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Lawsuit against Fr. Euteneuer revealed – UPDATED June 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, General Catholic, horror, priests, sadness, scandals, sexual depravity, sickness.

Back when the scandal concerning Fr. Euteneuer broke, I was pretty skeptical of the accusations.  They seemed to be coming from a few sources who had plainly coordinated their stories.  But now a lawsuit has been filed against Fr. Euteneuer in Virginia that provides at least one view of the alleged events.  The accusations are very detailed and extremely disturbingIF they are true, they reveal a gross violation of the priest/confessor/exorcist relationship with a lay person and further reveal that Fr. Euteneuer is an extremely troubled man, and that his removal from active ministry was a prudent and charitable act.  I will provide an excerpt that shares some of these details, but for the rest go to the link.  I warn you, the details are very sexually explicit and I would advise those with a sensitive conscience to avoid reading it:

A Roman Catholic priest “kissed (a woman) on all parts of her body” during a so-called “exorcism” session, and “frequently explained full, passionate kisses as ‘blowing the Holy Spirit into’ her,” the woman claims in court.
Jane Doe sued the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, its Bishop Paul Loverde – who is not the priest accused of the abuse – and Human Life International and the HLI Endowment Inc., of Charlottesville, in Arlington County Court.
Doe claims she was sexually abused repeatedly by her “exorcist,” Thomas J. Euteneur, who was president of Human Life International and the HLI Endowment; Euteneur, however, is not named as an individual defendant.

…….. Doe says that her relationship with Euteneur began on Feb. 28, 2008, when she signed “a document entitled ‘Agreement for spiritual help.’ Among many other things, the document defines ‘deliverance’ as ‘the application of the spiritual resources of the Church to persons with demonic infestation in order to liberate them from the influence of unclean spirits.'”
Euteneur became her “deliverance minister,” and “The aforementioned documents included a requirement of ‘complete cooperation’ and travel to Euteneur’s offices at HLI,” according to the complaint.
Doe says that Euteneur told her “that her case was ‘severe.'”
For two months he touched her “in appropriate ways” in his offices, then in April 2008 told her “that he had received permission from the Diocese to perform the rite of exorcism,” Doe says.
On April 11, 2008, she says, “Euteneur began to hug the plaintiff while saying, ‘I wish I could go a lot further.’

And from there it just goes totally downhill.  The abuse was extensive and persistent, involving just about everything save actual…….I think you understand.  Not only that, Euteneuer attempted to cover his tracks by destroying incriminating evidence, or so the affidavit claims.

Well, now we finally know.  During all the scandal almost 2 years ago, my main point was that we didn’t have enough information to condemn (or exonerate) Fr. Euteneuer, although I must admit I was partial towards his innocence……or hoped he was.  But even in the last two years I’ve grown alot in the Faith and see the sickness that seems to attach itself to celebrity priesthood.  The devil has so many wiles and our nature is so weak, and celebrity and fame provide so many opportunities for a fall, I think it best if priests avoid this kind of fame like the plague.  But, then again, Saints like Anthony Marie Claret, Peter Julian Eymard, and John Vianney managed to pull it off.  It takes extraordinary cooperation with Grace, immense humility and, more than anything, a serious life of mortification.  Anthony Marie Claret walked all over Catalonia performing missions – he never rode a horse or in a carriage, as part of his mortification.

But in today’s Church, mortification is so little practiced that the vast majority of us, priests included, just don’t have that immense reserve of temperance, prudence, and humility needed to avoid falling into temptation and serious sin.

All those “old time” spiritual practices that have been so disregarded over the past several decades, often times despised as “medieval” or whatever, existed for a reason!  They are fundamental aspects of the interior life, and unless we practice them constantly, even severely, we are spiritually weak, even disfigured.  And I say that as someone who has never been good at mortification.  I’m an addict…….I don’t exactly practice temperance well.

