Bishop Rene Henry Gracida has posted a calm and rational explanation of the most recent abuses of power by prelates.
The procedure operates something like this. A person accuses a priest of sexual misconduct (again, not involving a minor). The priest is immediately suspended from active exercise of his priestly ministry while an investigation is launched into the truth or falsity of the accusations.
There is no need for a public announcement to be made that gives the name of the priest and the fact of the accusation and the suspension, and yet, all to often such a public announcement is made. Such public announcement by a diocese almost always results in media exploitation of the news in a sensational manner to the detriment of the Catholic Church and its priesthood. It seems that rarely, if ever, is mention is made in the announcement of the name of the accuser.
The investigation may take days or months or years to complete. In the meantime the priest’s reputation is effectively destroyed and perhaps he is ‘thrown out on the street’ with no means of support. The accuser, on the other hand, enjoys anonymity and suffers no loss of reputation or negative material consequences and in the case of an accusation later proven to have been false the injustice to priest is great.
In cases where the priest is accused of having used force (rape or some other form of involuntary abuse) there is some justification for not publishing the name of the accuser. But, where there is reason to believe that the alleged sexual misconduct was effected through mutual consent there is no justification for not publishing the name of the accuser.
Under the present procedure it is too easy for a person to allege sexual misconduct (again not involving minors) for a variety of possible unworthy motives: revenge, hope for monetary gain, hostility to the Catholic Faith, etc. Such is reported to have been the case of the accusation against Father Corapi. The only safe way to guard against damaging the reputation of individual priests and the Catholic priesthood in general is to not publish the name of an accused priest until an investigation has proved beyond doubt the guilt of the priest.
Let an investigation take place first, that is all we are saying. It should take no more than a month to interview the accuser and the accused and witnesses. No announcement should be made unless there is reason to suspect that the allegations have merit.
With the exception of someone who is emotionally and spiritually disturbed who is then taken advantage of, there is no need to protect jilted women licking their wounds and self-esteem by outing her consensual sexual relationship.
Adult women who engaged in a mutually enjoyable sexual relationship with a priest and goes on to regret it after she gets dumped when he returns to God should not be afforded anonymity because she wants compensation for the sex she had. The priest needs counseling to see if he is committed to celibacy. Followup includes mentoring under a watchful eye. The woman needs guidance on boundaries and how to recognize an available man and healthy relationships. It is what it is and the fact that it did not end happily ever after doesn't make it an abusive situation.
Of course, if he has a series of women, that is another story. But if it happens once, lumping this category of situations in with pedophiles is unjust and hysterical.
There are a lot of people who have personal or spiritual disorder, gripes against the Catholic Church and a need for vengeance that are helicoptering over the Fr. Corapi situation.
There are people with low self esteem who are envious of the attention people with talents receive. There are people who are jealous over other people's possessions. These people have stepped forward all over the internet to make owning a home or a boat, having a following, a tan or dying our hair a covert indication they are sexual abusers.
There's another group of individuals who claim pleading innocence and using your own situation to expose injustice is evidence of guilt.
For example, police now take complaints and do an investigation to see if it has merit before they arrest somebody. If they changed the system to arresting people 'just in case', people protesting their innocence and saying this process violates civil rights, truth and justice - to this group of people, this is an evidence they a guilty. One individual told me this week that this would be a 'lack of humility' and 'obedience'. It is humble to let our brothers and sisters suffer injustice.
A regular humanitarian he was. I'm willing to bet if we started a discussion on the lack of humility of people complaining about waterboarding, he'd be all over us.
This same individual explained to me that the process was supposed to be secretive and Fr. Corapi violated the ethics of 'obedience' to episcopal secrets. I didn't think there was anyone left who thought what the Bishops cook up in their secretive processes is the product of the Holy Spirit, but as luck would have it, I ran into the dinosaur.
As you can imagine, edification did not accompany his retreat.
The system is still raping our children, women, young homosexually attracted boys. They will go so far as to kill them for a profit and lie about it. There is no internal system for removing them and they are all laughing all the way to the bank...
The focus is the pursuit of truth, not silence in the face of corruption, which Chancery rogues like to call obedience.
He also said that the testimony of coworkers of Fr. Corapi and the woman at Santa Cruz Media should be inadmissible to any fact finding missions.
These are the same people who were making demands that HLI report what they witnessed about Fr. Euteneuer. Back then, they said coworkers must have seen or heard and they demanded to know what it was. After HLI came out with their statement, they considered Fr. Euteneuer's coworkers accountable.
Naturally, this makes sense. If you've ever worked with a drug addict is hitting on and sleeping with numerous women, their conduct is as plain as the nose on your face.
Oddly enough, when coworkers stepped forward to give their testimony on what they witnessed with Fr. Corapi and what the woman said and did (including beating them up and threatening to destroy Fr. Corapi after getting fired), it shouldn't have merit because they are violating the Bishops secrets? And, they lack "humility"?
I don't much care for duplicity.
When you see the helicopters overhead, remember that lots of people have agendas that have nothing to do with protecting children, serving Christ's Church and the pursuit of truth and justice.
Here's my free advice: Test everything.
Have a great day!