Father Corapi Update: Found Guilty

by Margo

This disturbing Father Corapi update by Catholic News Agency brings us the unfortunate news that Father John Corapi has been found guilty.  I’ve copied and pasted the article below and you can also read it here.  Also, please click here to read the press release directly from SOLT News.

Father Corapi Update: Found Guilty – Catholic News Agency Article

Robstown, Texas, Jul 5, 2011 / 03:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father John Corapi’s religious order has found him guilty of substance abuse, sexual activity and violating his promise of poverty.

A July 5 press release from the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) said that while Fr. Corapi was involved in public ministry he had “sexual relations and years of cohabitation with a woman known to him, when the relationship began, as a prostitute.”

The investigative team also found that he “repeatedly abused alcohol and drugs,” “recently engaged in ‘sexting’ activity with one or more women in Montana,” and holds legal title “to over $1 million in real estate, numerous luxury vehicles, motorcycles, an ATV, a boat dock, and several motor boats.”

His religious order said it is concerned “Fr. Corapi is now misleading (many) individuals through his false statements and characterizations.”

“It is for these Catholics that SOLT, by means of this announcement, seeks to set the record straight.”

A fact-finding team created by the order “acquired information from Fr. Corapi’s emails, various witnesses and public sources,” in response to a signed letter from a woman who is well known to Fr. Corapi.

The Society said in the news release that Fr. Corapi, under his vow of obedience, has been ordered to “return home to the society’s regional office and take up residence there,” and to “dismiss the lawsuit he has filed against his accuser.”

The order added that its “prior direction to Father John Corapi not to engage in any preaching or teaching, the celebration of the sacraments or other public ministry continues.”

As the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity sought to carry out its investigation into the allegations against Fr. Corapi, it found that its fact-finding team was hindered by a civil lawsuit the priest had filed and by sweeping non-disclosure agreements he had negotiated with his accuser and other witnesses.

The civil lawsuit argued that his principal accuser had committed slander and breach of contract.

Fr. Corapi refused to dismiss the lawsuit and the team discovered many other contracts that prevented “key witnesses” from speaking.

“Many of these witnesses likely had key information about the accusations being investigated and declined to answer questions and provide documents,” the order said.

The fact-finding team was composed of a priest-canonist, a psychiatrist and a lawyer, two of whom were members of religious orders and one a lay Catholic.

The statement notes that two were men and one was a woman, all with a “national reputation and substantial experience in ecclesiastical processes related to priest disciplinary issues.”

Fr. Corapi expressed his desire to leave the Society and the priesthood in a June 17 statement. He said he felt he was being “unjustly accused,” and that “(t)here are certain persons in authority in the Church that want me gone, and I shall be gone.”

Fr. Corapi has not yet been released from his vows.

“Catholics should understand that SOLT does not consider Father John Corapi as fit for ministry,” the statement concluded.

 

{ 76 comments }

M. B August 23, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I think this is all a bunch of lies.

m b August 24, 2011 at 12:29 am

I don’t think the real SOLT made any such
accusations against Fr. Corapi. But if Father really did leave the priesthood- Father, how do you feel about becoming a Baptist or non-denominational minister or something.I am sorry Father- I forgot about Mary and the rosary. Listen people. I believe this man-this priest is innocent. I hope the truth will be revealed.

Rosa August 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I wept when i knew these accusations on Fr Corapi and came to my mind Padre Pio, i was expecting Fr Corapi be humble and obidient as Padre Pio was, but something has change in him. I must follow the Church, the Church he said love so much, and with a broken heart i will not listen him as my pastor anymore. But i will pray for his soul alwyas becuse i still love him very much.

