ASK FATHER: Priest received threat of violence
From a priest…
Greetings! You have mentioned on your blog a few times that you sometimes receive threats. I received one today. On the advise of my lawyer I reported it to the authorities. Do you have any insight or advise on what else I should do? Is there an easy way to get an ip address or some other information as to where it may have come from?
The priest in question, in a follow up wrote that the threatener also sent a video clip of an extremely violent scene from a movie. He wrote:
The message was very clear, very violent, and very graphic. The Sheriff was taken aback by it and is handing it over to the Department of Criminal Investigation yet today.
This comes up from time to time. Fathers, we have to think about these things.
Just over a year ago, Fr. Hamel was slain, out of hatred for the Faith, in France. Just the other day a priest in Mexico was stabbed in the neck by a nut job and later died. Priests are targets. In January a bishop was attacked during Mass in Newark.
In the last two weeks I have spoken with several priests who have been harassed or threatened by people who are somewhat deranged and who (probably) go on and off their meds.
Father, you did the right thing to report this to your lawyer and law enforcement. If you get something that strikes you as being out of the ordinary, it is better to be safe than sorry. Tell someone.
Also, I save copies of everything, all the harassing notes, nastygrams, and threats. Eventually these nitwits – who are often also perverts – make a mistake. They think they are pretty smart. Eventually they screw up.
Yes, there are, in general, ways to find an IP address in the header