Father Corapi back/active in the priesthood?!?!? September 2, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in disconcerting, General Catholic, Interior Life, manhood, pr stunts, priests, sadness, scandals, shocking, Society.
This is not a post I expected to ever make. But Matt Abbot, who broke a lot of news during the original fall of Fr. Euteneuer and had many insights into the Corapi situation as it unfolded – or fell apart – during 2011 apparently quoting reliable sources who claim Fr. Corapi is somehow (I know not how) back in the priesthood in a very private manner. Yes I know once a priest always a priest, spiritually, but this man deliberately left his order and took up living as a “civilian” for a while, so that’s why I use the term “back.” See what you make of this:
A bit of good news to share: A reliable source has informed me that Father John Corapi, a popular priest among orthodox Catholics who departed public life after a tumultuous period a few years ago, remains in the priesthood and is re-establishing his spiritual life. [What does that mean? Is he offering Mass privately or? Does he have faculties? Is he in a monastery? I have no idea]
There’s no indication he’ll be returning to public life anytime soon, if ever. However, it’s nice to know that Father Corapi can at least be a quiet prayer warrior during this extremely difficult time in the Church and world. [I guess, but I’ve been burned once regarding alleged Corapi sightings and will take this with a rather large grain of salt]
I won’t go into the particulars about what transpired in the past – it’s water under the bridge – and I’m sure there’s information on the Internet (some of it more reliable than other information, obviously) for those who may not be familiar with the situation. Plus, those who really didn’t pay attention to him in the first place likely don’t care one way or the other about his current status.
The bottom line is that we all are wounded and spiritually/morally fall often (I know I do!). We just have to try our best to keep moving forward in faith in this “valley of tears.” A very difficult task, I must say. That doesn’t mean condoning moral corruption or remaining silent about it, but we all need God’s mercy.
Well that’s certainly charitable but it also seems a bit of a whitewash. The wheels came flying off spectacularly from late 2010 till the final shutdown of “Black Sheepdog” in 2012. It’s a bit odd seeing a Renew America author try to sort of just spin that very visible fall away when some of the harshest coverage of Corapi came from…….Renew America. I’m sure it’s being done for a good reason.
Personally, if Corapi is in some kind of ministry or living his priestly life again, I pray it remains very quiet and very far from the limelight. It might be consoling for souls, after he is well-established (again?) in his piety and interior life to send out a brief note to souls to tamp down potential speculation – assuming this report is true. I’ve seen what a firestorm Corapi speculation can ignite. If there are going to be hints of his rehabilitation – we know not whether this little tidbit comes with his knowledge and approval, or not – would it perhaps be prudent for he and/or his superiors to let his status be known and that he won’t be renewing public ministry (which probably isn’t even a possibility, given the cloud of accusations under which he left the priesthood in the first place).
As for me, I’ve really moved on. Fr. Corapi played a substantial role in helping me understand a relatively orthodox view of the Faith during the early part of my conversion, and his stories played a small part in inspiring me to bend my will to the Faith and change my life (Grace was the dominant part, of course, among many other factors). But even before his “implosion” I was already feeling like I had grown past his spiel, for the most part. I think he served a great role in edifying and consoling souls at a certain place in their spiritual life. There are other priests out there who – I believe, and pray – have helped advance my, and many other’s, spirituality to another level.
Nevertheless, as said above, I think, no matter what, that kind of public role is all in the past. I’d be very surprised to see him in public ministry again, and it would raise a flock of questions.