IL- "Bondage" priest gets new assignment

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected])

A Springfield Catholic priest who made headlines when police helped him escape a bondage outfit he'd put on now has a new assignment.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki has moved Fr. Thomas Donovan to St. Peter in Quincy, IL. 

After the 2013 incident, Fr. Donovan was granted a leave of absence. Since his ordination in 2005 Fr. Donovan has worked at parishes in Carlinville, Springfield and Alton.

When Paprocki put him back on the job, Paprocki claimed that a therapist approved the move because Donovan had engaged in "non-sexual bondage” which was a response to stress.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]

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