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Major Announcement: We Are God's Chihuahuas

Following Corapi's example, we announce a major change in our lives!!!



What? Too soon?

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127 comments:

dmw said...

Too soon? Perhaps. But, "nipping at the heels of heresy," that's just priceless!

Anonymous said...

Oh My ...... Oh My........

Anonymous said...

Yes, too soon, but brilliant nonetheless!!!

Stuart said...

Classic. That's one destined to go viral if ever I've seen one.

Anonymous said...

Crying.

(With laughter)

SherryTex said...

ow!

healthily sanguine said...

Inappropriate or not, thanks for adding some levity to this whole awful thing!

Marcel said...

I am torn. I am a little jealous I didn't think of it and glad I didn't as well.

Was it too soon? Yes.
Was it well done? Yes.

Suzanne Temple said...
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LarryD said...

I always kinda pictured you guys as Dachshunds rather than Chihuahuas....

Well done.

Suzanne Temple said...

Sorry for the deleted comment. I enjoyed the video and imagine it may be too soon for some, but it's accurate and amusing to others.

Anonymous said...

No, perfect timing. A laugh is definitely what the doctor ordered.

But Larry's right--you gents strike me as the Dachshunds of Orthodoxy.

--Dale Price

Anonymous said...

Brilliant!

Patrick Archbold said...

Note: Feel free to hate this video as much as you want. You can criticize it to you heart is content, but you can't do it anonymously. Criticize away, just use your name.

Giuseppe Ambrose said...

Awesomeness! Love it.

√Čamonn said...

Priceless!!

Blackrep said...

You are a bottle of Grecian Formula and a spray tan away from rock star status. I will blindly follow God's Chihuahuas to the ends of the earth as they spread their kibbles of wisdom and bits of truth.

priest's wife said...

can I say LOL?!

Nelly said...

Vicious.

Vengeful.

Mean spirited.

Compassionless.

But still funny for some reason. AHHHH! Catholicism - so hard.

Anonymous said...

Too soon? Yes, way!
Bad taste? Fer sher!
Funny as all get out? Yeah, man!
Could have picked a breed that was easier to spell? Come on.
Sending you both a virtual milk bone treat.

Anonymous said...

AHHHHHH! Single spacing is even harder.

Kypapist said...

(What happened to my earlier post? I'm pretty new at this commenting business.)
Anyway this is absolutely hilarious. I'm just glad you didn't call yourself Weiner-dogs!

Anonymous said...

Ya gotta strike while the iron is hot, so your timing is perfect (and your sense of humor is wonderful.

Siobhan said...

Watch it, next thing you know, you'll be getting invites from The Daily Show.

I loved it!

Anonymous said...

HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TomE said...

Pretty good! Though I must say I'm more than a little jealous. Just wondering how sarcasm & satire come so easily & spontaneously to these guys! Maybe it's a zen thing.

I like Corapi's camera work a little better, though. Maybe ya cuda done a close-up on the dogbone collar, then zoomed out or something ;-)

credocatholic said...

Sometimes the best way to arrive at clarity is through the path of satire. Your parody is absolutely fresh and hilarious, and I hope that everyone is able to recognize the brillance of it...both insightful and entertaining.

Christian Alberto said...

this seems to be a trend...wonder what kind of Dog i would be =/

RobKPhD said...

Thanks! It was needed!

Silver Parnell said...

HYSTERICAL! Okay, even though I was (and am) really upset by Corapi's advertisement of having gone to the dark side and his veiled invitation for the rest of us to follow him into hell, I cannot stop laughing at your spot-on spoof. Of COURSE it is not too soon. Now is the time to do it, because Corapi, as famous as he is now, will rapidly become another minor star in a constellation of would-be gurus, disgruntled with their original patrons. Your video will no longer be funny because no one will know who is he or remember his sad and self-important slide into oblivion.

Rick said...

This site lives up to it's name.

In this particular case, you certainly cut through the drama. I can't think of a better way to address it.

Albert Einstein wrote: "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."
& "Creativity is intelligence having fun."

Have fun.

Chris said...

Bravo. Absolutely spot on and hysterical.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely loved it!

Now you just need to add that 90% of what you have done over the course of your career as fathers wasn't about the kids, anyway, so this is really no big change.

It was always about the blogging in the first place. That parenting thing was a side gig!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant.

