Skip to comments.Official EWTN Statement Regarding Fr.John Corapi [Catholic Caucus]
Posted on 03/26/2011 8:34:40 AM PDT by NYer
|Official EWTN Statement Regarding Fr.John Corapi|
| Dear EWTN Family:
We are aware that many of our supporters are disappointed in EWTN's decision to remove Father John Corapi's programs from the Network during his administrative leave. We too are greatly disappointed that EWTN had to make this difficult decision. We can assure you that it was made with much prayer and careful discernment.
The fact is that Father John's own religious community has placed him on administrative leave and his capacity to function publicly as a priest has been suspended during the investigation of the charges against him. This was officially communicated to all of the bishops of the country in a statement saying that, "...Fr. Corapi has been placed on administrative leave and has had all of his priestly faculties removed."
In EWTN's thirty years of existence, the Network has never knowingly aired programming featuring any priest whose priestly faculties have been suspended. The Network has always responded consistently and immediately in such situations by removing such programs from the air. We are obliged to do so in obedience to the discipline of the Church.
Father John has long been a friend of EWTN and many of us have worked closely with him throughout the years. He is a tremendously gifted preacher who has led many souls to Christ. We are doing exactly as he has asked and supporting him and everyone involved in the situation in the best way possible, through our prayers.
It is also our prayer that this matter will be brought to a speedy resolution so that Father John's programs can be returned to the airwaves.
Thank you for your understanding. May God bless you.
EWTN Global Catholic Network
Prayers continue for Fr. Corapi.
That puts the matter exactly as it should be put. Prayers that there will be a speedy resolution and that Fr. Corapi will quickly return to the good work he was doing. In the meantime, may God grant that he use this difficult time for his own spiritual advantage.
Statement of Santa Cruz Media, Inc. Relative to Fr. Corapis Suspension
Santa Cruz Media, Inc. is the owner of all of Fr. John Corapis intellectual property and the DVDs, CDs, and books that flow from it. We are a secular corporation and not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. As such, we are not under the jurisdiction of any bishop or other official in the Catholic Church, although we have the utmost respect for Church authority.
We fully support Rev. John Corapi in this terrible trial, not surprisingly having begun on Ash Wednesday. Through the sacrifice and struggle of the desert and all of the dark moments that this entails, we are confident that the glory of the risen Lord will shine forth from the power of the Resurrection and Easter.
We have consulted with a number of canon lawyers. They have assured us that the actions of the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas are, on several points of canon law, illicit. It is our fervent hope that The Dallas Charter will be changed because of false accusations like this. There is no evidence at this time that Fr. Corapi did anything wrong, only the unsubstantiated rant of a former employee, who, after losing her job with this office, physically assaulted me and another employee and promised to “destroy” Father Corapi. We all continue to pray for this person, and we ask you to do the same.
We sincerely believe that the work Fr. Corapi has done is of greatest value to the Church, hence hated by the devil. We fully intend to make Fr. Corapis material available as a service to the Church and the world for as long as we possibly can.
The Church provides no financial support to Fr. Corapi. He has to pay for his own legal representation, medical costs, food, housing, etc. We have never accepted donations or charitable contributions of any kind. We are supporting Fathers efforts to defend himself. Your purchase of products from Santa Cruz Media helps provide the funding for Father’s continued work as well as the legal expenses he continues to incur as a result of these malicious allegations.
Father Corapi and all of us here at Santa Cruz Media, Inc. greatly appreciate your kindness, support, and prayers. Please continue to pray for Father Corapi and his accuser, as well as all priests who find themselves in this unfortunate situation.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Vice President of Operations
Santa Cruz Media, Inc.
The network did exactly as it should have done. I’d expect nothing less of Mother Angelica’s people.
Now there's an interesting bit of information by someone connected to Fr. Corapi, and something that CAN be introduced into evidence, especially if there were more than one witness to the incident.
I also noticed THIS article earlier this morning:
Corapi accuser promised to destroy priest after being fired: claim
Yes, I saw that.
It’s a prudential decision. Nothing has been said against the orthodoxy of his written work, which they have published. And he was in good standing when they published it. So I think they are within their rights, unless someone in authority like a bishop intervenes, to continue with sales. Perhaps they should refrain from publishing any new works until this sorry business is resolved.
Appearing on EWTN is a different kettle of fish, because that is not the former Fr. Corapi who was in good standing when he wrote the books, but the current Fr. Corapi who is temporarily removed from his duties.
I would agree with both decisions.
Hunh. Comparisons to St. Padre Pio surely will be made. In that spirit, I submit that, if he be innocent, he can be patron saint of the Me Generation.
Fr. Corapi’s name is in the dirt and the name of the accuser is kept private but we’ll know it eventually and discover she’s a psycho...