Fr John Corapi: Convicted Already?

Has Fr Corapi been convicted already?

Father Corapi, the dynamic and well known evangelist, broke the news on his own website this weekend that he has been placed on ‘administrative leave’ following wide ranging accusations of misconduct by a former employee.  Fr. Corapi is adamant that the accusations are baseless and he decries the de facto policy that now finds accused priests guilty until proven innocent so as to avoid further embarrassment as he puts it, “just in case.”

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.

I am certainly not in any position to judge the facts in this particular case, but I must believe Fr. Corapi is innocent until proven otherwise.  Beyond that, all I have is my gut feeling and my hope, both of which tend toward innocence.  Time will tell.  I’ve been wrong before.

But beyond the particulars of his own case, Fr. Corapi takes issue with the process, a process which seemingly holds the accused guilty until proven innocent.  The truth is that someone of the prominence of Fr. Corapi may never recover his reputation, even though he be as pure as the driven snow.

It would seem that the destruction of reputations, even of the innocent,  is the inevitable consequence of a zero-tolerance policy administered by those seeking to avoid embarrassment.  In the past, accusations would be ignored to avoid embarrassment destroying lives.  The flip side is that acting on any and all such accusations without meaningful due process will destroy lives too…

Read on here.

You may also wish to read, 36 Hours after Corapi-Stormfall… here.

And over at the Deacon’s Bench (where the story broke), The Corapi case: what we know, what we don’t, here.

The blogosphere is still trembling from The Corapi Quake…

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

UPDATE II:  Fr John Corapi Tagged: ‘Pedophile’ by Google.

9 thoughts on “Fr John Corapi: Convicted Already?

  1. Fr Corapi has always been a light in the darkness for our family. How refreshing to hear the truth. We are praying for him and for his accuser. The devil is working overtime to take out the good priests who truly are good shepherds of the flock. We have recommended Fr Corapi to so many of our friends and family – this is too sad. Pray – pray – pray like Our Lady has said at all of her apparitions – this is truly a persecution of an innocent man – right near the time of the Passion of the Christ. Mary and Jesus will see that the truth comes out and triumph! St Michael defend us in battle!

  2. Fr Corapi You are a true gift given by our Lord, and I am so sorry that you should have to go through this. You call it like it is and hold nothing back when it comes to morals and what is required of us by God. It is most obvious that the closer we are to our Heavenly Father, the more of a threat we are to the devil . The devil will use whom ever he can to destroy those who truly come from God. You Fr Corapi are clearly one of our Lord’s finest servants, May God bring you comfort, Peace & strength to lead you through each day until you have been cleared of this sick attempt at destruction. In his love & in my prayers Shirley from Canada

  3. Our country is so corrupt in this age that there seems to be no hope for God’s ministers. Yet, as Jesus said “they hated me and will also hate you” and this is truly such a crime against you Father John. God knows, and we, who are children of the light also know the TRUTH. And those who’s minds are now chained to darkness will also one day know the TRUTH. Rejoice Father John, we are suffering for Jesus Christ….who is TRUTH!!

  4. Father John, this slander will not shut you out from the world anymore than the slander that came against Jesus. TRUTH is already working in the midst of this mire. God’s ways are above our ways. We will remain faithful to your teaching of TRUTH and thank you for your hard work for Christ and His church.

  5. I am not surprised at the action of the Bishops in suspending Fr. Corapi. He speaks the Truth in season and out and is obedient to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, too many of our Bishops are afraid of “hurting” people’s feelings concerning contraception, living together before marriage, homosexuality and abortion. No wonder that 70% of Catholics do not attend Mass on Sunday. We need to hear the truth each week when we attend Mass but so many churches just want their parishioners to feel good about themselves and not to be judgemental. I know that God will comfort Fr. Corapi and will release him from the cloud of darkness that surrounds him. There are millions of people around the world who this day are praying for him. God watch over him and protect him.

  6. I pray Father is innocent in this and that it is settled soon. Some people are very evil on these sites concerning Father; they say bad things. I wonder how many are really in a position to speak or are they just spouting off because of some personal vendetta against the Catholics. They are so quick to want a Catholic Priest to mess up and be convicted. We don’t know what happened in this case with Fr John; we only know that the accusation is that he had multiple relationships with women and took drugs. This person could be describing what was the first half of Father’s life before his conversion. It sounds like it to me. Lets wait to see what the outcome is. I doubt it that anything real bad happened. In any case, I choose the high road in this one. Like I was told by someone yesterday that I was clueless; no, its my opinion and I’m sticking to it. Thank you.

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