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God love you, God bless you, and Good-Bye [Catholic Caucus]
The Black Sheepdog ^ | June 17, 2011 | John Corapi

Posted on 06/17/2011 10:15:35 PM PDT by sitetest

This Sunday, June 19, 2011, is both Trinity Sunday on the Catholic liturgical calendar and Fathers’ Day on the secular calendar. It is a day I’ll never forget, and sadly so. It is the twentieth anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood in the Catholic Church. For twenty years I was called “father.” I am very thankful for those twenty years. I could have easily died any number of times, any number of ways in my life before that, so I consider it all a bonus, an undeserved bonus. To all of you that have communicated support, ordination anniversary congratulations, and other kind sentiments, I am greatly thankful, and I do not take that for granted.

All things change, only God stays the same, so I have to tell you about a major change in my life. I am not going to be involved in public ministry as a priest any longer. There are certain persons in authority in the Church that want me gone, and I shall be gone. I have been guilty of many things in the course of my life, and could easily and justifiably be considered unfit to engage in public ministry as a priest. The present complaint that you have heard about is, as far as I know, from the one person that I can honestly say I did more to help and support than any human being in my entire life. I forgive her and hope only good things for her. I am not going to get into a back and forth or argument with the Church or anyone else about this matter.

Suffice it to say that I love the Catholic Church and accept what has transpired. Unfortunately, the process used is inherently and fatally flawed, but the bishops have the power, apparently, to operate anyway they see fit. I cannot give a lengthy explanation of what has transpired, but I can tell you that the most likely outcome is that they leave me suspended indefinitely and just let me fade away. They can’t prove I’m guilty of the things alleged because I’m not, and they can’t prove I’m innocent because that is simply illogical and impossible. All civilized societies know that. Certain leaders in the Catholic Church apparently do not.

I accept moving on, but I am not ready to be altogether extinguished just yet. In the final analysis I have only one of only two viable choices: 1. I can quietly lie down and die, or 2. I can go on in ways that I am able to go on.

I did not start this process, the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas ordered my superiors, against their will and better judgment, to do it. He in fact threatened to release a reprehensible and libelous letter to all of the bishops if they did not suspend me. He has a perfect right to do so, and I defend that right. Bishops aren’t bound by civil laws and procedures in internal Church matters. I agree with that, and would defend to the death the Church’s right to proceed as they see fit. He is the bishop and he has the right to govern as he sees fit. It isn’t an easy task. Many forces besiege him, including pressure from other bishops.

My canon lawyer and my civil lawyers have concluded that I cannot receive a fair and just hearing under the Church’s present process. The Church will conclude that I am not cooperating with the process because I refuse to give up all of my civil and human rights in order to hold harmless anyone who chooses to say defamatory and actionable things against me with no downside to them. The case may be on hold indefinitely, but my life cannot be. Some of the things that might surprise you about the way some of the bishops treat accused priests are as follows:

1. The identity of the accuser is not revealed. You can guess, but you don’t actually know. Nor are the exact allegations made known to you. Hence, you have an interesting situation of having to respond to an unknown accuser making unknown accusations (unknown to the accused and his counsel).

2. The persons chosen to investigate the allegations normally have no qualifications to do so. They certainly didn’t graduate from the FBI academy, nor do they have any other background to qualify them to interrogate or otherwise interview witnesses.

3. There are no set rules of evidence or norms of procedure.

4. You are for all practical purposes assumed guilty until you can prove you are innocent. This one is truly baffling. No civilized society operates that way. If you are accused of something you are considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

5. The accused and his counsel have no right to obtain and review any of the evidence against him.

6. The accused and his counsel are not provided the names of witnesses, nor are they permitted to cross-examine them.

7. There is a general unwillingness or outright refusal by certain of the bishops to abide by applicable statutes of limitations, both in canon and civil law. There are good reasons for these statutes. Time has a way of clouding memories and distorting perceptions.

By the way, Canon Law does not dictate this. They choose to selectively ignore or violate both Canon Law and Civil Law, as they deem appropriate and or expeditious. Once again, they apparently have the discretionary power to do this, and if that’s the way it is I have to accept that as reality.

The bottom line is that the only way a just outcome is likely, in my view and that of my counsel, both civil and canon lawyers, is by accident, rather than as a result of the process.

