Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Corapi corrupted part III: SOLT sheds light on The Black Sheep Dog's demons

Correction: Many readers have written in to say Corapi told the airplane/witch story about the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, not himself. As many of Corapi's tapes are no longer available to check, I accept that the collective memory of my fine readers is correct and my recall is faulty on this detail. Still the message remains the same; Corapi, through his resigning the active ministry (and his recent tape confirming that the Eucharist wasn't a big part of his priesthood), shows he has lost respect for the main reason a priest is ordained, and combined with his other disregard for Church authority, this charge of sacramental abuse must be taken seriously.

Reprinted on Spero News and RenewAmerica.
Fighting Irish Thomas seems to be the only one covering this story. The Register in this week's issue covers it and they are about 3 weeks behind you. And they are not as thorough. Keep up the good work. Get it out into the light. Stop all coverups. If that makes you an unpopular Catholic with certain church authorities, so be it. You still have 2 supporters in California! --JimAroo, 7-4-11
He did have sexual relations and years of cohabitation (in California and Montana) with a woman known to him, when the relationship began, as a prostitute; He repeatedly abused alcohol and drugs; He has recently engaged in sexting activity with one or more women in Montana; He holds legal title to over $1 million in real estate, numerous luxury vehicles, motorcycles, an ATV, a boat dock, and several motor boats, which is a serious violation of his promise of poverty as a perpetually professed member of the Society. --Rev. Gerard Sheehan, SOLT
Perhaps in response to prominent conservative California Catholic "JimAroo's" comment on the paper's tardiness in reporting the story, the National Catholic Register published SOLT's latest bombshell statement about the former rock-star priest's sex and drugs escapades before SOLT themselves did, leading to speculation by Corapi's "dogged" supporters that the Register's scoop was a hoax. But now that SOLT has since published the account on its own website and has vouched for its authenticity, there can be no doubting its facts or their purpose in writing it. "It is for thousands of faithful Catholics...Corapi inspired...many of whom [due] to Corapi's false statements [about the Church] continue to support him...that SOLT seeks to set the record straight."

While SOLT's fact-finding team's contention that Corapi had sex, did drugs, and lived with a prostitute, were of no surprise to many of the Catholic writers who had investigated his corruption, a few of the allegations still caught me off guard. For example, since Corapi entered SOLT before the Society's charters required its members to live in community, I didn't realize Corapi was still bound to a "perpetual promise of poverty," but with more than a cool mil in land and countless fast cars, motorcycles and boats, it's now obvious Corapi blew that vow out of the water years ago. And, as Corapi (quoting Blessed John Paul II) often talked about how modern prophets needed to use all current means of media to spread the Gospel, I guess it's "good" to know he also practiced what he preached in reaching out to the fairer sex, not only with his "traditional" bedding of his babes, but in winning the "Anthony Weiner Award" for fallen Catholics by sexting the women as well.

And yet, as dreadful as these details of Corapi's debauchery are, to me the most frightening allegation leveled against Corapi by his former mistress is her charge of "improper sacramental practices." Although it is important to note that, while SOLT has suspended Corapi from celebrating the sacraments and has declared him "not fit for ministry," this is one allegation that (to date) has not yet been substantiated by another credible source. Still, I can't help but now think back to Corapi's oft-told tale about fasting on an airplane, only to find out his seat mate was fasting too. When he told the woman he was a Catholic priest and was fasting for the sake of his upcoming conference, she told him she was a witch and was fasting for the success of her Satanic worship service--a service that always seemed to go best when there were consecrated hosts to desecrate. Originally the story struck me as a great illustration of the modern battle between good and evil, but in the light of what has been revealed I now wonder if some deadly deal was made between the two that day. Hopefully the Sacred Host was not violated in this manner, but if St. Pius X's statement that the frequent devout reception of Holy Communion is the shortest, easiest way to heaven, I hope The Black Sheep Dog realizes that the abuse of this sacrament is the quickest ticket in the opposite direction also.

I would like to believe that SOLT's decisive statement on their once-shining star has settled this matter, but deep down I know there will still be a few diehards who will follow the former Fr. Corapi down wherever he leads, issuing death threats to me or anyone who speaks the truth about their "Dog" along the way. As for the many who were once devoted to Corapi but are now wavering as to which way to turn, let me just say this. Be thankful for the good Corapi did as a priest, and pray that he one day returns to the active priesthood, but do not follow him in his current "BS-Dog" incarnation. You have heard the saying "Let sleeping dogs lie." What I say to you now is "Let lying sheepdogs sleep."

12 comments :

Terry Nelson said...

The extent of his debauchery took me by surprise as well. He will be making another announcement tomorrow.

Happy Catholic said...

Hi Tom

If I recall, the airplane story actually involved Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Fr./Mr. Corapi was recounting it during a sermon.

