March 21, 2011

Bishop George Leo Thomas, the bishop of the Diocese of Helena, issued this statement about the accusation of misconduct made against Father John Corapi:

“It is important to accord Father Corapi the principles of due process, including the assumption of innocence, until a full investigation is carried out by his superiors. More importantly, I appeal for prayers on behalf of everyone involved in this very complex situation.”

Father Corapi has a personal residence in Kalispell, Mont. He does not hold priestly faculties in the Diocese of Helena, said Diocese of Helena Chancellor Father John Robertson.

Father John Corapi, a priest of the Texas-based Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, has been placed on administrative leave by his order, in consultation with Corpus Christi Bishop Michael Mulvey. A member of Father Corapi’s order said that allegations had been made of Father Corapi behaving “in a manner unbecoming of a priest.”

For more information about this situation, visit Catholic News Service. Read more here.