Lately I’ve received many public comments and private emails from people all over the world who are following the situation involving Father Corapi being put on administrative leave. Yesterday I received a comment under this post which is worth sharing. It’s actually not a comment, but rather the update from Rev. Michael Sullivan, J.C.L. regarding Father Corapi on administrative leave. Please read it below.
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.
Father Corapi on YouTube
Also yesterday another reader sent me an email with a link to a YouTube video of a talk Father Corapi gave about people who are struggling with addictions. This reader pointed out a certain spot in the video that he wanted me to view; it is exactly at 1:50 (1 minute and 50 seconds into the video.) Notice that Father Corapi mentions his goddaughter and her husband, two of his key employees over the last ten years, who’d been struggling with alcohol addiction. He said that “last year they finally left.” I wasn’t able to include the comments along with the video below, but from what I read there is apparently some speculation as to whether or not this god daughter could be the former employee that is now accusing Father Corapi of misconduct.