Your presentation of the matter in this light, highlights the ridiculous nature of his choosing to be laicized.

God bless Fr. Corapi (he is a priest forever, thus, I will forever call him 'Father').

God bless y'all!

Danielle said...

NO. COMMENT. Except this: You guys are killing me.

Vermont Crank said...

Fantastic. Guts and guffaws galore.

Josue said...

You're an arse

Anonymous said...

Be very careful here. No one knows the Truth about this case. Our bishops are not conducting proper investigations. They are armatures trying to do work that should be left up to experts who do this for a living. A priest in a diocese is not qualified to investigate anything. So called victims should subject to polygraphs. Who would want to be a priest when you know that those who should be looking out for you are going to dump you in second if things get tough. Vocations will continue to go down. The evil one is getting his way with our help. How sad our bishops are still not doing the tough work of their vocation, seeking TRUTH and not expediency or popularity. There can be much better ways to handle these cases. St. Francis would probably be kicked out now a day.

Elissa said...

Not too soon!!!

Kevin said...

EL-OH-EL

Sometimes humor is the best way to deal with a scandal

Nzie (theRosyGardener) said...

Perfect timing -- and a perfect skewer of a very odd announcement. This has nothing to do with his guilt or innocence in the accusation, Anon at 5:37. It has everything to do with his latest response..

Hilarity ensued, and there was much rejoicing. Well done. :)

Mac McLernon said...

Oh dear... "Anonymous" (both of them) probably needs to get a life...

Very, very, funny. So much so that I feel as if I might need to go to Confession...

Keep up the good work guys!

mgseamanjr said...

I doubt this will go viral. It's insulting and not funny or even all that creative.

Courtney said...

Anonymous, I noticed, for someone so intent that this voluntary-ex-priest not be judged, you do an awful lot of judging your own bishops. "Amateurs" "not fulfilling their vocation"? And you judge them freely without having the information to do so, solely on the unproven word of their accuser, Fr. Corapi. Your position makes me deeply sad.

Michael J. Russell said...

Simply. Brilliant.

Nonetheless, you should still show more respect to Himself. He is, after all, the emperor of the universe: http://tinyurl.com/mercilessming

Foxfier said...

Small, yappy dogs? CLEARLY demonic.

Midday said...

May I suggest that we all just give this a rest and get on with our own lives, continuing to pray for Fr. Corapi and all priests?

Anonymous said...

Hilarious!! Thanks for putting the focus clearly where it should be: Fidelity to one's vocation!!
PS Matt I am an SJU grad about 3 years before you I think... Did not know you but heard your name on the way out the door. SO glad to see your apostolate; it must be helping some alumni

Michael J. Russell said...

Anonymous wrote: "Our bishops are not conducting proper investigations. They are armatures..."

Armatures? Do they generate DC current? How many volts? http://is.gd/IGinen

Anonymous said...

It is The Blacksheep Dog, not the Black Sheepdog. The eyes of the Lamb of God must be overseeing all mankind through the eye of the blacksheep dog.
The Rule of Law in America especially in regards to the Catholic Church, it may be said, is non-existent. Filing in court will produce an accuser who must face the accused. (If she does not, the case is thrown out of court)Because Father Corapi was her employer, the case will be tried under corporate law. This Blacksheep Dog venture may be called a reorganization, before Father Corapi is stripped of everything he owns in the manner as the Catholic Church is being stripped, even today.

Mary De Voe

torculus said...

Kind of a "Nixon does Corapi" quality to the audio file.

Chihuahuas - really?! Those shivering oversized rats?! No way I'm following you guys.

Gregorian said...

Not funny - not funny - not appropriate - not good - no good - not funny

Ranting Catholic Mom said...

When Wiemer resigned my husband guessed that therw would be many dachshunds and bassets named Humma or Anthony. You are my heroes!!!

Anonymous said...

I admired and appreciated Father Corapi; I am appalled and sickened by John, Doggy God, Corapi. Your video is clever, and it is the first thing that has caused me to smile in this whole mess. Nip away, and consider me part of your fan base.

thereserita said...

Gregorian: This is hilarious because it's true. The parody is perfect. If I could give God's Chi's a BLOGGER AWARD I would!

Anonymous said...

Please read Bishop Gracida's Blog Post on Fr.Corapi.

Jay McNally said...

