In a statement released by Santa Cruz Media Inc. (the company who owns Fr. John Corapi DVD's, CD's and books), a light was shed on the circumstances surrounding accusations that Father was taking drugs and having sexual relationships with women. Can you say "former employee?"
After losing her job with the company, a woman assaulted two employees of Santa Cruz Media Inc. and threatened to "destroy" Fr. Corapi. The Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas bought into this mess and put Father on administrative leave. EWTN
won't show RERUNS of Father's talks and Relevant Radio
has dropped his programs.
You can watch Fr. Corapi on YouTube
. He is a fiery priest with rock star status in the church. His autobiography is scheduled to come out in August and it promises a story not even Hollywood could come up with! Father didn't become a priest until he was in his early forties. Before that he was a successful businessman, who's life was filled with money, cars, drugs, women and uh, sitting in a closet with a fully loaded Uzi submachine gun determined to use it!
I have watched Father preach on television and listened to him on the radio. I am looking forward to his book. The announcement of his administrative leave shook me up more then I expected. When I read the statement from Santa Cruz Media Inc. I realized that his could happen to any priest.
In the short time that I have been at my job, four disgruntled employees have been fired. One woman and three men. The woman and one of the men were stealing and were caught. Both had complained of reduced hours so I have a feeling the stealing came from an attitude that the company owed them. The other two men got in a heated argument with the boss and made threats.
One of the men who had made threats was a big teddy bear of a guy. He was kind and fun to work with, but his personal life fell apart which led him to make some very bad decisions. Had he not made a threat, he probably would still be there and to be honest, I don't think this man would have hurt a fly, but it wasn't my call. It broke my heart that he was fired and I pray that he's gotten his life back together.
We live in a time where people making threats is almost a commonality. I'm a firm believer in being on the side of caution, but the Bishop putting Fr. Corapi on administrative leave, Relevant Radio dropping his programs and EWTN not even showing reruns of him is just wrong.
In Father's own statement he said he will cooperate with the process. Since the accusations were announced on Ash Wednesday, it appears it's going to be a long Lent.