Update on Fr. Corapi – UPDATE January 25, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, General Catholic, priests, sadness, scandals, sickness.
NOTICE: I know Fr. Corapi is still a priest. But in saying below he “left the priesthood,” I mean that he voluntarily left active/public ministry and seemingly “abandoned” the millions of souls who admired him and looked to him for spiritual sustenance.
I got the following update last night from a Montana resident who claims to be in the know. They say Fr. Corapi lives in a gated community in Whitefish, Montana, on Whitefish Lake. He is seen about riding his Harley. He never wears clerics or any religious garb. He is not known to be active in any parish.
He appears to have left the priesthood for good. I have known many people who held out pious hopes that he would turn up in a monastery somewhere, offering prayer and penance. That isn’t likely to occur. He seems to be very happy with his millions and his secular life.
He needs as many prayers as can be spared. Obviously, he was an enormous target for satan. His fall scandalized millions of faithful Catholics. It is likely that many – probably thousands or tens of thousands – experienced total or near total loss of faith after his ministry collapsed. That’s a sign of a cult of personality gone out of control.
He was very famous. He had all kinds of money. He had a history of addictions and other problems (maybe – there are allegations much of his famous life story was fabricated). Those were all avenues for satan to come in and peel him away from his vocation, and the Faith. It appears that is what happened. I am told, it started with his stopping his Breviary because he was “too busy.”
All of the above is anecdotal. It was conveyed to me by someone who lives in the area. I cannot confirm it, but it would seem to make sense. There were details given that would seem hard to make up.
The main point was that he’s still living in his big house on the lake.
One last point, just opinion, from me – he fell into something bad a few years before the allegations surfaced – we all saw his behavior and appearance change around 2008 or 9 – blacksheepdog.us was an attempt to keep income flowing after he left the priesthood, but it wasn’t generating much, so he shut it down and walked away.
UPDATE: Before you freak out and accuse me of being a Corapi-hater, a mainstream media apparatchik, or anything else, please search the site for Corapi. I think you’ll find I defended Corapi for a long time. I think you’ll also find that I was a big fan of his. But sometimes we have to face reality, and the reality is that he chose to leave the priesthood. And that fact scandalized many. But, yes, he was a voice that many were dying and needing to hear. He gave sustenance to pious souls who were in parishes and even dioceses where orthodox presentations of the Faith were not available. And those were really good things. But they are colored by the end of his apostolate and his leaving the priesthood voluntarily, without much of a fight.
UPDATE II: Look, folks Corapi himself talked about living in a house on a lake. He talked about owning a boat and having a boat dock. He talked about having a Harley. He talked about having a personal trainer, “Gina,” whom he saw everyday. So, as far as any “revelations,” or “gossip,” there were three: one, he lives in a gated community, one of many in Montana, two, he is still there, and three, he stopped praying his Breviary first. That’s it. If you want to call that “gossip,” go ahead, but almost all of what I said, Fr. Corapi himself had already confirmed. This post here at another blog describes in detail what I heard when I saw Fr. Corapi at the AT&T Center in San Antonio in fall of 2010. I heard all the same things this blogger reports – the big house, the lake, the boats, the Harley, the guns. That was most of what he talked about.
Another UPDATE: I disagree strongly with Mark Shea, who has linked this post, that those who had an admiration for Corapi were deluded conservative Catholic hero-worshippers. A small percentage might be characterized as such, but I think the vast majority of those who listened to or watched Corapi over the years were people desperate for spiritual sustenance they did not get from their local parish. That is one of the reasons for the cult of Saints – to give the pious someone to look up to, to imitate and follow as a spiritual example. Some people also look to living Catholics, especially clergy and religious, as such examples of holiness for both catachesis and spiritual edification. All faithful Catholics must, and I think, do, look to Christ as the ultimate. But since Christ was God Incarnate, and possessing all the infinite beneficences of God, some find the need for examples of a holy life among those who are not Divine. Many Saints have spoken on the need for such good example from the clergy – Pope St. Pius X held that it was critical for the local priest to be a supreme exemplar of moral and spiritual virtue. Tragically, many good Catholics today don’t have such an example in their parish, and possibly even very few in their Diocese. Many have been scandalized and even radicalized by the homosexual rape crisis in the priesthood and ongoing sexual depravity in Dioceses like Miami. So I don’t blame them in the slightest in developing a devotion to a priest or other Catholic who provides that sustenance they so badly need. That was a role Corapi filled admirably for years. It is to Mr. Shea’s discredit that he cannot but demagogue those whom he disagrees with – all the while he performs that same role of exemplar for other souls, himself.
As far as the character Mr. Shea describes, there have been
two three (don’t make this number go up!) commenters who reacted with anger to what is admittedly a non-confirmed revelation – if it even is such. The vast majority have reacted with concern for Corapi and sadness at how his aposolate ended. I have not been disedified by the anger – I imagine it reflects profound hurt. It is very difficult to realize that those whom we looked up to have let us down.
I almost sense a protestant view from Mr. Shea – that our soul focus should be on Christ and we should never look to mere humans for any spiritual guidance and support. I’ll do that as soon as he shuts down his blog and stops writing books, making speaking tours, stops the radio, etc.