Father Corapi Update – (2)

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The other day I wrote a post called Father Corapi Update.  It included Father John Corapi’s statement about a recent accusation made against him by one of his former employees.  This accusation has lead to him being put on administrative leave from priestly ministry.  There is another Father Corapi update which involves a statement made by Santa Cruz Media, the owner and distributor of Father Corapi’s CDs and DVDs.  Please read the statement below.

Father Corapi Update: Santa Cruz Media Statement

Santa Cruz Media, Inc. is the owner of all of Fr. John Corapi’s intellectual property and the DVDs, CDs, and books that flow from it. We are a secular corporation and not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. As such, we are not under the jurisdiction of any bishop or other official in the Catholic Church, although we have the utmost respect for Church authority.

We fully support Rev. John Corapi in this terrible trial, not surprisingly having begun on Ash Wednesday. Through the sacrifice and struggle of the desert and all of the dark moments that this entails, we are confident that the glory of the risen Lord will shine forth from the power of the Resurrection and Easter.

We have consulted with a number of canon lawyers. They have assured us that the actions of the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas are, on several points of canon law, illicit. It is our fervent hope that The Dallas Charter will be changed because of false accusations like this. There is no evidence at this time that Fr. Corapi did anything wrong, only the unsubstantiated rant of a former employee, who, after losing her job with this office, physically assaulted me and another employee and promised to “destroy” Father Corapi. We all continue to pray for this person, and we ask you to do the same.

We sincerely believe that the work Fr. Corapi has done is of greatest value to the Church, hence hated by the devil. We fully intend to make Fr. Corapi’s material available as a service to the Church and the world for as long as we possibly can.

The Church provides no financial support to Fr. Corapi. He has to pay for his own legal representation, medical costs, food, housing, etc. We have never accepted donations or charitable contributions of any kind. We are supporting Father’s efforts to defend himself. Your purchase of products from Santa Cruz Media helps provide the funding for Father’s continued work as well as the legal expenses he continues to incur as a result of these malicious allegations.

Father Corapi and all of us here at Santa Cruz Media, Inc. greatly appreciate your kindness, support, and prayers. Please continue to pray for Father Corapi and his accuser, as well as all priests who find themselves in this unfortunate situation.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Bobbi Ruffatto

Vice President of Operations

Santa Cruz Media, Inc.

Father Corapi Update: Prayers Needed

Since writing my post, I’ve been reading several news articles, blog posts, comments, etc., all pertaining to the recent Father Corapi situation.  There is anger, confusion, hopefulness, bitterness, skepticism, doubt, fear – I can’t keep all the emotions straight!  It’s perfectly natural for people to want to vent and express their points of view on any given topic; that’s what makes us human, and that’s the way we’re wired, so to speak.  I mean, I have my own personal feelings, hunches and assumptions about this that may or may not be in sync with someone else’s.  But what keeps coming back to me is this silent voice of, well, I’m not sure if it’s reason or something else, but it’s the voice that overrides all other voices; it’s the voice of peaceful prayer.

I think all of us who know and love Father Corapi also know of his intense dedication to the Virgin Mary and praying the Holy Rosary.  Maybe instead of ranting, speculating and prejudging, we should all take a step back and ask ourselves how we can promote true peace and healing so that the light of truth can shine through.  Maybe in asking for Our Lady’s intercession and in praying the Rosary this whole mess will roll out the way it is intended to, according to God’s will.  I suppose my idea is a bit boring, and maybe it all sounds too simplistic.  I guess I’ve just sort of learned the hard way that all the noise in the world won’t bring about change as quickly and as easily as a quiet, meditative heart.

Padre Pio was also a victim of false accusations.  Here’s an interesting article from the Deacon’s Bench blog.  I think it’s worth taking a look at.

Prayers continue for Father Corapi and all concerned.

 

 

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  1. No way! I don´t believe your idea may be boring or simplistic. Not at all! We all, here, there and everywhere must pray the Rosary for all those priests we know and love (and for those we don´t know too). Prayer give us the power to continue our trail to Salvation with the guidance of Our Savior. We have to believe and be strong. We are not alone!!!
    Thank you for share this issue…

  2. Robin Gorton says:

    I absolutely agree!! Simply take up our weapon and attack… that is what Fr Corapi has taught, its time to follow through!

  3. I will keep Fr. Corapi in my prayer. I like his powerful quote though: ‘Your past does not define your future!’.

  4. Dr. Teresa Sanchez says:

    It is true–we must take up OUR weapon and attack the enemy dwelling among us! Father Corapi is no victim and he WILL rise above this trial! We as spiritual family members of the body of Christ’s church MUST stand together and PRAY the ROSARY with great fervor and ask our Blessed Lady to interceed for the cause of our beloved Father John Corapi (and other priests) who are wrongfully being used by the enemy to destroy the Catholic Church. Our Blessed Lady IS our mother and she IS the mother of our redeemer–the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIGHT–Jesus Christ!!!

