Saturday, March 19, 2011

Fr. Corapi Accused of Being a Drug Addicted Svengali

Fr. Corapi calls out for prayer and points out the asinine process:

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.


I'm with him in prayer, fasting, suffering.

The problem is, the 'process' can go on for decades. Perhaps it won't because Father Corapi is so high-profile.

I don't know what happened here. I have my own personal and very serious doubts about the veracity of the claim for a variety of reasons. One thing I do know is that Fr. Corapi's statement about the process is absolutely true and it is abuse of power and injustice. I know several priests who have suffered gravely. Those who take part in the false witness have also been driven into the ground as a consequence of their temporal punishment for the grave dereliction.


Priests are not supposed to be placed on administrative leave until the allegations are proven to be credible. This standard is not met. All anyone has to do is come along and say something has happened and the diocese will give you money to shut up and remove our priests whether the allegations are credible or incredible. (In fact, here in Boston, drug addicts and mentally ill people, God Bless them, who were handed millions by the Cardinal were deemed not to be credible by Martha Coakley - the attorney general.)

It is a tragedy all around.

My updated thoughts are HERE.

26 comments:

kd said...

Poor Fr. Corapi, he lived the life they're accusing him of & worse yet gave it all up for the Priesthood, I do not believe these accusations, well I do believe they have been made & I do believe the Bishops will do anything to silence Fr. and also EWTN. Why aren't these women made to take lie detector tests before maligning such a good Priest. My Prayers are with Fr. Corapi & all Priests this Lent. In fact all my pains & sufferings soon to be had will be offered for the Priesthood!

Caroline said...

When I came home to the church 6 years ago and saw him on EWTN..I thought,this is the kind of priest who can bring about what my Protestant brothers would call an old fashioned 'revival'.
He certainly revived me!I have learned so much from him.
Offering my prayers for the priesthood this Lent.
+PAX

Lauretta said...

It might be time for the Church to rethink her allowing some priests to live totally independent lives without oversight or accountability to anyone on a regular basis.

Fr. Corapi lives alone in a rural area, hires people to help him at his residence, I believe, with his apostolate, interacts very little with the local priests... What a scenario for accusations to be made. Who is around to prove or disprove them? I think religious, as much as possible need to be living in community or at least be in regular contact with each other for support and accountability. It's too hard to be out there all by yourself. Just my opinion.

Terry Nelson said...

Lauretta is on to something.

The Little Way said...

What Lauretta said!

JeanetteLee said...

I, too, am with Lauretta.

Anonymous said...

It took for it to happen to Fr. Corapi for Fr. Corapi to speak out? Typical. Like that story about they came for this group and we did nothing, they came for that group and we did nothing....

This has been going on since who knows when - a good way to get rid of good priests. It has been done in my diocese. I know of a few in the Archdiocese of Newark it has been done to too; also know one in Diocese of Alexandria.

Meanwhile, homosexual priests still abound in dioceses.

Veronica

Anonymous said...

Isn't there a good Catholic Lawyer or Lawyers that will give up their practices to HELP defend these Priests - Start a new Practice, I'm sure they would get enough contributions to pay for their expenses & more. Ah if I was a lawyer I'd do it.. Does anyone out there know of any such organization that we can contribute all our "Catholic Appeals" money to instead of the Cardinal's appeal?

Anonymous said...

Watch out for a kangaroo court here, the wicked/freemasonic bishops may just want to destroy Fr. Corapi because he is one of the few orthodox priests left.

Carol McKinley said...

Really?

I'm not sure I see how that helps.

How do they escape it?

Even living in a parish has become a nightmare. Whose to say twenty years later what happened with the parish secretary has a story?

I know priests who have stopped doing youth ministry, stopped going to people's houses after a Baptism or first Holy Communion or Confirmation - etc.

VeritasVictor said...

How do you KNOW the accusations are untrue? Are you God? Are you able to read a person's soul?

http://fumare.blogspot.com/
2010/10/whats-going-on-with-
fr-corapi.html

Carol McKinley said...

Veronica,

Fr. Corapi has been speaking out about the injustices for a very long time. He went through a very rough patch several years back because of it.

Carol McKinley said...

Re: Catholic lawyers helping accused priests -- it is almost unheard of, I'm sad to say.

Carol McKinley said...

Victor,

The link doesn't take us to the post about Fr. Corapi.

This isn't the post that tries to imply the signs of sexual abusers are losing weight, dying hair and beard and having a tan is it?

God help the people who were involved in that. Do you realize it may have planted seeds in some unstable person's mind - that's all I have to say about that.

Nobody should be saying they know it did or didn't happen but we are permitted to doubt or in other cases have a sick feeling it may be true given the different circumstances.

