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This is an interesting story, one showing the value of our priests, and the need for prayer in this spiritual war. It makes me wonder what would happen if the bishop tasked these priests with a full-time assignment at the mill. The following is from Catholic Online:

NASHVILLE,TN (Catholic Online) –“And how can men preach unless they are sent? As it is written,‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!’”(Rom 10:15).

According to tradition,typical demonic responses during exorcism include foul language,references to sexual perversion,deceit,and profuse blasphemy. Similarly,prayers for exorcism outside the Northern Illinois Women’s Center abortuary in Rockford have provoked just such a reaction from pro-abortion workers and activists within.

“Not Against Flesh and Blood,But the Rulers of Darkness”

Their revulsion for anything as holy as a Catholic priest is evident in their bizarre window displays,a few of which reportedly include a nun in a coffin,a rubber chicken hanging from a noose,and a picture of Jesus flipping the bird that says,“Even Jesus Hates You.”

The beautiful thing about this ongoing battle is that the number of abortions has reportedly been cut by half at this abortuary since the spiritual power of the Jesus was first unleashed through the prayers of the priests who have prayed outside since September of 2008. At least,the abortuary seems to blame them and the special prayers of the Church.

Just this past Friday someone inside the building displayed a sign in reaction to a priest and seminarian praying outside that said “F…. Your Perverted Priests.”They have endured personal insults and vandalism of their vehicles. One priest’s car was egged,another discovered a hand-written sign that read “I Rape Children”taped to his car.

Another hand-written sign displayed prominently outside the main entrance to the clinic read “Stop the Perverted Catholic Priests from Raping Young Boys.”In convoluted pro-abortion logic,it seems that somehow child abuse is bad,but abortion is good.

The priests in Rockford quietly stand vigil in every type of inclement weather with open coats,so that the women seeking an abortion are aware that a priest is present in his flowing,seemingly flaming cassock.

Invoking the matchless power of Jesus Christ through the Church,they make sweeping Signs of the Cross and pray that the abortion mill and the whole earth will be cleansed from the evil that surrounds and drives abortion.

Beautiful Victories

The Rockford mill hates and attacks the priests outside so viciously because they,and priests and pro-life workers like them all over the country,have saved countless lives and souls.

When they first began their vigils,it was reported that the pro-life sidewalk counselors in Rockford noticed an immediate,dramatic decline in the numbers of mothers who go there for abortions,a distinct rise in the numbers of mothers who choose life outside the mill,and the correlation of these changes with the beginning of the displays of blasphemy from inside.

The response at this abortuary has been particularly virulent,but priests are praying outside them all over the country through Priests for Life,in which priests and parishes are paired with specific abortuaries.

Read the rest here.

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The pictures chronicle the sad story. As I move on, I’ll have the Divine Mercy Novena for Father Corapi in a new folder entitled “Priests” in the “Category” panel to the right. I’ll continue to pray for Father Corapi, but there is little left to do for a man who can’t see that he’s drowning, and who keeps batting away the life rings being thrown to him.

Again, for Father’s distraught followers, the Church has no shortage of excellent spiritual guides as priests, deacons and religious men and women. In the words of the black sheepdog, Onward!



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There are many who have been genuinely shaken in their faith by the Father Corapi mess. I humbly offer the following.

Many have seen the love of God extend itself through Father Corapi’s ministry, and the encounter with God’s loving mercy has changed their lives forever. To all of these brothers and sisters, I say of Father Corapi, “Mission accomplished.”

It is the job of the priest to bring the people to Jesus and Jesus to the people. Some priests do this in their capacity as special preachers, such as Father Corapi, but then the faithful are handed off to the more intimate pastoral care of the priests who will hear their confessions and nourish them with the Eucharist. They have the Catechism of the Catholic Church to help develop their understanding of the faith. Yes, there is a special affinity for the one who led us home, but there should be an affinity, a love of God that eclipses that of the one who led us home. If there isn’t, then that is the first order of business in the continued spiritual journey.

