Related: Departure of HLI priest under scrutiny, by Sally Voth, nvdaily.com, 6-28-12
ARLINGTON, Va. (CN) - 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. -the opening paragraph from today's "Courthouse News" article
|Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer|
Although she uses the name of Jane Doe in the lawsuit, I'm reasonably sure, based on the descriptions in the suit, that it is the same woman who contacted me back when FIT helped to break the story. Actually, the descriptions in the lawsuit, including lines like "[f]rom April to June that year, on six occasions, Doe says, Euteneuer 'directed the plaintiff to undress; touched and kissed the plaintiff on all parts of her body; and digitally penetrated the plaintiff's vagina. In addition, Euteneuer directed the plaintiff to touch his penis,'" were much more graphic than I'd been told, but I guess lawsuits are bound to be that way. But what bothers me about seeing the suit now is that this woman told me she never would seek legal action if HLI and the diocese just treated her fairly and got her the spiritual treatment she needed, while her lawyer at the time indicated that bringing such a suit was a last resort; something he could not foresee doing if the Church kept Euteneuer under wraps in a way that he could never commit such an horrendous crime again. Thus, seeing this lawsuit leads me to believe that neither of these things have come true.
Although I've never met "Jane," her conversations and e-mails with me struck me as coming from someone handling a difficult situation with immense courage; or as Huck Finn (I've recently re-read his "Adventures" on the advice of Ralph McInerny, one of my favorite Catholic authors) would say, "She has more sand than any girl I ever met." While it seems fair that Ms. Doe wins enough dough to live on until she is able to work, I mostly hope she gets the counselling and/or exorcism (the diocese has not, to date, provided Doe with this) she needs, and that Euteneuer (like Sandusky) is locked away (preferably in jail) so he can never abuse another vulnerable, trusting soul again. Anyway, know that all of us here are praying for you, Jane, and although it seems impossible, asking that the Holy Spirit (the real Holy Spirit) fill you with His peace again.