Times like these remind me of Kevin Trudeau. I’m not shocked that a guy was convicted of huckstering. I’ve been the victim of a couple of scams myself, for-profit-education and work from home. The former cost me a doozy. The latter cost me about $200. Anyhow, the shocking thing about Trudeau is that people still defend him and buy his products after it has been well established that he is a huckster. He of course doesn’t deny his interactions with the legal system and FCC. What would be to the normal person evidence of a red flag is instead evidence of Trudeau’s persecution and attempted suppression by powerful interests who want to harm not just him, but you.
Of course “Natural Cures They Don’t Want You To Know About” and religion aren’t all that different. They are products. Obviously I think the Catholic Church is greater than a product, but religion is a product. It has its brand. It has slogans. There has been a healthy (or unhealthy depending on your perspective) give and take between Madison Avenue marketing and American religion. Sometimes they’ve even been married. (Amway) I believe that falls under an illicit union, but perhaps the god of free enterprise would understand the development of doctrine, like the need for temple prostitution.
As most of you know, this blog made a conscious choice not to be commercial. (Yes, our service provider does do Google Ads, but we have no other relationship with WordPress and are not remunerated for those ads.) There were several reasons for this. Primarily, none of us were looking to make a living through blogging. A number of us looked askance at bloggers that thought they had an entitlement to have their readership provide them a living, and a solidly middle class one at that. One of those bloggers in particular took down his blog several years ago. In regards to the same blog, it was observed that the blogger would deliberately pander to his audience. In specific, he took relish in scandals involving gay clergy. Later of course, he left blogging and the Catholic Church due to his support of gay marriage in California. He of course wasn’t alone in pandering to his audience. Michael Voris most recently pandered to his own audience over the “harsh” treatment of Father Corapi. Perhaps folks will argue I’m not being fair to Voris. Too bad. Consider my defense TRVTH. A man that consistently uses the bishops and the USCCB as a foil in his defense of TRVTH and the almighty dollar should understand the perception of the gnats and logs embedded in eyes.
Like Trudeau, what will continue to amaze me is the number of people who feel bad for Corapi after all of this. No one is requiring anyone to be a pure romantic. No one is required to believe that Corapi never did a good thing in his life. But he hasn’t suffered like us. He simply hasn’t. He is a mulitmillionaire who has enjoyed a jet setting lifestyle. Please save your sympathy and grief for someone who deserves it and, for that matter, for someone who will appreciate it. Below are the allegations SOLT has been able to substantiate against Father Corapi.
He did have sexual relations and years of cohabitation (in California and Montana) with a woman known to him, when the relationship began, as a prostitute; He repeatedly abused alcohol and drugs; He has recently engaged in sexting activity with one or more women in Montana; He holds legal title to over $1 million in real estate, numerous luxury vehicles, motorcycles, an ATV, a boat dock, and several motor boats, which is a serious violation of his promise of poverty as a perpetually professed member of the Society.