Sunday, June 19, 2011

On Fr. Corapi: What if Christ had quit because of injustice?

"Ecce Homo" by Antonio Ciseri, 1871


UPDATE JUNE 6, 2011 @7:05am | On July 5, 2011, Fr. Corapi's Superior, Fr. Gerry Sheehan issued another statement concerning his case.  Please see my post: SOLT superior responds to Corapi's "false statements and characterizations"

UDPDATE JUNE 19, 2011 @10:30PM | Folks, the National Catholic Register has a statement from Father Corapi's superiors. I am more disheartened than ever at what I am reading. I see several problems, but I simply do not have the time to offer anything right now, and it is way past my bed time. It may be days before I can get back to it. Let me just say this: In the old days, and even in some quarters today, men give up their good names, reputations and lives before their Roman collars. This case is an example of how when the going gets tough, the tough simply create confidentiality agreements, then sue people if they issue a complaint, and tie the hands of superiors trying to get to investigate to find the truth.   There are so many worldly things coming to light in this case, and unfortunately, I'm afraid they may go right over the heads of too many people.  I'll offer more another time, perhaps later in the week, but the schedule is very tight.  I stand by what is in my post below for general purposes and much of it is still applicable.



With regards to the latest development in the case of Father John Corapi, I was going to refrain from any comment until there was some reaction out of the Diocese of Corpus Christi or the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.  That was because I found the video theme, imagery, and certain arguments put forth odd enough to consider the possibility that Father Corapi's site had been hacked after it was suggested to me by a priest.  [see audio in video form here | transcript of text here]. This post is made with the assumption that it is authentic, and if it later proves to be a hoax, then the general principles laid out here, ought still to be of some benefit for reflection.  I hope to read some thoughts after you read what I present, most especially from priests.

I will refer to him as "Father" in this post because while he can quit acting as a priest he cannot remove the mark of the priesthood on his soul that will be with him for eternity (ccc 1583).  When the Church declares or affirms him laicized, I will then change how I refer to him.

I have been reading, and discussing the case with people as they learn of the situation.  In person, and online, among those who respected him for his solid preaching, whether they like his style or not, reaction has varied.  Some are dismayed, disturbed, and indignant; others are angry with the bishops feeling he had no choice. 

First, let me say that I too feel there is injustice in how certain cases are handled.  It also seems that the bishops are unwilling to subject themselves to the same fate should similar accusations come forth.   Father Dwight Longenecker gives some sad examples from Philadelphia in his post on this subject, and I was drawn into his post to offer a comment.  Here, I am repeating that comment, editing it with additional quotes, thoughts and comments, expanding on it, if you will.

I can't possibly know what it is like for an innocent priest to wait for that false accusation to come, or to be accused, causing him to loose his faculties, to be suspended from public ministry, to be scorned and humiliated in such a way.  But Christ does know.

Father Corapi's Third Option

I don't know if Father Corapi is guilty of the things he is accused of.  That's not even the point of this post.

Father Corapi said he had only two options.  I believe he had a third option: Imitate Christ who suffered the greatest injustice known to mankind, at our own hands, in silence. 

It's true that Father Corapi is not St. Pio.  Many are bringing up the great Italian Capuchin as a role model for priests who are unjustly accused because of what he suffered.  No two people are alike.  We may not all receive the same graces.  That is not in our control, but acting on graces, and practicing virtue is within our control.  Only God knows the fullness of truth here, so I want to shift and examine what some of the saints have to offer in the area of unjust accusations, persecutions from within, and more.

But is the experience of "yesterday's saint" relevant today?

We should never look at the saints of yesterday as not relevant for today. There are many more saints who have entered heaven, than are recorded.  Why then, do we know of some, and not others.  If we weren't meant to use them as role models, why bother going through a canonization process? It does not change their status, but it puts a spotlight on them for us to reference. The circumstances may change, but the principles do not because they are rooted in Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).


