Corapi has issued a response the the SOLT press release of the other day. I was going to write “issued a defense” but I couldn’t do it with a straight face. Why? Because it would be the worst defense ever.
So let’s deal with a few things before we get to the heart of it. SOLT accused Corapi of a few things. Namely…
- Violating a promise of poverty.
- And SHACKING UP WITH A HOOKER for years!!
I am going to answer in a simple, straight forward way what seem to me the main elements of the action taken against me by the Diocese of Corpus Christi and the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.
Regarding my personal financial situation—From the earliest days (more than twenty years ago) the Founder of the Society of Our Lady, Fr. James Flanagan, encouraged me to support myself and the Church as well. He said they could not afford to support my ministry and me personally because of the unique nature of the mission. At every step of the way, through the entire past twenty years, the Society of Our Lady’s leadership knew of my financial independence. As Fr. Flanagan encouraged, I have supported SOLT and myself from ‘day-one.‘ I have never relied on the Society for shelter, clothing, transportation, medical care, or legal counsel and instead, using my history of success in business, set up my mission as any savvy business man would, meanwhile continuing to support the Society and many other Catholic Charities.
Regarding the charge of sexual impropriety—This song of greed has been sung many times before. I have never had any promiscuous or even inappropriate relations with her. Never.
Regarding the investigation—As standard practice, my legal counsel advised me not to cooperate with the investigation until I was able to determine that the Commission’s process was fair and I had adequate rights to defend myself. Questions that certainly qualify the validity of any legal case have never been answered by the so called “fact finding team.” They refuse to reveal, and therefore utilize, any of the so-called evidence perhaps because if ‘the bad guy’ were truly revealed it may be revealed that he is really not that bad. Clearly, as my legal counsel has portrayed, the evidence supplied by the accused (of which my counsel is not permitted access to) must not have any substance.
Regarding ‘hush money’—I never paid anybody off to remain silent. On two occasions there were standard severance agreements executed with former employees and independent contractors. These agreements contained very common non-disclosure provisions. Any attorney who would not include such provisions in such agreements would rightly be guilty of negligent and actionable conduct.
Regarding my resignation—I resigned because the process used by the Church is grossly unjust, and, hence, immoral. I resigned because I had no chance from the beginning of a fair and just hearing. As I have indicated from the beginning of all this, I am not extinguished! If I were to commit to the suggestion of the Society, then I would essentially crawl under a rock and wait to die. However, I can not deny this desire to share aspects of Truth and Hope with all those willing to hear. This is what I shall continue to fight for! Many are not going to appreciate this decision, and I respect that. For those who can accept it, onward!
defense response? SOLT knew and encouraged my financial situation. Ok, that may be true. Sexting? Not mentioned.
As for the SHACKING UP WITH A HOOKER for years!! His response would make Bill Clinton blush. Let me parse it fer ya.
THAT woman? THAT woman over there. I never had sex with THAT woman.
But what about the hooker, Father?
Let me repeat. I never had sex with THAT woman. THAT woman right there. Never laid a hand on HER. Nope never.
And the shacking up with a hooker?
Let me repeat. I never had sex with THAT woman. THAT woman right there.
So Corapi thinks that the fact that his co-habitating hooker friend is not the one suing him is a defense of some sort.
I dunno. Every time I have ever been accused of shacking up with a hooker, I didn’t deal with by denying I ever had sex with Olympia Dukakis. If I did, I am pretty sure my wife would figure out the hooker thing.
The woman who complained may be lying about certain elements, who knows? One thing seems certain now. Corapi is a liar and he SHACKED UP WITH A HOOKER FOR YEARS.