black Sheep Dog with the attention he desires. I seriously doubt we are going to hear much out of him or the SOLT for a time anyway. It takes time to process paperwork, and that seems to be all that is left to do. I suspect he is going to shift his discussion away from all of this anyway, and into his chosen political sphere. I’d rather focus on God, not the Dog.

I’m in “ditto” mode on all that, especially the political note. I predicted early on in this melodrama that he was going to broaden his audience to attract tea partiers, etc, and he confirmed it when he became the “BSD” out to guard and feed “the entire world.”

Maybe the church got too small for him, and he is looking to fill Glenn Beck’s spot.

Sort of reminds me of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard: “I AM big! It’s the picture’s that got small!”

Okay, joke aside, what does Corapi mean when he says, “I can not deny this desire to share aspects of Truth and Hope with all those willing to hear.”

Aspects of truth and hope? What is that? Picking and choosing? If you’re talking Christ as Truth, Christ as Hope, there are no “aspects” because Christ IS both truth and hope in totality.

Many others have noted that his statement doesn’t really address the bulk of SOLT’s last statement. I am a little amused that he characterizes their clear statement that they want his obedience as a “suggestion.”

“If I were to commit to the suggestion of the Society, then I would essentially crawl under a rock and wait to die.”

Well, not actually. You would be withdrawing into the desert with Christ. If that’s not an appealing choice, then why not just say you want to throw off the restraints of your priesthood and you know, get on with it?

An I support Bishop Mulvey page on Facebook. Dueling pages? I still say this whole thing is not going to end well.

Mark Shea:
“This is why forgiveness is like quitting smoking…”

Deacon Greg’s quote of the day:
from the Big Dog himself.
Gerard Nadal

Max Lindenman: Corapi is John Galt

In his own mind, Corapi’s John Galt — the hyper-productive citizen who refuses to support a structure he sees as corrupt, effete, and worst of all, oppressive. He seems to want others to see him this way, too. He might not have cited his earning potential in the beginning, but when SOLT mentioned money and assets, it made up the meat of his retort

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