Radicalized Catholic Becomes Priest

December 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Parish Life


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Image: AndrewHirmiz

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department officials arrested a “middle-aged Caucasian man” after he allegedly attempted to bless a large group of people in public late Sunday evening.

Fr. Richard Whitaker of San Diego was arrested on suspicion of attempted blessing, sheriff sergeant Roger Burgess told EOTT, and deputies are now confirming that the 31-year-old man had traveled to Rome years prior to becoming a priest.

“A Bible and other items were located inside the suspect’s residence, leading investigators to believe Whitaker may have been a radicalized Catholic,” Burgess said at a press conference earlier today. “Among other things found in his apartment was an arsenal of sacramentals, a Vatican flag, as well as a copy of The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, suggesting that Fr. Whitaker may also have been lazy.

Authorities began surveillance of Whitaker’s rectory shortly after the public blessing, and Whitaker was taken into custody when he returned to his apartment shortly after morning Mass.

A cousin of Whitaker, Donald Powell, told EOTT that his cousin began acting odd after returning from a pilgrimage to Rome.

“He just seemed different when he got back,” Powell said. “He began to frequent churches for Holy Hour and visiting monasteries and stuff. All weird, zealot kinda stuff. Within a year of returning he had entered seminary.”

Powell admitted that he may have missed signs that his cousin was being radicalized, pointing out that he had once found what looked to be “bits and pieces” of human remains held in reliquaries in his Whitaker’s bedroom.

  • Seth Murray

    I’ll assume you mean “public blessing” and not “pubic blessing.”

  • The Catholic Church: the REAL religion of peace!

  • isabel Kilian

    This was great! Thanks!

  • Kate King

    Well according to Pope Francis fundamentalist Christians are the same as ISIS.

    • sez

      Thank goodness that Catholicism is not a fundamentalist religion!

      • More Tea Vicar?

        Pity Pope Francis doesn’t acknowledge that fact.

    • More Tea Vicar?

      Yeah, right! Let’s shout ”Ave Maria!” and throw the contents of a CAFOD shared table at innocent passers-by on Oxford Street.

  • Kate King
  • Adam Hovey

    I’m just going to go ahead and say it since no one else will and at least make it sound believable government agencies in the United States don’t use the term Caucasian they use the term white to describe people of Middle Eastern, European or North African, descent. I know it’s satire but at least make it sound real. You’re welcome for my buzz kill you will thank me later

  • Pro_aris_et_focis

    After that comment, I’ll never reference my Compendium again!

    • jesspinosa

      The 11th commandment for writers: Thou shalt proofread, proofread and proofread some more!

  • Monk

    I expect authorities will discover videos of Whitaker “waterboarding” infants … and then celebrating with cold cuts, potato salad and cake with the family.

  • This is not funny. We ARE fundamentalists, we ARE like Islam, they are goading us to attack the religious state, when we are FOR the religious state. It makes me sick.

    • wiffle

      What’s this “we”? 🙂

      No, we aren’t like Islam. Mohammed took a blender to the Bible, for his own purposes, to grow a cult army. I fail to see why, other than sheer volume and present danger, I need to take any “relationship” between Christianity and Islam seriously. I will take seriously the humanity of any Muslim, however, Islam is not Christianity nor does it appear to be particularly religious, even if it may a few external trappings of it.

    • samton909

      Just put the lime in the coconut, and drink ’em both up
      Put the lime in the coconut, you such a silly woman
      Put a lime in the coconut and drink ’em both together
      Put the lime in the coconut, then you feel better

      • Perhaps it is yourself who is imbibing a bit too much, and are yourself ‘silly’ for refusing to deal with the content of my statement. I said we Catholics are fundamentalists just like Islam. We believe that God judges, and that not all go to heaven. We believe that some actions are so sinful that heaven itself will rain down punishment in this life on mankind for committing them (sodomy, usury, failure to pay a working man what he’s worth). We too believe in the Catholic religious state, wherever we are in the majority (Pius XI), Vatican II’s little reversal notwithstanding. Every sodomite on earth rejoices to hear a Catholic rage against Islam for failing to tolerate homosexuality, when we have ourselves become illegal in our nations for believing this most fundamental tenet of Christianity (we didn’t even fight, so reluctant are we of being labeled ‘fundamentalist’). When we tune up the drums for war war war against Islam instead of preparing to fight our own secular states, we’re just staggeringly dumb.

