One of our readers sent me a very sad and disturbing Father Corapi update. After reading over the material, I then went to Father Corapi’s website and found his statement regarding a recent accusation by one of his former employees. As I read his words, I realized that, sadly, none of this really comes as a surprise. I’ve had this weird feeling over the last year or so that he will soon be the victim of some sort of attack. I’ll explain in a bit, but for now, please read Father Corapi’s statement below.
Father Corapi Update from His Website
On Ash Wednesday I learned that a former employee sent a three-page letter to several bishops accusing me of everything from drug addiction to multiple sexual exploits with her and several other adult women. There seems to no longer be the need for a complaint to be deemed “credible” in order for Church authorities to pull the trigger on the Church’s procedure, which was in recent years crafted to respond to cases of the sexual abuse of minors. I am not accused of that, but it seems, once again, that they now don’t have to deem the complaint to be credible or not, and it is being applied broadly to respond to all complaints. I have been placed on “administrative leave” as the result of this.
I’ll certainly cooperate with the process, but personally believe that it is seriously flawed, and is tantamount to treating the priest as guilty “just in case”, then through the process determining if he is innocent. The resultant damage to the accused is immediate, irreparable, and serious, especially for someone like myself, since I am so well known. I am not alone in this assessment, as multiple canon lawyers and civil and criminal attorneys have stated publicly that the procedure does grave damage to the accused from the outset, regardless of rhetoric denying this, and has little regard for any form of meaningful due process.
All of the allegations in the complaint are false, and I ask you to pray for all concerned.
Father Corapi Update Not a Surprise
This Father Corapi update comes as no surprise to me. In fact, I’ve been bracing myself for the day when he would become one of the victims he speaks about in his lectures. I guess that day has finally come.
About a month ago I wrote a post called Pray for Priests. At the end of the post I wrote “to be continued..” because I had planned on doing a follow-up, knowing full well that I hadn’t covered nearly enough in that single entry. But when something like this happens it’s practically follow-up in itself. I mean, what more can I say? Father Corapi has become a victim of the very thing he preaches about and against. I’m sure the Devil has had him targeted all along, and what better way to take him down than through a sexual abuse charge. Does that surprise you? Not me.
Father Corapi Update and the Devil
Father Corapi was giving a talk once and he said that without priests there would be no Eucharist. Well, it wasn’t that simplified. He said much more than that and in a much clearer, better way than I just did. But his point was that the goal of the Devil is to take down the Church because without the Church there is no Eucharist, and the Eucharist is Christ. What better way to destroy the Church than to destroy the priests?
Obviously none of us know the details of this accusation or the underlying objective/reasoning that caused the woman to write such a letter. Disgruntled, angry ex-employee who got fired? Maybe. Someone wanting to hop on the priest scandal bandwagon and make a little money for her alleged pain and suffering? Possibly. Or perhaps an attention-starved loner who knows about Father Corapi’s wild past and decides to milk it for all it’s worth and spin it into a present-day scandal drama. We may never know. But what we do know is that she is accusing him of “drug addiction and multiple sexual exploits with her and several other adult women.” Oh really? Interesting, seeing as Father Corapi, the high-profile figure that he is, preaches right out there in the open, all over the world against these very things and uses his own decadent past as an example. Maybe the part about “multiple sexual encounters” will be the real zinger where her credibility will be shot.
Who knows. All I know is that the Devil is perfectly capable of weaving his lies and deceit through any one of us who is not living in a state of grace, praying continuously and invoking the aid of Our Lady for protection against evil. It isn’t my place to attack this woman or accuse her of lying. But it most certainly is my place to defend Father Corapi’s honor and stand with him (in a manner of speaking) as he deals with this blow to his character and his position within the Church.
Please pray for Father John Corapi and all priests and lay people involved in this situation, and please ask Our Lady for her intercession as well. Please pray for the light of truth to be shed on this matter and for lessons to be learned so that the greater good can still shine through, as it always does in the end.