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(RNS) Last November, the Rev. Thomas Donovan called 911to say he needed police help to free himself. Police found him wearing an orange jumpsuit and “a leather bondage-type mask with a bar in his mouth.”

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  1. The sad thing for Donovan and any people who are placed in his “spiritual care” is that a very disturbed person is allowed to counsel others in matters that are extremely delicate. This is a reflection on the lack of church discernment about people who seek priestly ordination. This kind of mental-emotional problem is not like the common cold. It is a symptom of a personality sadly unfit to lead others in the spirituality of religion. Is Donovan’s time with the Franciscan Sisters to be used only in presiding over sacraments? That reflects very much on the history of Catholic concepts about sacraments.

  2. Is the gradual reintroduction to priestly duties for the people who will be directed by this guy, or for the fallen religion interpreter? Both? How about letting the man who was a priest go his own way and indulge his proclivities? Find some other person to designate as having a touch of divinity. Better solution!

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