I am saddened by the fall of Frs. Corapi, Euteneuer Cutie etc. but in a strange way it has made me appreciate even more the greatest of our saints - St. Joseph,the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Padre Pio, St. Brother Andre, St. Patrick, St. Gertrude and of course St. Therese to name just a few. That they succeeded in loving Our Lord so beautifully, in carrying their crosses and following Him, and continue to inspire and intercede for us to this day is truly a gift from God. I am ever grateful to Our Lord for the grace of the good example of the saints, and for the graces He gave to each and every one of them.

And I do hope that these scandals will ultimately unite the laiety, reminding us of how important it is for us to pray for our priests.

Brenda said...

"As the dog returns to his vomit, so the fool repeats his folly." (Proverbs 26:11)

Tom O'Toole said...

@ Happy Catholic -- I think my memory was wrong and it was Corapi quoting Sheen. We pray to Sts. Joseph and Therese (our daughter was named after "The Little Flower") every day while Brother Andre is my patron Saint for saving Notre Dame. And, as an Irishman, it's hard to not love Patrick--our third son's namesake!

Tom O'Toole said...

@ Brenda -- The perfect proverb for Corapi!

Fighting Irish Thomas said...

SOLT PRESS RELEASE ON FATHER CORAPI, BY FR. JOSEPH JENKINS

Anonymous said...

brood of vipers!!


Jasper

Rosemarie said...

+J.M.J+

The "fasting on an airplane" story is actually an old urban legend among Evangelicals I heard it circa 1986 in my Evangelical youth group, only that version involved a Protestant minister and a Satanist. A similar version is briefly mentioned here:

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/25/my-take-how-to-scandal-proof-your-church/

It's as old as the hills, but this is the first I've ever heard it attributed to Archbishop Sheen (or any Catholic cleric, for that matter).

Rosemarie said...

+J.M.J+

I've done a little searching and found different forms of this urban legend appears on these pages:

http://www.wetouchtheworld.com/lethal.html
(scroll down to "A well-known minister told me...")

http://www.davidcannistraci.org/your_pastor.html
(scroll down to "Are you praying and fasting for your spiritual leaders...")

http://www.hisherald.com/2011/04/
(begins in the second paragraph)

http://www.soundofgrace.com/piper84/120984m.htm
(scroll down to "Please take this very seriously...")

http://pandagon.net/index.php/site/comments/vampires_liberals_and_blood_sucking_pretend_liberals
(WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE! scroll down to "There’s an interesting David Cross routine...")

The version I heard went more like this: A minister was on an airplane. When the flight attendant came around asking people what they wanted for dinner, the passenger sitting next to him said, "No thank you, I'm fasting." The minister turned to him and said, "I couldn't help but hear you were fasting; are you a Christian?" The passenger replied, "No, I'm a Satanist, and we are fasting to destroy Christian missionary efforts around the world!"

Like any urban legend, this one has made the rounds a long time and been changed in the telling. Sometimes it's a minister, sometimes a "famous Christian author" (who goes unnamed despite the alleged fame), sometimes just a woman. The fasting passenger is either a satanist, a witch, or simply an "occultist" (I've heard that he's sometimes a New Ager as well). The aim of the fasting is either the division of churches, the destruction of Christian families (or just minister's marriages), that clergy get sick and/or commit sins of the flesh, to thwart missionary efforts, or a combination of any of the above.

Oh, and here's an Archbishop Sheen story which Corapi might have conflated with the above urban legend:

http://randomthoughtsmusings.blogspot.com/2011/03/on-fasting-and-abstinence.html

Actually, this sounds much more like the kind of humorous little anecdote Sheen would tell.

Jeanette O'Toole said...

@ Rosemary -- Tom had to take off right after Mass; he'll get back to you later on.

But thanks for the investigative work. I'm enjoying the links that you sent him ... LOL; they're great ...

Jeanette O'Toole said...

@ Rosemary -- Here's Tom's original commentary (in this regard) that he posted on Spero News:

Several other readers commented that it was a Bishop Sheen story, although I'm now wondering in telling it so often if Corapi finally just made it his own. Corapi did talk about personally ministering to rock bands and drug dealers who dedicated their work to Satan, and although it is speculation, Corapi proved to be such a complete "double agent" toward the end (preaching about Jesus by day and living for Satan by night) this thought is not so wild, Obviously, as a former prostitute, his main accuser was no angel either, but since every single one of her other allegations were confirmed by investigators (and Corapi then trying to convince his followers in his June 20 tape that his not administering the sacraments anymore was no big deal) something serious with Corapi and the sacraments appears almost inevitable, and I urge the readers to come forward to SOLT or myself with any additional information.

by Tom O'Toole | Thursday, July 07, 2011 8:47:04 AM

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9HEIvVBZK0

The comments are very telling, as are the images in the video. Another priest in the linked site below does not seem to have his theological house in order while preaching Catholic purity. The scandalous pictures (warning) that flash by in the upper left leave much to be desired for the 'selling' of his wares.
http://www.taborlife.org/