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Was SOLT late to address Father Corapi's conduct?

July 06, 2011

Elizabeth Scalia offers a dispassionate look at disputes the surrounding Father John Corapi, and wonders whether SOLT, the apostolic society of which the suspended priest is a member, should be held accountable for allowing Corapi to go so long without pastoral supervision:

Frankly, if John Corapi is in spiritual turmoil, right now — and if the statement is true, it would seem that he is — then this society, by their inattention to their “fully professed” priest, has some culpability for that.

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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Jul. 08, 2011 4:58 PM ET USA

    You know, those two articles (Scalia's and Longnecker's) led me to think how much power we impute to the Mass Media. If those of us who rail against our misery in the Church would indulge in knee-mail rather than e-mail, I wonder what the result would be. Let's do an experiment to find out.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jul. 07, 2011 10:18 AM ET USA

    Yes, prayer is always the answer. I am praying to our Lady of Fatima to help Fr. Corapi to return to his Lord, his Order and to his vows I also pray that those who placed so much faith in Fr. Corapi will will not have their Catholic faith shaken. Our trust shoud be in Jesus. This scandal should never shake that trust in our Lord - or in the Church that He founded.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2011 8:08 PM ET USA

    Excellent link. Elizabeth Scalia in turn links to Fr. Dwight Longenecker's excellent article. The problem, though, is that the little way is not enough in a mass culture going bad fast. Well, it is enough if that is God's will, but we sure could use some strong speakers who DON"T get taken down by Satan. The answer is prayer, of course, as always.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Jul. 06, 2011 8:07 PM ET USA

    The red flag for me was that Fr Corapi was so ready toleave SOLT and strike out on his own--that's a recipe for disaster, and shows questionable judgment. But allowing him to live away from his community for so long had to be a contributing factor in his wish to remain independent rather than submit in obedience. Rather like shutting the barn door after the horses have fled, having ignored that the barn was on fire in the first place.

  • Posted by: Pete - Jul. 06, 2011 6:49 PM ET USA

    There are becoming far too many questions for all parties involved in this mess--SOLT, the Diocese of Corpus Christi, and John Corapi. What is the "truth" about the advice given (Fr.) Corapi? Did Fr. Flannigan, the former head of SOLT, and Betired Bishop Gracida, the former Bishop of Corpus Christi, actually instruct Corapi to file the civil suit and state he couldn't get justice within the Church system? Ms. Scalia's article quotes his canon lawyer as saying he can't answer questions now.