Although this is from a blog, it breaks news that is important to many devout Catholics about the status of the suspended priest, John Corapi. It belongs in the Religion Forum.
Discussion also here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2736372/posts?q=1&;page=1
In my judgment, Father Corapi is getting the short end of the stick here.
We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.
Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.
Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.
Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.
Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.
Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.
O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.
Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priestsThis icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.
The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.
The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.
Melchizedek: king of righteousness (left icon) was priest and king of Jerusalem. He blessed Abraham and has been considered an ideal priest-king.
St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.
Thank you sitetest. I am pretty shocked here. Father Corapi has proudly come so far, left much behind and though his masculinity may have been an offense to many, I hardly believe he had any inclinations to return to his past miseries of wine, women, wealth and song.
I’ll be honest with you. I am totally in the dark about the validity of the original charges. All I can say is this:
I have read the words of some of Father Corapi’s defenders. Some of his defenders have been hateful and accusatory toward those who have refused to jump to his immediate defense, and disrespectful and nasty toward the Church Herself.
It occurred to me that if these were the fruits, I would have to avoid forming any sort of opinion on the issue apart from this: When people turn their back on the Church, it is up to the priest to show why they shouldn’t.
Driving a lamb away from the flock is wrong.
So when I see announcements like this, from the priest and not from the Church, it makes me very sad, because it seems that this is designed to make people more angry, not less. That isn’t what the priest is charged with doing.
I think the lesson here is that if his fruit is divisive and harmful, it may be good that he not serve, having nothing to do with the original accusations. At least for the time being.
P.S. Thank you for posting this. I had been wondering about a resolution, but hadn’t yet looked for news.
what is that saying: one must die to oneself to Follow Jesus?
I have always figured Corapi was a fraud, and although his words were powerful and pointed to Jesus, his attitude and facial expressions while giving the talks suggested otherwise.
I feel bad for those who liked him, but like apparitions, you have to ask: Do we follow X or do we follow Jesus?
Several other preachers on EWTN had been accused of stuff,and they went quietly....but I worry that the enemies of that wonderful TV station will use them to attack and destroy the network...here in the Philippines we have lots of Protestant stuff that twist around what Catholics believe so to get converts, but only EWTN preaches the catholic point of view...and the masses etc. are valuable
so could I suggest that we include the network in our prayers?
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.
Well like anything ,give it time.He will be in my prayers.
So?....What is the background story? What is the offense of which he is being accused?
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?
Continued prayers for Fr. John Corapi (you are a priest forever according to the Order of Melchidizek)
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.
Lord Our God,
Be close to Thy servant Fr. John in this hour of trial.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, in the company of saints in Heaven we pray, Amen.
Just wow! Satan is truly after the good and courageous priests!
As others have mentioned, his two 'choices' seem contrived. Another option would have been to enter a monastery where he could say Mass and pray for sinners everywhere.
I think this is a troubling statement filled with more than a little false humility.
Salvation, I respect you greatly, but the question is not whether he is getting a raw deal, but, would you be led by a Black Sheep Dog?
A member from his media team shared this is a very exciting move for John and his fans, as for the first time, in a long time, John will be directly in touch with this fan-base by way of social networks.
Fans? Fan-base? These are about as foreign to a healthy view of the priesthood as I can imagine. What kind of a priest would even tolerate such language on their page, or seemingly condone it? And this is from a member of his "media team," whatever that even is. I know nothing about this situation or the rightness of Mr. Corapi's position, but this statement sets off alarm bells for me personally.