Peggy Caldwell August 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I miss Father Caropi and his Chaplet of Divine Mercy & the Rosary on line .
I know thousands of faithful followers said both of these prayers on line .
They have disapeared from the website .
I hope he will put them back on line .
God so loves us he welcomes everyone to love him as he loves us
I miss Father Caropi
Peggy

Frankolin August 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Did Father Corapi Commit these sins, which the Church would forgive and re assign him? or did the left wing Free Mason Communist Vatican Two empire bum rush him because of his viewss on Modernism?
The Catholic Church in America is Controlled by the Imp, and JP2 Polock lovers, I hope in the eyes of God Fr Corapi is innocent, If not Let him stand up like a Man and confess his sins publically. If Fr. Corapi is innocent, and the American Free Masons and Jews and Communist’s are trying to destroy him, let him leave his Satanic order, and join the SSPX, or even the Sedevacantist group in Cincinatti……Good Luck to you Fr Corapi.

Bryan August 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm

To Frankolin – you got in all your digs, but I for one, don’t have a clue what your point is.

mike thuis August 29, 2011 at 2:04 am

dont know what to say—–is it possible???? I thought this guy was magic, Pauline, apostolic——”som of a bitch” could I be soooo wrong??? What about this “BLACK SHEEP” SHIT? It’s in an odd way comforting to know that this paragon of virtue and knowledge Is as prone to the beckoning of the evil one as I am—-God forgives him just as he forgives me and I am one sinful fellow. Just when you think you’ve found the prime example of holiness and love and———well. shit – I should have gone to see Mother Theresa when I had the chance. How about Benny Hin —– One thing I found out–Jack Van Impe is not dead!!! Am I a fool to believe? Am i a fool to watch TV preachers and dedicate my life to Christ every time they pray their closing prayer? How about JOel Osteen??? I dont think anyone has anything on him (or do they). Please Joel, dont F up!!!

Bryan August 29, 2011 at 11:52 am

To mike – you really shouldn’t post on Catholic blogs when you’re dead drunk. I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt, because anyone who uses language like that sober is either suffering from turret syndrome, or is demon possessed.

Eileen September 1, 2011 at 8:56 am

Disappointments in life continue to plague us. Father Corapi taught me much & I have those things to hang on to. Jesus has also taught us that – while mankind will disappointment/fail us – He will never. We can – and must- put our complete trust & faith in Him.

Margaret September 1, 2011 at 11:24 pm

@Eileen
I so completely agree with you. Father Corapi taught me so much..I will pray for father and pray that the Catholic Religion did not jump the gun to quickly Judge and accuse ….I will always love Fr.Corapi and have Faith and Trust in the Lord that he knows the truth.

Bill Russell September 3, 2011 at 3:33 am

Frankolin,

Take your meds, quiet down, try to curb your offensively bigoted ranting, and admit that you were one of many not overly-intelligent people who drank the Kool-Aid and are too proud to admit that they were taken for a ride by another Elmer Gantry.

Anakin September 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I would like to see the property records that show he owns this real estate. In that case he fell victim to money and sex just like so many of us.

Eufredo Flores September 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm

My Dear fellow catholics please dont dispair Father caropi will not dissapear as quickly as the devil would , want him to it seems to never fail that when a good shepard brings us the true meaning of our faith by Gods true words and the Rosary thatold serpent is there with his lies and decet ,and false acusations . just look at what happend in paridise andon the holy mountain with moses and the ten commandments , and let us never forget our dear sweet jesus and the passsion and finally his crucfiction. but let us all reflect on the words jesus left us as he assended towards heaven I will be with you untill the end of time,pray for father corapi and for our own souls . as father has said in the end it will either be heaven or hell period our choice be free will no excuses. love and prayers to all

Nathan Matbob September 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Let us all pray for Fr. Corapi.

Sam September 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm

What a bummer I thought he was an excellent speaker. Just because he stumbled doesnt mean he still dont know and deliver the truth very very well. Society is watching to see the response so they can re-crucify the church again so they will probably crucify him to satisfy them. This basically means that society can still poke sticks at the church While she is still in her cage bound by decency and kindness. Media loves scandal within the Catholic Church. The media is one of Satans finest tools. Propaganda deciet and lies to manipulate the masses. Corapi may be guilty. What man isn’t? And isn’t forgiveness one of the main things we learned from Jesus?