St. Pio of Pietrelcina

In the book Padre Pio: The True Story by Bernard Ruffin, he recounts that after Vespers on June 11, 1931, Padre Raffaele summoned Pio to the friary parlor to read the decree received, without comment:
"Padre Pio is to be stripped of all faculties of his priestly ministry except the faculty to celebrate the Holy Mass, which he may continue to do provided it is done in private, within the walls of the friary, in the inner chapel, and not publicy in church".

The saint's response:

"God's will be done,"...then he covered his eyes with his hands, lowered his head, and murmured, "The will of the authorities is the will of God."

Following the will of God, right to the Cross

That is the point. The will of God for a priest will come through his bishop and/or religious order/community superiors. It's easy to see that an assignment a priest gets to a parish from his bishop is the will of God.  He might be happy there.  But his next assignment may be as a chaplain at a hospital or university, or at a desk in the chancery, and he may not desire this.  Saying, "yes" in such a case, is taking up one's cross.  For a Carmelite monk in a monastery who may desire to work outside in the garden, and may have a talent for doing so, it may be the will of God for him to work in the kitchen or laundry room.  Such a monk who has grown with grace and reached a certain level of spiritual maturity understands that the suffering he endures by having to do one thing, when he wants to do another, is a form of redemptive suffering, which is pleasing to God when done meekly and without complaint.  (Col. 1:24)  Anyone discerning a vocation needs to understand this point.  You are giving up your life to God, and His will for you, will come through those put over you, imperfect as they may be.

Father Corapi certainly has a gift in preaching.  But as a priest, especially a  priest in a Society of Apostolic Life, he does not get to make the call on where he is assigned, and what he does.  There are many priests, religious, and even lay people who have talents for doing certain things, but circumstances hinder them.  God can open doors, and he can shut them.  God shut the door on Father Corapi's preaching when he was put on administrative leave.  When the matter is out of our control, it is all but certain that God is permitting the thing to happen.  It's our response to the thing that God is looking for.

Opportunities for redemptive suffering can come for a priest in the form of persecution and injustices.  We have Christians in the Middle East, in Asia, in Africa, and other parts of the world suffering in ways that we cannot imagine, often by the hand of governments, or the people next door. We can easily see the connection between this suffering and the imitation of Christ on the Cross.

Other persecutions and injustices include those that can come from within the Church. That these happen, should not be a surprise.  Reading the lives of many saints, we see this over and again, that among the trials they suffered, came at the hands of those who were suppose to be at their side.  The very people who should have held them up, were pushing them down.  But did not Christ suffer similarly?

While Satan can be an instigator, or even drive that bus, more often than not, what is involved is human imperfections.  Also, God could be drawing straight with someone else's crooked lines, using them as an instrument to give us an opportunity to practice some virtue, or to offer up some sacrfice.  Saint Teresa of Avila said, "I'm sick and tired of those people who go about saying: 'The devil, the devil, the devil,' when instead they should be saying 'God, God, God'. I fear these kinds of persons more than the devil himself." (ST. TERESA OF AVILA,Vol. I; p. 13 and p. 170).  The very bishops that some look upon as "the enemy" may make errors of judgment, accept misguided advice, or take an imprudent path, more than to willfully engage in wicked behavior.

Think about a pearl, which is created by friction within the shell of a clam.  In a  like manner, God permits people in our lives to "rub us the wrong way", to hurt us - physically and emotionally, to misunderstand us, to humiliate us, and even to end our lives.  Not only do these serve as opportunities for redemptive suffering, but the friction serves to shape our souls into perfection like that beautiful pearl.   Saint Lawrence, who was literally being executed by roasting, told his executioners to turn him over, "this side is done". Even as he died a horrific and painful death, he practiced virtue. Perhaps his example at such a time won a few souls over to Christ.