Stupid, really stupid.
Bishop Gracida wrote an outstanding compliment to Fr. Corapi.
http://abyssum.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/a-few-thoughts-on-father-corapis-announcement-yesterday/

lydiapurpuraria said...

Awesome. I linked to it over at my wee blog.

Anonymous said...

EPIC!!!

Anonymous said...

You are hysterical! We are laughing so hard our our faces hurt!

The Diatribest said...

As Catholics we have to laugh at some things or else we will cry at everything. Mad props!

Fr BillP said...

I prefer to think of myself as the Golden Retriever of God (I have owned them and own one now)....intensely loyal but easily distracted:)

Anonymous said...

german rotweiler or blacksheepdog?

Terry Nelson said...

Very, very funny!

Lee Gilbert said...

Recently I have been reading a life of the Chafetz Chaim, a famous Jewish rabbi of Poland who died in 1933 and who brought a lot of notice to himself by writing quite well about "lashon hara"- the evil tongue. Listening to your video brought him to mind.

Once in his old age he was in Moscow talking to a wealthy businessman in his hotel room, while in the next room his assistant was composing an important telegram. The wealthy businessman began to make some coments about a mutual acquaintance, but the Chafetz Chaim interrupted him by saying that just as every word in the telegram is being carefully weighed because every word will be paid for, so in Heaven all our words on earth are weighed and will be paid for.

In other words, there is nothing to be lost by silence and prayer, but- admittedly- it is difficult to fashion a blog from these.

Robert said...

The voice reminds me of Richard Nixon giving his "Checkers speech"......maybe that's where the Black sheepdog got his idea.

VINCENT said...

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!! mad cash!!!!!!!! hilarious and terribly so!

Anonymous said...

You people are merciless. Do you realize what a Priest is?

Dawn said...

Thank you so much! This whole issue is getting way too much uber-serious attention. Yup - we need to pray for Fr. Corapi, but thank you for helping us laugh a little at the self-conscious and self-absorbed intensity of the whole thing, while you clarify the truth of what is actually happening.

OK, everybody, move along. There's nothing more to see here. (But thanks for popping the balloon for us, and giving us a good laugh.)

melody said...

I think the video is very funny and characteristically clever of you. And I understand and agree with the points you make with it. However, I also think it is a mistake. It's not that it's too soon (as if the passage of time makes something more or less objectively right or wrong)... it's just that it encourages us to behave our worst with regard to our brother, John Corapi. Do we despise him now? Have we received the heavenly all-clear to rip him apart? Look, I know he's a public figure and has made public statements and that makes him fair game blahblahblah. But it's been a vulturefest on these blogs and it's getting more and more uncomfortable to make the rounds.

Did I laugh? Of course. But I feel rotten for it. Call me a goody-goody if you will people but I'm starting to feel like I'm in high school again. Edgy is in and I'm not sharp enough to match wits so I stand like a fool wishing I were the wallpaper every time I open my mouth. But it's so incredibly sad. The whole thing. He's a brother. And we're a lot of rotten sinners, too, who just happen to think that his mistakes justify our fun.

Please don't start ripping me apart guys and gals. I genuinely hurt for this guy and am wondering if our desire for levity justifies how we are proceeding. Perhaps I'm completely off base and the good Lord would advise me to lighten up if I would just listen to Him. For good or ill, your video is everywhere. I would love to have a fraction of your talent but I'm glad I'm not the one who made it.

Your sister in Christ (and reluctantly honoring your request not to post criticism anonymously)

Anonymous said...

I think a good gradual zoom out of their eyes, with an image of taco bell on their corneas was in order. Thanks for the laugh guys!

Michelle said...

You are bad men. Funny, funny, funny...but very very bad.

Anonymous said...

Now THAT was funny. Sad situation, but nonetheless, funny. God bless! :)

Patrick Archbold said...

Melody
We are trying to point out the absurdity and illogic of Corapi's video, lest anyone be fooled by its argument.

Anonymous said...

Let's say your wife ordered you to move out of the house and never speak to your children again -- but that you had to give her all your money for you to continue to be called their father -- then your analogy could be correct.

Has Fr Jenkins gone yet? No. But Bishop D'Arcy was retired coupla years ago. How about Joe Biden? He's meetin w/the pope. It's Bishop Martino that's gone.

