Unless you’ve been avoiding the internet over the last few days, you’ve probably already heard about Fr John Corapi’s decision to leave the priesthood. I will not claim to be an expert on this situation but want share some thoughts on this issue. I would recommend you read this detailed analysis called Father Coarpi’s Bombshell. My favorite post I will not defend Fr Corapi. I will defend Bishop Mulvey can be found at Aggie Catholics.
This whole situation is very troubling and terribly sad, and it is so for many reasons. First, it is sad to see a man leave his God-given vocation. Like many other people, I personally have been brought closer to Christ by the words of this great speaker. I know many other people who have been deeply uplifted by his presentations, homilies, and personal testimony. Only a man truly anointed by the Holy Spirit could be used as such a powerful vessel of spreading God’s love. I believe this is what makes it so sad.
Even with the accusations brought up against him this year, many of us stood behind him in faith that God would help him in his ministry. We did so because of the deep connection we have felt towards this man for what he has spoken to us and taught for many years.
If his mission is truly from God, then I believe that God would provide all that is needed and keep him in line with the Church. The great priests, prophets, and kings that stand as great heroes of the faith also encountered difficult situations and even greater tribulations in trying to do God’s work. It was through patience and faith that God answered prayers and helped His people. God will forever protect His Church.
Even in perceived scandal, the truth has always set the captives free.
Giving up after a few months in such a severe way reveals what appears to be selfish ambitions. I know that Corapi really feels that he is doing what he has to do, but feeding flames of confusion and division are causing more harm than good.
This situation is a reminder of the frailty of the human souls that make up The Church and the ever constant need for prayer for those in all ministries. I pray especially for the souls that will be negatively affected by this, and especially for Corapi. Scandal is never easy, and God’s love is needed all across these events. May God give us strength.