Friday, March 25, 2011

Update on the Fr. Corapi Case

A statement from Santa Cruz media, the owners of Fr. Corapi's intellectual property:

Statement of Santa Cruz Media, Inc. Relative to Fr. Corapi’s Suspension

Santa Cruz Media, Inc. is the owner of all of Fr. John Corapi’s intellectual property and the DVDs, CDs, and books that flow from it. We are a secular corporation and not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. As such, we are not under the jurisdiction of any bishop or other official in the Catholic Church, although we have the utmost respect for Church authority.

We fully support Rev. John Corapi in this terrible trial, not surprisingly having begun on Ash Wednesday. Through the sacrifice and struggle of the desert and all of the dark moments that this entails, we are confident that the glory of the risen Lord will shine forth from the power of the Resurrection and Easter.

We have consulted with a number of canon lawyers. They have assured us that the actions of the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas are, on several points of canon law, illicit. It is our fervent hope that The Dallas Charter will be changed because of false accusations like this. There is no evidence at this time that Fr. Corapi did anything wrong, only the unsubstantiated rant of a former employee, who, after losing her job with this office, physically assaulted me and another employee and promised to "destroy" Father Corapi. We all continue to pray for this person, and we ask you to do the same.

We sincerely believe that the work Fr. Corapi has done is of greatest value to the Church, hence hated by the devil. We fully intend to make Fr. Corapi’s material available as a service to the Church and the world for as long as we possibly can.

The Church provides no financial support to Fr. Corapi. He has to pay for his own legal representation, medical costs, food, housing, etc. We have never accepted donations or charitable contributions of any kind. We are supporting Father’s efforts to defend himself. Your purchase of products from Santa Cruz Media helps provide the funding for Father's continued work as well as the legal expenses he continues to incur as a result of these malicious allegations.

Father Corapi and all of us here at Santa Cruz Media, Inc. greatly appreciate your kindness, support, and prayers. Please continue to pray for Father Corapi and his accuser, as well as all priests who find themselves in this unfortunate situation.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Bobbi Ruffatto
Vice President of Operations
Santa Cruz Media, Inc.

I did not comment on this case because I simply did not know who was saying the truth. I tend to believe Father Corapi, but I wanted to see what his accuser had to say.

For those who are not in the know: Fr. John Corapi is a well-beloved Catholic priest. I have embedded some of his videos on this blog. He was accused of sexual misconduct with adult women and drug abuse. He was placed on administrative leave on Ash Wednesday. He has categorically denied all allegations.

I am cautiously optimistic about this statement. I would like to say that I believe Fr. Corapi. A lot of people do. I don't know him that well. I am also gun shy about believing a priest just because he's a priest, and a good priest at that.

I'm anxious to hear what his accuser has to say. If her story has any merit, then the facts will bear it out.

I pray that if Fr. Corapi is innocent, I can be forgiven for my lack of trust.