How about Joe Feuerherd editor of the NCR which you're associated with? "Feuerherd said he would vote for Barack Obama, "bishops be damned," after the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved voter guidelines that cautioned against casting ballots for politicians who, like Obama, support abortion rights." Did he lose his "Catholic" newspaper job? Nope. Wasn't he just buried as a Catholic and hailed in all the "Catholic" newspapers? You betcha!

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2011-05-27-Feuerherd_Catholic_obit_ST_N.htm

Guess it's only some people who have to obey the bishops--and only some bishops that have to be obeyed. And only on certain issues.

Corapi seems to be fighting to keep going w/his ministry. It is a bishop who has ordered his ministry silenced (Canon law can't decide Corapi's case - but it can be trotted out to justify handing over Jesus to murderers). He must turn over his property to his order -- according to a rule that did not exist when Corapi joined the order. Note the treatment of Corapi vs. that accorded to Sr. Carol Keehan and diocesan bishops, cardinals, priests and popes.

CV said...

You hell hounds are damn cute.

Keep nipping ;-)

Jeffrey Smith said...

You nailed it!

Patrick Archbold said...

Anon,
Joe Feuerherd was from the NAtional Catholic Reporter dipstick!

I left your comment up, even though its cowardly anonymous just to show how silly you are.

Anonymous said...

Move on folks, there's nothing to see here. Nothing to see unless it's morbid fascination with one man's fall from grace. Sad, sad, sad in everyway possible.

Paul Zummo said...

In other words, there is nothing to be lost by silence and prayer, but- admittedly- it is difficult to fashion a blog from these.

Or sanctimonious comments.

Ulick Varange said...

Definitely funny stuff. I am no fan of Corapi's but the attacks he's been getting from Shea make me think that his canonization could be just around the corner. http://marksheafatphony.blogspot.com/

Good Saints said...

Funny! The Father Corapi situation really is too bad, I'll keep him in my prayers.

melody said...

Yeah, I get it, Patrick. You did a good job with that and I understand your message perfectly. I even agree with most of your objections. I'm not having a hard time with that and I do think your role in helping to guide the faithful when you see a problem is a noble one. I'm hung up on the "brother in Christ" part of this equation; as in, is this how we should handle disagreement with one. Is this how you would handle a major disagreement/disappointment with your own brother (public or not) or is there a better way to illuminate error and still leave the offender with a modicum of dignity in the eyes of your readers. Ah well, just thought I'd add my 2 to the kerfuffle. You're a good man and I just disagree about your method this time even though it was technically very well done. God bless you.

Kevin Tierney said...

I think most of Fr. Corapi's critics will readily acknowledge they have respect for him as a priest, and that he maintains that dignity even now.

The situation also seems to have died down in light of yesterday's podcast he gave. There's really nothing more to be said other than pray that he eventually makes the right decision.

April said...

Melody,
I agree with you, and I am sure many others, do, too.
Humour is necessary to cut the edge of serious matters and help us to cope. And in the blog world, many times it does come across uncalled for. This is a question for all of us, how to use humor in charity. It's a newer consideration since blogging is also so new. But the charitable part is as old as time.

We all long to rest in the presence and Union of God. We are also called to re-create the Kingdom here on earth and spread the Light of Christ. I wonder if this kind of humor will be present at the Table of God in heaven?

Nonetheless, in my humanness I did really enjoy the video.

Dug said...

Incisively funny take on a sad, sad situation.

I appreciate that -- without commenting at all on Fr. Corapi's guilt or innocence regarding his accuser -- you highlight the dissonant and fundamental self-regard at the heart of his response to the whole situation. Parts of Fr. Corapi's audio post, which this sends up, gave me the heebie-jeebies. I am praying that he may be granted peace, wisdom, and -- in God's own time -- justice.

Anonymous said...

Hi-freakin-larious! Well done, Chihuahuas!

Poor BlackSheepDog... I do hope the whole mess can be resolved somehow. In the meantime, I think I'll stick with the German Shepherd.

Denita said...

Hi! Just found your blog so I'm not 'leaving' any time soon. I like it - God's Chihuahuas. Since I'm a cat lover, I think I'll become God's Siamese. lol

PattyinCT said...

The only thing terrible about this video was your Corapi impersonation...LOL!!!

This is great!!!

Anonymous said...

Judge much ??

james Hughes said...