        Now here’s the content, put simply: our war is with secularism. Fight with that instead of schoolyard name calling. If you can.

        • wiffle

          We’re not going to have a secular or Catholic state if we refuse to look at the threat that is ISIS. I can probably fight the sexual rebellion in my home. That fight is a bit more difficult from the grave.

          And no, “we” don’t believe in a religous state, unless 100% of the participants are voluntarily Catholic. Christianity has a long tradition of separate powers and the few times the Priests were in power, it lead to death and destruction.

          If you really admire Islam and what we should aspire to, then you and I seeing Christ’s message very differently. I see Islam as exactly what we were warned about-false prophets who can be known by their bitter and deadly fruit.

          • Hi, Wiffle,

            I see you understood me pretty well! One thing, you can’t fight the sexual revolution ‘from your home.’ We’re talking about what is taught in Catholic schools, and they have already begun the court challenges. Same with hospitals, which will no longer be able to resist not only abortion and contraception, but also euthanasia. Will you sew shut your family’s eyes when you go out?

            And that’s not to mention the economy. We are caught in a nightmare of usury–short definition, speculation. Go see The Big Short and tell me how you will handle the effects of toxic speculation from your home? Unless you buy land and begin to completely self-supply. And that’s a part of secularism. It began with protestantism, and the antidote is the Catholic religious state. That’s the only antidote, because the Catholic economy is different, not based on speculation, based on the widest possible distribution of ownership., not income. It’s the anti-socialist economy and it’s centered in family and family inheritance.

            I believe somewhere I must have mentioned that we would have to evangelize to win people to the Faith. We of course would have to be in the majority.

            I do not admire Islam. I simply try to point out they are not our main enemy. Our main enemy is the secular state, and we are being blinded into attacking our own principles in Islam, including the demand for a sensible religious state where Christian morals are recognized, not the chaos of religious ‘equality,’ and we seem to be paralyzed by our misdirection. We should be demanding civil –legal, not personal–answers to our social problems, to abortion for starters (you do realize it’s killing the economy, don’t you?). We are not doing so. We are hiding in our homes, and it is only making things worse. Historic Catholicism did not work like this, they made a Christian society and fought for it. So must we! But we will not be fighting Islam for it, and if we do fight Islam, our enemies will laugh all the way to the bank.

          • wiffle

            “Will you sew shut your family’s eyes when you go out?”

            No, I will educate them. I’m part of the domestic church, remember? The most important part of it all. Most of what Catholicism preaches is simply a life well lived. I can encourage “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”, even as we are surrounded. Christianity grew up and into a society similar to what is surrounding us. It can grow again.

            ” It began with protestantism, and the antidote is the Catholic religious state.”

            Here will will have to agree to disagree. While I agree that the modern Catholic culture watch tends to have stopped right before the Industrial Revolution, the answer is not forcing everyone into a proto-feudalism.

            Yes, we live in a post-Industrial Revolution Protestant world. We need to adjust and bring what is unique and stable about Catholicism to that world. I did not see what is to be gained to returning to economic system where babies die for lack of immunizations and healthy food because the local crops failed that year.

            “We of course would have to be in the majority.”

            How much of the majority? If Catholicism loses even one soul because she forced herself on someone, is that important? Are we prepared to fight for that majority, aka the 30 Years War?

            “Our main enemy is the secular state, and we are being blinded into attacking our own principles in Islam, including the demand for a sensible religious state where Christian morals are recognized,”

            I don’t know how many more people have to die before Islam registers as a problem. Yes, there are more agnostics/atheists/etc now in the US than at any time ever. Thus far, they have not organized themselves into cells or as lone wolves killing people in the streets.

            I see your point about hiding at home, but is there a greater way to hide at home than refuse to acknowledge an evil that’s uncomfortable and difficult? It maybe that tackling Islam is the way we tackle the growing secularism.

            “But we will not be fighting Islam for it, and if we do fight Islam, our enemies will laugh all the way to the bank.”

