Fr. Corapi Leaves the Priesthood (regular updates)

by Steve Ray on June 19, 2011

screen-capture-2Fr. Corapi says he is no longer “Fr.” Corapi, but simply John Corapi since he is leaving the ministry of the priesthood. He is now aiming for a larger audience.

I am saddened by the whole situation. Maybe there is injustice in the way he was handled, and maybe not. Time will tell the whole story. But in the meantime I think Fr. Corapi has made grave errors with his reaction.

Blaming the Church is not the correct road to take. He could learn from saints like Padre Pio and others who submitted to the Church even in trying times. Padre Pio was sanctioned for over 10 years and humbly placed his life and situation into the hands of God.

The logo image of the black dog (below) with sheep and wolves reflecting in his eyes seems ominous to me. To take the moniker “Black Sheep Dog” implies a dangerous message.

Sheep dogs work for shepherds. When the sheep dog rebels against the shepherd and decides to go off on his own to “care” for the sheep, there is something wrong. When a priest denies his priesthood, rejects the authority of the bishop and decides to go it on his own, he is not in the right place and is one I want nothing to do with.

Pray for Fr. Corapi, yes; but pray more for those who will be damaged and scandalized by his situation and decisions.

screen-captureClick on his new logo with the eyes to read or listen to Corapi’s announcement.

Read the most recent report by National Catholic Register HERE. It appears Corapi is playing games from the way I am reading this. National Catholic Register provides new info and analysis on John Corapi. Interesting read. Why did he pay his former employee for her signature to disclose nothing that happened to her while employed by him? Try to figure out who really is his authority. Seems he may have circumvented or avoided any authority other than his own. Black sheep dog or Lone Ranger?

Jimmy Akin’s Monday update – excellent detailed analysis from new info HERE

Al Kresta’s Excellent Comments

An excellent detailed article “What if Christ had Quit? HERE

Read the recent article in CNA HERE and from FR. JOE

I agree with the Creative Monority Report HERE

I especially like Jimmy Akin’s response in National Catholic Register entitled Fr. Corapi Has Lost It HERE

For a boatload of other articles and blogs, visit HERE

For many comments and thoughts, arguments and explanations, visit my Facebook page at

YouTube Satire HERE

Audio Satire: God’s Chihuahuas

It is a problem when a Catholic priest becomes such a personality that it almost forms a personality cult. Too many are willing to “stand by their man” no matter what. This is dangerous.

We need to love our priests but to be loyal to the Church first. It is also a problem when people want to stand by the priest but then are quite willing to throw the bishop under the bus. A priest needs to love the Church first, and his ministry second. I think Fr. Corapi has got the priorities turned around.

Pray for Fr. Corapi, but pray harder for the Church and for those who will be damaged by this fiasco.

From Michelle Arnold, Catholic Answers Apologist:
Before anyone feels too much sympathy for the man once known as Fr. Corapi, and who now chooses to be known as The Black SheepDog (?!), I recommend reading the story of Fr. Charles Murphy (link HERE), who died almost exactly one week before Corapi’s announcement. Fr. Murphy was cleared TWICE of accusations of sexual impropriety by the same Church John Corapi claims is unable to assess his own case fairly. (And in both cases, Fr. Murphy was charged with actions falsely alleged to have occurred decades ago.) Fr. Murphy may have died a broken man, but he died carrying the cross of Christ.

Michelle Arnold
Staff Apologist, Apologetics Dept.
Catholic Answers

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

surkiko June 19, 2011 at 1:15 PM

We have to stand up for our priests. One ask how long does it take to investigate a simple complaint to its completion? Certainly, this is a new age whence information flows quickly and very efficiently. Justice is not served when one’s reputation and good works (for the Kingdom) are being held hostage indefinitely due to the slow machinery of the church. Fr. Corapi has the right to seek laicization voluntarily through proper channel if that’s his discernment. We should pray for Fr. Corapi in his new chosen path to glorify God more effectively and perfectly.

STEVE RAY HERE: I agree we stand up for our priests but not when they make poor decisions. Padre Pio was sanctioned for over ten years and he humbly submitted to the Church. For Corapi it has been only three months and he jumps ship. If my wife were to wrongly accuse me of adultery and refuse to talk to me about it, should I just leave and divorce her? A sacrament means something. He vowed to be obedient. Where is that obedience and submission now? We should all pray for John Corapi (since he says in his own words he is no longer “Fr.” Corapi) but I doubt his new path is to glorify God more effectively.

Daniel T June 19, 2011 at 3:14 PM

It is odd the number of people that refer to standing up for our priests while endorsing many negative comments against our bishops. It doesn’t appear that Father Corapi has submitted himself to the authority of any bishop for years, as no bishop has indicated he’s been incardinated in their diocese. There seems to be an assumption that he had faculties from his religious order, but he has not lived in his community for years and so by canon law would seem required to report in to the ordinary of the diocese in which he resides.

SOLT has a General Chapter early next month, but rather than attending and discussing the situation first with the Priest Council it seems he must get started now on promoting his autobiography “The Black Sheep Dog.”

Barbara June 22, 2011 at 4:49 PM

As a new Catholic I try to be careful about what Catholic media I expose myself to. There are a couple of TV shows I catch as regularly as I can. Mr. Corapi’s show is not one of them. Some people are more charismatic than I want to deal with, and as a former Protestant of 27 years I know something about that. I felt uncomfortable hearing Mr. Corapi and learning about the extreme devotion of his followers. At the time I just thought, “I can choose not to follow this particular person.” Here we are now. A nondisclosure agreement for which money was exchanged doesn’t sound good at all. I will pray for the S.O.L.T. authorities, Bishop Mulvey and the Holy Father himself, who I bet willl have to get involved in this eventually. I will pray for Mr. Corapi that his relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church he started will be No. 1 in his life. We probably all have a lesson to learn about exalting man.

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