Anti-gay priest calls 911 after getting stuck in handcuffs

Illinois priest whose church has criticised same-sex marriage plans in the state was caught gagged and handcuffed in his rectory

Anti-gay priest calls 911 after getting stuck in handcuffs
05 January 2013

A Catholic priest who considers gay marriage ‘dangerous’ had to call 911 after getting stuck in handcuffs.

Late last year, Father Tom Donovan from Springfield, Illinois called emergency workers to help him get out of his sticky situation.

‘I’m going to need help getting out before this becomes a medical emergency,’ Donavan said, slightly garbled, in the emergency call.’

‘You’re stuck in a pair of handcuffs?’ the dispatcher asks.

‘[I was] playing with them and I need help getting out,’ Donavan responds.’

The priest told the dispatcher he was alone in the rectory, and it is unclear how he ended up in handcuffs or why he feared a medical emergency.

According to the Illinois Times who released the audio, police also found Donavan wearing ‘some sort of gag’.

Recently Bishop Thomas Paprocki put the priest on administrative leave and a spokesperson for the church would not reveal Donavan’s whereabouts.

On 3 January, Paprocki and his clergymen were joined in voicing their criticism of same-sex marriage plans in Illinois.

In the Senate Executive Committee, he testified by saying it would ‘radically redefine what marriage is for everybody’.

‘Neither two men or two women can possibly form a marriage,’ Paprocki said. ‘Our law would be wrong if it said that they could.’

He added: ‘The basic structure of marriage as the exclusive and lasting relationship of a man and a woman, committed to a life with the potential of having children, is given to us in human nature, and thus by nature’s God.’

Despite the Catholic Church, the measure advanced to the Illinois Senate with an 8-5 vote.

The new legislature is slated to be sworn in on 9 January leaving the current group of lawmakers very little time to get the bill passed.

If it does, Illinois would become the 10th state in the USA to legalize marriage equality.

Check out the police call here:

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