Please Pray for Fr. John Corapi
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.
Fr. Corapi has been accused of wrong doing by an adult female ex-employee and placed on “administrative leave” as a result. The above link references the message he posted on his webpage this week which is also found here:
On Ash Wednesday I learned that a former employee sent a three-page letter to several bishops accusing me of everything from drug addiction to multiple sexual exploits with her and several other adult women. There seems to no longer be the need for a complaint to be deemed “credible” in order for Church authorities to pull the trigger on the Church’s procedure, which was in recent years crafted to respond to cases of the sexual abuse of minors. I am not accused of that, but it seems, once again, that they now don’t have to deem the complaint to be credible or not, and it is being applied broadly to respond to all complaints. I have been placed on “administrative leave” as the result of this.
I’ll certainly cooperate with the process, but personally believe that it is seriously flawed, and is tantamount to treating the priest as guilty “just in case”, then through the process determining if he is innocent. The resultant damage to the accused is immediate, irreparable, and serious, especially for someone like myself, since I am so well known. I am not alone in this assessment, as multiple canon lawyers and civil and criminal attorneys have stated publicly that the procedure does grave damage to the accused from the outset, regardless of rhetoric denying this, and has little regard for any form of meaningful due process.
All of the allegations in the complaint are false, and I ask you to pray for all concerned.
So please pray for Fr. Corapi and all accused priests and their accusers. Some are fallen priests and some are fallen accusers. Also pray for all priests in general that they may remain strong and continue to do God’s will.
See EWTN’s homepage for their statement on why Fr. Corapi’s programming has been suspended during his administrative leave.
In a recent email from fathercorapi.com, he includes an excerpt from his book Letters
where he talks about a simple test that he gave out at parish missions. The excerpt follows with the test. The answers to the test will be in a comment to this post.
September 2nd, 2005
One of the first things I became acutely aware of as I began ministering as a priest…was that the vast majority of Catholics have never really learned their faith. For years I administered a simple test at the end of parish missions. The average grade, achieved by adults, was 43%. This failure translates into the ills and evils seen today in contemporary society. Why? For the simple reason that Catholic-Christians are called to be the salt and light of the world. When we fail to do so the world sinks under the weight of its sins. If we do not provide the moral compass to guide the world through dark and turbulent times, no one will.
Learning our faith is a moral mandate. It is not optional. We do it and please God, or we don’t do it and don’t please God. It isn’t rocket science and it doesn’t take that great a commitment in time and energy. To fail to do it is to fail in our mission, which is the same as the mission of the Redeemer–Redemption.
There is no opposition between learning and loving. If I love God and my neighbor as myself out of love for God (Charity) then I’ll want to know God (Truth). Our ignorance of basic moral and doctrinal teaching is ultimately harmful to ourselves, our families, our Church, our society and our world.
Give yourself this interactive test, which is not an advanced examination, but a very basic one. Any child preparing for Confirmation should be able to earn a grade of at least 80%. Take the exam. Take the exam honestly without looking up the answers, then take appropriate steps to advance in your faith. (The answer key is at the end of this email)
Basic Quiz: Level 1
1. Name the sacraments of initiation:
a. Holy Orders, Baptism, Anointing of sick
b. Baptism, Matrimony, Eucharist, Confirmation
c. Penance (Confession), Baptism, Matrimony, Confirmation
d. Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation
2. Name the sacraments of healing:
a. Eucharist, Holy Orders, Matrimony
b. Holy Orders, Baptism, Matrimony, Confirmation
c. Penance, Anointing of the sick
d. Matrimony, Holy Orders
3. Name the sacraments of service:
a. Eucharist, Holy Orders, Matrimony
b. Penance, Anointing of sick, Baptism
c. Matrimony, Holy Orders
d. Confirmation, Baptism, Holy Orders
4. What are the three elements that would determine if a sin is mortal, as opposed to venial?
a. If it involves hurting an actual person, whether we know the person or not, whether we like the person, or not.
b. The sin is grave or serious in itself, knowledge that it is grave or serious matter, full consent of the will in the light of that knowledge.
c. The action or sin has serious consequences, knowledge of the seriousness, no mitigating or lessening circumstances exist.
d. Serious intentions, serious circumstances, serious consequences.
5. What does the word angel mean?
a. a purely spiritual creature
c. flight attendant
d. master of man/servant of God
6. What are the 3 critical and essential elements of Divine Revelation:
a. God’s will, Sacred Scripture, The Church
b. God’s intent, The Church, the Trinity
c. Sacred Scripture, Divine intent the College of Cardinals
d. Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, Magisterium
7. What is the Magisterium of the Church:
a. The College of Cardinals in their electoral capacity
b. The bishops united to the Pope as a teaching authority
c. The final court of appeals in Church law
d. The Pope’s personal attendants
8. Which of the Ten Commandments specifically deal with truth and sins against truth:
a. The ninth and tenth Commandments
b. The first, second, and third Commandments
c. The fifth Commandment
d. The eighth Commandment
9. Is it necessary to confess every single mortal/serious sin when you go to Confession, or can you omit those you feel are irrelevant, or personally too embarrassing to confess?
a. Yes, all serious sins must be confessed in kind and number.
b. Yes, all serious or mortal sins must be confessed unless the priest tells you not to.
c. No, only those you are comfortable confessing need be confessed.
d. No, only those sins that actually hurt a person directly must be confessed.
10. How many Gospels are there in the New Testament currently in use in the Catholic Church?