God will often permit this kind of trial and persecution of priests from within the Church - by both the good and virtuous  (i.e., misunderstandings, imprudence, poor judgment), or through the wicked (false accusations, envy, revenge).  The reasons for such things are known only to Him. However, as we see in such cases as St. Pio, one's response to persecution from within can prove out heroic virtue.   St. John of the Cross prayed to be despised and suffered immensly from persecution from within.  Why would he do this, if not for a desire to follow Christ in his Passion?

Next to accepting with docility a physical martyrdom, there can be no greater imitation of Christ for an innocent priest who is falsely accused than to accept with docility a fate that comes to him through those put over him by God, even if it involves an unjust system. God coulld easily remove this obstacle, if and when, He so willed because He is God.

I believe that there is a serious deficiency in our understanding of the spiritual life, most especially, the virtues and how the Cross comes in to play. It's not sufficient for us to know the facts of the faith well. We have to practice virtue, and we must practice it "in season and out of season".  Virtue doesn't wait. Not acting on opportunities - big and small - to practice it weakens a soul's response to temptations. Our priests are under tremendous strain with the shortage today, but not greater than what the priests of yesterday experienced. Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who saw a priest with scarcity in his youth due to conditions in the former USSR, can attest to that. I believe that priests and lay people back in those days had the benefit of understanding the importance of practicing the virtues more intimately, and the role of the Cross in our daily life. (Luke 9:23) This needs to be recaptured to stem this loss of good men who are yielding in various ways.

St. Pio's postulator - Father Florio Tessari, in an inteview in L'Osservatore Romano had this to say about him (Catholic News Agency, June 2009):

Padre Pio was “a friar, a religious priest who profoundly observed the evangelical counsels (poverty, chastity and obedience) in his life. He suffered difficulties in silence like an authentic Cyrenean and at the same time was crucified without a cross..."
He went on to point to two fundamental elements that led to Padre Pio’s canonization: “Faith to the bitter end and obedience also to the bitter end, despite the difficulties he encountered in his life..."


One more quote from St. Pio is worth meditating on.  It comes from the same book by Bernard Ruffin.  He talks about a visit made by his friend and former teacher, Padre Agostino.  The priest said that Pio did not complain or make objections, especially in a public way.  Agostino asked him how he passed his time.  The saint responded:

"I pray and I study as much as I can, and then I annoy my Brothers."

He went on to elaborate on that last part, that he jokes with his brothers. In other words, he fully accepted God's will for him, not stewing in the injustice that had befallen him.

The Simplicity and Docility of St. Dominic Savio

St. Dominic Savio, a patron saint of the falsely accused was faulted in school for a prank he did not commit and was punished for it after he did not protest his innocence. He chose a path of docility and silence. Later, when the teacher, Father Cugliero discovered he didn't do it, he asked Savio why he didn't defend himself. St. Dominic said:

"I thought of our Lord when He was unjustly accused. He didn't say a word either."



Bottom Line: That persecution of innocent clerics and lay people happens is nothing new in the history of the  Church, including that which comes from within. What is most important is one's response to that persecution. Grace always leads us to imitate Christ, who was obedient unto death, death on a Cross (Phil 2:8).

What if Our Lord Jesus Christ had not been silent, protested his innocence, and "quit" because he was falsely accused and suffered injustice at the hands of the imperfect men God had put over him?

Several times in this post I have used the word, "docility".  What does this mean in the spiritual life? Let's look at what Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ has to say.  Yesterday, June 18, marked not only the day of his birth, but of his priestly ordination.  He remarks in an article on virtues concerning "Childlikeness" about docility thus:

It means therefore to be willing to learn from God and here’s the hard one: the willingness to learn from God not of course as though God will, though of course He might, send us His own divine angelic messenger, normally not. Normally God teaches us through the circumstances of our daily lives. Especially those most painful circumstances called other people. That’s where we tend to be less than docile. Openness then to God’s teaching us especially through all whom He places into our lives. It is great, great wisdom to be so disposed as to be ready to learn from and I mean it, everyone from the youngest child to the oldest speaking to religious golden or diamond jubilarian .

