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Father Pavone Update — What you can do…

Indefinite exile? Why?


Bishop Patrick Zurek

Diocese of Amarillo

P.O. Box 5644

Amarillo, Texas, 79117


Rick Perry’s illegitimate abortion position

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias said the governor’s position on abortion couldn’t be any more in line with her organization’s tenets. “Gov. Perry has a wonderful pro-life record,” she said. Pic: Right To Life rally in Austin, Texas.

Not so fast, says Lisa Graas today on her blog…

Rick  Perry Believes the 10th Amendment Trumps the Right To Life; NRTC Yawn

It is troubling to see National Right to Life featuring an article on ostensibly “pro-life” Rick Perry without calling him out on his illegitimate abortion position.

Despite holding personal pro-life beliefs, Texas Gov. Rick Perry categorized abortion as a states’ rights issue today, saying that if Roe v. Wade was overturned, it should be up to the states to decide the legality of the procedure.

“You either have to believe in the 10th Amendment or you don’t,” Perry told reporters after a bill signing in Houston.  “You can’t believe in the 10th Amendment for a few issues and then [for] something that doesn’t suit you say, ‘We’d rather not have states decide that.’”

Um…no, Governor Perry. The 10th Amendment does not cover ALL issues. The federal government has a duty to uphold our inalienable rights if the states fail to. See McDonald v. Chicago.

NRLC needs to grow a spine.

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FULL TEXT — Official SOLT Statement Regarding Fr John Corapi

Official SOLT Statement Regarding Fr John Corapi

As the Regional Priest Servant of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), I issue the following statement on behalf of the Society.
On 16 March 2011, the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas, and the SOLT received a complaint against Fr. John Corapi, SOLT. As is normal procedure and due to the gravity of the accusation alleging conduct not in concert with the priestly state or his promises as a member of an society of apostolic of diocesan right, Fr. Corapi was suspended from active ministry (put on administrative leave) until such a time that the complaint could be fully investigated and due process given to Fr. Corapi. In the midst of the investigation, the SOLT received a letter from Fr. Corapi, dated June 3, 2011, indicating that, because of the physical, emotional and spiritual distress he has endured over the past few years, he could no longer continue to function as a priest or a member of the SOLT. Although the investigation was in progress, the SOLT had not arrived at any conclusion as to the credibility of the allegations under investigation.
At the onset, the Bishop of Corpus Christi advised the SOLT to not only proceed with the policies outlined in their own constitution, but also with the proper canonical procedures to determine the credibility of the allegations against Fr. Corapi. We reiterate that Fr. Corapi had not been determined guilty of any canonical or civil crimes. If the allegations had been found to be credible, the proper canonical due process would have been offered to Fr. Corapi, including his right to defense, to know his accuser and the complaint lodged, and a fair canonical trial with the right of recourse to the Holy See. On June 17, 2011, Fr. John Corapi issued a public statement indicating that he has chosen to cease functioning as a priest and a member of the SOLT.
The SOLT is deeply saddened that Fr. Corapi is suffering distress. The SOLT is further saddened by Fr. Corapi’s response to these allegations. The SOLT will do all within its power to assist Fr. Corapi if he desires to seek a dispensation from his rights and obligations as a priest and as a professed member of the SOLT. We request your prayers and the intercession of the Blessed Mother for the healing of Fr. Corapi and for any who have been negatively affected by Fr. Corapi’s decision to end his ministry as a priest and a member of the SOLT.
Fr Gerrard Sheehan, SOLT
Regional Priest Servant

Posted by SOLT Webmaster at 13:50

[FULL TEXT] Father Corapi on Administrative Leave – An Update from Rev. Michael Sullivan, J.C.L.

“Several Catholic media sources have removed Fr. Corapi from their outlets. This is over and above what is required by canon law and the Dallas Norms…”

Fr. John Corapi has been suspended from priestly functions because of an accusation against him from a former employee. There seems to be a great deal of speculation and confusion regarding what this entails.