Still, it can be frightening, confusing, disorienting, disillusioning. One verse from the Psalms, Psalm 46:10 is the perfect medicine:

“Be still, and know that I am Lord.”

The following is a beautiful, timeless, adaptation of that verse by Chuck Girard. We’re all going to be just fine, just as the Church has been in the 2000 years before Father Corapi.

Be still, and know that He is God.

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Corapi: The Last Word

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Today Father John Corapi’s Order, SOLT, has published a press release that is heartbreaking. Read it here.

Here at Coming Home, we have had our Novena of Divine Mercy for Father Corapi. Beyond this, there is really nothing to say. Each of us is a servant of our Lord and God. We do His bidding, and we must remain obedient to those in authority over us, remembering that as Paul tells us, all authority comes from God. Father Corapi has been ordered home to SOLT. He needs to go. He needs to heal in body and soul. He needs to be the priest that Blessed Pope John Paul II ordained him to be.

And his following? Father was at his best when he preached the Gospel and the availability of the sacraments. In fifty years I have seen Popes, Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Religious come and go.

The Gospel, the Church, the Sacraments are the only things that endure.

We follow Jesus Christ, and hope in Him alone. It is a hope that Paul tells us will never be disappointed.

Go home to your brothers, Father Corapi. Whatever the truth of the allegations, you are under obedience. God Bless you and we thank you for your witness to Life, to the Truth. The season for healing is upon us all, and the Holy Spirit has Spoken through your superiors. For love of those whose faith may be weak, this final public act of obedience will unite them with the Magisterium, whence they will derive their future guidance and strength. In your humble submission, you will validate everything that you thundered from a thousand pulpits.

Pax Tecum.

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Tonight we conclude our Divine Mercy Novena for Father Corapi and those affected by his actions.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all who have participated in this spiritual exercise of compassion and mercy. God Bless you all.

The link to the Divine Mercy Chaplet follows the prayer.

We Pray.

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Day 9
Today bring to Me SOULS WHO HAVE BECOME LUKEWARM,* and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: ‘Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.’ For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy.

On this final day of the Novena for Father Corapi, let us pray for Father Corapi and those who have failed him in charity. Let us pray for those in authority who may be indifferent to his suffering, and for Father to the extent that he has abandoned the fight prematurely. Finally, let us pray for all of those lukewarm souls who know neither the fire of love for God, nor the icy cold of rebellion, but who are merely lukewarm and indifferent.

Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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We continue our Divine Mercy Novena today.

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Day 8
Today bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ARE DETAINED IN PURGATORY, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice.

Lord Jesus, we take the pain of our doubts and confusion, of disappointment and despair in the case of Father Corapi and we offer them to you as a sacrifice for those who suffer their purgation. We pray for Father Corapi, that the souls he has touched and led back to you may bring for him pardon for many of his own past sins. We ask too that through your perfect plan Father be restored to the fullness of his priestly ministry and continue to bring sinners home to you.

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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We continue our Divine Mercy Novena today.

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Day 7
Today bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ESPECIALLY VENERATE AND GLORIFY MY MERCY,* and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.

Let us pray for the penitent soul that through the mercy of God and through the Blood of the Lamb, has been reconciled to God. That by this gift of reconciliation may be an example of how merciful our loving God is and lead others to seek that same mercy. We pray too for Father Corapi who has brought so many to the mercy of Jesus.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God:

Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.

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We continue our Divine Mercy Novena today.

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Day 5

Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEPARATED THEMSELVES FROM MY CHURCH,* and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church, My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion.

Lord Jesus, we lift up to you Father Corapi in this moment when he seeks to separate himself from his Religious Superiors, despairing of just treatment at their hands. We pray that this does not set him on the ruinous road of bitter rebellion against your Church and her shepherds. We pray for Father’s restoration in the fullness of his priestly office, and his continued ability to reach those who have separated themselves from You.

