Coronary: A True Story of Medicine Gone Awray.” He offers a journalistic, but favorable, profile of then-Fr. John Corapi who is a central figure in the book. Corapi was awarded over $2.7 million for his role as a whistle-blower in the “False Claims Act Lawsuit” as well as another $500,000 in a case against an insurance company. The book is also a telling look at Corapi’s concerns about living in community and the financial side of his speaking ministry years before the present controversy.
Below is a brief excerpt from page 61 of the book. Click here to read the full 13-page profile of Corapi.
Corapi said that a long time ago he decided not to let himself get backed into a corner where the Church could manipulate him with threats like denying him a pension or a home or an assignment.
He worried that it would be a real test of faith for him if the Church asked him to go live in a monastery and give up his worldly goods. “Hopefully I would do it,” he said years later, with an inflection in his voice suggesting he might not. When pressed, however, he conceded that he had superiors like everyone else and if they said “You’re finished,” he’d be finished. But when really pushed about what he would do if ordered to turn over his assets, he said he had concluded that because of his status – somewhere between a member of a religious order and a parish priest – canon law was ambiguous on this question.