Fr John Corapi Accused of Sexual Exploits

And he has been placed on administrative leave:

Here’s the full text of Fr. Corapi’s statement, taken from his website:

A Call For Prayer –

On Ash Wednesday I learned that a former employee sent a three-page letter to several bishops accusing me of everything from drug addiction to multiple sexual exploits with her and several other adult women. There seems to no longer be the need for a complaint to be deemed “credible” in order for Church authorities to pull the trigger on the Church’s procedure, which was in recent years crafted to respond to cases of the sexual abuse of minors. I am not accused of that, but it seems, once again, that they now don’t have to deem the complaint to be credible or not, and it is being applied broadly to respond to all complaints. I have been placed on “administrative leave” as the result of this.

I’ll certainly cooperate with the process, but personally believe that it is seriously flawed, and is tantamount to treating the priest as guilty “just in case”, then through the process determining if he is innocent. The resultant damage to the accused is immediate, irreparable, and serious, especially for someone like myself, since I am so well known. I am not alone in this assessment, as multiple canon lawyers and civil and criminal attorneys have stated publicly that the procedure does grave damage to the accused from the outset, regardless of rhetoric denying this, and has little regard for any form of meaningful due process.

All of the allegations in the complaint are false, and I ask you to pray for all concerned.

This is very bad news. He is a prominent Catholic Priest who, from being a vagrant on the streets, transformed his life and now runs television and radio ministries. I even posted a You Tube on my old blog:  Surrender is Not and Option…

What a preacher. Doesn’t sound like a man who would do the things he is accused of. One thing is for certain though, he will be forever tainted unless he can totally prove his innocence.

Wikipedia has more on him here.

For ongoing comments and updates, see his Facebook page.

UPDATE:   Church officials comment on Father Corapi’s case here.


6 thoughts on “Fr John Corapi Accused of Sexual Exploits

  1. Sadly his past drug and sexual exploits does not bare well here. He could have fallen again? This is the question I think in the minds of the Church. His defense is his renewed & regenerate character, lasting and real? And not to judge the system here of the Church. My thoughts at least.

    1. What scares me most Fr is that anyone can basically say this or that happened (substantiated or not) and as a priest, you’re buggered – esp. in the US it would seem. Has the paedophile scandal lead to an all out witch hunt?

      1. Fr. Stephen,

        I understand your concern certainly! But, we are all a part of our past also. I killed people in the RMC’s, for God & Country..something I must live with, and finally stand before God with. My point is the Church is thinking and looking at this priest’s past, and the charges etc. Which he even himself somewhat must acknowledge. As he used it in sermons. Did he fall again? This is the Church’s concern. Has he been laylaid? We must wait and see? But again, each of us must man-up for our whole life! For we are sinners, past and present. I think it best that he go thru the Church’s process, good, bad or indifferent! And let both God and the Church call this one. What is left for any of us in this circumstance? But God and the Church! Even a pilgrim Church.

  2. Pax et Bonum!

    We should keep several things in mind.

    First, a good priest is concerned for the salvation of souls, not for his own hide. As a good father, he will be concerned with the possible harm to the faithful under his care, rather than with the possible harm to himself as the accused.

    Second, to avoid any appearance of impropriety, a person of integrity will request without hesitation being placed in administrative leave until an accusation of this nature is properly investigated.

    As in ALL these cases, I have always said that if such accusations were ever made against me AND I was innocent, I would challenge my accuser to a polygraph examination alongside myself in a public plaza for everyone to witness. Whenever, I do not see this type of candid and open response, doubts do arise as to the innocence of the accused.

    We should pray that for a thorough, ethical and fair investigation of the accusations. And we must be prepared to accept the outcome whatever it is.

    However, regardless of Fr. Corapi’s guilt or innocence, it will always be just to applaud and give him credit for all the good he has done. You don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. Neither do you destroy a man because he succumbed to temptation in a moment of weakness. If he did something wrong he “earned” and should accept the punishment, in the exact same way he “earned” our admiration and applause for the good he has done.

    Let us never forget that the failings, shortcomings or sins of a member of the Church, be he a Pope or a layman, do not in the least diminish the holiness of the Church’s teachings nor the validity of the Church’s mission.

    Above all, let us keep him, and all our clergy, constantly in our prayers. May Almighty God help them to be virtuous and brave!

    1. God Bless FR.JOhn Corapi! I beleive him to be innocent of all charges. He was right to pedict that church would be persicuted by Hate Groups in this country. We see it now!

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