A pastor was caught and recorded in a compromising position speculated as a gay sex act and and now allegedly facing embarassment has swiftly requested to go on leave.
Pastor Tom Donovan, of St. Aloysius Church in North Springfield, in America has requested a leave of absence from his Parish after an embarassing 911 call he made to emergency services was broadcasted across the world. In the November 28, 2012 call he asked emergency services to help him out of a pair of handcuffs as well as a gag.
Father Donovan calmly tells the Dispatcher "I'm going to need help getting out before this becomes a medical emergency."
In the call the pastor's speech sounds garbled like he has an obstruction on his mouth. The incredulous dispatcher, is clearly heard saying "You're stuck in a pair of handcuffs?" Pastor Donovan responds "(I was) playing with them and I need help getting out."
Donovan informed the Dispatcher that he was alone in the Rectory. According to sources onsite police discovered some sort of gag on the priest when they arrived. It was not immediately clear how Father Donovan was attired at the time.
The diocese knows about the incident, given that Brad Huff, an attorney for the diocese, has been given a copy of the 911 tape by the Sangamon County Emergency Telephone System Department. Kathie Sass, spokeswoman for the Diocese of Springfield, said that the diocese also has a copy of a police report on the matter."
When asked about Donovan's whereabouts Ms Sass would not disclose whether he was staying in Church owned property.
"I wouldn't be able to tell you where Father Donovan is. There's a matter of privacy there. He [Donovan] came to the bishop before anyone was aware of the incident… asked for help and was granted leave" Sass said.
Gawker speculates that "He was granted a leave of absence to practice his Houdini-esque feats of self-imprisonment…"
Asked how Father Donovan ended up in the gag and handcuffs, Sass was not able to speculate on specifics.
"Paprocki reviewed the police report after speaking with Donovan, and the police account jibed with what the priest told the bishop." Sass said.
Perhaps the dear Father forgot what the bible says about idle hands.