6 thoughts on “John Corapi and Due Process

  1. Fr. Corapi’s decision to publicly leave, and blow a gasket while doing so, is regrettable. But, while I don’t know what to make of his claims or his suspension (I never paid much attention to him to begin with), I have heard stories of priests and seminarians getting little help when accused of misconduct, even when those accusations are pretty flimsy. Noways, act too fast and you possibly put a good man’s head on the block. Act too slow, and you’re humiliated in the press for being complacent. Of course, it was the bishops’ past inaction that created this regrettable and painful situation in the first place.

    As always, I’ll keep the priests and bishops in my prayers.

      • By leave, I meant that he has gone AWOL and started publicizing himself at his new website after he was suspended by his order. He has chosen to disobey the suspension by leaving the church.

      • How can he go AWOL? From whom? From where? His faculties were stripped. He can’t do anything in the diocese he lives in. Where does he say he’s leaving the Catholic church? He’s no longer to be called “Father”–that’s part of the suspension. That was the bishop’s act.

        I was never a fan. He symbolized the “celebrity priest” to me. I heard too many negative things about his contract demands at conferences. But in this case, he’s up against a system that didn’t really give him any options.

        He says simply he’s going to do some radio broadcasts and some writing.

      • Ah. More facts are coming out. He said more in his resignation letter to his superiors, and now they are speaking. It seems he made his employees sign a “non-disclosure” agreement, promising they wouldn’t say anything about anything that happened while working for him. Now he’s suing the witnesses against him, saying they broke that agreement by complaining about him. This compromised the church’s investigation. He resigned from the priesthood and religious life and refused to live in community. http://www.ncregister.com/father-corapis-bombshell.html#ixzz1PoTtJrWt

  2. I have been following this story with some interest. For me the most extraordinary thing is the negative reaction by Shea and other Catholic boogers.
    I think John Corapi is right regarding Canon Law and the process. It is secretive to an extent that few modern people can understand. Concepts such as separation of powers, open trial by jury etc are alien to Catholic church governance and it’s legal procedures. That, however, is a debate for another time.
    The other “professional” Catholics have criticized Corapi for charging for his services and presumably wanting to continue some form of ministry. He is in his early 60s, he does not qualify for much by way of Social Security or other benefits. He has to make a living somehow. Perhaps they would prefer if John Corapi pumped gas for a living? Maybe humiliation in another minimum wage job would satisfy them? I am giving Corapi teh benefit of the doubt here, I am assuming he is innocent, but I believe he is entitled to make a living and do some good by ministry.
    Priests who leave ministry are disbarred from carrying out certain roles in the Church. This is justified because it will “confuse” the laity. The clerically minded Church has little confidence in the abilities of the poor lay people.
    Many people have gone public on what John Corapi needs, prayer etc, I have seen many references to people saying he needs prayer and that they are praying for him because he made a bad decision. Now, prayer is a good thing and I would never discourage it but in most cases it sounds slightly patronizing.
    The lack of charity by some Catholics who make much of their living from the Church or Church organizations is particularly worrying. I would be more concerned about their motives and their salvation than John Corapi’s.

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