Dear Father Corapi,
Yesterday, while commenting on your appearance, and in the context of many posts where I have decried the monumental injustice that has befallen you, I made a stray comment in the combox where I opined that I feared from your noticeably changed appearance that you had suffered a relapse in your sobriety, that you were back on cocaine. In the context of my original concern this past March, when I heard that your prior illness was cancer, I posted:
“The stress of such humiliation could well cause a relapse of the cancer and cost Father Corapi his life.”
And thus my concern for you. In the process last night, I made a comment on a public thread that ought to have been transmitted in a confidential communication. In so doing, I showed a deplorable lack of good and charitable judgement. I do not know if I am the person you referenced in your recording today, but only know that I was contacted this afternoon by a reader, and immediately took down the comment and all references to it.
A stray comment can be as injurious as a stray bullet, and I am all the more mortified if my stray comment has added even an ounce to the incredible burden of frustration and bitter sorrow that you have been made to bear so unjustly. I ask your forgiveness, Father, for having done so.
I would also beg you to reconsider your decision to leave. I have repeatedly decried this misapplication of the Dallas Charter, and believe that a fight to the finish by no less a priest than yourself will have the best possible chance of making the bishops see the insanity of this policy applied to priests accused of consensual relations with adult women. There will be many more priests falsely accused in the future, priests whose names are not household names. Your fight now may save a great many of your brother priests in the future.
Whatever your decision, Father, please accept again my humblest and sincerest apologies for a concern that took the wrong expression in the wrong venue. With gratitude for all that you have done, and invoking God’s blessings and guidance on your plans for the future, I remain,
Prayerfully and Sincerely,
Gerard M. Nadal