Bryan J. Brown of the ArchAngel Institute: Understanding the Black Sheepdog (John Corapi)

My initial reaction to Fr. Corapi was not positive.  While I agreed with most – if not all – of what he said, and while it was great to hear a Catholic priest saying such things, something just did not seem right to me.   His affectation – the deep booming voice – seemed synthetic, seemed more akin to a stage actor’s bad rendition of King Lear than a real, live person.  His trademark “I once was so very bad”  testimonials seemed to glorify John Corapi more than glorifying God.  His claims of great intellectual prowess — immediately  followed by disclaimers that such god-like mental powers are meaningless – struck me as disingenuous at best … and more likely narcissistic.

In short, I was not impressed by Father John Corapi.  But so many others were infatuated with the gravel-voiced preacher that I decided my bad reception must be me, my cynicism, rather than a gut reaction that I should trust.

As I watched Magisterium affirming Catholics swoon over this priest in a fashion reminiscent of  teen girls during the British Invasion of the 60’s I forged  a sociological theory about the phenomena that was Father John Corapi.

He was the byproduct of Protestant envy among the Catholic faithful.

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