The chancellor of the Springfield, Illinois, diocese was found on Tuesday night beaten and unconscious in a park. He is in critical condition in the hospital. Of course, he has my prayers for a swift and complete recovery.
But the question remains: What was he doing in the park late at night?
Over the years, Douglas Park has developed a reputation as being a meeting spot for gay men. Police in past years have conducted special patrols there in response to complaints of inappropriate sexual behavior.
However, the park also is the site of many high-profile community events, including weekly Springfield Municipal Band concerts in the summer and large family picnics. The park also has a disc golf course that is popular in warmer months.
I am sure he was just getting there early for a mid-December picnic.