Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The "naked" truth: "Doe" sues Arlington Diocese (and HLI) over Euteneuer's abuse

Related: Lawsuit against Human Life International seeks compensation for priest's sexual improprieties, by Martin Barillas, Spero News, 6-29-12
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
I knew something was up today when people landed on my site after entering search terms such as "new Euteneuer scandal," "Euteneuer naked," and "Euteneuer killed." It wasn't long before someone sent me the link to the "Woman says 'Exorcist' Priest Abused Her" story, and as you can tell by the opening of the article, all but the last inquiry was correct.

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.

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

But Euteneuer was sent packing back to his home diocese, how would suing Arlington affect his status now?

Tom O'Toole said...

@Anon 6-27-12, 2:08 PM -- If criminal charges against Euteneuer were proved in the trial, then HLI and the Diocese of Arlington would still pay for Jane Doe's treatment, while Euteneuer (presumed to be without funds) could then be sent to jail, or at least somewhere he could not molest anyone.

Anonymous said...

The woman filing this lawsuit was another victim not the one you spoke with before. The one you spoke with before has no part in this suit and is keeping her word. Be careful what you are implying. I wrote before that this man has committed grave evil and has done so to several persons. I am familiar with the people involved and still wish to remain anonymous at this time.
(new psuedoname - FGGG)

Meri said...

Wow, it's even worse than I thought! It's beyond horrendous when somebody seeks out the Church for spiritual help and gets abused instead. How do you even recover from that with your faith intact! I sincerely hope that Fr. Eunteneuer is getting the spiritual help that he needs and that he is not being allowed to have unsupervised contact with women because he is seriously messed up in so many ways.

The Church takes yet another hit! Thank the Lord for all of the good and decent priests within it! We have to pray for them and for the Church!

Tom O'Toole said...

@Anon 7-2-12, 5:47 AM -- I just talked to the victim's father; he assured me it was the same woman I wrote about before.

Tom O'Toole said...

@Meri -- Thanks for your reply. Yes, we have to pray for our priests, and although I personally find it difficult to pray for "bums" like Euteneuer, it's true they need our prayers the most. And I too would feel much better if I knew where the he...ck Euteneuer is, because I fear his days of stalking spiritually vulnerable women are not over, and he should not be allowed anywhere near such victims.