            The monied elites don’t want to fight Islam. Too difficult and they aren’t part of the masses that find themselves blown up, honestly. What they’d like to to is import Islam to encourage more even more secularism and get cheap labor. If some of the masses get scrambled in the process, what’s that to them? To ignore Islam is to match the attitude of those same monied elites.

          • TheWhiteLilyBlog

            I won’t disagree. You might be right. However, if is meant beating them with our armies on their home ground, what is gained? At once our secular elites impose abortion, homosexuality, open usury such as has ruined us, all of it by military edict. It happened in Iraq. Our military immediately puts up the dish and invites the neighbors to the next free porn show, my friend in Afghanistan told me. Their souls get taken the same as ours by these sins, for they are sins against nature and will kill their nations just as they are killing us. I could argue as a counterpoint that unless we convert our nation first at least to put just honor to God in our constitution, we will lose any war of whatever kind , on our soil or theirs.. What do we win if we win? Do you know what a strong resistance Iran presents at the UN against abortion? Stronger than the Vatican’s rep. Listen, it is easy to counsel war with Islam. You will lose neither sleep nor friends for it, if you make a thousand tweets and comments a day. Step outside that role, however, present a religious alternative, a political alternative, you will pass jail and go straight to the morgue. I’m just saying.

          • wiffle

            I’m advocating more moderate measures. 🙂 My response to the OP was in trying to get her to see that tackling Islam and it’s growing problem was at least worthy of the time.

            I don’t want the Middle East to fall apart, but realistically, it might and we might have the resources to deal with it. I’d like to start with simply keeping immigrants out whose views are wholly incompatible with even a secular West. There’s much to do and the place to start is not make the problems of secularization.

            We also need to stop seeing diversity as “every view point is equal and with equal merit”. Islam is not the same as Christianity because everyone prays and they don’t have porn out in the open. It’s radically different way of seeing God and the world. That’s also what I’m trying to get at. Not hate Muslims, but look at the precepts of Islam and ask ourselves if we should really be tolerating those in the West. If maybe the price of admission is either a watered down or completely forgo Islam (or similar ideas).

          • I agree completely on keeping Islam out of our nations, I do not harbor any illusions about Islam, but I cannot support war in the Middle East under the argument we must ‘stop’ ISIS. The best way to defeat ISIS is to reform our own countries vigorously, both morally and financially, starting now, not after we achieve this or that Democrat or Republican goal in the region–because they’re both rotten (and they’re both liberal, I don’t know if you understand me saying that). We will not be able to defeat them with our secular, corrupt military. But we will be able to control their inroads on our own shores by sensible roll-back of the most inflammatory elements of our culture, and I’m talking about abortion, pornography, and homosexual marriage for starters.

            But we’re afraid to do that. It’s easier to bomb Syria and think we’re achieving something. You know who are the most active online proponents of savage war on those savage fundamentalists? Gay trolls.

          • wiffle

            I think we’re agreement than not. I’m not really suggesting getting in the middle of ISIS necessarily. An intervention in the Middle East requires some far more careful consideration of what is truly in American interest than it will ever get under this Presidency. I agree that a half hearted bombing of Syria will accomplish nothing, while feeling like we’ve done something.

            What I was reacting to in your original post has to with what appeared to be an open admiration of a religious state with most of those modernly being Islamic, something I could never support. Christianity works properly only when it’s voluntary.

            I do agree that abortion is murder and that requires state interference. The state has no particular interest in homosexual unions, so I’m failing to see why it should even bother with registering “marriages”. All the arguments “for” that are basically stupidly romantic with no consideration of why the state confers benefits to marriage in the first place.

            But the porn..well, that’s a hazard of a free society, as well homosexuals choosing to live together, etc, etc. It’s my job to teach my children (and anyone who listen, poor souls) why all those seemingly pesky and outdated rules are about a live well lived and why they promise Heaven (including a preview in this life).

          • Sonny Moon

            Yes, those gay trolls are the worst–but the transgender ogres and cross-dressing elves are pretty gung-ho, too.

          • Shannon Marie Federoff

            I DO fight the sexual revolution from my home. 25 years of a happy marriage, 11 children, and we talk about and practice the Theology of the Body with them. They won’t settle for the counterfeit “love” the world offers. They’ve seen love in action, and felt it. If EVERYONE fought the sexual revolution in their own home, gave their bodies to the service of Christ and the Domestic Church, we could set the world on fire!