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son’s Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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We continue our Divine Mercy Novena today.

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Day 4

Today bring to Me THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD* AND THOSE WHO DO NOT YET KNOW ME. I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy.

Lord Jesus, we lift up to you Father Corapi and all who might come to know you through his ministry of preaching. We ask that you imbue Father with your Holy Spirit, to aid him in his hour of bitter sorrow and distress, and that this episode does not become a stumbling block for those whose faith is weak.

Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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We continue our Divine Mercy Novena today.

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Day 3
Today bring to Me ALL DEVOUT AND FAITHFUL SOULS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.

Lord Jesus, we lift up Father Corapi to you, and all those devout souls whose faith has been shaken by this episode. We especially lift up those who may walk away from the bishops, from the Magisterium, and implore you healing love and mercy in their lives.

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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We continue our Divine Mercy Novena today for Father John Corapi and all those in need of related healing.

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Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS, and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave Me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind.

Lord Jesus, we lift up to you Father John Corapi and all priests/religious who have been accused of sins, justly or unjustly, that involve a rupture of their sacred vows. We lift up the hearts and souls of the guilty in their great shame, and of the innocent in their bitter distress, and we ask for your mercy and healing on these your servants who have lavished your mercy and love on your people through the sacraments and through their special ministries.

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service,* that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard—upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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Get Day 6 Here.

Today the Coming Home pro-life family lifts up in love and prayer Father John Corapi and all affected by this chapter in his life. It is a very small chapter in a very large book that is filled with heroic love and self-sacrifice for the People of God, especially those in the womb. We pray for full restoration of all involved, and that this chapter be lost between all of the good that has come before, and all that is to follow. We pray for the restoration of Father’s good name.

Some Notes: First, for our non-Catholic brothers and sisters, novenas are nine days of intercessory prayer. We welcome you to join us in the novena prayers, or to pray along with us each night at 9 PM EST in any manner of prayer that you prefer. I have also linked to the chaplet at the end of the prayers.

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As we begin this novena for Father Corapi and all who are effected by the allegations made against him, we lift him up in prayer, and especially emplore the intercession of the Pope who ordained him, Blessed John Paul II. We ask God’s forgiveness and mercy for all of Father’s faults and failings that may impede the flow of grace into his heart. We ask that he be imbued with a charitable spirit of forgiveness for any false allegations that have been brought against him in the past, and a restoration of his good name and priestly ministry.

Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.

Let us pray for John Corapi, as a man who is subject to the same weaknesses as all mankind due to the fall of our first parents, and for all who fall out of grace who are overcome by sin; that our trust in Jesus and his infinite mercy may raise us up to His splendor and a newness of life.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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Mea Culpa, Father Corapi

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

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The events of this past weekend have brought about the full range of Catholic responses to Father Corapi’s decision to leave priestly ministry. I’d like to recap my perspective on this sorry tale from its beginning. Back in March, I wrote a blog that ardently defended Father Corapi. Read it here.

In that article, I was highly critical of the bishops for their lack of due process, and for applying the protections of the Dallas Charter to a priest accused of having consensual relations with a grown woman. Many criticized me, stating that priests need to be held to the highest standard.

I disagree.

Married people commit adultery on a vast scale in this age of societal disintegration. They have the opportunity for confession, Eucharist, and pastoral counseling to restore them and and their sacramental vocation. Priests, it seems, are not held to the same standard. That’s dangerous, as the deplorable state of our marriages has everything to do with people thinking that they don’t need to be as holy as their clergy.

What if on the allegation of infidelity the bishops applied the same standard to married couples as they do to priests? Chaos.

In truth, the laity are called to the same degree of holiness as the clergy. At baptism, the prayer over the parents says that they will be the first and best teachers of their children. Yet, there is abundant opportunity for married people to heal from acting out sexually with other adults. Why not our priests?

