A message from Doug Sherman, President of Immaculate Heart Radio, regarding Father Corapi:
You may have heard recently that Father John Corapi has been placed on ‘administrative leave’ from his ministry, due to allegations made by a former employee. We at Immaculate Heart Radio have been monitoring this situation very closely from the beginning, and have corresponded with episcopal advisors, canon lawyers, and directly with Fr. Corapi and believe that Father Corapi is innocent of these charges, until proven otherwise. It is our hope and prayer this investigation will be concluded quickly and positively.
Recently, Fr. Corapi told me, that he thinks it would be best for us to temporarily suspend his programming until this matter is resolved. This advice is also consistent with current counsel that we have received from some of our episcopal advisors, and so we have decided to suspend his programming for now.
Fr. Corapi also told me how much he appreciates the support and prayers of our listeners and he fully expects to be exonerated of these allegations. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
- Doug Sherman, President of Immaculate Heart Radio
On this subject, Father Corapi has stated:
Father Corapi’s Statement Regarding Allegations
On Ash Wednesday I learned that a former employee sent a three-page letter to several bishops accusing me of everything from drug addiction to multiple sexual exploits with her and several other adult women. There seems to no longer be the need for a complaint to be deemed “credible” in order for Church authorities to pull the trigger on the Church’s procedure, which was in recent years crafted to respond to cases of the sexual abuse of minors. I am not accused of that, but it seems, once again, that they now don’t have to deem the complaint to be credible or not, and it is being applied broadly to respond to all complaints. I have been placed on “administrative leave” as the result of this.
I’ll certainly cooperate with the process, but personally believe that it is seriously flawed, and is tantamount to treating the priest as guilty “just in case”, then through the process determining if he is innocent. The resultant damage to the accused is immediate, irreparable, and serious, especially for someone like myself, since I am so well known. I am not alone in this assessment, as multiple canon lawyers and civil and criminal attorneys have stated publicly that the procedure does grave damage to the accused from the outset, regardless of rhetoric denying this, and has little regard for any form of meaningful due process.
All of the allegations in the complaint are false, and I ask you to pray for all concerned.
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