Arlington, VA – A Virginia woman is seeking $5.3*million in damages from Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer’s former employer, Human Life International, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and its bishop, Paul S. Loverde.* She asserts that when she met*Euteneuer in 2008, she believed she was possessed by the devil, and that the clergyman proceeded to sexually abuse her frequently over the next two years under the guise of exorcising her demons.
In 2008, “Jane Doe” decided to seek the help of Euteneuer for her spiritual dilemma.* He diagnosed her case as “severe,” and offered his services despite knowing full well that he was not “authorized” by the church to perform exorcisms.* He then had her sign an agreement promising full cooperation, and he meant it.
To my utter stupification, the Catholic church actually has about fifty people around the country who are trained to exorcise demons; mostly from deep within prepubescent boys, I’m guessing.* In 1999, the Vatican formally revised and upheld the practice of exorcism for the first time in nearly 400 years.* God, please send another Black Plague.* We need it bad.
In 2010, after about two years of being probed and poked by Euteneuer, “Jane Doe” finally came to the realization that his conduct might not be altogether appropriate.* She sought help from the diocese’s victim-assistance office.* After hearing her story, they reported the allegations to church officials in Palm Beach, FL, Euteneuer’s home diocese.…
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