Ill. Priest Calls 911 After Getting Stuck in Handcuffs

1:42 PM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KSDK) - A Springfield, Illinois priest remains on a leave of absence after a bizarre emergency and a call to 911.

It was just days ago that the now infamous 911 call was released to the Illinois Times newspaper. It's gone viral on the Internet, and people all over the world want to know what Father Tom Donovan of St. Aloysius Church was doing November 28 with handcuffs and a mask with a gag. The police report also notes he was wearing an orange jumpsuit at the time.

Father Donovan asked for a leave of absence, according to diocese spokeswoman Kathie Sass.

While headline writers are having a field day with the priest who was "tied up at the moment," the episode remains painful for church members.

"It's hard to see something happen to one of our priests and we continue as a diocese, especially the parishes where Father Donovan worked, continue to offer our prayers for his well being," Sass said.

What was Father Donovan doing? Was he alone the whole time? What's his future with St. Aloysias? Those questions remain at this time.

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