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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What Happened to the Black Sheep Dog?



After all of the commotion that was made over Fr. Corapi a few months ago, it seems as if he has gone dark. His last post was Sept 30th, and he has yet to launch his weekly newsletter or finish up constructing his new website. He has put together a couple of videos, one being his own documentary, and then he kind of vanished. I just thought it odd that he remain quiet for so long. I was personally quite disappointed that he gave up on fulfilling his vocation to the priesthood, so I have not supported him since his departure. I am however curious enough to stop by his website just to see what he is up to. Either he is busy enjoying life, riding around on his motorcycle, or maybe he is preparing something else for his audience. It would be nice however if he was trying to reconcile with his order and fulfill his priestly vocation. Any thoughts?

13 comments:

Nick said...

Hmm, good point: regardless of if he posts again, it seems everyone's forgotten about him, deflating his whole scheme. It's been a 1.5 months since he posted, but with gaps like that it can only mean he's a one man show and recognizes he cannot do much.

He can no longer be taken seriously by the conservative Catholic or traditionalist crowd, so really he has no audience since the liberals already hate him.

Only 10 people bought and reviewed his DVD biography, and the last review was just over a month ago. He probably saw those "sales" and panicked, realizing that's not much of a "fan base". And without money, he obviously cannot run any operations.

Nick said...

It actually reminds me of the Real Catholic TV episode today where the show was about how many liberal bishops and priests stayed in the church simply because there is no other way they could make a living. At least in clergy they have all expenses paid, but outside they've not had a job in 25 years and would be stuck a minimum wage.

So Corapi could now be in a situation of either bankruptcy or carefully managing his reserves because other than that he has no income, and it's beyond him to take a minimum wage job considering he's lived high on the hog.

scotju said...

Has anyone ever noticed that EWTN seems to have a number of celebrity priests that are exposed as morally bankrupt? Is it just EWTN or is it part of the problems of larger Catholic culture in the USA? I just ordered the book by chris Ferrara about EWTN. I hope to find some answers there about this puzzle.

Laszlo said...

The reason his sites like facebook, etc have gone dark is probably because he let his staff go. You do realize that Mr. Corapi never tweeted or facebooked...his staff did all that stuff.

John Corapi didn't just get caught with his pants down. The man was a total fraud. Don't you all remember his monstrous Green Beret lie? He told that for almost 20 years before being outed by a real Green Beret. His whole biography was a lie---he didn't party with movie stars, he didn't have a black belt,he wasn't a football star, he didn't almost die in a VA hospital, he wasn't a multi millionaire (he is now). He played everyone using sound catholic doctrine and a charismatic speaking gift as his tools. He didn't believe what he was saying, even if it was the truth.

SOLT knew about this at least 10 years ago, but they had a problem. The guy was world famous, no one would have believed. It took a prostitute with a personal grudge to out him.

He created the "Black Sheep Dog" character a year ago, and copyrighted it. Before being outed. Don't know what he had planned to do, but obviously he has figured out that it won't fly.

This man has scandalized and hurt a multitude of good catholics. Personally I think he should be arrested under the "Stolen Valor" law (for impersonating a green beret) and thrown into a prison cell.

aggrievedhusband2002 said...

I pray that the substance abuse he was accused of is not true. That could be the cause of "going dark", as people who are addicted cannot function, and it takes many months to a couple of years to slowly climb out of that pit. This whole story has turned me into someone who prays as a Catholic, and goes to Mass, but it is all anonymous now. I stay away from working in the Church on a volunteer basis because of the fraudulent behavior of many priests. Whether John Corapi has been accused truthfully or not, I don't know for sure. But I do know the statistics from psychologists who treat priests say that 20% of priests are involved in sex/affairs with women, 10% in homosexual acts, and 5% were involved with children in sexual abuse, including statutory rape and pederasty. That's enough to keep me at a distance, and I screen carefully any priest I receive any sacraments through. It's fortunate that God provides the Sacramental Grace, even when those purporting to represent Him act terribly sinfully.

Wesley said...

First of all, I Wesley Joseph Raye, love Fr.Corapi with all my mind, heart and soul. For Gods sake people, he is our father.

Second, to ALL those that have put my love in Christ down, I suggest you go to the Apostle of Mercy, Saint Maria Faustina.

It appears that most of us can come to a CORRECT conclusion without even knowing what in HELL is going on.
Help me out people, but isn't it simple, we fell in love with our God and have again been hurt by Man. He hurt me, alot, and like you and I, he is a sinner.I will never talk down Fr Corapi. God has been working through Fr Corapi and still is. My loving suggestion, keep your mouth shut and your eyes and ears open and watch for the hand of the Lord!I am commanded to love you and I do.
Love in Christ,always.

Matthew Bellisario said...

Wesley, why should I keep my mouth shut in asking where Fr. Corapi has disappeared off to? He hasn't posted anything on his website now for going on 3 months. I see no problem in asking the question. I think all of us love Fr. Corpapi, at least I do. I appreciate all of the work he has done up until the point when he decided to abandon his priestly duties. That being said, I am just curious as to what has happened to him. Is he OK? Is he having health problems? Is he on vacation? Is he going to continue on with his new project. Inquiring minds what to know.