I will not try to fight this irrational and unjust situation for the simple reason that I don’t want to be placed in an adversarial posture against the Church. For 20 years I did my best to guard and feed the sheep. Now, based on a totally unsubstantiated, undocumented allegation from a demonstrably troubled person I was thrown out like yesterday’s garbage. I accept that. Perhaps I deserve that.

I can’t do what I can’t do. I can only do what I can do. I shall continue, black sheep that I am, to speak; and sheep dog that I am, to guard the sheep—this time around not just in the Church, but also in the entire world. I am, indeed, not ready to be extinguished. Under the name “The Black Sheep Dog,” I shall be with you through radio broadcasts and writing. My autobiography, “The Black Sheep Dog,” is almost ready for publication. My topics will be broader than in the past, and my audience likewise is apt to be broader. I’ll do what I can under the circumstances.

Please don’t bother the bishop or complain because it will do no good and it wastes valuable time and energy, both his and yours.

I hope you stay with us and follow us into our new domain and name of “The Black Sheep Dog.” Through writing and broadcasting we hope to continue to dispense truth and hope to a world so much in need of it. For those of you who choose to part company and go away from us, we wish you well and thank you for your many kindnesses over the years. We’ll miss you in our usual meeting places, but assure you that there will be new places for us to meet, just like in “the good old days,” so for now,

God bless you, God love you, and goodbye.

John Corapi (once called “father,” now “The Black Sheep Dog”)


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To: Salvation

Second it. Very sad indeed, and of all days, “Father’s Day” when we need good priests all the more.


21 posted on 06/18/2011 3:08:04 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Salvation

seems so Salvation...in any case its sad...

I pray it works out...I think some don’t realize he is a man and subject to temptation and frustration just like all of us. He has a gift...and I believe him. I think prayers to St Michael would be in order...


22 posted on 06/18/2011 3:25:05 AM PDT by aimee5291
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To: Salvation

I’m not as familiar with Father Corapi as most here, so it’s hard for me to jump in. It does appear that a good and orthodox priest has been misjudged, and will consequently pay a heavy price. I wish him well, and will pray for him, as well as his former bishop. Perhaps, is there room for him, in some capacity, in one of the, umm, independent orders, such as the SSPX or ICK?


23 posted on 06/18/2011 4:14:49 AM PDT by sayuncledave (A cruce salus)
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To: Cronos

i believe the accusations against him are true and he is getting out of Dodge, rather than defend himself. his statement is weird and not very convincing. he’s letting “procedure” stand in the way of serving Christ? i think becoming a “celebrity” has gone to his head and now he is bigger than the Church, it’s a shame.


24 posted on 06/18/2011 4:30:49 AM PDT by one Lord one faith one baptism
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To: GonzoII

“As a Catholic Priest though, Fr.Corapi has to be obedient to higher ups as long as they don’t demand him to sin or put him in a situation where he would sin. The best I can say about the matter is that he loves the Church and thinks he’s doing the right thing but he is not and is confused. I hope some good friends can convince him to change his mind.”

I agree. This has to be very hard, but many of the saints of the Church have gone through the same(and worse) with the Church. The mark of those saints was their obedience as if to God. They all emerged humbly victorious.


25 posted on 06/18/2011 4:49:10 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: sitetest

I have no opinion on the original charges against Fr. Corapi, and I wish him the best. However, I must observe, as others have, that this statement does not sound very Christlike.


26 posted on 06/18/2011 4:55:09 AM PDT by Tax-chick (One step ahead of the jailer.)
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To: Salvation

I would be very interested to find out the whole story. Fr. Corapi came out of his recent sabbatical with a dyed black goatee. I wondered then what was going on.


27 posted on 06/18/2011 4:59:36 AM PDT by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so..)
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To: sitetest

Well like anything ,give it time.He will be in my prayers.


28 posted on 06/18/2011 5:17:59 AM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today:))
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To: sitetest

So?....What is the background story? What is the offense of which he is being accused?


29 posted on 06/18/2011 5:22:09 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: sitetest

I don’t have a personal dog in this fight.

I DO think that the bishops are in a tight spot. In matters of this kind due process favors the accused. What can one do?


30 posted on 06/18/2011 5:28:16 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: wintertime

Using drugs and having sex with (one or more) adult women.


31 posted on 06/18/2011 5:38:40 AM PDT by Tax-chick (One step ahead of the jailer.)
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To: sitetest; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...
Satan scores another victory.

