From: Rev. Gerard Sheehan, SOLT Regional Priest Servant Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Robstown, TexasRead the rest of the statement here.
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.
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?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.
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?