I am still not sure what the problem is here . As I understand it Fr. Corapi has been accused of some misconduct and A) the all 'evidence ' of the allegation has not been made available to him and B) the identity of the accuser has not been disclosed to him. It would seem therefore ,exfacie to be a breach of natural justice on the part of the church authorities. I am decidedly not in favour of the civil law interfering in matters which are in the province of canon law but not being a canon lawyer I cannot be sure. However as a catholic I would be appalled if the bishop in this case had such power to simply suspend a priest indefinately without having the matter brought before a tribunal within a reasonable time, even the European convention of human rights demands such. Indeed justice demands that the priest in question has his day in court. He is entitled to justice and in any event isn't that what the catholic church stands for, charity and justice!

Pulchritudo Musicae said...

This puts it in perspective--it sounds just as ludicrous as what he's doing.

paladin said...

Melody, beautifully put.

Pat, Matt... please don't take this as an attack, but: I have to agree that this (post, theme) wasn't a good idea. I'm not at all saying that you're wrong on tactical points (i.e. that what Fr. Corapi is doing is clearly wrong, and that the defenses he's offered for doing them are weak and hollow-sounding); my concern is with the fact that this sort of lampoon has the effect of minimizing (if not neutralizing) any sympathetic reader's appreciation for Fr. Corapi's humanity. There's a man behind the indignation, outrage, reaction and defensiveness... and this sort of thing may make it much harder for him to come back, and to repent.

Let's assume, for the sake of argument (and you'd have strong reason for saying so), that Fr. Corapi's decision is a reaction based on wounded ego, inflamed pride, a lack of humility, a lack of faith in Divine providence, and a host of other spiritual ills. Can't you see that this sort of (I really don't mean this as a pun) "dog-pile" mockery would only serve to take a man with a wounded ego and wound it still more? I know of many proud people who came to repentance because of a loving, respectful and firm challenge of wrongdoing while affirming the dignity and worth of the person doing the wrong (I'm one of those who did, in fact). I know of no one who was ever mocked (especially before a large audience) into repentance. Do you?

The only way I can make sense of this post (and similar ones by assorted people) is that you, at least at some level, have despaired of Fr. Corapi ever coming back to his senses. Do you see what I mean... and why this worries me?

Mary Beth said...

Great, really helpful. Still can't accept what happened to Fr. Corapi....

Anonymous said...

Black sheep dogs? Chihuahuas? I still have to go with God's rottweiler- B16!

Anonymous said...

Your announcement brought tears to my eyes... I haven't laughed so hard in ages. Thanks for shining a light on the hypocracy that is the black sheep dog.

Anonymous said...

Your announcement brings mixed feelings to the persons who are deeply involved in charismatic prayers. It is very sad that although the priests take vows of obedience to his superiors - practically they in real life (most of them) actually do not follow this and only like to bring rift. Why dont you work for Mother Theresa's mission if u r really God fearing??? or .....

Jesse said...

What sad times we're living in, especially when garbage like this passes as humor. this is ugly and has NOTHING to do with basic Christian Charity. He is a brother in Christ, and has done great good for the Church. If he is in spiritual danger, help him--don't mock and ridicule him. Dear Lord, no wonder vocations are as scarce as hen's teeth! With the possibility of being falsely accused and no real hope of resolution looming around the corner; don't tell me you haven't heard of Fr. MacRae, Fr. Haley, Fr. Altier and myriad others it seems. We don't know the story yet but it will come out. That this priest is possibly (possibly!) a brother fallen from grace and found the cross too great to bear is sad; that we just can't wait to drive the nails in and flay his hide is infinitely sadder still; friendly fire indeed; it sickens me. The snarky, gratuitous shots have got to stop. I would direct you to the words of the good Bishop Gracida at Abyssum and an excellent post with links at Sancte Pater for a good education. I once had great respect for the writings of Pat Archbold, held on to a thread of respect for Mark Shea, and the little I knew about Elizabeth Scalia was positive, but the venomous fangs, calumny and rage in rash judgment with NO regard for justice that I've seen on their websites this week has left me thoroughly sickened; the Catholic blogosphere is toxic. (Pat’s snide, pedantic response to Anonymous’ substantive posting was emblematic). Talk about a time of need for fasting and sackcloth...everyone who's laughed at this should be ashamed, and remember the sniping in Confession. PRAY for our priests (and former priests!); use your mouths in Charity (read the Epistles of James today!); and realize that there is a point at which only Christ Himself could put up with this stiff-necked people.

Anonymous said...

