Sorry about not blogging in a while. My favorite deacon and I drove to Denver to visit my parents. It was great to spend time with Mom and Dad, but I really hate the drive.
I spent all of my time in real world instead of the virtual one. So I was saddened, when I went on line today, to learn that there have been further developments in the Fr. Corapi case. His community has issued a press release. They have determined that the allegations are true.
We need to pray for Fr. Corapi, his followers, and his community.
Deacon Greg has links to bloggers who have commented.
It is a lesson that all of us who take our mission to spread the Gospel in words and deeds seriously. We all sin. We all are prone to pride. Humility is a grace that we can only receive from God.
But most important of all, we need to always keep in mind that we are not the messenger. As Mother Teresa said, we are but pencils in the hand of God.
Jennifer Fulwiler, whose conversion was influenced by Corapi’s talks and sermons, got it just right when she wrote several weeks ago (excerpt):
And so it is with Fr. Corapi. No matter what happens, I will always respect his talent for capturing the truth, and will eternally owe him a debt of gratitude for highlighting its beauty so well. I will think back fondly of those days when his voice guided me during those drives to my doctor appointments, when his televised image was a natural part of our family living room. My love of the doctrines of the Faith will remain unscathed, even if the one who originally conveyed them to me does not. And I pray that Fr. Corapi feels similarly liberated to take whatever time he needs to pray, pause, and seek the still, small voice of God, knowing that it is not his burden alone to pass on the Faith. God has given us the truth through a system that is outside of and above any one man. And because of that, we are all free.
Oh my goodness! Please, dear lady, quote to me the part of the SOLT release which unequivocally declares that the “fact-finding” team has “determined that the allegations are true”. What the release stated was “SOLT’s fact-finding team has acquired information from Fr. Corapi’s e-mails, various witnesses, and public sources that, together, state that, during his years of public ministry:
The release then goes on to list the allegations of misconduct, none of which have been elevated to the level of being “truth”, as you and the other judges you link to, have either stated or implied.
The allegations are still just that. Allegations. The allegations “state”…..that’s what the release says. And only that. Good grief. What is wrong with you people. Why are you so eager to turn allegations into truth? Statements into fact? Surely you are all clever enough to know that statements need to be substantiated in order for them to become fact. Allegations need to be proven before they can be considered truth.
No, SOLT _did not_ “determine the allegations are true”. Please again, show me where SOLT specifically wrote that, and please quote, in the release Fr. Sheehan issued July 5th.
For more on the “fact-finding” team, please check out the information provided here: