Priest: Corapi’s actions causing scandal

Briefly… in the hope that I might post more thoughtfully on the subject:

  • priests function only by faculty of their respective Ordinaries;
  • we all hope for justice in the Church;
  • sometimes the innocent suffer;
  • this applies to priests;
  • priests are ordained to a special consecration unto Christ the Head
  • Who was the Innocent Victim
  • and if we priests become innocent victims…
  • we must be prepared to embrace the suffering involved
  • and in humble obedience
  • die to ourselves
  • even while pursuing the legitimate recourses to which we have a right in Canon Law
  • no matter how slowly these may proceed
  • or how unjustly we may think we are being treated.
  • So Corapi should do the same.
  • He should die to self rather than refusing to die (as he puts it on his new website) by “resigning” his priesthood and leading people away from their pastors by the scandal that such a public defection is causing in the Church.

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Father Corapi and the Sad State of Due Process for Accused Priests

A zero-tolerance policy without due process that de facto impugns the reputations of the accused is immoral. The Church has a duty to protect the innocent, even if the innocent is a priest.  Of course, the Church has a moral duty to make sure that the scandal of abuse and cover-up is never repeated, but it cannot willfully sacrifice the reputations of the innocent . . . The end does not justify the means. I do not know that any of this applies to the Father Corapi case, but we have seen this happen in other cases too and it is wrong – Pat Archbold, March 20, 2011 at www.NCRegister.com/blog

Those are some of the sanest words I have read about the matter of Father John Corapi, a gifted priest who, at this writing, has been sidelined by accusations of sex and drug abuse brought by an unidentified adult woman.

Before I write further, I should point out that unlike many of those writing on this topic in the Catholic on-line world, I am not a follower of Father Corapi. I don’t dislike him either. His preaching style and message just haven’t touched me the way they seem to have touched many others. I simply mean to say that I am not a disgruntled fan driven to champion the cause of a spiritual icon whose good name has been cast into the abyss. If Father Corapi never preached in public again, that fact alone would elicit no emotional response from me beyond my concern for justice.

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Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society accurately describes the grisly work of Planned Parenthood

An abortion clinic is a place of death, a place where innocent human beings are annihilated by violence—ripped from their mothers’ wombs and literally thrown away. Abortion is a horrific injustice. As long as PP promotes this injustice, let alone actually committing it, any Planned Parenthood facility that causes the deaths of innocent human beings must be opposed.

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City of Oakland, CA gave carte blanche to speech that encourages abortion, while punishing speech that suggests alternatives. Chicago does, too!

“Lawyers for the City of Oakland encountered tough questioning from Ninth Circuit justices Marsha Berzon and Stephen Reinhardt during oral argument on Pastor Walter Hoye’s challenge to the constitutionality of the City’s ‘Mother May I’ law restricting sidewalk counseling,” said Life Legal Defense Foundation, which represents Hoye, in a statement following the hearing. “The City’s forthright admission that the City interpreted the law as not applying to clinic escorts ‘facilitating access’ to abortion clinics met with raised eyebrows. But the City’s further suggestion that the law didn’t apply to anything but speech intended to discourage women from having abortions brought sharp rebukes from the justices.”

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Randall Terry on abortion and the death of George Tiller

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If we ever hope to make it illegal from conception until birth to slay an innocent human being – we are going to have to declare the truth without equivocation.
    
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) – “Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.” – William Lloyd Garrison

Because of the slaying of George Tiller, the pro-life movement is at a critical crossroads, one that could determine whether we proceed on a path to victory or to defeat.

George Tiller’s death has the potential to drive us back into a corner, or to propel us forward to victory. Which way will it go? That depends on us.

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Two Men Still in Jail from Notre Dame ‘Pray-Ins’. “Jane Roe” also arrested.

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Pro-lifers called upon to write these heroes, and to contact Fr. Jenkins, asking for their release.

Contact: Kathy Veritas, 904-687-9804; stopobamanotredame.com 

SOUTH BEND, Ind., May 19 /Christian Newswire/ — While Obama addressed Notre Dame’s commencement, urging pro-lifers to surrender the rhetoric and actions of political and cultural conflict, over 40 brave souls were in jail or police custody for walking on campus and praying. Thos arrested were holding an image of Mary, or an image of an unborn child.

Two of those arrested are still in jail; Arnold Matheson, age 82, of  Poughkeepsie  NY; and Robert Buchta, age 56  of Center Reach, Long Island. (Jail addresses below.)

Among those arrested was Miss Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe vs. Wade, and Fr. Norman Weslin, the Founder of Lambs of Christ.

Miss McCorvey stated:

“I have never been arrested at a pro-life event, but I knew in my heart that God wanted me to bear witness against what was happening at Notre Dame. My request to Mr. Obama is this: stop the killing; overturn Roe vs. Wade.”

The irony of Ms. McCorvey’s and the other pro-lifers arrests will be a part of the discussion for years to come; Catholics and Evangelicals were behind bars for defending Life and Justice; while President Obama was honored even though he betrays justice and slays the innocent through his national and international policies.

As of 5:00 PM, May 19, everyone has been bailed out except for two courageous prisoners of conscience. As stated, they are: Arnold Matheson, age 82, of  Poughkeepsie  NY; and Robert Buchta, age 56  of Center Reach, Long Island.

Mr. Matheson and Mr. Buchta, have decided to stay in jail rather than post bail as a further witness for the innocent, and a witness against Notre Dame’s betrayal of Church teaching and the innocent babies they are charged to defend.

They will remain in custody at least until their hearing on June 8th…nearly three weeks from now.

Christians are asked for three things:

1) Please pray for Mr. Matheson and Mr. Buchta. Pray for their safety, and that their witness would reach Pope Benedict, and millions of the faithful around the world.

2) Please call Fr. Jenkins’ office, and politely ask that the charges against these brave men be dismissed. It is an OUTRAGE and a SCANDAL that these men are behind bars at the behest of Notre Dame.

The Main switchboard is: 574-631-5000

Fr. Jenkins office phone number is: 574-631-3903

3) Please write these brave men a note of encouragement. Let them know that they are heroes, that you are praying for them, and that you have called Fr. Jenkins to ask that the charges against them be dropped.

Write to:

Arnold Matheson

C/o St. Joseph County Jail

401 W. Sample St.
South Bend, IN 46601

Robert Buchta

C/o St. Joseph County Jail

401 W. Sample St.
South Bend, IN 46601

Go to www.StopObamaNotreDame.com to be kept updated on the status of these two prisoners of conscience, and the next steps for action in this battle.

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