Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Not Giving a Crap About Father Corapi

Sorry to word it that way, and of course, I do care about him (and her and everyone else — as much as one can care about complete strangers), but I don't care about the case, and I have to wonder if it is not a disastrous idea for a priest to be the owner of a media company — Father Corapi's company says action against priest violates canon law.

Said the company official, "We are a secular corporation and not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. As such, we are not under the jurisdiction of any bishop or other official in the Catholic Church, although we have the utmost respect for church authority." Yikes!

I mean, what business does a priest have running "a secular corporation... not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way, ... not under the jurisdiction of any bishop or other official in the Catholic Church," unless it's a brewery or winery or something? Don't the imprimatur and nihil obstat have any meaning any more?

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Blogger T said...

Amen! A very refreshing and welcome viewpoint!

I barely know who he is, but I have been astonished at the storm of strong words and opinions being spewed out concerning someone who is a total stranger to 99.99% of the people writing (especially in some com-boxes. Clearly, I was not maintaining custody of my eyes to venture there!).

It's liberating not to have to have an opinion on everything.

6:54 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thank you, T. I saw the good father's show once or twice on TV while visiting America, and admit that his schtick was somewhat attractive, in that it was not in the least bit effeminate, but at the end of the day I don't know him from Adam.

Given his background as a corporate highroller, a position as a cloistered monk would have been more fitting for his soul.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Baron Korf said...

Fr Mitch Pacwa also has his own company so he publish and distribute his stuff.

Fr Corapi's company words their position that way because the IRS started bullying him about tax exempt status because he was preaching against the actions of government officials. He incorporated his stuff as a for-profit organization so they couldn't take away a status he didn't have. It protects him, his order, and the Church by him running such a business.

Fr. Corapi is the head of the company and is a member of S.O.L.T and thereby has sworn obedience to his superiors. So the Church has indirect control over his stuff. As far as the Imp. and NO are concerned, I think I've seen them in the credits of his shows.

7:06 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thnaks for the clarification. Still, I don't like the idea, even if it is in reaction to contemporary American society.

Here in Korea, if I'm not mistaken, all priests are under a vow of poverty.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Baron Korf said...

Only priests belonging to religious orders take a vow of poverty. But that really has nothing to do with running a company, it just means that everything he has is really owned by the order.

If I am not mistaken, he covers expenses and payroll then gives the rest of his profits to his order, which really helps their missions in the Philippines. Fr Pacwa does something similar with Ignatius Productions by sending his profits to the Jesuits.

10:21 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


Joshua, your question reminds me again of those female religious who, back in the 60s, started taking birth control bills so that they could be missionaries in the Congo and not have to worry about getting pregnant.

Yes, the pills were not used for a sinful end and were helpful for achieving a good end . . . but perhaps the irregularity of the whole thing should have tipped off the well-intentioned religious women that this sort of work is a man's job.

Perhaps the irregularity of priests running secular corporations should be taken in the same way.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Baron Korf said...

Wait, what question?

You do realize the sole purpose Santa Cruz productions is to publish and distribute Fr. Corapi's talks and writings. So while it is secular in a legal sense, all it really is is his publishing arm. It is legally a corporation, so Father himself owns none of it directly.

I really don't see the correlation between a priest publishing and distributing his own works, which seem to be in demand, and what you are talking about.

4:27 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

The question is not whether it is allowed, but whether it is a good idea. Power corrupts. For a formre corprate highroller like Father Corapi, I could see how this company could be a near occasion of sin.

I just copy edited a book by Korea's most famous physical therpaist, a kind of Father Corapi for parents of kids with CP. He regularly travels to Indonesia and the Philippnes and gives free lectures and instruction to physical therapists, only asking for travel and accommadation.

I've heard Father Corapi tickets can cost as much as $100. I'm not sure how much the t-shirts are. The whole business just strikes me as unseemly.

6:36 AM  

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