Editor: there are a number of people comparing Father Corapi to Cardinal Bernardin. Is it a simple case of people who defend Fr. Corapi are Catholic and people who attack him are probably not, while people who defend Cardinal Bernardin are probably homosexuals? Maybe. It's difficult to think of two men who are more different. Yes, they are both Homo sapiens who are priests and one of them is actually Catholic, but that's where any similarity ends. Cardinal Bernardin, while he was alive, maintained many controversial positions in terms of theology, liturgy and while acting as a pastor. The late Father Fiore maintains that the Cardinal was an active and predatory homosexual and the man who accused the Cardinal of abusing him, Mr. Cook, never retracted his statement about being one of the Cardinal's victims, even after receiving a chalice and a large cash settlement. [From Matt Abbott's Column]
Another strange event pointing to the Cardinal's unsavory character occurred when one of his flock was murdered. A choir director named Frank Pellegirini, whose girlfriend maintains, was in a homosexual relationship with a man whom she says belonged to the "Chicago Boy's Club":
One of the puzzling mysteries surrounding the murder involved Cardinal Bernardin. According to the police who were present at the crime scene, shortly after Pellegrini's body was discovered, Cardinal Bernardin arrived at the murdered man's home to quiz the officers about the killing. The cardinal told police that he did not know the murdered man. This raises the obvious question of how he learned of the killing so quickly and of what special interest was Pellegrini to him since he did not know the victim. The Pellegrini case was reopened in the early 1990s, but to date, the crime remains unsolved and Father Greeley remains silent ...
Strange that people are still attempting to clean the reputation of this evil individual. We've often found it strange that his truly great crimes, those of heresy and the fruits thereof are seldom pointed out. Unfortunately, people don't challenge his repute on his statements regarding biblical inerancy, when he claimed that the Gospel of John could no longer be taken as definitive teaching with respect to the Jews, but never mind. It's also clear that he wasn't on board with respect to the theory of clerical chastity, even if he seems to have lacked care for it in practice. In any event, it's a little hard to understand how a man who had the "Windy City Gay Men's Chorus" sing at his funeral while Freemasons acted as pallbearers, can inspire a defense of the man's catholicity, but there it is. How sad that the Church is run by men of this stripe.
Of course, there are people out there who are still defending Father Maciel of the Legion of Christ, who had problems of his own with respect to orthodoxy.
It says a lot about a person, whom they defend and why. One tends to think that those who defend Cardinal Bernardin are like-minded when it comes to the sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance and are, appearances notwithstanding, ecclesiastical dissidents.