Illinois priest on leave after 911 handcuff call

Springfield, Ill., Jan 11, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- A priest of the Diocese of Springfield is on leave after he dialed 911 asking for help getting out of handcuffs – a call that has been replayed across the internet. Diocesan spokeswoman Kathie Sass told CNA Jan. 10 that Father Tom Donovan, pastor of St. Aloysius Church in Springfield, approached Bishop Thomas Paprocki about the incident prior to Christmas and before it attracted media attention. Sass said the priest “asked for … [Read more...]

Bishops find progress in relationship with Catholic colleges

Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A report by the U.S. bishops finds a positive relationship between Catholic universities in America and the Church, while encouraging continued cooperation and growth. “Bishops reported that they believe our institutions of Catholic higher education have made definite progress in advancing Catholic identity,” the document stated. “The relationship between bishops and presidents on the local level can be … [Read more...]