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Sadness about (Father) Corapi

June 18, 2011

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.

As most have probably heard by now, Fr. John Corapi is stepping away from his priestly ministry and starting a new one called The Black Sheep Dog. I, among many, am terribly disappointed.

The corresponding blog post for this YouTube is titled God Love You, God Bless You, and Good-Bye! Good-Bye?!?! Corapi knew full well about the spiritual attacks on priests and on the Church, and yet, here he is leaving it all behind! It appears he wants to sell more product and make more money than he wants to help save sheep, even though his new ministry gives the aura of protective sheep dog.

I could write out all sorts of speculations that are  swirling around in my head right now, but I won’t. This man helped me to see the goodness, the holiness, the truthfulness of the Catholic Church when I thought it was time to walk away because I was quite ignorant in my faith. I owe my faith, in part, to him, his catechism series. It was a real eye opener for me. I will be forever grateful for that.

In the We Support Fr. John Corapi group on Facebook, I saw a number of posters say that they are horrified by his treatment in the Church and will gladly follow him to his new ministry. Corapi has great charisma. I hope and pray that those that blindly follow him will wake up soon. We must pray for Corapi, his situation and all who are involved, and all of his fans. Blessed Mother, pray for us.

ADDITIONAL INFO – I just discovered this blog post, written by a retired bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, TX. It puts a very positive spin on the Fr. Corapi happenings this weekend. It still saddens me that he appears to be all about selling his media products, but I guess he will have a lot of legal bills to pay. Blessed Mother, pray for us!!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2011 10:34 am

    I think it’s too soon to accurately evaluate this – I can understand him believing he was being left “on hold” forever. When I first came into the Catholic church five years ago I learned much from his teaching, especially about understanding the Catechism. Could it be that it is now time for him to start taking his teaching outside the Church to reach those who have never heard this before?

    “It appears he wants to sell more product and make more money than he wants to help save sheep, even though his new ministry gives the aura of protective sheep dog.” If this is true, God will take care of it.

    We may not see the reason behind things, and we may never know this side of heaven, but God is ALWAYS in control.

    • catholicwideweb permalink*
      June 18, 2011 11:58 am

      i’m sure God will take care of it. it’s the souls that get dragged down in the mean time that are the worry, because they are following a man and not God.

  2. June 18, 2011 12:36 pm

    Exactly, and those of us who have been through this before (more than once) need to be there for them and to pray for them to have discernment. And also to help them to get their eyes back on God, remembering that He allowed His Son to be misunderstood and persecuted and beaten and eventually crucified. Just because God is in control doesn’t mean we are going to have an easy ride!

  3. June 18, 2011 1:20 pm

    I will always remember Fr. Corappi in my prayers. May the Blessed Mother keep him safe always. Thanks Father Corappi.

  4. Gloria Orona permalink
    June 22, 2011 12:06 am

    Fr. John Corapi is one of the greatest Priest, Theologian, and Greatest Teacher of our time.
    He is the Contemporary of St. Augustine and St. Thomas–all great teachers and defenders of the
    Catholic Doctrine.
    Our world is spiritually in grave danger–reaching a point of no return–you hear stories thru out History
    of the Great Ones who were destroyed because of their great bond with Holy Church and Divine God.
    In Fr. Corapi’s own words: ” Man’s life is a violent battle agains’t the spiritual warfare. Satan is the
    master terrorist. You cannot negociate with Satan–only way is a head on conflict.”
    This unfortunate event is a stumbling block–Fr. Corapi is a very strong spiritual man–and with
    his continued faith in God and our prayers–he will come out shining greater then ever.
    God has new plans for him

  5. Joe DeFelice permalink
    June 23, 2011 4:04 pm

    Ive been a Father Corapi follower for many years and Im saddened over what has happened to him!
    Hes a possitive force in this world, sent by the Lord, and the Devil doesnt like it! But Father will not be silenced! He will come out again for round 2!! He is a fighter, and a straight, no nonsense priest and preacher. We need more like him to defend our faith!! This whole thing sounds to much like what happened to Padre Pio. We must keep Father Corapi in our minds and prayers. For, now he must put on the old “Combat Boots” again!