  5. Besides prayer, which of course we will give, is there a way to support father corapi financially in his time of great trials?

  6. @Sarah – Hi Sarah, I’m sure Father Corapi is appreciating all of the support and prayers from so many people who know and love him. As far as the donation part, I would suggest going directly to his website which is:

    http://www.fathercorapi.com/default.aspx

  7. GEORGE HODGE says:

    Dear Fr. Corapi,
    As you have previously stated, you have done it all and you have seen it all and you never hid from any of those truths. My comment is “let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.” We here in Welkom in the Free State, S.A, love you and the wonderful messages and teachings you have given us over the years and we have learned to stand strong in our faith as a result of this. we can’t wait for this nonsense to be cleared up and we certainly will be praying for deliverance for the person who has caused all this trouble.

  8. OLIVIERO says:

    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.

  9. Joseph (A guys perspective) says:

    Does the end justify the means?
    To directly or indirectly destroy an innocent person’s reputation in such a way is always wrong, evil and a sin which beckons the question, does the end justify the means? The church’s moral teaching has always said you can’t do an evil act for a good end. Therefore to allow any person’s reputation to be mortally damaged based on accusations that are not credible is eternally incompatible with our faith. The “just in case” defense has no moral authority here. Given that harboring guilty priest in serious offenses or anyone will always be a grievous event, though we have now gone to the other extreme and it needs to be avoided as well for we have a duty to protect the innocent, not even if they are a priest, but most especially.

    Are the allegations credible? Two witness saying contrary:
    “There is no evidence at this time that Father Corapi did anything wrong, only the unsubstantiated rant of a former employee, who, after losing her job with this office, physically assaulted me and another employee and promised to destroy Father Corapi,” Ruffatto said.

    Lastly, I think many missed the point of the outrage. Forget that it’s Father Corapi who was slandered because it could have been you!

  10. Fr Corapi is a Holy man and there is no way he is guilty. Poeple who speak the truth are persecuted, just like Christ was. he is getting many blessing from God for this.

  11. I found something of interest that some of you may want to google and read. (Updated Statement by SOLT Regional Priest Servant on Father Corapi
    ),…. Please read the post made on April 26th by Comment by mdstanzel on April 26, 2011 8:30 am

  12. DJ Shoaf says:

    Fr. Corapi brought me back to the Catholic Church after 20 years! This man is spirit-filled and speaks the truth. Too bad the hierarchy wants everything sugar-coated and then, indigestible. Allow Fr. Corapi to do his work on earth during his time. After all, we are (finally) listening (again). That speaks for itself to the powers that be.

    D.J. Shoaf
    Johnstown, CO

  13. We know God is with you. You taught us how to pray the R0sary and we say it for you everyday. God loves you and so does hia Mother. Hang in there and God Bless you and keep in His care.

  14. Jim Harter says:

    I don’t know what the latest information on this very unfortunate situation. Last Easter Vigil, I was baptized and cofirmed in the Holy and Apostolic Roman Catholic Church. Father Corapi is largely responsible for me coming into the Catholic Church. I am 99.9% sure that he is innocent of these charges. Satan wants to keep this faithful priest from his duties. Father Corapi’s 2 main messaages was learning the Catechism, and being prepared in the realm of spiritual battle. No wonder why Satan wants him out of the way. I just pray that this investigation would speed up and vindicate Father Corapi. His message is very needed in and outside of the church.

  15. Barbara - GOD'S NAME IS MERCY says:

    Fr. John-
    There is no way that justice will not prevail in this matter. Satan has been launching an attack against our Priest for many years now….this accusation just proves to me how UNTRUE this is. You preach the “TRUTH” at a time our world has needed the darkness to come to the light. By doing this you are targeted by SATAN. You will be vindicated and the person who did this will suffer tremendously spiritually if they do not confess such vengeful and hateful attacks on you. Your Holy Mother is with you and Her Son. I am so sorry that the Church has not handled this, once again, just another example of the problems within the church. They can’t see, they are blind. They are enemies of their own Sheep and some cannot even see this. Jesus said, “You have eyes yet you do not see, You have ears, yet you do not hear.” This applies to the “stupidity” of some in Leadership in the church today.
    God Be With You…I know you are innocent without one doubt. Until proven guilty…that’s the way it’s supposed to be. You have saved me on many occasions and taught me. I know the Catholic Church is still my Father’s House no matter the problems within it. We need to always pray for all within and without.
    With my Greatest Respect,
    Barbara

  16. marilyn says:

    I think his problems are a result of what he has said about Senator Ted Kennedy and they went after him for these comments and because he did not support teddy and his behavior

  17. Sujewicz Family says:

    Dear Father, our prayers, love and faith in you are strong. We believe in you and are wishing you back very soon!

