I was never a fan of Fr. Corapi; he is just not my cuppa. But his video announcement, that he is leaving the Priesthood is just plain sad and disturbing.
He has fallen into the trap that awaits Priests who become celebrities. There is no evidence of humility or obedience. He only mentions God once, and he doesn’t ask for our prayers. The black sheepdog forgot that he belongs to our Lord and shepherd.
Corapi also says that
I am, indeed, not ready to be extinguished. Under the name “The Black Sheep Dog,” I shall be with you through radio broadcasts and writing.
It is all about him. But gosh darn it, as a priest and as a Christian it should be about Jesus Christ. Period. Christians most certainly are called to extinguish our selves, that is our egos, so that the divine life can dwell within us.
This is the difficulty of being entrusted with a ministry for the clergy and for lay people like myself. I know how easy it is, even as I swim in my very small puddle, to forget that it is not my mission; it is HIS. For some reason God has chosen me, and any gift that I have for Catechesis, or anything else comes from God.
That is why I answer God’s call with fear and trembling. And I know that I am an unfinished Christian who will always fall short of the glory of God.
Please keep John Corapi in your prayers, and pray for his followers who may be tempted to follow him instead of our true shepherd.