Quite frankly, I’m not interested in Father Corapi’s, or any other clergy member’s sins with adults. If Father were guilty and unrepentant it would show in time, and his following would begin to fall away. Sins that are not crimes are matters between the penitent and their confessor. and that leads to hero worship.

Many in the Church are understandably angry at the silence of so many bishops around the life issues, over the liturgical anarchy and rebellious catechesis that have gripped the Church by the throat for decades. Then, along comes a priest like a Father Corapi who speaks with authority, passion, and conviction, and people flock to him.

An Oasis in the desert.

They love him for his courage, for daring to do what the majority of priests do not. The message and the messenger become one, and that’s dangerous. When an allegation is made, many will revert to examples of other superstar priests who have had feet of clay, and suggest that history is repeating itself. Thus begins the internecine wars that have reverberated around the blogosphere this weekend.

As I have said in my posts this weekend, I believe that there is great truth in much of what Father Corapi has said about the justice denied him. But as I have also said, I think that he needs to stay and fight, if only by his silence. Walking away will do nothing to end the injustice. Staying will shame the bishops into revising the protocols originally meant to protect children, for cases of adult consensual behavior.

Then, last night, Father’s Superior spoke out about some of the details, and Father countered with a message on his new website. It seems that this will be tried in the media. That’s what happens when justice is denied in normal venues.

There are may places where this will drag on, but not here. On Wednesday night, we will begin a Divine Mercy Novena for Father Corapi. I sincerely wish that he would change his mind and heart on the matter, and take some time on retreat. His supporters are legion, and will fight for him.

I said it in March, and I’ll repeat it now. If we don’t end this denial of due process for our priests, if we do not extend to them the same sacramental restoration that they give the laity, then we deserve empty seminaries. Father Corapi isn’t a hero to me. He never was.

I have always seen him as a good man, and an inspired preacher. However, justice denied can turn good men bitter and angry, and can sap their inspiration. False allegation is one of the ten worst sins, which is why if features prominently in the Ten Commandments.

Join us here on Wednesday to pray for all involved.

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From the National Catholic Register tonight. Speaks volumes, with more to come:

However, Father Gerard Sheehan, regional priest-servant of SOLT and Father Corapi’s religious superior in the U.S., confirmed June 19 that the order’s investigation faced complications created by a civil suit filed by Father Corapi against the former employee who had accused him of sexual misconduct.

“When she left the company, she signed a contract that she would not reveal anything that happened to her while she was at Santa Cruz Media. Father Corapi paid her for this. Father was suing her for a breach of contract,” said Father Sheehan, though he did not specify why Father Corapi had initiated the non-disclosure agreement.

The civil suit against the former employee created a problem for SOLT investigators.

“In canon law, there can’t be any pressure on witnesses; they have to be completely free to speak. The investigation was compromised because of the pressure on the witnesses. There were other witnesses that also had signed non-disclosure agreements,” said Father Sheehan.

“The canon lawyers were in a difficult situation, and Father does have his civil rights and he decided to follow his legal counsel, which he had a right to do,” he said. “We tried to continue the investigation without speaking to the principal witnesses.”

The investigation was halted after Father Corapi “sent us a letter resigning from active ministry and religious life. I have written him a letter asking him to confirm that decision. If so, we will help him with this process of leaving religious life,” said Father Sheehan.

He expressed disappointment that Father Corapi chose not to remain in SOLT and to refuse the order’s invitation for him to live in community, leaving his Montana home. Father Sheehan said he had tried to arrange a meeting with Father Corapi before any final decision was announced, but had not heard back from him. Father Sheehan said that SOLT would issue a statement shortly.

“We wanted him to come back to the community, and that would have meant leaving everything he has. It would have been a drastic change for him,” Father Sheehan said. “We will continue to move pastorally and charitably, taking steps to protect his good name.”

Read the rest of the story here.

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