To set the record straight, I don't think that I'll be everyone's favorite poster boy after saying this and no I don't have all the facts,..but I think the official position of Optimusmastro is to disagree publically with what Fr John Corapi is doing. Father or as of yesterday,..'Mr' Corapi has decided to not function publically anymore as a priest. In a statement released, he stated that due to the unfounded allegations of accusations of sexual misconduct by a now former employee of Santa Cruz media, and after waiting three months for the Church to deliberate, he will publically resign the priesthood. The thing is,..Father Corapi wasn't just a diocesan priest reporting to his Bishop,..he was/is a member of a religious order that has a certain charism,..one of them being obediance. Herein lies the problem,.If Mr,.Fr,..whatever the hell he wants to call himself,..Corapi authentically discerned his vocation and where it was calling him, he would obey. Does this mean I agree with the Bishop? In the words of Stone Cold Steve Austin,..'oh Hell Noooo!!!!'
The Church is infallible,..the people in it however are not. The Church in so far as much as she is the Bride of Christ cannot err, yet at the same time the Church is not impeccable. Errors in judgement have been made going back as far as the New Testament,..when St Paul called out St Peter regarding eating with gentiles. More recently we have Fatima,..remember that it took the Church almost thirty years before it was declared worthy of belief,..and Sr Lucy much to her credit and humility swallowed her pill. That being said, am I judging Father/Mister Corapi? Not by a long shot. I do believe that he is making a huge error in judgement in not allowing the Church to follow Her own Bishops' procedures,.flawed as they may be. This whole incidence reeks of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and the SSPX. They sincerely believe in the Pope, but claim they know better. Corapi, to his credit recently released an audio whereby he defended the Bishops right to suspend him, then mentioned how he is being advised by both his canon lawyer and his civil lawyer as to what grounds to take. He is also trying from what I understand,.to countersue.
Father John,..(Not gonna call you Mr) I like you,.I really do. I have a ton of respect and admiration for you, your work, and your zeal and passion for Holy Mother Church. Had you been a diocesan priest, maybe I would look at this differently, but calling your accuser an alcoholic,.then challenging them to put up 100 grand for a piss test to proove your not on drugs sounds a little strange, especially coming from a priest,..let alone a religious one. Why did you not accept the community's invitation to live in community,..and shouldn't you have been doing that anyway? You lived by yourself with your hunting dogs in Montana. Had you done that, you could have offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass everyday for the salvation and conversion of your accuser. Talk about the ultimate weapon! You've said it yourself! We are on the Holy Spirit's time, not our own...I ain't gonna judge you Father, because to reiterate, I don't know all the facts, but I sincerely wish you would have waited longer than three months, and with the title of your autobiography being what it is,..I just don't know. If I were a priest, how would I have handled this? (maybe one day,..? ;)) ...Well, Father, you and I are kindred souls, let''s just say that in the back of my wallet, I have a little card that when needed, I'll use,..it says, figuratively,.. 'Certified Asshole.'
Father,..please prayerfully discern your every move. This friday, I invite everyone to offer a small sacrifice, for Fr Corapi,..if he's right, the Holy Spirit will reveal it. 'By their fruits, you will know them.'
Mother Mary,..I ask that you place your mantle over all priests!