I pray for Fr.’s Euteneuer, Corapi, and all “celebrity” priests.  It’s such a trap.  Prayer for priests is one of my foremost intentions.  But, I should redouble my efforts, for good, holy priests are absolutely, 100% vital for the life of the Church.  I also pray for those who suffered from any abuse committed by Euteneuer and any other priests…….the horror of such an experience – at the hands of a priest! – is unspeakable.

h/t culturewarnotes

UPDATE: I’m terminating comments on this post.  I don’t think the comments are particularly edifying.  We’ll have to wait for the trial, if there is one.  I pray for the alleged victim and Fr. Euteneuer and the entire Church.  We’re in a nightmare situation right now in the Church.  Read Fr. George David Byers regarding falsely accused priests.  But, many victims have suffered. As I said………nightmare…………..


1. Jay Boyd - June 27, 2012

This makes me so sad. Of course, the truth of it remains to be discovered, but it is quite disturbing, as you note. I have been praying for Fr. Euteneuer daily since the whole thing began, and will continue to do so. Whether innocent or guilty, he, like Fr. Corapi, needs our prayers. They have both been speakers of the truth, and if they have fallen, we must realize what strong attacks were brought against them by the enemy.

2. 1grandelatte - June 27, 2012

I am very suspicious of this whole thing. I have read some of the writings by Fr Euteneuer and what I read suggested a person with great knowledge into the workings of satan and someone who should know how to conduct himself in order to avoid the unstable who are ready pawns for satan.

3. Teresa Rice - June 27, 2012

I am very skeptical of these claims. Why did it take them two years to sue? Didn’t they know the facts or details back then? I am suspicious of these so called facts and details but none of us knows what really happened except, God, the woman, and Fr. Euteneuer. But since he has already admitted to having consensual sexual relations with this woman and to violating his vow of celibacy, and has asked for forgiveness I will lean toward believing him for now. I mean this lawsuit and her accusations could be her continued work of Satan.

Chris - June 27, 2012

Oh I think that once the case goes before a jury (as is demanded in the filing) that the plaintiff and her long history of mental illness (prior to meeting Father), her inability to hold down a job, her near stalking of Father, and many other interesting items will come to light. Stay tuned, and pray for Father during this time.

Teresa Rice - June 27, 2012

Good points, Chris. Father has been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

"Commenter #4" - June 27, 2012

If she were mentally ill, Arlington would never have approved her for exorcism. No diocese would; mental illness is assumed and must be ruled out before an exorcism can be performed. If she were stalking Fr. Euteneuer, he would have been within his rights to say so in his statement, but he said nothing of the kind. And Jane’s employment history, whatever it is, has absolutely no bearing on the facts of her association with Euteneuer.

Chris - June 27, 2012

Actually, that’s not true. Many people who are spiritually afflicted with demonic problems also have mental illness in their history. What must be ruled out is that the mental illness accounts for all of the symptoms so to speak – of the spiritual affliction. He was indeed (by the accounts of many) being stalked by her. Her employment history does in fact – have a big role here as she is claiming that she cannot hold down a job because of her alleged abuse. Point is: she could never hold down a job – before or after meeting him. So that detail ought to be significant for a jury who may be determining if she is entitled to $.

4. Anonymous - June 27, 2012

As a friend of “Jane’s”, thank you for this.

5. Anonymous - June 27, 2012

As another friend of “Jane’s,” I thank you too. (Euteneuer belongs behind bars.)

Chris - June 27, 2012

That would be FATHER Euteneuer. And time will tell who receives the worst punishment in this case…

tantamergo - June 27, 2012

We’ll have to see what develops. But Fr. Euteneuer did admit in his own statement to inappropriate physical contact between himself and a lay person under his spiritual care. He also admitted to conducting exorcism related activities alone with the penitent, which is an enormous red flag right there and, frankly, instantly disqualified him from ever conducting exorcisms again. I am aware of concerns with the accuser. I also know that some folks pushing the story when it first broke were coordinating quite carefully their message. So, I’ve been skeptical throughout. But looking at all the data together, it looks pretty damning.

