Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fr. John Corapi and the State of Due Process for Accused Priests

Unlike many cases of accused Catholic priests, accusations against Father John Corapi have focused a spotlight on due process in the Catholic Church. I am deeply troubled, like Father Corapi himself, by a zero tolerance policy that treats accused priests as though they are guilty unless they can manage to prove their innocence. As Father pointed out in his statement, "The damage to the accused is immediate, irreparable, and serious," and the procedure for addressing it "has little regard for any form of meaningful due process."

This must not be the last word in a Church built upon the truth of the Gospel. Read more by Ryan A. MacDonald writing for Catholic Lane.

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