An Update on the Fr. Corapi accusation
12/4/2011 UPDATE: It appears Corapi has gone underground. Most of the links here are dead. His new website has not been updated since September 2011. All that is available to us now is prayer. Lord have mercy.
See the end for UPDATES.
As people continue to search for meaning and answers in this scandal that Fr. John Corapi is having to endure, please remember that constant prayer is the most important piece of the puzzle. Everyone is looking for new information, but it may be a long time before anything else is made available to us. The Catholic News Service posted a story today reviewing the statement from, Bobbi Ruffatto, vice president of operations at Santa Cruz Media, Inc., and they also spoke with the Diocese of Corpus Christi:
The investigation into the former Santa Fe Media employee’s claim has yet to begin, Father Sheehan added, because the two priests who will conduct the probe had not yet been named. Bishop Mulvey instructed the religious community to ask two priests who are not diocesan clergy and who are not members of the order to investigate the allegations.
In addition to Fr. Corapi’s programming being pulled from EWTN, his Catholic Charities fund-raiser that was to be held this past weekend in Illinois was also canceled. The diocesan statement is here.
Deacon Greg Kandra wrote a blog post about the story last week on Patheos, as I’m sure there are many other useful posts out there on this matter. And as time goes on we will see the secular media catch on to the story and some will even distort it Fr. Stephen’s blog has shown.
So, pray. It’s our most important weapon in these trying times. Our mama, Mary, wears combat boots, the devil will not win, just keep sending the prayers her way.
I just found this opinion piece on the subject. The writer makes some very interesting observations.
3/31/2011 UPDATE : from NCRegister.com
4/8/2011 UPDATE: from Fr. Corapi’s website:
Father Corapi on Administrative Leave – An Update from Rev. Michael Sullivan, J.C.L.
Fr. John Corapi has been suspended from priestly functions because of an accusation against him from a former employee. There seems to be a great deal of speculation and confusion regarding what this entails.
When an accusation arrives at the desk of a Religious Superior or a bishop, the procedure calls for a quick, confidential assessment as to the veracity of the accusation. With the advent of the Dallas Procedural Norms the necessary pieces of information required before imposing administrative leave varies from diocese to diocese and Order to Order. In most cases, if an accuser knows the name of the priest, the location at the time of the alleged incident and the year the priest was serving, the accusation is considered “credible.” The accused is supposed to be provided with the opportunity to respond to the accusations in a face-to-face meeting with his Superior prior to the imposition of suspension or administrative leave. In Father Corapi’s case, this never happened.
When a priest is on administrative leave he is to refrain from any public actions as a priest, such as offering Mass or hearing confessions, or from dressing as a priest in any public forum. The decree from his superiors clearly spells out limitations upon Fr. Corapi, but does not preclude him from speaking publicly provided he does not dress as a cleric and does not offer Mass publicly. Fr. John Corapi has observed these directives. Church bodies are to observe these limitations, though the order does not apply to lay organizations or Church organizations beyond the scope of what has been decreed.
Several Catholic media sources have removed Fr. Corapi from their outlets. This is over and above what is required by canon law and the Dallas Norms. Nothing in the order placing Father Corapi on administrative leave precludes distribution of previously recorded materials. Santa Cruz Media is in full compliance with Canon Law and the administrative leave under which Fr. Corapi is functioning.
Fr. Corapi is doing all in his power to cooperate and work with his Religious Society to see that this allegation is quickly cleared up and he is allowed to return to full ministry. The length of this administrative leave is strictly up to the Society and their process of inquiry before a decision is rendered.
We continue to ask everyone to pray for Fr. Corapi, for the accuser and for a quick resolution to this matter.
God bless you,
Rev. Michael Sullivan, J.C.L.
6/15/11 UPDATE from Fr. Corapi’s newsletter:
“I am not extinguished!” – Fr. John Corapi
We understand many of you would like an update–any update–on the status of Fr. John Corapi. Please be assured that as soon as Fr. Corapi updates us with the status of these events, we will utilize all avenues of communications to update you, his fans, and followers. Recently, Fr. Corapi held an internal office meeting and informed us that he is “not extinguished!” He expressed his continued desire to help deliver a message of hope to those who seek it and he informed us that by this weekend he will have a “very inportant announcement” that he plans on delivering on YouTube, Facebook, and through email.
We ask that you continue to lift him up in prayer and are encouraged for what lies ahead.
See Mark Shea’s blog post Corapi sets world record. Included is an audio of Fr. Corapi discussing the accusations and his future. I’m not sure what to think of this situation anymore. Please pray for Fr. C and all our priests. The devil is working overtime.