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,
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.