When an accusation arrives at the desk of a Religious Superior or a bishop, the procedure calls for a quick, confidential assessment as to the veracity of the accusation. With the advent of the Dallas Procedural Norms the necessary pieces of information required before imposing administrative leave varies from diocese to diocese and Order to Order. In most cases, if an accuser knows the name of the priest, the location at the time of the alleged incident and the year the priest was serving, the accusation is considered “credible.” The accused is supposed to be provided with the opportunity to respond to the accusations in a face-to-face meeting with his Superior prior to the imposition of suspension or administrative leave. In Father Corapi’s case, this never happened.

When a priest is on administrative leave he is to refrain from any public actions as a priest, such as offering Mass or hearing confessions, or from dressing as a priest in any public forum. The decree from his superiors clearly spells out limitations upon Fr. Corapi, but does not preclude him from speaking publicly provided he does not dress as a cleric and does not offer Mass publicly. Fr. John Corapi has observed these directives. Church bodies are to observe these limitations, though the order does not apply to lay organizations or Church organizations beyond the scope of what has been decreed.

Several Catholic media sources have removed Fr. Corapi from their outlets. This is over and above what is required by canon law and the Dallas Norms. Nothing in the order placing Father Corapi on administrative leave precludes distribution of previously recorded materials. Santa Cruz Media is in full compliance with Canon Law and the administrative leave under which Fr. Corapi is functioning.

Fr. Corapi is doing all in his power to cooperate and work with his Religious Society to see that this allegation is quickly cleared up and he is allowed to return to full ministry. The length of this administrative leave is strictly up to the Society and their process of inquiry before a decision is rendered.

We continue to ask everyone to pray for Fr. Corapi, for the accuser and for a quick resolution to this matter.

God bless you,

Rev. Michael Sullivan, J.C.L.

Fr. Corapi SOLT — Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Rene Gracida, comments on injustice suffered by accused priests from bishops and religious superiors

Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Rene Gracida, lays into the flawed procedures of disciplining priests accused of wrongdoing…



The public controversy over the announcement of the accusations against Father John Corapi, SOLT, and his suspension from exercising his priestly ministry offers an opportunity to reflect on the flawed procedure apparently being followed in too many dioceses of the United States these days in the case of a priest accused of sexual misconduct not involving minors.  The procedure is flawed because it inflicts grave injustice on the priest and serves as a deterrent to young men thinking of offering themselves as candidates for the priesthood…. Read More


Retired CCHD Organizer Bishop John E. McCarthy comes out against USCCB on health care overhaul

More nonsense from the Catholic Campaign for Developing everything human except children in the womb crowd…

 In 2007 St. Edwards University, a Catholic academic institution located in Austin, Texas, ignored Bishop Gregory Aymond and refused to withdraw an speaking invitation to Charles Curran from the John E. McCarthy Lecture Series.

According to Life Site News:

Father Curran is a Catholic priest who has long been in opposition with several of the Church’s fundamental moral teachings. Because of his aggressive and vocal condemnation of the Church’s teachings on matters such as abortion, contraception, and homosexuality, Curran was investigated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s

For story context remember: It was Retired Bishop John E. McCarthy, (the lecture series name-sake), who extended the invitation to Curran to speak…

WASHINGTON — A retired Catholic bishop is announcing his support for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, despite the church’s official opposition.

Retired Bishop John E. McCarthy of Austin told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he is as opposed to abortion as every other bishop and that the bill before Congress would guard against the use of taxpayer funds to pay for it. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, however, says the restrictions don’t go far enough.

McCarthy says the church has been pushing to cover the uninsured for 40 years, and Obama’s bill is the closest the nation has come to achieving that goal. Lawmakers can improve on the legislation later, he says, “but let’s not kill it at this crucial moment.”

Read more: http://www.thesunnews.com/2010/03/17/1373776/retired-catholic-bishop-endorses.html#ixzz0iVCZWLtX