Wesley said...

First of all Matthew, I would like to extend apologies for using the loose provocative term "mouth shut"
but I can't. If I did I would be lying. I believe, Matthew, in times like this we should be still and silent but more important we should be praying for Fr Corapi to our Merciful God.
Br Matthew, I am under the impression that you can get most of your questions answered on Fr Corapi's departing videos.
One of the strongest points that affected me the most was that he basically stated "At this time I do not even know if I want a following". Then I cried Matthew. One of the reasons I cried Matthew is because I am selfish. There is nothing but pure LOVE coming through Fr Corapi. Fr Corapi gives so much. He gave yesterday, he's definitely giving presently, and I know he will be giving tomorrow. You had mentioned, Matthew,that you appreciated his work up until he abandoned his priestly duties. Up until .....? Matthew! We like it when we are receiving, but when there is a bump in the road we are the ones, I believe, who really do the abandoning. Oh no Matthew, Fr Corapi needs us more than ever, but not on the human realm. We all need to pray with one voice for Gods Mercy. I pray, hope and believe that Fr Corapi is "still and quiet" and that everything comes out the way that the Lord wants it to be and he obeys what the Lord asks of him. The one thing that is of concern to me is his soul.
God knows he has been the Doctor of mine. I ask the Father to bring him back to his flock but not my will but His.
One last thing Matthew. When Jesus Christ Almighty was praying at the Garden of Gethsemane, do you believe that he was pondering on where he was going on vacation?

Matthew Bellisario said...

Wesley, I am still not sure where you are going with this. I never said not to pray for Fr. Corapi, did I? Of course we should pray for him. I said I appreciated his work up until he left his order, which is what I meant. I am not overly interested in obtaining anything he has produced since, and that is not a sin last I checked. Nor do I consider myself abandoning him since I never had an attachment to him in the first place. Yes I appreciated his work as priest preaching the truth. There is however a difference in appreciating what he did, as well as admire him in his office as a priest, and making him an idol, which many have done.

You also mentioned that he is not sure that he ever wanted a following after leaving? Of course he did, otherwise he would never have started the whole Blacksheep Dog thing. He put out more material under a new name so no one would follow him or his work? I think you are overreaching there. Anyways, I will continue to keep him in my prayers, and I hope you do as well.

As far as commenting on where he is and what he is doing, I am entitled to publish articles pertaining to that, and that is also not a sin. He made himself a public figure with his material and his life story. He has told us that he is going to launch a new series of talks, etc, so I think its OK to ask what he is up to. Lets hope he is OK. For all of your concern about this post I have yet to see any concern from you regarding his well being.

Wesley said...

I Love the statement Rush Limbaugh once said,"the psychology of the other side is such that I don't know if you can really get through to them".If you and I Mat continue with this dialogue we may very well illustrate that insight.I understand,that you have been a Catholic for eight years.Ukranian Rite.All I know about that is that you are my Brother in Christ.Unlike you, I am a CRADLE CATHOLIC,Latin Rite,for 58 years.I am a Catholic Latin Rite and Italian,just like Fr. Corapi.Add to that the most important of all,the Love of OUR Savior flowing through My Father Corapi,coupled with his own personal sacrifice,and I ask you Matthew,what is their not to LOVE?
If the Lord elects to send me to Hell for Loving one of his priest,Amen.That's where Fr. Corapi found me!The reason you are missing the points that I am trying to make to you,in my opinion,is that I Love the God that comes THROUGH him and you are looking at the man.The Book I read to find Fr. Corapi is in Holy Scriptures.They continue(eternally),forever Matt,to pick me up and wash me UP.Now,in regards to you incorrectly discerning that I insinuated that you believe we should not pray for FR. Corapi.How absurd.Reread my last message. The number one thing we can do for Fr. Corapi is PRAY.
I believe what Fr. is going through,is between God the Father,Mother Church and Fr.Corapi.At this time I believe we most need to pray and practice the Virtue of Patience.Everything else in my opinion is NONE OF our BUSINESS.Because of your response, I'm assuming you watched and heard Fr. Corapi's departure tapes where he specifically stated that he did not at this time know if he wanted a following.That would be you and I for beginners Mat.How do you deduce that because he established Black Sheepdog,he wants a following,especially after he specifically stated that he does'nt even know.See Mat,I think this is a good example of you wanting to think for Fr.That's OFF LIMITS!Mat I have to honestly tell you,your answers are hard to believe you even think this WAY. Fr.Corapi didn't make himself a public figure.Jesus Christ Almighty did.And the Lord can take it back if he so desires.Lastly,Mat,I believe,like the rest of us,YOU need to look at the Way you are thinking and the conclusions that you are coming to.I.E.,Fr. Corapi says he doesn't know if he wants a folowing.Br.Matthew says he does.One more,Br.The last thing you said to me,"for all of your concern about this post I have yet to see any concern from you regarding his well being".The key word is see.You don't.Your in the dark.First you imply that I may be idolatrous towards my LOVE for Fr. Corapi followed up by your last statement.This post you say?Funny you should say.You,Mathew, answered my very first comment that I typed on a computer.If you could have recalled that message,it clearly stated I LOVE Fr. Corapi.It is my love for Fr. that I felt I should come to his defense.You again incorectly,thought that I was telling You to shut up.If you go back and read the comments before my initial remarks,you would read that Fr.Corapi was being stoned.Not on my watch!Let's see,I quess praying isn't that big of a thing to you,because that is the #1thing I recommended for My FATHER.
I'm answering your questions with my time in regards to his situation. I think of him everyday.I'm thinking he's living the First Sorrowful Mystery,Agony inthe Garden.What do you think Matt, should I ask him where he is going on vacation?Finally,of course you have the right to write what you want to...within reason I hope. But in our Catholic Faith,we are to never never talk in a negative way about our Fathers.That is a sin, MATTHEW.If you ever remember anything in all that I have mentioned, please remember this: I WESLEY JOSEPH RAYE LOVE FATHER CORAPI WITH ALL MY MIND,HEART,SOUL AND STRENGTH.

