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Virginia woman accuses priest of sexual abuse during exorcisms

The woman is using a Catholic diocese and an anti-abortion group for $5.3 million in damages.
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Catholic Archbishop at a news conference on July 20, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (John Moore/AFP/Getty Images)

Exorcisms, if you believe in them, are known to be pretty intense.

But a Virginia woman claims hers also got a bit freaky, accusing a Catholic priest of sexually abusing her during a series of exorcisms he performed on her between April 2008 and September 2010, Reuters reported.

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She is suing the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and its bishop, Paul Loverde, as well as the anti-abortion group Human Life International and HLI Endowment Inc. for $5.3 million in damages.

According to the lawsuit, she signed on for "spiritual help" from the Rev. Thomas Euteneuer in February 2008 because she believed she desperately needed an exorcism.

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The woman, identified in the litigation as Jane Doe, claims Euteneuer repeatedly hugged, kissed and groped her, saying he was "blowing the Holy Spirit into her," The Northern Virginia Daily reported.

On about six occasions, the woman said Euteneuer touched and kissed her body, and put his finger in her vagina, Reuters reported.

The Diocese of Arlington denied ever employing Euteneuer, although another diocese in Palm Beach said he had been recalled when the allegations surfaced and can no longer celebrate Mass or administer sacraments.

Euteneuer is not named in the suit because they reached a settlement outside of court, the woman's attorney, Demetrios C. Pikrallidas, told The Northern Virginia Daily.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Source: United Advocacy Group, Inc. When Clergy Are Asked To Leave Quietly, There Is No Justice (CHICAGO) – Br. John Woulfe, an ex-Marianist brother, has been accused by numerous ex-students at Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis, MO of sexually molesting them. Of course, he wasn’t the only member of this religious community accused of such acts. There were many more. Many, many more. In 2002, Michael Powel filed a lawsuit against Chaminade College Preparatory School for a lifetime of suffering and damages (2002. Powel v Chaminade College Preparatory, Inc, Marianist Province of the United States, Archbishop Justin Rigali, William Christensen [aka Fr. William Christensen, S.M.] and John Woulfe [aka Br. John Woulfe, S.M.]). Powel would ultimately win the lawsuit for millions of dollars several years later. Br. John Woulfe, after being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with students in the 1970s left the Society of Mary (aka “Marianists”). Instead of notifying the local police department for prosecution Fr. Robert Osbourne, the school principal, allowed Woulfe to leave ‘quietly’. Unfortunately, this did not stop Woulfe’s desire to prey on the weak and vulnerable. Eventually Woulfe would end up in the small town of Onarga, Illinois. In this area, Woulfe would once again continue his predatory sexual behavior on children until he was caught. “John Woulfe was a monster,” recalls Illinois-based author John Bernadyn in his newly released memoir Betrayed By The State: A Ward of the State Speaks Out in which he discusses the experiences he faced with this ex-clergyman. “He was demeaning, pushy, and manipulative.” After suspicion took hold of this town, Woulfe moved to the small town of Watseka, Illinois. He landed a position as a guidance counselor in the Kankakee School District – an occupation he knew all too well while serving at Chaminade. In 2002, Woulfe was arrested for predatory sexual behavior with a student. Defiantly, he refused to appear at court hearings. Woulfe would eventually find himself in a nursing home after suffering a stroke and ultimately dying in 2005 from the after-effects. “The real tragedy in this case is that all the people he victimized would never get to tell him directly how they felt or if they ever forgave him. I, too, felt robbed of this chance to say I forgave him but would never forget,” said Bernadyn. All allegations of sexual abuse are now required to be reported to local justice authorities. “This is a little too late,” whispers Bernadyn.