Sunday, June 19, 2011

Opinions on John Corapi

Apparently the biggest current story in Catholic blogs, Fr. John Corapi is walking away from the priesthood after three months of being suspended because of accusations of drug use and having an inappropriate relationship with an adult woman.

I'm neither a fan, nor an opponent of John Corapi. I don't have much light to shed on any of this, but I do have complaints about everyone all around! Bloggers, John Corapi, whoever. I'll include links to the related posts.

Father Corapi. I really can't see how giving up after just three months is the best move. Shouldn't he at least give it a while longer, so more people will believe him when he says the case will never go anywhere? Couldn't he find some friendly bishops to back him in reforming the investigation process?

My thoughts mostly lean toward this: The situation may be completely unfair, and I may be able to imagine myself reacting the same way, but I still think he should have held on.

Jimmy Akin. I'm usually a Jimmy Akin fan, but I think he's pulling things out of context a bit in his blog post on this. The whole "Black SheepDog" name is weird, but is it "really disturbing?" Hardly. And when Corapi says not to bother the Bishops, he seems to mean, "Sending the bishop angry letters won't help anyone." Akin seems to imply Corapi is saying, "Talking to the bishops is always futile because they don't listen."

Well, that's actually enough individualized criticism for me. On to generalities.

To all the harsh commenters: He's a human. We all have limits and failings. At least try to give him the benefit-of-the-doubt.

To all his super fans: Let's not be so quick to demonize the bishops for everything they do that isn't exactly what you think they should do. Exercise due caution in following Corapi from here on out. What special revelation have you been given that lets you just know that his accuser is a liar?

Now, for some actually informative posts on how these cases are handled:

Father John Corapi and the State of Due Process for Accused Priests by Ryan McDonald at Catholic Lane, confirms some of what John Corapi said in his farewell speech.

Find out What can an ex-priest do? by Deacon Greg Kandra.

And Deacon William T. Ditewig, Ph.D. gives some defense for the way the Bishops handled this case in Fr. Corapi: "Soft you; a word or two before you go".

Update 6/21:
Find one of the best blog entries I've read on this at The Curt Jester.

And some details from Fr. Corapi's religious superior make this sound a lot more like Fr. Corapi's fault, in that he contributed to the problem of the case being impossible to investigate with a lawsuit of his own, at The National Catholic Register.

Update 6/23:
Jimmy Akin has a second post on National Catholic Register, which rectifies the problems with the first, and is much more in tune with my thinking (and much better expressed than anything I said on the matter).

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Septuagint

I just ran across an interesting post on the Logos Bible Software Blog about why the Septuagint translation of the Old Testament is valuable.
"Many pastors, seminary students, and lay people devoted to Bible study might wonder about the value of the Septuagint for Bible study. The Septuagint, of course, is the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament. The Septuagint was the Old Testament of the early Greek-speaking church, and it is by far the version of the Old Testament most frequently quoted by Jesus and the apostles in the New Testament. Rather than try to persuade you of the value of the Septuagint by means of these kinds of arguments, I thought it might be helpful to provide a practical example where the Septuagint explains what seems to be a New Testament theological blunder. I’m betting most of us are interested in that sort of thing!" 
-Dr. Michael Heiser, Academic Editor at Logos
Read the rest at: http://blog.logos.com/2007/12/why_use_the_septuagint/