Defending oursleves against untruths and injustices - St. Francis de Dales

A lamb, even as it is led to slaughter, is docile, unlike a pig which kicks and squeals to the bitter end.  And, so must we be when we are led to the kind of emotional slaughter that comes with injustice and false accusations.  Does this mean we ought never defend ourselves? See the answer below as St. Francis de Sales quotes St. Gregory on this point.

When any evil befalls you, apply the remedies that may be in your power, agreeably to the will of God; for to act otherwise would be to tempt divine Providence Having done this, wait with resignation for the success it may please God to send; and, should the remedies overcome the evil, return Him thanks with humility, but if, on the contrary, the evils overcome the remedies, bless Him with patience.
"The following advice of St. Gregory is useful: whenever you are 'justly accused' of a fault, humble yourself, and candidly confess that you deserve more than the accusation which is brought against you; but, if the charge be false, excuse yourself meekly, denying your guilt, for you owe this respect to truth, and to the edification of your neighbor. But if, after your true and lawful excuse, they should continue to accuse you, trouble not yourself nor strive to have your excuse admitted; for, having discharged your duty to truth, you must also do the same to humility, by which means you neither offend against the care you ought to have of your reputation, nor the love you owe to peace, meekness of heart, and humility."


On Father Corapi

A  priest should always lead us to Christ.  If we find ourselves being led to the man, rather than to He whom the priest must always lead us, then it is time to remedy the attachment. 

In closing this post, I can only encourage you to pray and offer sacrifices up for Father Corapi, and for those who have developed a deep attachment to him.

We do not know his status, not until it is reported to us by the Church.  Some believe that he is doing this to help other priests who may be innocent victims of a flawed process. Pope John Paul II, in Veritatis Splendor (75) condemned consequentialism.  The end (fixing a process most of us feel is broken), does not justify the means (of breaking a promise he made when he put his hands into the hands of Pope John Paul II upon his ordination to the priesthood 20 years ago).

The mark of the priesthood is ever in the cross-hairs of the Angel of Darkness.  If he can get one priest to fall in some way, he knows very well how to use that attachment some have developmed to "the man" to win dozens, hundreds, or many thousands of others.

The Church is perfect, and Christ promised that the Gates of Hell would not prevail against it.  But, he also established a hierarchy made up of men - men who are no less prone to the effects of Original Sin as the rest of us.  He knew some would lead with heroic virtue unto martyrdom, others would die to self in white martyrdom, and still others would do a great deal of time in purgatory, or earn their way into Hell for eternity.  Thank God, that judgment is up to He who knows the fullness of truth, and any mitigating circumstances even a guilty cleric may have.  We, for our part, should pray for their sanctity, do reparation for our sins and theirs, and beg for mercy for all mindful of our own sinfulness.

If you want to do something useful, go to an Adoration chapel and pray, and do so regularly for priests and bishops. 

Got thoughts?

I'm interested in hearing from you on this, most especially priests.  Also, if you have any examples of other saints who suffered persecution from within the Church, drop a mention in the combox.  Provide links or citations, where possible.



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17 comments:

Kevin said...

Not a priest, but wrote my thoughts this morning:

http://commonsensecatholicism.blogspot.com/2011/06/on-fr-corapi-no-good-way-to-look-at-it.html

Kris Mc said...

Outstanding...simply outstanding! God bless your clarity, Diane.

Stan Williams said...