I think you guys should continue this as a constant and irritating rebuttal to all of Fr. Corapi's new stuff. Every time he throws out a load of b.s., show it for what it is.

Patrick Archbold said...

Patty,
I am hurt by your critique of my Corpai impression. I thought had a few moments there....

Alas, alack...

Matthew said...

This is a terrific satire of his announcement. I want to hear all the people saying how wrong it is to mock him, I want to hear them, but the guy is throwing off his vows, for pete's sake! The satire is spot-on: how can we accept Corapi as a teacher of the Catholic faith, or as a 'sheepdog' when he publicly repudiates his own supposedly lifelong vows? The fact that he talks up the decision with a sharp media presentation, that he characterizes this repudiation as a 'good opportunity'... that simply demands mocking.

paladin said...

Matthew wrote:

This is a terrific satire of his announcement.

You're welcome to your opinion, certainly. Skillfully done? Sure. "Terrific?" In the eye of the beholder, apparently.

I want to hear all the people saying how wrong it is to mock him,

Fine... I'll say it again, clearly: IT'S WRONG TO MOCK HIM.

I want to hear them, but the guy is throwing off his vows, for pete's sake!

I'm well aware of that. If you concluded with saying that "this is wrong, and we have every right to feel upset, angry, and even betrayed", then I'd agree with you, heart and soul. But you'll need tp explain to me how this gives a God-sanctioned license for mocking a (hopefully temporarily) fallen priest... or anyone, for that matter.

The satire is spot-on:

Can you understand why I'm calling that fact (and yes, it is a fact) utterly irrelevant?

how can we accept Corapi as a teacher of the Catholic faith, or as a 'sheepdog' when he publicly repudiates his own supposedly lifelong vows?

Perhaps you can't, for now. Refusing to trust him until he repents would be a completely understandable (and morally licit) response. Mocking is not, especially in this case; we're trying to call Fr. Corapi BACK to the truth, aren't we? Do you think that this would make it easier or harder for a man in the grip of wounded pride to come back?

The fact that he talks up the decision with a sharp media presentation, that he characterizes this repudiation as a 'good opportunity'... that simply demands mocking.

No, it doesn't. It demands response and rejection (and even repudiation), yes... but to say that it "demands" that we vilify and mock him is crazy-talk. We're not free to choose whatever methods we please, simply because we're ticked off. That oft-unused virtue of "temperance" (i.e. self-control, moderation) really does apply, here.

Penny A. said...

Paladin ... I agree. It's not right to mock him. It's just not right, period! There is no love or compassion on this site. The pettiness and vindictiveness are too much. Talk about kicking a man on his way down. This is demonic.

Patrick Archbold said...

Paladin,
We wised to point out the absurdity of Corapi's intentionally very public statements. We chose to do that with satire. Silly ideas should be satirized.

That said, we do pray for Corapi. I have been his defender in the past and I pray and hope he changes his mind.

That said, as long as he is making foolish public statements, we will continue to call them foolish.

Anonymous said...

Patick-you pray for him yet you mock him? Will you please think about that?

Ulick Varange said...

Folks, folks, remember the crowd we are dealing with here. These guys have been thirsting for Corapi's blood for many years, and now that they smell it they can't control themselves.

There's no real argument here: The video is funny AND offensive at the same time. This is not that so rare a phenomenon, after all.

I'm sure Shea will be "weighing" in soon, too. He has replied to the new blog honoring him, at last: http://marksheafatphony.blogspot.com/

augusta said...

I find this very funny and love it even though I don't yet buy into the assessments that Fr. Corapi has abandoned vows or his priesthood, or that this is an ego trip, or that what he is up to will necessarily harm the Church.

If more internet travelers will be visiting the blog of the Archbolds to enjoy this hilarious video, then I say that justice is prevailing!

For my part on a good day I will go with the beagle from that Bugs Bunny episode ("I caught a train!")...

Well done, Archbolds. In the photo which is Patrick and which is Matthew?

Patrick Archbold said...

Some of the people on this thread really make me laugh. I am accused of being a liberal Catholic who just couldn't wait to get Corapi.

How stupid.

Ulick Varange said...

Yes, Archbold, your post about Corapi removes all doubt that you are reveling in his troubles.

Son, back in the old days, when Doktor Goebbels wanted to start a rumor, he would call up obscure German-language papers in places like Argentina and New York and tell them to run stories *denying* whichever rumor he was trying to start.