Anonymous said...

Carol, thank you for letting me know that.

In any event, I find this "new" development troubling. It will put more stress on good priests. Who can they trust?

What person in their right mind would falsely accuse a priest? Have they no fear of God?

Veronica

Anonymous said...

One more thing, Carol.

You are right on about planting the seeds of doubt in someone's mind. That is all that you need. You never look at the person (or institution for that matter) the same way. Sometimes I think that is one of the most diabolical things anyone could do.

Veronica

VeritasVictor said...

Carol, you write: "Nobody should be saying they know it did or didn't happen." But you came very close. You wrote, "I have my own personal and very serious doubts about the veracity of the claim.."

Do you know the victim/s? And how well do you know Fr. Corapi? Only God knows what's in a person's heart? So you cannot say if it didn't happen. You cannot say that the claim is untrue.

You sarcastically write, "This isn't the post that tries to imply the signs of sexual abusers are losing weight, dying hair and beard and having a tan is it?" No, it's not. It's also not the post that tries to employ sarcasm in a feeble attempt to create an apologia for priests accused of abuse is it?

Why does a Catholic priest die his beard, lose weight, and get a tan. I don't know. Vanity perhaps. Pride maybe? And hasn't it been said that pride goes before a fall? Someone said that I think.

Carol McKinley said...

Victor,

There are many people who don't even need allegations to imply a priest is a sexual abuser -- such as whoever put the pictures together of Fr. Corapi and tried to make them a guilty verdict of something evil.

Others want to make like every circumstance, we must give the benefit of the doubt to the accuser. Even civil law gives the benefit of the doubt to the accused.

I don't much care for your talk about seeing into people's souls as some kind of evidence to you that the world must convict priests without an accuser, without evidence, without an opportunity to make a judgment about the veracity of allegations.

I see what you are doing and it's cheap.

Anonymous said...

Without prior annoucement EWTN has pulled Fr. Corapi's regularly scheduled Saturday night TV program and substituted a series of lenten reflections by others.

Carol McKinley said...

No surprises there. That is pretty much how EWTN has handled everything.

VeritasVictor said...

I see what YOU are doing and it is demonic. You are taking sides against the accuser/s before the evidence is in. And that is reckless and irresponsible.

As are you.

Your very public comments could very well be adding to a victim's pain.

Sleep well.

VeritasVictor said...

The Church isn't treating this as lightly as you are:

http://www.fathercorapi.com/
Default.aspx

Carol McKinley said...

There are plenty of spineless, politically correct people who will play a violin for you as you sputter this nonsense but I am not one of them.

It is absolute hogwash that an anonymous former employee and grown woman who doesn't have the backbone to state her name and stand on the merits of her facts should expect Catholic faithful to accept her allegations without her ever having to ever tell her story because the accused has tan and black beard.

The Bishops are taking out our priests with stories that don't have any merit whatsoever because people like you come along and bully them into it.

Now all that is necessary is putting up pictures on a bad hair day.

This is bullsheet.

Anonymous said...

Victor- so it's ok to malign a Priest, smear & slander and remove him from his Vocation with no hard evidence? I personally know of great young Priest,who after only being ordained for a year is in this same position, "on leave" all because "someone said". He doesn't even know his accuser! Couldn't have been that he was a little too Tradional & Holy for his coffee & donuts parishioners? Nah. If people want to go after Priests then like any other crime they should know who their accuser is. Come on, how can they defend or admit? As far as I have seen & read on this site it's owner has never judged - only God can do that. Let's grow up a little Vic & remember this is a Blog, one that tells it like it is and defends the Catholic Faith. Should someone get their feelings hurt heck, offer it up!

Ray Sullivan said...

Of course satan is attacking Fr. Corapi. Father has been present when satanists were cursing drugs for "protection", as well as present when Mother Angelica's legs were healed miraculously. He's seen things both evil and holy that none of us will ever see. There is a war going on for this man's soul, and getting an anonymous woman to merely accuse him is all it takes for the bishops to throw their own under the bus. He's been accused of drug abuse - How long does a drug test take anyway? The results should already be in by now. If the drug tests turn up negative, then the woman is a liar. Who can possibly prove or disprove sexual impropriety of a priest with a woman unless there is a "stained dress" or some kind of proof. If not, then the accusation is NOT credible.

Anonymous said...

To read the Cathecism directly can be boring. Father Corapi had a gift of teaching it in a live, interesting, and exciting way. He brought experiences to lifeless words. For this I was extremely grateful. This gift has been temporarily been taken away from us. Satan has scored a direct hit. Don Bosco predicted that the Church would experience this storm. Anchor yourselves between the Eucharist and Mary's Rosary. Father Corapi is not alone in this attack. a Silent One