Saturday, June 18, 2011

Xtra Normal Father Corapi

This is now on youtube, a satire/commentary on Father Corapi's recent broadcast.

11 comments:

  1. I was up till 0230 writing the script! O;-p

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  2. Sad. I don't know what else to say.

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  3. Oh my, that hits the nail right on the head.

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  4. "I am not a saint, though I play one on TV".
    Lol.

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  5. Lolol. It's a sad day, and a sad story, but this video cracks me up. I think we've watched it 10 times today.

    "I play one on TV."

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  6. Have we forgotten that Fr. Corapi is a human who is hurting, right now? Many think he isn't handling this correctly, not walking his shoes, I wouldn't know. I, also, have no idea what subjects he will be "preaching" about in his Black Sheepdog mode, so I can't comment. Someone out there must have insider's info on his future talks to be so against them already. His Youtube video gave great respect to the bishops and called for a peaceful reaction from his followers. He gets no kudos for this. I will reserve my opinion and hear what he has to say in his talks. I'm sure that they won't be any less profound, spiritual or moving...white collar...clerics or not. He's ticked off and has a right to be...Christ he is not..give the man a break & let the dust clear. To err is human, to forgive is divine. I wonder if this is how Jesus felt when the sanhedrin and pharisees watched and waited for one slip so they could pounce?

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  7. I'm pretty sure Jesus "spoke no word, and opened not his mouth. Like a sheep before the shearers, or a lamb led to slaughter."

    Or something like that.

    I appreciate fully that John Corapi (he point-blank renounced the title "Father" in his video, so to continue to do so isn’t really in the correct spirit as one of his followers) is a human being, and obviously he is hurting and deeply troubled. I, for one, think that he's gone completely bat-stuff crazy. Why? When? I have no idea. Great suffering and travail can do that to people. I told my husband earlier today that it must be an unbearably painful thing to have your good name called into question before the whole world, justified or unjustified. But saying “he’s not Christ, so give him a break” is to insult his holiness and the powerful spirituality that is such a part of his persona—if we admire his words and his example, shouldn’t we always be expecting the most of him? Wouldn’t it make more sense if we demanded excellence of our priests, if we expected only the highest and most noble behavior from them at all times? Saying “oh, he’s only human” is to deny the power of Grace in our lives and cheapen the power of the Sacraments to raise us above concupiscence and the fallen human condition.

    (to be continued, as blogger is making me split my verbose comment into two parts...)

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  8. The reason I liked this video, though, is that it made some interesting comparisons to the life of Christ (turning the other cheek, accepting the painful chalice of unjust persecution) and was lighthearted about a situation which is, if you're really honest about it all, just silly. Just bear with me for a minute. Someone anonymous accuses Father Corapi of wrongdoing. He says he doesn’t know who it is. He says he does know who it is. He disappears for a few months. The bishop dickers around with information. John Corapi reappears, takes on a new name (every time I see the website, I simply cannot help thinking of “the artist formerly known as Prince”), reminds people to buy things from his website, and handily has his autobiography ready for publication. He and his civil and canon lawyers decide that the best way for him not to be “Extinguished” is to leave the priesthood and begin ministering to the entire world instead of just Catholic. It looks a little funny! It is funny. It’s bizzarely strange. It sounds invented, like one of those round-robin party games where an entire group tells a story one line at a time, and the dude in the middle wasn’t paying attention and changes the narrative at random. To take this too seriously, no matter whose "side" you are on, is to play into the hands of the Devil.

    My very first comment when I heard John Corapi's news last night was, "The Devil is a powerful being." I think that John Corapi is a troubled man, for some reason or another, and his actions are very confusing to me. I don't think he's evil or anything like that--but I do think, in fact I know that Satan will bring about great evil through the turmoil, vitriol, division, hatefulness, and confusion that is already resulting from these events. The more seriously we take it all, the more we play into his hands. My reaction to the controversy? I think it seems odd, the whole thing is strange, I’m baffled start to finish by the entire chain of events. I don’t think John Corapi is evil, I don’t think the bishops are out to get him. I think there’s some epic miscommunication and some “cult of personality” nonsense thrown in for good measure. Not judging anyone here. Just trying to get my bearings, if you will, and understand where this apparently holy (and admittedly effective) speaker is coming from/going.

    Finally, you're completely right to assert that someone's talks aren't dde facto more "profound, spiritual, or moving" simply because they are wearing a collar. Those who listen to the Black Sheep Dog may well be moved and inspired by his preaching. But it's flat wrong (and not a little blind) to deny the negative impact that his actions have had/will have on those who know and understand the significance of Holy Orders and are now seeing a holy and inspiring man cast that honor and indelible spiritual character aside in the face of adversity. For a man to leave the priesthood is a grave and serious thing—invariably it causes scandal, and the fact that he has done so will follow John Corapi for the rest of his days. I think it will necessarily “taint” his message, at least for Catholics who subscribe to the idea that Holy Orders imprints an indelible mark on the soul, and I think that anyone who denies that is fooling themselves.

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  9. It's pretty good ... although hearing adult voices come out of these kid-oriented characters was a little mind-twisting; I would have died laughing if the British-sounding character had mutted something about the end of "your pitiful little band of rebels".

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