And so does the backlash:
The man formerly known as “Father John Corapi” was known for being a bit dramatic. His voice and even sometimes what he said has always been a bit suspect to me. But, because he was preaching orthodox Catholicism and had a profound, positive impact on those who listened to him, I just passed it off.
In a move that surprised even Corapi’s opponents, who are mostly liberal “Catholycs,” Corapi announced via his website and YouTube video (see below) that he would no longer be refered to as “Father” John Corapi. (I need to preface this next statement by clarifying that I am NOT kidding.) Corapi now wants to be referred to as “The Black Sheep Dog” John Corapi.
Mark Shea, Catholic writer and blogger, said, “John Corapi sets world record for most passive-aggressive manipulative self-aggrandizement ever squeezed into 8 and a half minutes.” He also called Corapi’s followers “suckers.” He later apologized for “loosing his temper” in his comments.
Shea has a point, though. Corapi let the investigation go on for all of about 4 months before calling it quits to his priestly vows. Not only does it make him look as guilty as O.J., but it also makes him look as though he is using this opportunity to sell more product and make more money (the first post on his new website was about a sale in honor of his ordination anniversary).
The video post of Corapi’s self-pitying groaning has almost 70,000 views just two days after it was posted. But the negative response to his bizarre action is going viral at a much greater rate. Even the comments on the video are not supportive.
More at New Media Catholic here.