Father John Corapi said he will not follow the order of his religious superior to leave his home in Montana to live in community with his fellow priests.In a posting on his website July 7, Father Corapi also said he was told to support himself and his ministry financially by Father James Flanagan, the founder of his congregation, the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.
Father Corapi, who lives near Kalispell, Mont., also denied committing sexual improprieties with a female former employee whose allegations in letters to Church leaders nationwide prompted officials of his religious community to place him on administrative leave in March.
The statement from the widely popular speaker on Catholic catechetical and contemporary issues came in response to a July 5 press release from the society outlining transgressions related to Father Corapi’s lifestyle that it said were uncovered during an investigation by a three-member fact-finding panel appointed by the religious order.
Information about Father Corapi learned during the inquiry, the release said, included “years of cohabitation” with a woman, repeated abuse of alcohol and drugs and “serious violation” of his promise of poverty based on his ownership of more than $1 million in real estate, numerous luxury vehicles, motorcycles, an ATV, a boat dock and several motor boats.
Father Corapi said he would not return to the order because he resigned from the priesthood June 17, two days short of the 20th anniversary of his ordination.
“I resigned because the process used by the Church is grossly unjust, and, hence, immoral,” he wrote in the posting at theblack sheepdog.us. “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,” the priest said.