  18. Esther M Ferencz says:

    It is 4am EST and I was signing off my e mails, when a new msg from Catholic Online arrived. In this e mail was a msg from the SOLT superior and went into explicet detail as to Fathers ‘hidden’ life. THIS was shocking, disturbing and EVEN HATE FILLED I MAY ADD. It accused father of cohabition w/a woman for a lenthy period of time and owning numerous cars etc. These charges are based as to WHAT the SOLT leadership stated was a substaniated proof via a 3 page letter from a woman to SOLT. It is apparent SOMEONE is lying, and its apparent that SOLT is furious w/the millions of supporters of Frs speaking out. ITS IMPERATIVE that Father Corapi address these issues IMMEDIATELY. IT also seems as there now is OUTRIGHT WAR between the former Bishop of Corpis Christi and the NEW. MANY MANY areas of dispute and anger are evident. I saw a viedeo of a SOLT member on Catholic Online w/an iterview w/Fr Pacwa in this same Catholic online read . I am SORRY to just toss this out there, GOD forgive me…………..BUT this priest was ANOTHER EXAMPLE of ‘EFFEMITE’. I CANNOT take effemite NOT ONE SECOND MORE in ANY PRIESTS! I have HAD IT! MAN UP Men of GOD! Surely he was nice enough and expounded on all the great workings of SOLT………….YET I had an uneasy feeling and or reaction to HIM, as I have other priests that have proven to be at later times homosexual. I WILL NOT TOLERATE MY CHURCH having within its ranks men of effiment qualities! There is MUCH HIDDEN from we laity, among NOT only the priests BUT BISHOPS as well as to this homosexual business within the church…………I SAY this only in that IT APPEARS ‘OPEN WARFARE” has happened amongst the two sides …NOW ALL MUST BE EXPOSED………………..EVERY DROP by Father Corapi, HE NEEDS to EXPOUND ON IT ALL. Vicious charges have been placed on him. THE WAR IS ON BIG TIME NOW!

  19. Why all the anger at those who are simply asking Fr. Corapi to LIVE UP TO HIS VOWS and submit to his superiors? Even after the July 5 press release, it is amazing how many people are declaring war on the bishops and SOLT in this man’s behalf — indeed we are in a war, but I’d rather put my stock in the lawful successors of the Apostles instead of a gifted preacher from Montana. Believe me, I really enjoyed Fr. Corapi’s talks, and he always had a solid Catholic message, but do you really think his response over the past couple of months has been a truly Catholic response? His black sheepdog site does not mention Catholic theology, the saints, humility, or any other Christian virtues. It is all “me, me, me…” Also consider this: even if the accusations are false, do you really think it is appropriate for Fr. Corapi to ABANDON his solemn vows? After all, we the Church are his bride, and we have a right to call him on his vow of obedience! Recall those times when Fr. Corapi said that we should never, ever lie down and throw the fight? Hmm, it seems that this is exactly what he’s doing by circumventing the canonical process. Certainly there are times for self-defense, but obedience is to take precedence, as demonstrated by Christ, who did not “throw the fight” but instead went to the cross on behalf of His bride. Food for thought, gang.

  20. Jonathan says:

    Ive been an avid listener of the good podre for about 8 years.He was never reserve about his past.Comming from a similar past and having turned my life around somewhat,I feel we strive for progress rather than perfection.Lets focus on his message and not throw the baby out with the bathwater simply because this man affords himself a few toys. He has earned the time to enjoy some R&R. I found my way back to the Catholic church in part through enjoying Father Carapi on EWTN. Lets count all those he has helped rather than counting things on the negitive side of the ledger.

  21. I am somewhat confused. I have attended two talks by Father Corapi in Florida. Yes, he is most impressive in speech and the true Catholic faith. He encouraged me in my walk with Christ. What disturbed me is his radical physical changes in appearance. And frankly, I don’t feel comfortable listening to him any longer. Something is not right. Is he a priest, repress rating Christ or just a man talking about himself. I am sad. Perhaps when we put all faith in a man-priest and not Christ, the devil does impose evil. We, the people, may never know the truth about Father Corapi. He, one day, will meet God the Father and his eternity will be determined. Thank you.