But, we won’t know until we know. Yes, prayers all around.

Anonymous - June 27, 2012

When Jane Doe gets things rolling, hopefully, prayerfully, some of the other victims will speak out too. They were vulnerable women in need of assistance, and Euteneuer went ahead and “capitalized,” abusing each and every one of them in one way or another.

Chris - June 27, 2012

It’s been two years… and the only reason that Jane Doe is “getting things rolling” now is because she spent all of the $$$ that was given to her initially to assist her with continued counseling expenses. I’m sure the jury will also be interested in where that $$$ went….

6. Marie - June 28, 2012

This woman has a tremendous amount of courage, and I hope her courage does indeed bolster any other victims who may have suffered the same vile fate under this so-called exorcist to come forth. Anyone who seeks exorcism does so because they believe themselves to be possessed by the devil, and to be victimized by the very man you trust to deliver you from evil is beyond abominable.

HLI behaved most shamefully in all of this as well. One only need look back at the various press releases to read how in August 2010 they 1) praised and thanked Euteneuer for his years of “meritorious” service, 2) allowed him to post a long letter at HLI rambling on about being a soldier for Christ practicing the virtue of obedience and being at complete peace with all he had done while at HLI, etc, etc, and then 3) admitted a few months later that they knew of the accusation , that Euteneuer had admitted to “behaving inappropriately”, and that they had at that point asked for his resignation. This was a double victimization of the woman, and I honestly cannot imagine what it must have been like for her, her family, and her friends, to have to read this perpetrator’s letter about practicing the virtue of obedience and being a soldier for Christ when the reality was that he was asked to resign and was recalled to his home diocese for gross sexual misconduct and the abuse of authority in his exorcism practice–and HLI knew it because Euteneuer himself had already admitted it to them. Shame on them!

No doubt plenty of ardent Euteneuer supporters will now pile on this victim, call her all sorts of names, and malign her as much as possible. But the indisputable fact of the matter is that Euteneuer himself has admitted to shameful behavior, and as the priest and exorcist, he was the one with the power, and she was the vulnerable one. As a mother of daughters, I can only imagine how enraged I would be to have a priest take advantage of any of them in such a vile fashion. If, as her detractors would like us to believe, she actually suffered from mental illness, this just makes Euteneuer’s admitted victimization of her all the more disgusting.

Chris - June 28, 2012

No doubt you would like to believe that she has courage – what she has is an obsession with Father. In fact, many witnesses will be called to attest to her spoken desire to marry him…as well as her stalking of him in the HLI building and in other locations as well.
She admits in the case filing that she has a mental disorder – read it yourself and see.
HLI did what they could to help her. Above and beyond the call of duty!
Before you take out your tissues and sob for her – remember she has already made a pretty penny off of this situation.
More to follow….

Anonymous - June 28, 2012

Got a message yesterday, that Human Life International is now “sanitizing” their site, Marie.

7. "Commenter #4" - June 28, 2012

Chris. You want to defend Fr. Euteneuer; you want to defend HLI. But you are bringing up details that, even if true, are not yours to say – and we have no way of verifying them. There are things I could retort with that I will not, because I do not have that permission. As you’ve said, everything will come out in the trial; unless you are an authorized spokesperson, wait for that.

8. Mary - June 28, 2012

There could be several reasons to wait for almost 2 years, one because the lawsuit time clock is ticking. Two, they’re trying to guestimate the total costs for treatment and such.
I hate to see a priest go down, I don’t know if he’s guilty or not (though I pray he’s not, and if he is, he has repented). All I can do is pray for his soul, and those affected by him or affecting him)

9. Chris - June 28, 2012

Two years waiting simply because she ran out of money from her original settlement….

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