Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Prayer is the best response

I have held off posting this today thus far, as there seemed earlier to be some doubt about its authenticity. But this statement has been posted on SOLT's official website as of this time, as posted by New Advent:
From: Rev. Gerard Sheehan, SOLT Regional Priest Servant Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Robstown, Texas

Fr. John A. Corapi submitted his resignation from the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity ("SOLT") early in June. SOLT is a Society of Apostolic Life of Diocesan Right with its regional office in Robstown, Texas.

While SOLT does not typically comment publicly on personnel matters, it recognizes that Fr. John Corapi, through his ministry, has inspired thousands of faithful Catholics, many of whom continue to express their support of him. SOLT also recognizes that Fr. Corapi is now misleading these individuals through his false statements and characterizations. It is for these Catholics that SOLT, by means of this announcement, seeks to set the record straight.
Read the rest of the statement here.

I don't think there's much need to do more here than to say that this is, of course, a terribly sad situation requiring prayer, both for Fr. Corapi himself, for his order, and for those hurt by any of his actions. To those who were inspired or helped by him, I repeat a bit of this earlier post of mine on the matter:
If a priest leaves the priesthood for whatever reason, this does not negate any good influence he may have had on your life or your family's lives. Many, many Catholics during the Scandal struggled with this one. How could they ever look at the baptism photos of their children, knowing what Father Whatsit did to other people's children? How could their happy memories of their own First Communion day be retained, knowing that Father Thusandso was committing terrible sins right around that time? How could Father Thatone's marriage prep class--so full of wisdom and insight!--be looked back on fondly, when Father Thatone ran away with the married parish secretary only a few years later?

The truth is, all human beings struggle with this sooner or later, because we all know people--not all or even mostly priests--who are strange combinations of good and bad (and we ourselves are, too). We remember how relatives could talk fondly of Great-grandfather even though he had a serious drinking problem and very loose habits which were a sad trial to his long-suffering wife; it is not hypocritical, but human, to cherish the good in people, even when that is hard to do. If a priest had a good effect on our lives, we should thank God for that; and if that priest later falls, whether into great sin or simply out of the priesthood, we should not think any less of the time in which he was, probably without knowing it, an instrument of God in our lives: for isn't that what we want people to do in regard to us? And isn't the command to do unto others as we would have others do sufficient?
Again: prayer is the best response to such news as this; the damage that can be done by so poor an example should make us think about our own sinful ways and the bad example we have set by them, and beg God for mercy and forgiveness for ourselves as well as for all those impacted by this dreadful situation.


Siarlys Jenkins said...

Until now I have not even seen any basis to conclude that Fr. Corapi is, or is not, guilty of any impropriety. It appears from this statement that SOLT has a fairly solid basis for concluding that he did. If so, he would have done better to go quietly. Protesting too much just brings the evidence to light.

It is true though, that all the bad he may have done does not negate all the good he may also have done. I suspect that if he were prosecuted, those contracts would be null and void as contrary to public policy. Whether a private organization can invoke such a legal doctrine I'm less sure, but it is possible. The contracts may be unenforceable in any court of law.

Anonymous said...

The hard part is accepting that the beautiful Truths these charlatans teach apparently are ineffective in doing good for their own souls.

That's where the real scandal lies---and the confusion.

In the end, we can only put our trust in the Lamb of God and foster a "shrewd as serpents" mentality, as Christ taught us, so that we won't be taken in by the next con peddling Truth to support a lifestyle of drug abuse and sex sex with prostitutes.

John E. said...

In the end, we can only put our trust in the Lamb of God and foster a "shrewd as serpents" mentality, as Christ taught us, so that we won't be taken in by the next con peddling Truth to support a lifestyle of drug abuse and sex sex with prostitutes.

Or just ask the opinion of a cynical agnostic. We'll tell you straight up.

Anonymous said...

LOL, John---I don't doubt you cynical agnostics can help us in our quest to follow Christ's admonition be shrewd as serpents ;)

Kimberly Margosein said...

So we are to compare child rape to a drinking problem? Well, anything for the cause. Just move along, nothing to see there. God anointed Fr McBoyshagger, and God is triplegood, it's all a Mystery, be sure to put a couple sawbucks in the envelope.

Rebecca in ID said...

This is really heartbreaking. Wow. Phil Lawler has articulated some points of meditation on this, as well, which I found helpful, though painful. I was familiar enough with Fr. Corapi to like him and to feel personally affected by this, but I know someone who has trust issues--i.e., you can count on two fingers the number of people whose judgment he would trust--and Fr. Corapi was one of those people. I am so saddened for him and for others of his devoted listeners.

Rebecca in ID said...

John E.--been there, done that--it's a nice safe position to be in, and that's all I can say for it.