In Arlington, Virginia 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 woman 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.
The woman claims that Euteneur, a Roman Catholic priest, offers “‘spiritual deliverance’ and the performance of the rite of exorcism,” and did it “with the knowledge and consent of the Diocese and the Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde. … On at least one previous occasion, the Diocese and Bishop Loverde gave permission to Euteneur to conduct an exorcism within the Diocese.”
After two months of appropriate touching the priest informed the woman that he had obtained permission to exorcise her. He took her to a motel room and touched her under her bra and attempted to touch her under her underclothes but she prevented him from doing so.
This behaviour increased over the following weeks:
“during every meeting, Euteneur became progressively persistent in touching the plaintiff inappropriately. His kissed the corners of her moth; stroked her legs, breasts and thighs; caressed her face; laid his body on top of hers; and frequently explained full, passionate kisses as ‘blowing the Holy Spirit into’ her.”
The woman claims that on six further occasions she was ordered to undress by the priest and he kissed her all over her body, penetrating her twice and asked her to touch his penis.
After her final “deliverance” the woman alleges that she realised that the behaviour was immoral, illegal and not part of a “legitimate” exorcism. She went to the Bishops with her complaint but Euteneur remained in his position for two months and was able to abuse her twice more.
She seeks punitive damages for assault, battery, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligent entrustment, medical bills, and loss of enjoyment of life.