I've been following this and trying to stay out of it. My calling is somewhere else than to try to defend or explain all the craziness in the Church's administrative faculties. My own direct experience with bishops reminds me of Fr. Corapi and P. Pio. In fact, in the midst of my crisis with several bishops" a friend gave me Pio's biography. But I was not a priest. I am a businessman trying to incorporate Catholic Apologetics into my work model. Since then many other Catholic businessmen and non-profit administrators have told me that their experiences of working with bishops has also been fraught with egos, corruption and intolerable bureaucracy -- and so they avoid working with the Church as much as they can so they can continue be true to God’s calling their lives and organizations. Since then I too avoid being associated with the curia. Corapi has my empathy. I can't help but wonder: (a) if it's time the bishops take some personal responsibility and stop hiding behind the church's bureaucracy under the color of "God's Will." Ratzinger called bishops like this "mute dogs" (they avoid conflict and let the poison spread.) (b) It is a false assumption to believe that God's permissive will is the same as his moral will. (c) When God permits bishops to do things that are not His moral will, does that mean those under the bishop should follow the bishop? If you say “yes” to that, then let’s be consistent and stop objecting to abortion, which obviously God and the bishops permit. (I have contended for years that abortion will stop when bishops decide to get their vestments bloody through civil disobedience and stand in the abortion delivery rooms until they are forcibly jailed. When we get enough bishops in jail our legislatures and the people might wake up. That would be an example of “redemptive suffering.” (d) It is entirely possible that Corapi here is following "God, God, God" and his superiors are not. It won’t be the first time. (e) The Jews in the Holocaust, for the most part, demonstrated docility. Was that what they should have done? Or would God have morally permitted armed resistance and defense on their part? (f) I suggest that it just may be God's moral will that the bishops need to be the ones inside the oysters. They are not as polished as some faithful want to believe. (g) Likewise, I doubt the pedophile-priest scandal would have been as bad, had some priests objected publicly to the bishop's handling of the affairs instead of retreating to their prayer closets in docility. (h) I’m hoping this and other events shine a bright light on the lack of moral accountability within the church’s administrative structures. Some of them are corrupt and although God permits them, you can’t argue they are within God’s will nor that those under the authority should act with docility all the time. The world can too easily view docility to a corrupt administration as agreement with it. We’re called to be lights on a hill and not hide that light under tar covered bushel baskets falsely labeled “obedience.”

Kevin said...

Mr. Williams,

Please take what I am about to say with all due respect. As one who seeks to incporate Catholic apologetics into your business model (a very worthwhile endeavor) I really think you should bone up on what apologetics tells us about things.

Whatever ones experience with the Bishops is, we need to remember a few things. We don't know the facts of the situation, as Fr. Corapi says. Yet he uses that to his advantage. He accues (without proof) that the Bishop of Corpus Christi violated Canon Law. Since the investigation is still ongoing, that Bishop can't speak about it in public. (or he could but it would be highly imprudent to do so.) Fr. Corapi offers no evidence that his accuser is "deeply troubled", because, in his view, he doesn't know for certain who his accuser is.

So you could be right about working with the Bishops. But that doesn't change the facts or the situation on the ground here.

Now as far as your points:

a.) Yes, Bishops, priests, everyone needs to start accepting accountability.

b.) Yes, they aren't always the same, but one has to prove this is the case here, not assert it. There are very good reasons that in such investigations, a priest is (temporarily) suspended, even if he is later cleared. How can Fr. Corapi make the determination this would be permanent after just three months? I think he is jumping the gun here.

d.) Perhaps, but extremely unlikely. There really isn't a precedent in tradition for the way Fr. Corapi is acting.

St. Alphonsus de Ligouri viewed the suppression of the Jesuits as unjust. Yet when commenting on the Pope's decision, he said:

"Poor pope! What could he do in the circumstances in which he was placed, with all the Sovereigns conspiring to demand this Suppression? As for ourselves, we much keep silence, respect the secret judgment of God, and hold ourselves in peace".

I don't see this attitude in Fr. Corapi, nor in yourself for that matter. Fr. Corapi, while claiming he doesn't want to be in an adversarial position, states:

1.) The Bishops violated Canon Law against him (with no proof given)
2.) They violated his human, civic, and ecclesial rights.
3.) They do not understand things all civilized societies understand.

