When We Idolize Priests: Father Corapi
DISCLAIMER: This is not an update on Father Corapi. This is my own personal views on things that I have observed over the last few months.
When I am muddling through my site stats to see how people are accessing the blog and where they are coming from and what they are searching for, what stands out the most, is generally, Father Corapi in some form or another. They usually view my two posts on him (one being my questioning where he disappeared to and another being a potential siting) and then they leave. I wish they’d view other posts, but I suppose if you want to know about Father Corapi and my blog only has two pages on him…well, there isn’t much draw elsewhere. Anyways…
I still get a few comments here and there on those posts and I want to address something, because I’m unsure why I am getting accused of this (or at least feels like it). Just about every comment that comes through is on how we shouldn’t be judging Father Corapi. I have never implied that we should, in fact, I have encouraged constant prayer for his return to the Church. Nothing judgmental about that. If anything that is the charitable and Christian thing to do.
However, I would like to comment on the people who think that Father Corapi is above the critical line. That is, untouchable to public scrutiny.
We have every right to say that because he has publicly left the priesthood and publicly disobeyed his vows to SOLT and appears to be unrepentant for his sins, that he is in danger of Hell. To ignore these cases, and to then go on to tell others “not to judge” as if everything was a-okay is a travesty. We should pray for Father Corapi on a daily basis. He is not a-okay, he is in danger of Hell because of his actions (and his unrepentant attitude).
Priests are sinners just like you and I. It is far more damaging to the faith when their sin is made public. Its a double-edged sword because we expect them to be perfect, yet, they are not. However, what we know of priests is that they have promised to be faithful to the Church and have given up many things in life. Thus, when they break this vow, it is heart-wrenching.
Let’s be clear on this. We can not say that he is going to Hell. We can say though, that with his attitude and actions that he is on his way to Hell (assuming that he dies and is not in the state of grace, and is unrepentant for these sins). This is Catholic teaching. The charitable thing to do, is to pray, pray, and did I mention pray? The other charitable thing to do is to point out his sin, and to tell him of it.
Now, I really enjoyed listening to Father Corapi preach. His talks were inspiring. With what we know now, his talks were probably inspiring because he knew how bad Satan is and how bad sin is. When we have experience with something, we can talk about it more personally. I want to also point out how much good he did do for the Church before his sin was made public. Even though he may have been in mortal sin when he gave his talks this does not negate the truthfulness of those talks.
Pray for Father Corapi. Father Corapi, we miss you and want to see you return home.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.