Brief editorial in light of the recent Father Corapi announcement and all the other sad, weird things transpiring in the Catholic Church, these days.

by Doug Lawrence

If I thought the Catholic Church was just another corporate entity, I would have “sold all my stock” and “washed my hands of it” many, many years ago.

It’s not. So I didn’t.

I think Father Corapi has indeed been wronged, is suffering from some sort of illness, is not in his right mind, and is in need of our continued prayers, assistance and support … not in starting up a new organization … but in being once again reconciled with the church, his religious order, and the Catholic ministerial priesthood.

It would be a real shame and a grave sin to do anything less.

I have faith that someone in authority will step up to champion this process. And at this point, it doesn’t matter whether the allegations against Father Corapi are ever substantiated or refuted. Reconciliation is what’s necessary … and in the Catholic Church, reconciliation has never required judgment, or even a definitive finding of fault.

In fact, the opposite is true.

God is willing to forgive as soon as we admit that we may have fallen short, that we are truly sorry for all of our failures, and we resolve to make a good faith effort to try to do better, in the future. Reconciliation eliminates the need for judgment, clearing the way so grace can supernaturally operate, for the benefit of the whole church. That’s the beauty of it!

Why should we, who are encouraged to imitate Jesus Christ in word and deed, even attempt to apply any other standard to the Corapi affair?

The man Corapi has been a good and faithful priest for twenty years. Preaching the truth in a particularly effective way, he has brought countless souls to Jesus Christ. The allegations made against him are not particularly outrageous or grievous. Certainly not unforgivable! How is it then, that we all seem to be willing to throw in the towel, pridefully retreat to our respective corners, claim victory, and simply walk away?

If all parties involved in this mess can’t get together and sign-on to a joint, traditionally Catholic reconciliation strategy, then perhaps my assessment of the supernatural nature of the Catholic Church is wrong after all, the Body of Christ is in much worse shape than anyone ever suspected, and it’s time to do some strategic short-selling.

God, help us gracefully recover from this terrible scandal. Please!

Complete article summary and chronology of the Father Corapi affair

5 Comments

  1. What you say is demanded by charity. Charity is everything.

    I am still wondering if this is not some sort of hoax, though the absence of video might be because of lack of access to production equipment.

  2. Check this out! Go to Corapi’s website: http://theblacksheepdog.us/

    In the upper right part of the page you will see the partial icons for Facebook and U-Tube. In that order it looks like F U. Did this happen by chance, or was it intentional?

    John Corapi is a mystery, wrapped in an enigma. Good or bad, I don’t know, but the man is a GENIUS!

    Some people need to apologize to EWTN.

    • Oh dear, I hope that is a coincidence. On the other hand that is the kind of thing a hoax would have on its website.

  3. It may sound like heresy to many and I am sorry if that is true but Father Corapi seems to be from European eyes and ears very much an American Phenomena? That is not to say the case does not have universal implications but much of his testimony is very American.
    I have found that many of his you tube statement/videos were of excellent character and although may have been at times rather scary were great at restating Catholic Doctrine. That is perfectly in keeping with a Universal Church but some statements for example on the right to hold guns etc were disturbing to European ears and hold more bowing to an American Right Wing attitude than perhaps a cleric should have engaged in. Of course that does not really alter the fact that he has done much good for his preaching etc and we may not delight in his silencing by ecclesiastical authorities.
    Whilst You Tube and the internet generally has allowed his ministry to move forward it has perhaps had greater impact across the Atlantic in his home country than in main-line European thought.
    Nevertheless we are presented with a Cleric that has been suspended justly or unjustly and he has decided by their own councils to take an independent route wherein the one-time authorities are no longer in power to dictate over him. This is very sad and very understandable in a human frame because both now ex-father Corapi and his Bishop have allowed accusation and counter accusation to force actions that hardly benefit either.
    I agree absolutely with the editors implied editorial above and its renaming Christ as the centre for both to find forgiveness. That often the Catholic Church’s behaviour or rather the behaviour of its human authority leaves a lot-to-be desired. Quick to accuse and slow to forgive in almost paranoid fury it is never a pleasure to witness. On the other hand perhaps Fr Corapi should stop and wait for however long before leaving his clerical ministry. We recall Padre Pio whom was himself sanctioned for many years and had to endure even papal displeasure but took it humbly and with great acceptance of Gods testing will.
    The tragedy of this case as far as I can see is that a powerful Cleric has been driven into action that does not yet praise Christ and its long term effect may have to be viewed somewhere down the line. I hope that both protagonists will be reconciled to each other and to Christ because at this point and from this distance it seems the only person laughing is Satan.

  4. This is just me speculating. John style was likely attractive to many women. He became involved with one or more of them. One of the woman became jealous, and reported John’s involvement with women to a Church official and the ball got rolling.

    John simply became tired of all the aggravation, and was not truly concerned with what bishops or religious superiors said or did concerning his case; he wanted to be free.

    From all indications John appears to be a wealthy man, thus he has the freedom to do as he pleases. So, he told Church authorities to “have a good day,” and has now gone off to enjoy life as he sees fit. Can’t say that I blame him.

    Any thoughts on my speculation?


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