Seen on the web: The latest info on the status of Father Corapi

According to his most recent office manager, Justin Meccia, John Corapi returned from a hunting trip in September and gave notice to Justin and other Santa Cruz Media staff that he was closing his business.

His website has not been updated significantly since then (with the exception of posts made in his name to promote his post-July products, the series on abortion and Part 1 of the DVD version of his promised biography), phone calls are not answered, and mail is returned. There have been some unauthorized attempts to sell his old inventory on a couple of pop-up websites, but these disappear quickly. There have been no official updates from the SOLT or any other Church authority in this case since July.

Apparently he continues to reside in Montana, keeping a low profile and complying with the requirements that he not represent himself as a priest in public. The lawsuit has not been withdrawn, though no action has been publicly announced. The various Facebook pages that rose up to support or criticize him have dwindled to a few members each, issuing regular shots at one another but providing no light.

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Father Corapi’s Facebook Page

Almost 51,000 fans. See it.

The politics behind the Father Corapi affair

WANTED: Two disinterested priest/investigators

By Doug Lawrence

There seems to be an ongoing dispute over precisely who exercises the ultimate “canonical authority” over Father John Corapi and his chosen religious order, the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT).

The statement of Santa Cruz Media appears to place the responsibility on Bishop William Mulvey of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas, while Father Gerard Sheehan, the regional head of Father Corapi’s religious order, invites us to infer that the decisions are all his.

Anyone who is familiar with standard church procedure will tell you that the local bishop is always fully engaged in high profile matters of this type, and while religious orders are typically granted wide latitude to run their communities, they nearly always defer to the authority of the local bishop.

So it seems pretty clear that Father Corapi’s people already know who’s really in charge … no matter what the “official line” might be.

Meanwhile, we are advised that, for a number of reasons, the investigation is on hold, while the diocese searches for two properly qualified and appropriately disinterested priests, from outside the order, to head it up.

Nothing has been revealed about Bishop Mulvey’s personal impression of Father Corapi, his work, or his particular lifestyle, but it’s not hard to infer from the Santa Cruz Media statement, that the Corapi camp is worried. And they should be, since (as far as I can determine) no other modern day Catholic priest (anywhere) has ever been granted Father Corapi’s particular level of personal and financial autonomy.

The worst thing that could happen is a long, drawn out investigation, followed by an extended bout of canonical “rope-a-dope” between the diocese and the religious order, followed either by official sanctions … or a significant “reigning in” … for the good of the priesthood … of Father Corapi’s various activities.

This could easily take a number of years to play out … and no matter how things are finally resolved … it’s not likely to be pretty.

But miracles do happen. I’m reminded of an even more serious personal allegation made against the late Joseph Cardinal Bernadin, which the accuser eventually retracted, leaving the good Cardinal fully in the clear. Fortuitously, the Cardinal had substantial financial resources at his disposal … as does Father Corapi.

Thinking of  Cardinals … maybe we can bring Cardinal Bernard Law back from his cushy post in Italy … and perhaps we can bring Archbishop Rembert Weakland back from his comfortable retirement … to lead the investigation?

In short, no matter what the outcome, Father Corapi is in a very tough spot. This has already been a life-changing event for him … with many more changes likely to come … and he’s going to need all the prayers and support we can give him.

Corapi allegations: Unsubstantiated rant of former employee, who, after losing her job, promised to “destroy” Father Corapi.

Statement of Santa Cruz Media, Inc.
Relative to Fr. Corapi’s Suspension

Santa Cruz Media, Inc. is the owner of all of Fr. John Corapi’s intellectual property and the DVDs, CDs, and books that flow from it. We are a secular corporation and not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. As such, we are not under the jurisdiction of any bishop or other official in the Catholic Church, although we have the utmost respect for Church authority.

We fully support Rev. John Corapi in this terrible trial, not surprisingly having begun on Ash Wednesday. Through the sacrifice and struggle of the desert and all of the dark moments that this entails, we are confident that the glory of the risen Lord will shine forth from the power of the Resurrection and Easter.

We have consulted with a number of canon lawyers. They have assured us that the actions of the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas are, on several points of canon law, illicit. It is our fervent hope that The Dallas Charter will be changed because of false accusations like this. There is no evidence at this time that Fr. Corapi did anything wrong, only the unsubstantiated rant of a former employee, who, after losing her job with this office, physically assaulted me and another employee and promised to “destroy” Father Corapi. We all continue to pray for this person, and we ask you to do the same.

We sincerely believe that the work Fr. Corapi has done is of greatest value to the Church, hence hated by the devil. We fully intend to make Fr. Corapi’s material available as a service to the Church and the world for as long as we possibly can.

The Church provides no financial support to Fr. Corapi. He has to pay for his own legal representation, medical costs, food, housing, etc. We have never accepted donations or charitable contributions of any kind. We are supporting Father’s efforts to defend himself. Your purchase of products from Santa Cruz Media helps provide the funding for Father’s continued work as well as the legal expenses he continues to incur as a result of these malicious allegations.

Father Corapi and all of us here at Santa Cruz Media, Inc. greatly appreciate your kindness, support, and prayers. Please continue to pray for Father Corapi and his accuser, as well as all priests who find themselves in this unfortunate situation.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Bobbi Ruffatto
Vice President of Operations
Santa Cruz Media, Inc.

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