Skip to comments.What really happened to exorcist Euteneuer?
Posted on 12/02/2010 11:59:19 AM PST by mlizzy
Father Tom Euteneuer, former president of Human Life International and author of a book on exorcism that was pulled off the market not long after it was published and promoted (including in this column), has seemingly "disappeared." As my regular readers will know, I've quoted Father Euteneuer often over the last few years. But in news that surprised even me, HLI announced in late August that Father was stepping down as HLI president.
Father was quoted as saying: "I have been utterly privileged to serve this great mission for a decade, and now I am called back to my diocese [by the bishop] to continue my priestly service in parish work, which was the original calling of my vocation. I have great peace about the road that lies ahead and about all that has been accomplished up to this point."
In addition to his rather abrupt departure from HLI, Father's book Exorcism and the Church Militant, which was being promoted by HLI in July, was essentially pulled from circulation not long ago, a vague reason given for doing so.
Strange, if you ask me.
In the months leading up to the book's publishing, I had sought, and obtained, permission to reprint in this column the book's entire Introduction. Given the circumstances, I decided it was best to have that particular column removed from RenewAmerica.
I've never heard from Father since all this transpired, and e-mails to three officials of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Father's home diocese, have gone unanswered. In my e-mail to those officials, I simply asked if Father Euteneuer is indeed a priest in good standing with the diocese. It's certainly easy enough for at least one of them to respond: "Yes, Mr. Abbott, Father Euteneuer is a priest in good standing here in the Diocese of Palm Beach. Thank you."
But, alas, I've heard nothing. Crickets.
I do know this: There's "more to the story," and whatever transpired is not the result of a bishop's persecution. There are at least a few individuals who know the whole story, but, right now, they're not willing, or able, to divulge the details. Perhaps they don't want me, or anyone else, to pursue the matter. Well, that doesn't sit well with me.
I hope to find out more in the coming weeks. Maybe I will, maybe I won't.
I hope this is not an Alberto Cutie situation.
I hope this is not an Alberto Cutie situation.Not a chance!
1) Burnout (my first thought). The man has been so busy, busy and so occupied with political and organizational issues that he's neglected his spiritual life and has come to the end of his tether.
2) A romantic liason of some sort which has made him question his vocation.
3) Issues with his bishop or the Catholic hierarchy.
4) Financial impropriety of some sort.
5)He just wants to be a simple parish priest and is sick of the spotlight and all the pressure and publicity issues.
We must keep in mind that we shouldn’t really venture to guess what may actually be wrong. Keep in mind the sins of calumny and detraction in our assessment of the situation.
I'm thinking the same thing, as someone who used to work for Fr. Euteneuer. He kept a very busy schedule with HLI, traveling around the world, and add the exorcisms to that and I can definitely see burnout.
It’s not burnout (he had lots of plans when he was dismissed). And if it *was* burnout, why take his book off the market?
That puts things in a slightly different perspective.
In a word, politics.............personalities, egos, policy disputes etc etc.
The usual petty stuff.
Yep, he was shown the door. He loved his position at HLI. And all those who have worked with Euteneuer loved him back. Just an extraordinary Catholic.
currently have the book at home checked out from the library...
Well, if you want to keep that book, bend up the pages and pay for it ... I’m pretty sure I found the last seven copies in our area (called around for hours) ...
In a word, politics.............personalities, egos, policy disputes etc etc. The usual petty stuff.Yes, I think that is more in the line of what happened. I would say it's almost certain HLI didn't like something about the book (and their name is on the front cover). It's a shame because a lot of work went into this book.
Cherchez la femme!
That doesn't make sense. If they didn't, they would have stopped it BEFORE it was published.
But at this point, I do not want to know, if his exit was a result of personal failings on the part of this priest.
He could be ill.
You’re right. This is distressing.
Did not Fr Paul Marx experience something similar to this?
I would like to know if there was some form of subterfuge, some "conspiracy" to silence him. But at this point, I do not want to know, if his exit was a result of personal failings on the part of this priest.I suppose he could have been attacked by Satan. Pio, Vianney, etc. were. And if that were the case, pulling the book makes sense sort of, so as not to frighten or have other priests involved.
bookmark for later reading.
Heck, if a layman wanted to get a hold of the prayers, they only need to do an Internet search. They don’t to need to buy Father’s book or the Roman rituale.
Well, that’s true. It’s all a mystery to me. I hope Matt Abbott can reach Father soon.
Pardon my ignorance but who is Albert Cutie??
He did say that he was taking time off. Why not take him at his word? Maybe he’s climbing Everest or helping the Missionaries of Charity in some hellhole and he doesn’t want to be found.
This is very distressing. I hope something terrible has not happened.
Ha! He’s a very open person. So while that’s a nice thought, it wouldn’t fit in with his persona. He said he was taking time off, IMO, because he got laid off, and he was just being kind. But then again, if there are no answers, one just doesn’t know.
“Satan is extremely dangerous and Euteneuer went in without fear”
Exactly right. He was almost dismissive of the Devil, smiling at times when recounting specific incidents during his exorcisms. It was quite striking.
He DID cite the utter danger of Satan once he got his claws into you. The important thing was to confidently ignore him, and rely on the protection of Christ and the Virgin, whom the Devil fears and abhors.
Utterly fascinating, and all things considered, truly awesome in importance.
I hope all is well with Father Euteneuer.
6) Somebody wanted him to shut up.
