Dear Father Corapi:
It's just a thought, but: Where would Christianity be if Christ chose to answer His accusers like this? As one commenter notes, not a word about the Eucharist here, just "me, me, me". As they like to say on ESPN, c'mon man!
I don't need to speculate on your guilt or innocence to know this is not the way to defend the faith. Father, you made more of an effort to fight what you thought was a medical malpractice case committed against you than these accusations. Does the Church not deserve at least half that effort?
I say these things not to point the finger, but to encourage a man who, if he is wrongly accused, should get up off the mat and start swinging again. These accusations pale as to be invisible compared to what the Master was charged with and suffered on the cross. No servant is greater than the master, as you often reminded us. What makes you think your reaction to the charges and the process of determining their veracity in any way resembles how Christ would respond?
Coincidentally, in honor of the anniversary of his ordination, Pope Benedict XVI has asked the faithful to make a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament and offer the intention for priests and for more vocations. Father Corapi, you could sure use our prayers and penance right now. You can count on mine. The last thing the world needs is another former priest.
St. John Vianney, the patron saint of priests, said that the priesthood "is the love of the Heart of Jesus Christ".
Are you so willing to discard this love, a love you were privileged to receive at your ordination, an ordination bestowed on you by the hands of another venerable priest, Blessed John Paul II? Of all the former drug addicts and sinners in the world, Our Lady chose you to receive the Love of her Son's Sacred Heart. What on this earth could be so terrible that you would throw it away without so much as a backward glance?
I remember a lot of things you said. Let me remind you of one, Father. Without Good Friday, there is no Easter Sunday. This is your Good Friday. Don't you dare lay down that cross. Pick it up and carry it and know that if He fell down 3 times, you could fall countless times, and He'll still be there to to take the weight off you. You have only to ask. Jesus didn't refuse the help of the Cyrenian any more than He refused to take up that cross. He's not asking you to do the same but He is asking you to try.
God Bless you Father and may the same Blessed Mother who plucked you out of the gutter slap some sense into you before you throw away the love her Divine Son saw fit to give you, a gift so very few receive, as you did when you became a priest forever, like Melchizedek.
Sincerely in Christ,
One of the lambs of the true Shepherd