Sounds like he is doing precisely what he claims he doesn't want to do.

e.) Are you seriously comparing the just authority of Bishops to suspend someone pending an investigation with how someone should react to genocide? Don't you think that's a bit melodramatic?

I think you forget, many times, our brightest light is given through our obedience. When traditionalists chose to suffer conditions less than optimal out of love for the ExtraOrdinary Form within the Church (especially when an SSPX chapel was down the street), think of the graces such merited. When we think of one of the greatest saints of the modern time (St. Pio) he is such because of that obedience.

I think those things need to be clear before anything is spoken on in this matter. As I said in my writing on the subject, Fr. Corapi may be innocent or guilty. That isn't my concern, such is between him, his confessor, and God. The concern is with how this has played out.

Those who have gone this route in the past, it seldom ends well. Why will this time be different? I hope it is, but I'm also a realist.

Martial said...

Diane, I appreciate your balanced insight. What you have said is all very prudent. We need to pray for priests more than we do.

Nick said...

William,

(a) Pray for the Bishops and write to your Bishop if you feel he needs correction.
(b) God permits evil and wills good. He does not like evil. He delights in good.
(c) Seek a canon lawyer about vows and promises. As for civil disobedience: CCC 2242.
(d) No it is not. Corapi has explicitly stated he’s no longer a part of the Church.
(e) The Jews defended themselves, as is everyone’s right to. Read the book Nights.
(f) Pray for the Bishops and write to your Bishop, if God is inspiring you to do so.
(g) Now you are contradicting yourself. Do you want obedience or disobedience?
(h) I hope you recognize true humility from false humility. Corapi is the latter case.

Kevin said...

Nick,

Just to make sure things are done accurately, can you show where Fr. Corapi has stated he is "no longer a part of the Church?" I see him saying he will no longer be called father, and that he will not be a priest, but not formally leaving the Church.

Terry Nelson said...

Diane - this is indeed an outstanding and insightful post. Thanks very much.

Maria said...

It is indeed, Terry. I know of no finer example of the priesthood that Servant of God, John A. Hardon SJ. Not yet a Saint, but oh how he was persecuted by his own beloved Society of Jesus.

"What does God expect of us who claim that we love Him as recompense for His prior goodness to us and as the wages, so to speak, to merit an increase of His bounty on our behalf? He finally expects these two things:

That we are willing to give up whatever pleasant things He may want us to surrender.


That we are willing to take whatever painful things He may want to send us.
Between these two, surrender and suffering, or as I prefer, sacrifice and the cross, lies the whole price range of divine love. Go where you will, seek where you will, consult whom you will. Pray, read, speculate and meditate as much as you will, you will always come back to this fact of the spiritual life and there are no exceptions. The love of God is paid for as Christ paid for the love of His Father with the hard currency of willing sacrifice and the holy cross.

When I was younger, and I thought, smarter, I didn't talk quite this way. But experience is a good, though costly, teacher".

John Hardon SJ

God Bless Fr. Hardon who knew, w/ St. Ignatius, that "hard and painful things endured for Jesus Christ and with Jesus Christ" are to "be reckoned among God's greatest benefits."

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

Hi Folks,

Happy Fathers day to all the dads out there. I myself have not really been home since making this post, at least not long enough to sit down and reply to anyone at this time.

Right now, I just want to note that I have added a paragraph addressing something I have seen in comboxes and have had mentioned to me elsewhere. It is near the end, under the section, "On Father Corapi", and it reads as follows:

We do not know his status, not until it is reported to us by the Church. Some believe that he is doing this to help other priests who may be innocent victims of a flawed process. Pope John Paul II, in Veritatis Splendor (75) condemned consequentialism. The end (fixing a process most of us feel is broken), does not justify the means (of breaking a promise he made when he put his hands into the hands of Pope John Paul II upon his ordination to the priesthood 20 years ago).

I also fixed some blatant errors I just found where I must have started a though in one way, then changed, but did not omit words. It's the nature of blogging.