Continued prayers for Fr. John Corapi (you are a priest forever according to the Order of Melchidizek)

32 posted on 06/18/2011 5:51:24 AM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: Salvation

It’s interesting........I thought a lot of Mother Nadine Brown and she is out of the church, now Fr. Corapi is gone as well. Both have influenced me. Either it’s the church or it’s their own egos. Hard to know from this distance. Prayers for them both.


33 posted on 06/18/2011 5:58:38 AM PDT by tioga (2012 - the year Obama gets slapped down....coming soon.)
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To: Mad Dawg

Who knows the real truth here?

I find it laughable, that some, know he is guilty and un Christ like. Many have commented on the Church’s guidelines and reestablished rules for accusations against Priests.

It has flaws. My 14 year old son has to take STAND training to go on a summer mission into Appalachia. I think that is ridiculous and illustrative of the overreaction since the great crisis in the Church.

For those accusing Corapi, I would simply warn, that the Church hierarchy is made up of men, who by their nature are sinners.

Father Corapi could have relapsed and sinned. But is is also true of his anonymous accuser, his investigators and the those in the Hierarchy. They are only men.


34 posted on 06/18/2011 6:05:57 AM PDT by rbmillerjr (Murdering unborn children is the highest sacrament in the liberal religion.)
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To: Salvation

Yes, he is being so wronged. He’s a real fire-brand priest, tells it like it is, such an inspiring man. Satan wins this round, BUT it’s a mop-up operation.


35 posted on 06/18/2011 6:06:58 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: GonzoII

“As a Catholic Priest though, Fr.Corapi has to be obedient to higher ups as long as they don’t demand him to sin or put him in a situation where he would sin. The best I can say about the matter is that he loves the Church and thinks he’s doing the right thing but he is not and is confused. I hope some good friends can convince him to change his mind.”

He’s on a suspension that, at this point, looks indefinite. If he stays put, he can do nothing. If he leaves that role, then he can find some other way to continue God’s work. Hopefully within the Catholic Church. I honestly don’t think he’ll leave that.


36 posted on 06/18/2011 6:12:09 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: rbmillerjr
I find it laughable, that some, know he is guilty and un Christ like.

I was the one who used the word Christlike, in the negative, discussing the tone of the statement. Do you think the statement, the original article, sounds Christlike? I think it sounds like an affronted human being taking his ball and leaving the field.

I did not say Fr. Corapi was guilty of anything.

37 posted on 06/18/2011 6:12:46 AM PDT by Tax-chick (One step ahead of the jailer.)
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To: rbmillerjr

Why do we accuse or not accuse? It is not our problem and we don’t have to form an opinion.

IMHO Programs like “STAND” and whatever it is our diocese has are for the insurance companies. They provide the diocese with an appearance (and maybe a reality as well) of ‘due diligence’. Without that they can’t get liability insurance. We had the same sort of thing in the Episcopal Church.

In our parish the doors to the priest’s offices have BIG windows. Often the priest sits where he can be seen while the person with whom he is talking cannot.

What we need,what clergy need, is not paranoia but prudence and decorum, again, IMHO.

In haste ....


38 posted on 06/18/2011 6:24:41 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: sitetest
In the final analysis I have only one of only two viable choices: 1. I can quietly lie down and die, or 2. I can go on in ways that I am able to go on.

This is the heart of the matter and it's where Fr. Corapi is making a great mistake.

Those are not the only two choices. In particular, option 1 is a false option. "Quietly lie down and die"?? I presume the word "die" is Father's take on waiting patiently for whatever ecclesiastical processes are currently underway to run their course and to submit to their outcome. It's clear from the rest of his letter that he believes these processes to be flawed and that he will not get a fair hearing.

Herein lies his essential problem. It is a crisis of faith. He does not believe that God is in charge and that, as St. Paul says in Romans, ....."all things work to the good for those who love the Lord". He's lost faith that God can work through the weak and perhaps corrupt humans in whose hands he now finds himself.

As a result, he has decided to take matters into the hands which he believes he can trust; his own.

I'm making no statement as to the truth of the original allegations. Just his decision to (apparently) abandon the priesthood.

39 posted on 06/18/2011 6:31:06 AM PDT by marshmallow (.)
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To: al_c
"If he stays put, he can do nothing. If he leaves that role, then he can find some other way to continue God’s work."

Regarding the former he could still say Mass, as to the later the former trumps it. In the end we have one less priest saying Mass. The devil is rejoicing.

Regards.

40 posted on 06/18/2011 6:31:59 AM PDT by GonzoII (Quia tu es, Deus, fortitudo mea...Quare tristis es anima mea?)
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