Two posts of note on the Fr. Corapi situation.
Mark Shea posted HERE and takes the healthy position of reserving judgment. As I've pointed out,thought it's tempting to make a judgment based upon what we know about Fr. Corapi and what we know about the injustices of the 'zero tolerance' policy -- we have zero details.
So what do we "do" about the question of Fr. Corapi vs. his accusers? I think the wisdom of Professer Digory Kirke should be our guiding light: How about if everybody minds their own business and lets the investigation proceed so that the facts, whatever they are, will be uncovered?
This situation has not begun to unravel - and so we need to let the situation take it's course. To a point, that is, because we've been letting our priests get sidelined ad infinatum - and many of them on allegations that have no merit.
I don't know what the answer is, but this much I know: There's been way too much minding our own business. Way too much.
Pat Archibald echoes some of the same concerns I've expressed.
It is wrong.
We can't continue to keep minding our own business.
Here are the statements of his superior and the local Bishop - both of whom are urging the presumption of innocence and state that in no way does it mean that he is guilty of the charges. They are both decent and fair statements.
Statement of Bishop George Leo Thomas, the bishop of the Diocese of Helena
“It is important to accord Father Corapi the principles of due process, including the assumption of innocence, until a full investigation is carried out by his superiors. More importantly, I appeal for prayers on behalf of everyone involved in this very complex situation.” Father Corapi has a personal residence in Kalispell, Mont. He does not hold priestly faculties in the Diocese of Helena, said Diocese of Helena Chancellor Father John Robertson.