Mess with the goat get the horns.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits.
Who is called "a liar, and the father thereof"?
Who was said to have been "a murderer from the beginning"?
A priest in FL with a high media profile (local cable show or radio show, I believe) who took a girlfriend, left the Church and is now an Episcopal.
Agreed,I had this happen to a few priest friends of mine.Everyone stays mum and after a few months everything is up and running again.I never asked them but mostly when they did talk about it,it was for R&R.Respect the vocation and give him some space.
The author seems to have gotten a little above himself. No, more than a little.
Or if just his book had been pulled, that I could also understand, a heretofore unnoticed doctrinal error perhaps.
But both together smacks of an attempt to create an "unperson" .
On the other hand, Mr. Abbot says quite clearly: "whatever transpired is not the result of a bishop's persecution."
I pray that it is you and not I that has the right of it.
IIRC he was a US priest, of Hispanic ethnicity, who got caught up in a romantic situation with some ladies, and had to leave the priesthood. And his name was Father Cutie ... NO REALLY!!!
The author seems to have gotten a little above himself. No, more than a little.What do you mean by that tax-chick? The author spoke with Euteneuer fairly frequently, and so many people are now very concerned about him.
Cutie freely chose to violate his vows, reject the Sacrament of Penance, leave the Church and become a protestant. He could have repented, accepted responsibility for what he did, expiated his sins and stayed but he allowed his libido to do his thinking.
By the way, if anyone wants a copy of Fr. Euteneuer’s book, I have a few new paperbacks left. FReepmail me, if so. I can ship out the book anywhere in the US for $30.
Interestingly, the commenter mentioned above also spoke of some sort religious order in the Diocese of Omaha called “The Intercessors of the Lamb”. This order, or group, or whatever, specialized in Deliverance Ministry (praying for - and with - people with demonic problems who don't require a full exorcism), and they were also into the Catholic Charismatic movement.
This group had been around the Diocese for many years. They were at the point where they were requesting that their Bishop grant them full recognition status (or whatever it is called) within their Diocese. They had apparently been on good terms with their previous Bishop(s). However, it seems there was a relatively new Bishop, who had issues with the group (for whatever reason - I do not know if they were valid reasons or not). Hence, rather than “regularizing” the group, he instead began an official investigation of them. The Intercessors of the Lamb then apparently rebelled against the investigators, which caused the Bishop to subsequently suppress and disbanded them. Not quite the outcome the Intercessors were hoping for.
Father Euteneur apparently had friendly relations with the Intercessors of the Lamb in the past, and thought highly of them. Someone mentioned on-line somewhere that he makes favorable mention of the group in his recent book (perhaps both recent books). It seems that this group was suppressed, and Father Enteneur stepped down, at about the same time (relatively speaking). A coincidence perhaps. Who knows?? Perhaps someone else can shed some light upon this.
I have both of Father Euteneurs recent books, and have read them. However, I have not looked back through them to see if they contain references to The Intercessors of the Lamb.
Either way, Father Euteneur’s book is no longer in print. A few outlets have some copies left (Amazon did the last time I checked, but they noted that the book is out of print, and that they had limited copies left). The commenter mentioned above also stated that HLI does not want to be in the business of promoting exorcism. He also states that if the book were to be republished, a few changes would need to be made. Seems odd that a book was published, only to go out of print within a few months of it's publication.
From reading the book “The Rite”, I also know that priests who are exorcists are considered to be oddballs by a large percentage of their fellow priests - who consider themselves to be too enlightened and sophisticated to believe in such outdated rituals. Much of the Catholic Church has been overrun by Liberals, and they don't think too kindly of Conservative, Orthodox priests, much less exorcists. Hence, if Father Euteneur had been getting more and more into exorcism, perhaps this fact got him into some hot water with someone. Again, who knows??
Either way, here is a link to the article with the relevant comment. Look for the comment by a poster named “Tom” on October 17:
In addition, here is a link to an article about the Intercessors of the Lamb being suppressed by their Bishop:
All of this is "for what it is worth", which may not be much. It is just what I have found poking around on the Web.
6) Somebody wanted him to shut up.I think you're right.
Fr. Marx deja vu? Did Fr. Euteneuer leave HLI, or was he "pushed out"? His recent book on exorcism has been "discontinued" From the Spirit Daily article on the suppression of the Intercessors of the Lamb, "TUMULT ERUPTS AS OMAHA BISHOP SHUTS DOWN ORDER AND EX-HEAD ALLEGES 'DRASTIC ACTION'" (http://www.spiritdaily.com/intercessorsupheaval.htm): We live in interesting, topsy-turvy times. ... In a development that had no apparent connection [with the suppression of the Intercessors of the Lamb], it was also announced last week that a book by Father Thomas Euteneuer, the former head of the large pro-life group, Human Life International, will be discontinued. The book, Exorcism and the Church Militant, which ironically lauded the Intercessors, was in wide circulation. Weeks before, Father Euteneuer left the organization when he was recalled to his home diocese after a reported controversy. A spokesman for HLI told Spirit Daily that the organization simply decided it was not its role to promote material on exorcism. "There was no problem fatal to the book," said the spokesman, Stephen Phelan, adding however that had it been reprinted, several changes would have been necessary. Limited copies remain available through Ignatius Press. (There's also commentary from the author of this post --Matt Abbott-- under Tom's.) Link
Forget about the book.Most times they are on R&R and everyone lips are sealed.