  6. Albert Nygren permalink
    July 7, 2011 6:35 am

    Father Corapi is one of the holiest and bravest people I have ever seen or heard. The talks I heard him give were right out of the Catholic Catechism and the Bible. If Father Corapi were guilty of anything he is the type of person who would promptly admit it. The fact that he proclaims his innocence proves to me the fact that he is innocent. He is that kind of man and that kind of Priest.

    The fact that he has superiors who are treating him unfairly reminds me the Cure of Ars,
    St. John Vianney, that great Saint who was treated so unfairly by his Catholic Superiors yet refused to say anything negative against them.

    God Bless you Fr. Corapi, God is in charge, no humans, and thank God for that!

  7. Kat permalink
    August 15, 2011 2:27 am

    I find it very dangerous and disturbing that in people’s support of him, as a Roman Catholic Priest, they are sounding more like fans than followers of Christ. We should all love the sinner but not the sin. I do not believe the charges regarding his godchild as there were a lot of things “off” in her statements and behaviour of her and her spouse who are addicts. Such as: listing herself as the owner of the media company, her partner registering the domain name and then trying to exhort money for it, threatening to take him down, etc. There were also issues that do not make sense with me in regards to his order and the bishop, who could have ordered a lie detector test and other information but went to the most harsh response right away. There is also the suspicion of money and control of the media empire. His order should have never allowed him to live alone and buy million dollar property, boats, motorcycles, etc. as it leads to the trappings of man and secular life. HOWEVER, the flip side of this is that he said in his video, the last ten years have been hard, etc. and to have a tell all book coming, shutting down his old sites and a new domain name registered does not happen overnight which leads me to believe this was a planned orchestration all along. A business manager who now tweets not about the Lord or salvation but about free shipping and a fan page for his fans. It all plays into one another. I understand he took advice from a member of his order and a former bishop but not staying for the process and cutting into this personality of BlackDog does not build up the Holy Church and now you can see, the devil is having his day with Catholics attacking one another on the board and the Church itself. All the things he preached, he is stepping away from. St. Pio was denied the gift of celebrating Mass but capitulated to his order because he trusted in the Lord. While we all walk a different path, you have to proceed in the process and then if there is collusion or injustice, step forward and be heard. You don’t shut down the process claiming you will never be heard before it began. I found his other things more troubling and even one of his friends was uncomfortable with certain changes they saw like hiring a female trainer, shaving his head and dying his goatee. Many people who went to his last few lectures at high school’s were noticeable troubled by the rock star attitude and the crew around him. He didn’t comment as he did before and spent time talking about his money, a gun he owned and pulled on someone on his property, strange statements about being watched and things that were sounding not like him at all. I worry it is a mental break with reality and while other posters try and either throw him out with the bath water or believe this is all satan, I do not think it is that easy.
    As Catholics, we do not pray as much for our Priest’s as we should. My mother was devasted when she saw the clip and promptly went out and bought over 50 Prayer for Priests prayer cards to leave at the back of the Church and which she plans on replacing when they run low. We are to be disciples of Christ, teach the old and young and new members in your Parish. Step up and be the light of Christ to the world, not a mere fan of one man. His books and his talks still hold true because they are not his teachings but the words of Jesus Christ. All this negative talk and attacking of one another is only propping the door open for satan to enter the doors of our faith… he does not deserve your time, God Himself does.
    St. Micheal the Archangel, defend us in battle…..

    • catholicwideweb permalink*
      August 15, 2011 10:31 am

      Amen, Kat! All that you said above is reason why I will not be posting about Corapi any further on this blog. Prayers are definitely needed for him and all priests, but the “drama” surrounding his story makes it all about him and not about Christ and his Church. God Bless all the priests, His Church and all the faithful.

  8. October 25, 2011 1:21 pm

    I have been following this story from the very beginning, and I find that people from every walk of life are saying all kinds of advice. I don’t think Fr. needs it. NO one knows the truthful story. and therefore should say nothing. God knew what He was doing when He gave us two ears and one mouth. These criticisms by people in authority are not very christian but rather mean spirited.

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