            AND, my husband and I teach the marriage preparation at our parish, too. The engaged couples are stunned to hear what the Theology of the Body teaches, and how it answers the true longings of the human heart that the world claims mindless rutting will give you. Many of them have asked why they don’t hear about authentic married love from the pulpit, and if we can teach the already married couples, too.

          • Oh, I see. No problem with the reversal of the ends of marriage in Theology of the Body. So I have to guess you’re fine with secularism, too, and no doubt all the rest of the Council, especially the ecumenism. You support ‘forming consciences’ and not passing laws that prevent sinful behavior. The rest of the nation can do as it pleases as long as you can keep your domestic church inside your four walls. I see why the Catholic state doesn’t make sense to you. Well, let’s see, in the next five years. It takes a whole lot to be truly self-reliant.

          • James

            Janet I understand what you are saying
            Making personalised efforts all goes so far
            For this causes catholics to believe varying truths
            This variety of truths believed weakens the will in the act of fighting for the faith
            And besides the secular state’s influence on the family is much greater the parent’s influence on the family, so though it might take longer the State eventually wins
            For who would be friends of the children? Is not from the outside?
            The people who would court and marry them where would they come from? Etc
            You say the truth dear a Catholic state is the only way to assure a Catholic mindset in order to bring about a greater love for God and by extension state

        • samton909

          OK, then, Don’t put the lime in the coconut.

          • Happy New Year–putting the lime in the coconut, thanks for the tip.

        • Nelson Theodore Blaskie

          After you delved into explaining your original comment I came to understand your position and I agree however, I will add. Our failures as Catholics are not so much our own as they are Catholics before us. Catholics before us have really failed in delivering a greater understanding of the message and meaning.

        • Lee Bacchi

          Janet — You are in great need of a Snickers bar!

          • JR

            Or maybe some Nutella! Yes…lots and lots of Nutella for all!

          • David Langford

            You forget that Nutella has been infallibly declared ‘overrated’ by Pope Francis.

          • JR

            Well, that’s your opinion.

          • TheWhiteLilyBlog

            Ah, Lee, I invite you to see The Big Short. Buncha guys said the same (dumb) thing to people who saw the crisis in the numbers. Stop joking around.

  • Hotrod1962

    Breaking news….. Fr. Whitaker was arrested by authorities for having a terroist weapon. In his quarters, a very old box was found. Inside was a softball size metal object with a cross. By translating the ancient Greek inscriptions, experts have identified the object as the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. Legend has it the device is used to “smite thy enemies into tiny bits”.
    Experts are still baffled, however, of a crude drawing of an animal inside the ancient box. Some say it resembles a cute bunny, but consensus finds this as ridiculous.

    • Jim

      Upon closer examination, a bit of Latin text was found scrawled into the bunny-like form: “That rabbit’s got a vicious streak a mile wide.”

      • Hotrod1962

        Run away….run away !

  • jesspinosa

    I understand this radicalized Catholic passes secret information in whispers to other radicalized Catholics in that little office within one of their many headquarters with the red light that turns on while they are doing their nasty business. I wonder what the explanation is for the peaceful look on the faces of those who come out of those secret meetings.

    • bluewindboy81506

      The red light means the cone of silence is in effect which prevents the police from investigating and the District Attorneys from pressing charges, an obvious violation of American Constitutional sovereignty!

    • Hotrod1962

      My Dad was a radicalized Catholic. He joined this secret society called the Knights, and worked his was up to their highest level: 4th degree.
      He wore a cape, a funny hat, and worst off….carried a sword.

  • Wildgraywolf

    A truly disturbing thought suddenly struck me… that this could easily happen for real in the not too distant future.

  • bluewindboy81506

    The red light means the cone of silence is in effect which prevents the police from investigating and the District Attorneys from pressing charges.

  • Ginkgo100

    “as well as a copy of The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, suggesting that Fr. Whitaker may also have been lazy.”

    You slay me! I have been slain! Too funny.

  • Jakob Pohlman

    @Hotrod1976 that’s just… ROFL