Matthew Bellisario said...

Wesley, you have made so many fallacies in your post that it is not even funny. You are assuming that I have no love for Fr. Corapi, which I have already stated that I have. I do love God, although I have many shortcomings when it comes to holiness. It is obvious that when Fr. Corapi started his new website and started making new videos, etc, that he was intending to sell them, that means that he is seeking to have people listening to what he has to say, which means he is establishing a following, period. If you can't deduce that then I feel sorry for you. Fr. Corpapi stating that he doesn't know if he wants a following and then putting out a facebook page and a new webpage with new DVDs and CDs on it speaks contrary to one another. In other words his actions do not follow what he actually did. If he has changed his mind now, then so be it, I can accept that. He has right to go off and disappear. However, until he comes out and tells the public which have bought his new DVDs and CDs that he is not going to be a public figure anymore, or produce any new material for people to buy, then I fail to see how anyone would know that information. So, again, I have committed no sin in asking where has gone to, so quit with the fallacious accusations here. I also love Fr. Corpapi or I wold not even post about him. Finally, I don't think Fr. Corpai needs your "defense." Another faulty assumption on your part.

Wesley said...

JMJ

"Wesley,you have made so many fallacies in your post that it is not even funny".
Def.FALLACY:a deceptive,misleading,or false notion,BELIEF,etc...a misleading or unsound argument.Sounds demonic to me!That's what the devil does.That's what your stating that I'm doing. Your also, indirectly making the point that the Love of Christ that is in me is fallacious.
Where have I displayed that kind of behavior? Next,you stated "I do love God,although I have many shortcomings when it comes to Holiness".Spoken like a true warrior.Everyone has shortcomings.How can we apply this TRUTH, to Fr. Corapi? I leave that for you to ponder.(Suggested reading:Divine Mercy in My Soul-Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska). We all need forgiveness and mercy.In my Catholic Faith it is a sin to talk down our Priest.Think about it.Would you like it if you went to confession,and after that interaction the Priest goes "downtown" and tells everyone your shortcomings.Because of our shortcomings,ignorance,selfishness,sins and on and on,we need the Lords forgiveness and MERCY.Matt says,".Finally,I don't think Fr. Corapi needs your "defense".Def.defense:the defending of a cause or the like by speech,argument,etc.Of course he doesn't need me,I need him. It's really not so much need,but the fact that In Christ I truely love Fr.Corapi.Shortcomings we have,LOVE we ALL need.

Wesley said...

JMJ

"Wesley,you have made so many fallacies in your post that it is not even funny".
Def.FALLACY:a deceptive,misleading,or false notion,BELIEF,etc...a misleading or unsound argument.Sounds demonic to me!That's what the devil does.That's what your stating that I'm doing. Your also, indirectly making the point that the Love of Christ that is in me is fallacious.
Where have I displayed that kind of behavior? Next,you stated "I do love God,although I have many shortcomings when it comes to Holiness".Spoken like a true warrior.Everyone has shortcomings.How can we apply this TRUTH, to Fr. Corapi? I leave that for you to ponder.(Suggested reading:Divine Mercy in My Soul-Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska). We all need forgiveness and mercy.In my Catholic Faith it is a sin to talk down our Priest.Think about it.Would you like it if you went to confession,and after that interaction the Priest goes "downtown" and tells everyone your shortcomings.Because of our shortcomings,ignorance,selfishness,sins and on and on,we need the Lords forgiveness and MERCY.Matt says,".Finally,I don't think Fr. Corapi needs your "defense".Def.defense:the defending of a cause or the like by speech,argument,etc.Of course he doesn't need me,I need him. It's really not so much need,but the fact that In Christ I truely love Fr.Corapi.Shortcomings we have,LOVE we ALL need.