Your piece on Corapi reads like a defense--or at least a reasoned analysis--but it simply allowed you to posture as "objective" so that you could let slip the dogs (chihuahuas) of war when the time came. You and your fellow traveler Shea are easy to spot.

By the way, new info on Shea's past has been discovered and revealed here: http://marksheafatphony.blogspot.com/

Denita said...

Having "blog- hopped" today, I've been hearing a lot of criticism of this post as uncharitable. Now I feel guilty for my previous comment.

Restore-DC-Catholicism said...

I agree with anonymous of 6/21 at 8:30am and Paladin. The analogy - and humor - fail miserably. I appreciate the words of Bishop Gracida who obviously has a bishop's perspective on these matters.

Ulick Varange said...

Breaking news: Mark Shea may have lied about his service record in Troop 1001 of the Girl Scouts...more here: http://marksheafatphony.blogspot.com/

augusta said...

"Reveling in his troubles"? No, I don't see that. They poke fun at themselves and it is very funny. I for one really appreciate that the Archbolds help us narrowly avoid mass freak-out over something which is not in anyone's control and is disturbing on many levels. And they have defended Fr. Corapi before.

And not only do I not appreciate this garbage about the Archbold's "liberalism" (whatever that means) but further I will never visit a site which slanders another blogger, ever. These Catholic bloggers all do important work for the Church and our culture. This is not a matter of an encyclical, a teaching from the magisterium, this is more or less an issue of current events and on its significance or interpretation we are free to disagree and it certainly has no bearing on "liberal" or "conservative" which are stupid labels to attach to any Catholic in this day and age anyway. They are authentically Catholic. If you don't like the opinion on a given issue, comment about the issue. If you don't like the blog, don't read it, it's still a free country.

Penny A. said...

Pat, I do hope that you watch Michael Voris's video today regarding Catholic bloggers blogging on the Corapi case: http://www.realcatholictv.com/premium/index.php?vidID=vort-2011-06-23&ssnID=157

You must watch this as it applies to you and your lack of charity regarding Fr. Corapi.

Ulick Varange said...

Augusta, if you think all of the bloggers are "authentically Catholic," you have some homework to do.

It's nice of you to invite me to comment, but some bloggers censor their comboxes to further the spin they are spinning. (I will say, here, kudos to the Archbolds for leaving my posts up; you-know-who would never do so, and he may resent your decision.)

The bottom line for me is that a Certain Blogger has put himself in a position where the important criticisms of his views cannot be made. I have, in keeping with a very old tradition, begun to use *satire* to expose his Shea-nanigans.

http://marksheafatphony.blogspot.com

Scott said...

@Jay Mcnally, thanks for including the link to the good bishop's insights. It provided some very helpful background and a refreshing perspective.

Penny said...

Some of this cruel behavior is taliban like. Shea is the head of the taliban. In some sick way, he considers it his duty to "expose" Corapi. He is doing a political honor killing. I have no hope for Shea. If you dare post a dissenting comment on his board, he removes it or shuts down all comments. I do hope that some of his followers will see the light however.

As far as Archbold, I have some hope as he is allowing dissent on this board so he must have a somewhat open mind. I hope Archbold softens his heart and retracts his vicious video.

Thank you for allowing me to post.

augusta said...

No Catholic blogger is infallible. Each has his or her own talents. And each has his or her own imperfections which can be more or less visible via a blog. Most just gather stories of topical interest to Catholics and add their two cents. Some with humor. Most are talented as writers or in media but are not necessarily trained to be spiritual guides to great numbers no matter how many official followers. No one will be agreed with, all of the time. We can disagree about certain things and remain together with the Church. And if one thinks a blogger has gone overboard in one respect or has misjudged, then, the solution isn't to then condemn them which only sparks a vicious cycle. Someone has to take the high road first otherwise it will be an endless attack over a situation over which we have no control, no power, and really not sufficient knowledge at this point to know for sure what is going on. We can look at various things, see what the appearances are, and formulate an opinion which will still be iffy at best. Charity and prayer are not about our emotions to things, even if we are people who are "always" right or "never" right about gut feelings. We have to do it anyway.

This was not a preacher who preached, himself and his own organization. He preached the truth. At this point he seems abandoned and what he is doing is beyond our powers of comprehension. So what if a couple bloggers went off the deep end in reaction.

