Some Really Good News About Fr. John Corapi
When I first discovered EWTN, one of my favourite speakers on the channel was Fr. John Corapi, a priest of SOLT (The Society of Our Lady of the most holy Trinity) with an extraordinary story of conversion and metanoia from a lifestyle of debauchery to that of a priest. My sons loved him because he was a bit of an action man, and put across a very masculine faith. He was hugely popular as a speaker, very orthodox, and many faithful considered he was a very holy man. But tragically, he fell from grace and suffered huge media attention and speculation after an allegation was made. I remember the whole thing started when lots of people noticed he was dying his beard from grey to black. There was a huge thread on Catholic Answers about it! I felt very upset when this happened; let down and concerned for Fr. Corapi. Our natural reaction is to want to know more I suppose, though we should follow no one man but rather Our Lord Jesus.
Now I have spotted here: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/abbott/150831 the following news:
A bit of good news to share: A reliable source has informed me that Father John Corapi, a popular priest among orthodox Catholics who departed public life after a tumultuous period a few years ago, remains in the priesthood and is re-establishing his spiritual life.
There's no indication he'll be returning to public life anytime soon, if ever. However, it's nice to know that Father Corapi can at least be a quiet prayer warrior during this extremely difficult time in the Church and world.
I won't go into the particulars about what transpired in the past – it's water under the bridge – and I'm sure there's information on the Internet (some of it more reliable than other information, obviously) for those who may not be familiar with the situation. Plus, those who really didn't pay attention to him in the first place likely don't care one way or the other about his current status.
The bottom line is that we all are wounded and spiritually/morally fall often (I knowI do!). We just have to try our best to keep moving forward in faith in this "valley of tears." A very difficult task, I must say. That doesn't mean condoning moral corruption or remaining silent about it, but we all need God's mercy.When allegations are made, a priest's public/interior life can be destroyed irreparably, when he falls from weakness and temptation, the road to gaining the confidence of the people of God back is slow, painful and eventually salvific!
I can't help but call to mind immediately the parable of the lost sheep and consider how much rejoicing there will be in heaven if this is indeed the case!
Please join me in praying for Fr. Corapi!