Polly September 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I felt distraught after reading and hearing about the accusations hurled against Father Corapi. I truly loved his preachings and has helped me strengthen my faith. In the Pieta Prayer booklet which my mother gave to me as a child, there was an article about the revelation of Jesus to Mutter Vogel regarding Criticism of Priests, I wish to share this all with you, it reads. “One should NEVER attack a priest, even when he is in error, rather one should pray and do penance that I’ll grant him My grace again. He alone fully represents Me, even when he doesn’t live after My example!” When a priest falls we should extend him a helping hand THROUGH PRAYER AND NOT THROUGH ATTACKS! I myself will be his judge. NO ONE BUT I! “Whoever voices judgement over a priest has voiced it over me, child, never let a Priest be attacked, take up his defense. “Child, never judge your confessor, rather pray much for him and offer every Thursday, through the hands of My blessed Mother, Holy Communion (for Him). “Never again accept an out of the way word about a Priest and speak no unkind word about them. EVEN IF IT WERE TRUE. Every priest is My Vicar and My heart will be sickened and insulted because of it! If you hear a judgement against a Priest pray a Hail Mary. “If you see a Priest who celebrates the Holy Mass unworthily then say nothing about him, rather tell it to Me alone! I stand beside Him on the altar!” “Oh pray much for my priests, that they’ll love purity above all, that they’ll celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with pure hands and heart. Certainly the Holy Sacrifice is one and the same even when it is celebrated by an unworthy priest but the graces called down upon the people is not the same. Mary Queen of the Clergy, pray for Father Corapi and all the priests under attack. Father Corapi, if you get a chance to read this. You will be a priest forever in the eyes of God. “Once a priest forever a priest” We will continue to pray for you, we love you.

Bryan September 17, 2011 at 2:40 am

Dear Polly,
Take that Pieta Prayer booklet and throw it in the fire. (unless you can show me an imprimatur or nihil obstat)
That is not Jesus talking. It doesn’t sound anything like Jesus Christ, and Jesus does not need to speak directly to Mutter Vogel, whoever the hell she is. Martin Luther was a priest as were many heretics. If priests defy their superiors it wouldn’t make sense for God to say that we should ignore their disobedience or reserve judgment as respects their heretical teachings. And whenever I hear that “child” stuff as a form of address it raises the bs flag. Forget about private revelations – they’re baloney for the most part. Help someone in need. Sorry if this sounded harsh.

Polly September 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Dear Bryan,
May God bless your soul. I mean well. Love Polly

Bryan September 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Thank you Polly. You don’t need these private revelations. They’re dangerous. I don’t want to get into it, but there is a planted heresy in the statement itself about the graces of the Mass. The grammar in itself is atrocious. Why does Jesus capitalize “My”, and not “myself”? Does Jesus use large caps for emphasis? “Never again accept an out of the way word about a Priest and speak no unkind word about them.” Why does God use a singular form of the word “priest” in the beginning of a statement and use a plural pronoun (“them”) at the end of the statement?

If Fr Corapi had done as he was ordered I would have been mortally afraid to shoot my mouth off or pre-judge him. And of course we should all pray for him. But don’t go off the deep end either. We need to distance ourselves from him entirely until the verdict comes down.

peter1589 September 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm

What the Blessed Mother said about priests and the Catholic hierarchy in Her appearance to Sr. Sasagawa in Akita Japan in 1973.

“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, Bishops against other Bishops. The priests who venerate Me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres (other priests). Churches and altars will be sacked. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises, and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. The demon will be especially implacable against the souls consecrated to God.”

