Matt C. Abbott
November 22, 2015
John Corapi has 'resurfaced' -- but not in a Roman collar
By Matt C. Abbott

On August 31, I wrote a brief update on the status of Father John Corapi. Since then, I've learned of an interesting development.

The other day, I received an email with a link to a public LinkedIn business profile that, by all appearances, has been created by either Father Corapi himself or someone who knows him personally.

Click here to view it.

I'm not able to ascertain when the profile was actually created; it could have been done sometime in the last several weeks. It does look authentic, though, and includes two apparently recent photos (only one of which is visible in the profile's public version) of Father Corapi in street clothes.

His profile does not assert that he's per se left the priesthood or the Church; however, he writes that he's "not any longer engaged in public ministry in the Catholic Church." This makes sense, as there was no indication he was going to return to active ministry since he dropped out of sight a few years ago.

Still, it now appears Father Corapi is indeed returning to public life, albeit in a different, and more limited, capacity. His résumé states: "Working as a writer of both fiction and non-fiction articles, poems, and books. Also accepting limited speaking engagements to secular non-religious oriented audiences on topics of social, political, and philosophical interest."

Non-religious audiences. Hmm.

So is Father Corapi still practicing the Catholic faith? In all honesty – as of this writing – I'm not sure. I don't know him personally, and I've never had any communication with him. Judging from his LinkedIn profile, he's not presenting himself publicly as a priest (i.e., wearing his Roman collar), but he hasn't indicated that he's been laicized, either.

I've written this "second update" in part due to the emails I've received asking about Father Corapi and expressing a desire to contact him. Those interested can try contacting him through LinkedIn. In order to do so, however, you'll need to create your own business profile. Even then, it's obviously up to his discretion as to whether he responds to the person(s) contacting him.

Of course, for those who couldn't care less about this matter, carry on. Pray for the Church, the world, and me.

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He's been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.


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