On top of that, by yanking all his stuff, EWTN and certain Catholic radio networks have (unintentionally, I hope) sent us the message that the charge is credible.
While it was a kick in the stomach to learn of the allegation and Fr. Corapi's administrative leave, after reflection, I realized that I could not possibly know enough to criticize Fr. Corapi, the head of his order nor the former employee who made the allegation. I have to suffer with uncertainty. But I am angry. I am angry with some Catholic broadcast media for this rush to distance themselves from the name and work of Corapi. It recalls for me other shunnings:.
*] Former radio show hosts. I’m thinking of two whose shows I tuned in to for months, until, one day, they were never heard of again – like disinherited siblings whose names we were forbidden to say at table. The silence made the radio-show hosts’ separation seem ominous. Did the station think the listeners wouldn’t notice?
*] Mel Gibson. When the whole anti-Christian, anti-Traditionalist and Materialist world ganged up on him, some in Catholic radio joined the pile-on. The Anti’s had been beating him up since way before his completion of one of the most beautiful, moving and orthodox films ever made about the central belief of Christianity. I wonder if that had any thing to do with his meltdown? At any rate, it seemed like his veneer cracked, whereupon some in Catholic media forgot that God often chooses the unfit for His work. Instead, (it seemed to me) they encouraged us to finish stomping the man to pieces
It we repudiate the gifts God chooses to send us by way of the flawed, we don’t have a Church. (I wonder, how would this play out were Corapi accused of denying Christ?) The only legitimate reason to keep us from Fr. Corapi’s preachings, i believe, would be if they contained heresy. I doubt anyone accuses him of that.
So dfp, i heartily agree with you and additionally, hope that Catholic broadcast media (another gift via the unworthy) will rethink how it handles the work of the flawed, the sinful (who? me?) and those accused of scandal.