no sweat

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 09, 2007

Fr. Bob admitted to the police the illicit pleasures of

  • jogging...
  • on an outdoor track...
  • at a high school...
  • in a small town...
  • during the wee hours of the mornin...
  • buck naked.

Fr. Bob also admitted that his frolic was "wrong" but that he "didn't think anyone would be around."  Someone was, a cop on his beat, and Fr. Bob, a youthful 53, was charged with indecent exposure. It seems that Fr. Bob sweats allot, and this may be his putative line of defense for casting aside his clothing and his modesty. In regards to Fr. Bob's sanity, perhaps there has been nothing to cast aside for quite some time. Perhaps someone has noticed. 

For now, the Church is "awaiting the outcome of the case" according to the Post, with no explanation (although the Archbishop was out of the country around the time of the arrest, and there is no information on when the Archdiocese was informed of the affair.)  Drudge didn't see any reason to wait, however, and posted a link today within two hours of the story's publication, informing the world that the  "(Rev.) Whipkey, ... remains an active priest." Ouch.


Update based on additional news reporting that was published this afternoon in the Denver Post.

Here's the timeline:

  • June 22: ole Bare-Bottom Bob “was stopped by Frederick police at 4:30 a.m.” and charged with a misdemeanor. 
  • June 29: “The church (Archdiocese of Denver) learned of the incident…”
  • August 9: “Jeannette De Melo, spokesperson for the archdiocese, said "it was announced" Wednesday (August 8) that Father Robert Whipkey had been placed on administrative leave.”

Yesterday’s news report, (see above in the main post) noted that as of Tuesday, Whipkey was “an active priest.” If the report is indeed accurate, it took the Archdiocese some six weeks to decide to give ole Bare-Bottom the boot, and only after news of the romp came to the public forum. 

Go ahead and add another half-dozen points to the Denver Archdiocese’s PQ.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 11, 2007 7:51 PM ET USA

    Well, one at least senses some remorse somewhere. In the Episcopal Church, Bob might well be elected a bishop. I've seen worse in authority.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 11, 2007 2:35 PM ET USA

    "benedictusoblatus" - why not make him a chaplain to a "clothing optional" resort?

  • Posted by: - Aug. 10, 2007 12:24 PM ET USA

    I keep mulling over in my head that this stunt sounds more like something a teenager or a drunken frat boy might do. God must be really mad at us to give us shepherds like this.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 10, 2007 11:00 AM ET USA

    In Milwaukee we have a couple of priests with a variety of arrests, i.e. soliciting, exposure,etc. and they are still working. One guy has THREE arrests for soliciting.,,,,Then there are 8 or 9 priests who did not support the Weakland-Sklba-Dolan agenda who are still suspended. Recently, a priest from the Lincoln Diocese wanted to return to Milwaukee which is his home. He was refused because he would not "fit in." Of course he wouldn't. What's the problem here?

  • Posted by: - Aug. 10, 2007 11:00 AM ET USA

    I, too, am sad about how the diocese has handled this. Does our church not think about how we look to the world?

  • Posted by: - Aug. 10, 2007 7:19 AM ET USA

    Perhaps the Diocese was worried that someone would file a civil track suit.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 09, 2007 11:04 PM ET USA

    How sad. What Would Jesus Do?

  • Posted by: - Aug. 09, 2007 10:34 PM ET USA

    Many folks consider Abp. Chaput (Denver) to be an orthodox bishop (loyal to the Holy Father, Magisterium, Teachings of the Church). Waiting more than a month to remove a priest who is literally running around naked in his archdiocese? The PQ factor goes up by at least 50 points. Even IF Abp. Chaput was out of his diocese (most bishops spend very little time in their own diocese -- a major problem in the USA), his flock needs some explanation about the priest & the delayed response. Today.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 09, 2007 5:58 PM ET USA

    "adamah can't imagine going to Mass to him. How about Confession?" It would certainly add a new meaning about baring your soul in confession and let it all hang out.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 09, 2007 5:21 PM ET USA

    The link is actually rather amusing. Given that Fr. Bob was jogging in the dead of night, the inclusion of Amazon ads for night-vision goggles just to the right of the text is hilarious. As for Fr. Bob ... give him 30 minutes to pack his things and give him the boot ... or else a one-way ticket to the penal monastery near the South Pole.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 09, 2007 3:09 PM ET USA

    adamah can't imagine going to Mass to him. How about Confession?

  • Posted by: - Aug. 09, 2007 1:01 PM ET USA

    Jogging in the nude? Wouldn’t that hurt? BTW, Di, I doubt the good Father “sweats allot;” more likely, he sweats a lot… or something like that.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 09, 2007 12:39 PM ET USA

    Hmmm.....Fr. Bob remains an active priest because.....? I don't get it. Can't picture myself going to Mass with Fr. Bob. Nope. "Father, your homily was great And it is so nice to see you wearing clothes today."

  • Posted by: - Aug. 09, 2007 10:45 AM ET USA

    Fr Bob jogging is a mental picture I don't want to have. Another thought: how many vestments does he wear when he is celebrating the Holy Sacrifice?

  • Posted by: - Aug. 09, 2007 8:02 AM ET USA

    I think the real question is whether he was sweating versus populum.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 09, 2007 5:54 AM ET USA

    Apparently, he's not the avid jogger one might think: