From the official statement of the Society of Our Lady of the Trinity:
“SOLT’s fact-finding team has acquired information from Fr. Corapi’s e-mails, various witnesses, and public sources that, together, state that, during his years of public ministry:
He did have sexual relations and years of cohabitation (in California and Montana) with a woman known to him, when the relationship began, as a prostitute; He repeatedly abused alcohol and drugs; He has recently engaged in sexting activity with one or more women in Montana; He holds legal title to over $1 million in real estate, numerous luxury vehicles, motorcycles, an ATV, a boat dock, and several motor boats, which is a serious violation of his promise of poverty as a perpetually professed member of the Society.”
The full statement is here:http://soltnews.blogspot.com/2011/07/press-release-concerning-fr-john-corapi.html
My criticism of Mr Corapi has never been because I had any opinion on the veracity of the charges against him; it had everything to do with the fact that my bullshitometer started blaring whenever I heard him speak, or ran across him on EWTN at my mom’s (we don’t have network or cable TV). At every turn, it seemed, his life was so dramatic, his accomplishments so stellar, that I was skeptical from the start.
I am not sure how he will spin this one- what? he is being persecuted by his order?- but no doubt there are still many who will follow him, right over the cliff.
But for anyone with a modicum of sense this latest development will explain a lot about his behavior in the last few months.
And it certainly makes it hard to believe his tall tales about his incredible life and near-miraculous conversion (though I don’t doubt that there is substance behind the embellishments).
Still, let us not forget that at the heart of this drama is a priest, a man created in the image of God, no doubt deeply conflicted and torn, struggling with God only knows what.
If we can’t find it in our hearts to pray for him we should not call ourselves Christians.