And yes, authentically Catholic is something which is verifiable and dissent is something that the less sophisticated to the highly learned can easily recognize and are well within their rights to call out. If you don't see that a Catholic blogger suggests dissent, then whatever we may disagree about is not so paramount that we have to then launch attack and counter attack. Let it go. There is enough evil for one day...

Not every authentically Catholic blogger is everyone's cup of tea. That is OK. There are many worthwhile things that need doing. We need to show support to the Church right now in tangible ways.

Ulick Varange said...

Shea update...cookies targeted for "Traditional" status? http://marksheafatphony.blogspot.com/2011/06/cookie-update-boxes-may-have-been.html

John Davis said...

My how the Devil prowls these Catholic web sites!

"MAKE PEACE WITH ONE ANOTHER!" Can we not disagree with the actions of this priest and simply be sad for and pray for him? Why must people flay him as well. Hasn't he done enough to himself? Why pile on? It is NOT RIGHT!

Does anyone think that Jesus is pleased by ANY of this?

We should all get on our knees and, if you are praying for someone, you may want to offer some kind of help not additional hurt to him.

Our fallen brother! How sad in every way! NOT RIGHT!

paladin said...

Patrick,

Again: I understand what you set out to do. (Melody said the same, albeit with a bit more eloquence.) But the intensity and flavour of this "lampoon" makes no easily visible distinction between Fr. Corapi (the person and the priest) and Fr. Corapi's wrong-headed statements.

Tell you what: could you possibly edit the original post (and other posts to this effect) with some sort of personal plea, like [use your own words], "Fr. Corapi... we're not trying to disrespect you; we want only to highlight the absurdity of what you're saying, for the sole purpose of shaking you out of your current state and calling you to come home."

Right now, as it is, it's giving the uncomfortable impression that you posted this mainly to gather applause, agreement and laughs, at Fr. Corapi's expense. Can you see how, given the intensity of your reaction and the relative dearth of comments about trying to get Fr. Corapi to come to his senses, someone might get the impression that your highest priority is lampooning, and that Fr. Corapi's humanity and woundedness is a distant afterthought... if that?

Ulick Varange said...

Comments on Mark Shea's blog can now be left here: http://marksheafatphony.blogspot.com/

Penny said...

Mark Shea posted a wonderful post today at

http://markshea.blogspot.com/

I lashed out at him and I accused him of being taliban-like in a previous post. I said he was not open minded. After reading his blog post today, I see that he is more than open-minded; he is capable of self-reflection. As am I. So in line with that, I regret my previous post in which I wrote negative and nasty comments about Mark Shea.

Ulick Varange said...

Thanks Penny. The check is in the mail.

Sheila said...

I felt sad listening to the dog blog making fun of Fr. John. It is apparent that you ARE THE ONEs WHO NEEDS MENTAL HELP.

What goes around, comes around. When you need mercy and an understanding ear let those you go for help to turn your pain into a sarcastic story.

Restore-DC-Catholicism said...

On a more recent post, you took Michael Voris to task as he criticized some of the tone used by bloggers regarding Father Corapi's situation. He was spot-on correct (as I posted on my own blog). I'd be willing to bet that he had in mind this chihuahua piece. I watched it and see no useful purpose to your video at all. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

Walt said...

I'm not rcc, but read widely, and get emails from disparate sources. Those who criticize this satire...I wonder if they even know what satire is?
I wonder if they were as vehemently 'supportive', with a 'circle the wagons' mentality....when the news was about various priests and bishops who have been abusing children?
The reality is that from Fr. Corapi's video....there IS NO shame...no repentance...nothing much visible except defiance. A satire is what is often used to reveal those hidden motives.
For the record, I spent 25 yrs in a public, para-military position. I know what it's like to be in the 'public eye'. My behaviour...even OFF the job...was subject to a far stricter code than normal citizens...and any infraction, even at home...or in public, could and would have resulted in censure, in suspension, in termination, and, in extreme cases, in criminal charges...all for bringing the 'ministry into disrepute'.
IF the accusations against him are valid, and the Bishop seemed to say that many of them have been substantiated.....how much Higher Standard do you think a person who's claimed to 'represent' Christ Himself should be held to?
Just wondering....and watching the bloodletting with amused bemusement. The blog was brilliant...and, having listened to and watched Fr. Corapi...accurately lampooning. The 'let's shoot the messenger' posts are rather sad.
Blessings...and may justice prevail.

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