See http://endtimeslion.com/?p=208

Man, She is not kidding. I’ve been doing the St. Michael chaplet daily for about a week, found temptation to be dissipating remarkably, and then BOOM! Today, it’s overwhelming. Tough bird, satan is. Use holy water, holy oils and have your houses blessed, if you can find a priest these days!

Ryan September 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Bryan, I’m curious if you are in the spiritual guidance, or life coach profession? Seems to me that you are trying to direct some of us into your own way of thinking. How about instead of “you knew this was coming” or, “stay away from Fr. Corapi”. Encourage readers to take the good from all that Fr. has offered us. It sounds to me like you had a preconceived notion that he was a fake from the beginning. I’m wondering if it was because of his past? I understand how easy it is for people that don’t understand addiction to write recovering addicts off as degenerate and unreliable, but it’s exactly that, you don’t understand. We (addicts) are not all horrible people. By the grace of God, I am able to live my life sober today, and Fr. Corapi has been a huge inspiration for me to do so. It wasn’t my will to listen to Fr. Corapi, it only happened by chance, (ha, yeah right!), that I tuned to his program in a dark hour of my recovery, and it was his words that got me through that moment. By turning our will over to the care of God, He uses people as tools for others to benefit and learn from. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like you’re one of those tools God has in store for the betterment of humanity. Sounds to me like you’re trying to sway people by preaching your will, not His. Slander of someone who has reached, and helped so many people is just not Gods will. I don’t know much, but I’m pretty sure of this one.
God Bless

Bryan September 26, 2011 at 9:44 am

@Ryan –

Ryan – Bryan, I’m curious if you are in the spiritual guidance, or life coach profession?
Bryan – No, neither – I don’t even know what those professions are.

Ryan – Seems to me that you are trying to direct some of us into your own way of thinking.
Bryan – Yes. I am. Aren’t you?

Ryan – How about instead of “you knew this was coming” or, “stay away from Fr. Corapi”. Encourage readers to take the good from all that Fr. has offered us. It sounds to me like you had a preconceived notion that he was a fake from the beginning.

Bryan – If you’re going to quote me, Ryan, you must insert my words, not yours, in between the quotation marks. I had no suspicion ever that Fr. Corapi was a fake.

Ryan – I’m wondering if it was because of his past?
Bryan – This is called “begging the question”. I haven’t conceded to your allegation that I considered Fr. Corapi to be a fake from the beginning.

Before continuing my reponse to your post, are we clear on the foregoing?

Robert H September 28, 2011 at 12:07 am

Why did the Bishop put pressure on SOLT to resolve this so quickly? With all the sex scandals that take forever to resolve why did this happen so fast?What was the evidence? I hope it wasn’t the emails from a disgruntled employee that Father Corapi personaly fired. If they felt it so important to release their finding of guilt, why didn’t they specify what evidence they used to concluded that he was guilty? If witnesses had non disclosure agreements, did SOLT have witnesses break those agreements to testify or did they find Fr Corapi guilty without witnesses? How come no one is talking about the fact that prior to these allegations being made, the Bishop tried to get Corapi to hand over his money? Father Corapi is a lay priest and didn’t take a vow of poverty.Why did the Bishop force SoLT to rush this process. Greed is as deadly as lust.

Patti D September 28, 2011 at 1:43 am

We all have our moments of asking “How can this be?” We followed Fr. Corapi in his many teachings or even went to one of his wonderful conferences. Judgements aside, we need to pray the rosary for this man of whom has influenced us, or brought to us the revelation of asking our heavenly mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary to guide us to our Father, the Lord Jesus Christ. May God Bless him in this time of trials and tribulations.

Eva B September 29, 2011 at 11:18 am

I think in the end we will all know the truth. As much as I liked Fr. Corapi, I have to say that if he does indeed own a million dollars worth of property, who is to say the other allegations are false? Lets just wait and see..

Janet October 1, 2011 at 8:30 am

@M. B – Would you please wake up.

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