Fr. Corapi placed on administrative leave amidst accusations

Fr. Corapi is a popular speaker who has a show on EWTN. While I have never heard him speak or watched his show (I prefer to read), he has brought many people into our RCIA.

I pray that the accusations are false. The blog Te Deum Laudamus has the story with links to other bloggers.

“Fr. Corapi, well known for his catechism videos and talks has been placed on administrative leave.  Here is the statement from his website:”
A Call for Prayer

On Ash Wednesday I learned that a former employee sent a three-page letter to several bishops accusing me of everything from drug addiction to multiple sexual exploits with her and several other adult women. 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.

All of the allegations in the complaint are false, and I ask you to pray for all concerned.

Read more here.


About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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4 Responses to Fr. Corapi placed on administrative leave amidst accusations

  1. LeAnn says:

    I pray these allegations are false. I will trust in the process. He must be in horrific despair and pain. I will also attempt to pray for his accuser, for if she is a victim, she needs healing and if she is falsely accusing, she needs healing. I have great respect for Father Corapi having listened to many of his classes and I saw in in person in Omaha.


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  3. Kris Haase says:

    This is so insane,all those who know of this man would NEVER do anything like this let alone he knows he would be the next target! Believe me prayers are going to be out there more than this world will ever know,and for her.We need priest like him,he tells it like it is and his mission is GOD’S TRUTH! The church did not do these crimes….man does,and our church will always be a target,what about the rest of the world!!! God help us all,amen.


  4. Octavio Lima says:

    Pax et Bonum!

    We should keep several things in mind.

    First, a good priest is concerned for the salvation of souls, not for his own hide. As a good father, he will be concerned with the possible harm to the faithful under his care, rather than with the possible harm to himself as the accused.

    Second, to avoid any appearance of impropriety, a person of integrity will request without hesitation being placed in administrative leave until an accusation of this nature is properly investigated.

    Third, we should presume the accused innocent until proven guilty and reserve judgments until the investigation of the accusation is complete.

    As in ALL these cases, I have always said that if such accusations were ever made against me AND I was innocent, I would challenge my accuser to a polygraph examination alongside myself in a public plaza for everyone to witness. Whenever, I do not see this type of candid and open response, doubts do arise as to the innocence of the accused.

    We should pray for a thorough, ethical and fair investigation of the accusations. And we must be prepared to accept the outcome whatever it is.

    However, regardless of Fr. Corapi’s guilt or innocence, it will always be just to applaud and give him credit for all the good he has done. You don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. Neither do you destroy a man because he succumbed to temptation in a moment of weakness. If he did something wrong he “earned” and should accept the punishment, in the exact same way he “earned” our admiration and applause for the good he has done.

    Let us never forget that the failings, shortcomings or sins of a member of the Church, be he a Pope or a layman, do not in the least diminish the holiness of the Church’s teachings nor the validity of the Church’s mission.

    Above all, let us keep him, and all our clergy, constantly in our prayers. May Almighty God help them to be virtuous and brave!

    Octavio Lima


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