January 11, 2005

Priest resigns after beating in Springfield


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. A Catholic priest who was found badly beaten in a Springfield park last month has resigned.

A statement from the Springfield Diocese today says Monsignor Eugene Costa will no longer serve as pastor of parishes in the central Illinois communities of Sherman and Athens. His resignation was effective Friday.

The diocese says Costa is resigning to focus on his physical recovery and to deal with what the diocese calls instances of "inappropriate" behavior. Springfield diocese spokeswoman Kathy Sass declined to provide any details about the situation.

Posted by kshaw at January 11, 2005 03:21 PM