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

I'm heading off to bed. I just discovered this post by the former bishop of Corpus Christi in which he seems to be defending the actions of Father Corapi.

With all due respect to His Excellency, I cannot accept this argument of giving up the priesthood due to the flawed Dallas Charter (or to pursue political punditry).

The ends do not justify the means. Giving up the priesthood...

- is a means of fixing something?
- is a means of solving political problems in America?

Sorry. It's not working for me.

Michael said...

Thank you for this very insightful post!

A quote from St. Pio that might also be apt,

"Where there is no obedience there is no virtue, where there is no virtue there is no good, where there is no good there is no love, where there is no love, there is no God, and where there is no God there is no Paradise"

A lot of his supporters might think that this man is doing good just because he will continue to speak on the faith. But what really worries me is his is lack of accountability to anyone. And apparently it has been like this for quite some time now...

Daniel said...

The latest news at http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/father-corapis-bombshell/ sheds a great deal of light on why the investigation had been moving slowly. Father Corapi was invited to move back into community, and declined. Pray that he changes his mind.

Nick said...

RE: "Just to make sure things are done accurately, can you show where Fr. Corapi has stated he is "no longer a part of the Church?" I see him saying he will no longer be called father, and that he will not be a priest, but not formally leaving the Church."

I get the impression from where he says his audience will be wider. As a priest, his audience right now is primarily the Church. If he were to stay a Catholic, his audience would still primarily be the Church. So I get the impression he's saying he's going to become a non-Catholic Christian or a non-Christian.

Lion for Jesus said...

The great majority of people say that Fr. Corapi should just silently take the injustice, as did St. Padre Pio and wait for whatever years may be required to clear his name - if ever in his lifetime. Is silence really the requirement of the Church, or simply admirable? Some say that Fr. Corapi's approach has no precedent. Did not St. Joan of Arc defend herself in a public trial? What's terrible is that many claim that Fr. Corapi "must be guilty" because of the public approach he has taken - what inferential based defamation. In any case, never has the Church, through the authorities, had the precedent of such unjust processes institutionalized, all driven by the very same authorities lack of vigilance and dereliction of duty and apostasy from the faith (in many cases). (How many bishops fail to exercise canon 915 with regard to abortion supporting politicians.) A simple letter instantly takes out a priest, ruining his reputation forever. As one who once lived in a heretical diocese where corruption went up from lay people in the parish through the bishop himself, I did not silently sit there either. Should I silently accept that women should be priests, that children at age 7 cannot sin therefore 1st Communion is 2 years before 1st confession, missing mass on Sunday is OK and other heresies and disobedience to Church teachings? Should I obey that because the bishop and priests in authority said so? But I was not a public figure as Fr. Corapi is, rather I was a "fundamentalist" according to my pastor. I believe that God is using this situation to crush the unjust and uncivilized process currently in vogue as implemented by the bishops. What a better way than with a highly public priest. The only truly sad event would be if Fr. Corapi really requests laicization due to such intense pressure that is upon him through the hierarchy. Lastly, from reading hundreds of blog posts over the past few days, it seems that many accuse anyone of supporting any action by Fr. Corapi as "cult worship of religious media personalities" and other such libelous statements. I wonder what my "label" will be. Remember souls, you will be judged as you judge, and that time is coming sooner than you think.

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

@Lion - I think you are putting way too many things into the blender including things not relevant to the case at hand.

Let's just leave it to prayer.

I pray he sets aside his worldly ambitions, and pursues the spiritual option.

grotto said...

i do not see any holy virtues in now mr. coropis actions at this time. no humble heart, no silence to protecy church no prayerfulness detected only assertive mr. coropi speaking all about coropi and a total lck of concern for the holy church and dear faithful people. i do discern an arrogant attitude , no virtue found. let me follow strong men of god such as cardinal francis xavier of 13 years in a communist concentration camp.