Several readers have sent me the a post on Journey to Therese called "Fr. John Corapi and Fr. Thomas Euteneuer".
In short, the post notes that Fr. Corapi did the foreword in Fr. Euteneuer's book which is used as a springboard for other observations that wind up painting Fr. Corapi as beelzebub.
A couple of things are going on here.
First, the author is a faithful woman whose family had some not to edifying experiences with Fr. Euteneuer's spiritual ministry. While these experiences were not sexual, it's fair to say what she describes could fall into the category of abusive conduct.
As far as I am concerned Father Euteneuer's 'apology' is all the evidence one needs to see to acknowledge he uses power and anger to manipulate. Whatever her experiences, they have left her trust shaken. I have admired her stamina throughout the debacle.
I feel that a couple of things are important about the post to help give it some context.
It's true that Fr. Euteneuer, Fr. Corapi and Fr. Pavone are all high-profile priests. The case is made that Fr. Euteneuer's abuse of a woman during a religious rite translates into painting all priests doing national ministries into something nefarious.
Nobody would deny that Bishops across the US have been silencing priests who evangelize the teachings of the Church locally because people react by threatening to withdraw their money. Some priests are not built to accept the Bishop's bribes because the price of denying salvation to the people is the antithesis of a priest's vocation. Those of us starving for truth and zeal are grateful for the opportunity of priests who travel to feed us the Word.
There's nothing suspicious about this kind of ministry. The idea that there's oversight or accountability to Bishops of priests who work in a parish is not based on reality. If it was, when laity reported corruption, it would be acted upon. When we contacted the Papal Nuncio corruption would be taken seriously. The Holy See would intervene. The fact is, there is just too much corruption within resulting in a system protects the corrupt. It takes a lot of stamina for a priest who went into the vocation to teach the truth to survive.
It is an injustice to take photographs of Fr. Corapi before and after his illness and post them in the context of Dorian Gray with a story about Fr. Euteneuer going on a retreat given by Fr. Corapi and saying you once heard somebody say that they knew somebody who said Fr. Corapi was Fr. Euteneuer's spiritual advisor to somehow implicate him in Fr. Euteneuer's mess.
In the case of Fr. Euteneuer, he has admitted to exploitation. He used his fame to target vulnerable women. It is an outrage.
But it is an injustice to frame two innocent priests who evangelize as suspicious.
I understand why there would be an issue with trust but great care must be given not to blame somebody sharing talent and treasure for what Fr. Euteneuer did.
Evangelism isn't the same as sexual exploitation.