As some of you may know, Fr. Corapi has been placed on administrative leave. For those of you who have never heard him preach (either live or via the web/CD/etc.) are missing a very powerful preacher. He tells it like it is.
Gerard Nadal (a great writer himself) says:
If denial of due process and the presumption of innocence are the new norm for our bishops, if the mere accusation of sin merits headline coverage, then our leadership has lost its way. Badly. The stress of such humiliation could well cause a relapse of the cancer and cost Father Corapi his life.
Innocent or guilty, the minimum standard of due process and the presumption of innocence ought to apply to our priests, as they do for the rest of us. That increasingly they do not is a sin greater than a priest’s dalliance. Our priests sacrifice marriage, family, career, etc for us. It’s about time the laity demand justice for the accused. If we don’t, we deserve empty seminaries.
My prayers for the restoration of Father Corapi and his good name, and for the intentions of the woman who has brought these allegations forward.
You can read the rest of his thoughts here.
I think of these comments because I know of a priest in basically the same situation. A good friend.
His archdiocese has placed him on leave. After all this time, there is no civil case against him (nor planned, as far as we can tell). After all this time, there is no criminal case against him (nor planned, as far as we can tell, by the local and state authorities.). He has not been accused of anything sexual. He has not been accused of any financial issues. No drug or alcohol abuse. Nothing. Just an accusation. But his name has been dragged through the mud by the media, by SNAP, Bishop's Accountability and other organizations.
Oh, I pray that this madness will stop.