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Statement of Fr. Thomas Euteneuer: ‘Setting the record straight’
LifeSiteNews ^ | Feb 01, 2011 | Fr. Tom Euteneuer

Posted on 02/01/2011 3:24:15 PM PST by steve86

Note from Editor: When asked if Fr. Thomas Euteneuer had permission to release a statement, the diocese of Palm Beach informed LifeSiteNews that the diocese was aware that Fr. Euteneuer may release publicly a statement regarding the circumstances of his departure from ministry. Bishop Gerald Barbarito believes it best given the present circumstances that Fr. Tom Euteneuer should himself disclose the details of his case. The bishop said he is very happy to hear that Fr. Euteneuer is expressing contrition in this statement.

The following is the complete text of Fr. Euteneuer’s statement.

Statement of Fr. Thomas Euteneuer: setting the record straight

January 31, 2011

It is with great sadness, but also with a certain measure of relief, that I can now respond to the many inquiries about my departure as president of Human Life International (HLI) at the end of August 2010. It has been painful for me to remain silent in light of the ongoing speculation, particularly when much of it assigned blame to those who were, in fact, blameless. I am thankful to be able to set the record straight so that speculation can stop and blame can be placed right where it belongs - with me.

The circumstances that led to my departure from HLI were related exclusively to my own decisions and conduct within the ministry of exorcism that I carried out independently from my responsibilities at HLI. The vast majority of my decisions and conduct, both personally and in this ministry, were morally sound and consistent with all standards of pastoral care of persons. Moreover, they were all motivated exclusively by my desire to give priestly assistance to people in great spiritual distress. I must acknowledge, however, that one particularly complex situation clouded my judgment and led me to imprudent decisions with harmful consequences, the worst of which was violating the boundaries of chastity with an adult female who was under my spiritual care.

I take full responsibility for my own poor judgment, my weakness and my sinful conduct that resulted from it. I offer no excuse for my professional or moral failures, nor do I shift the blame to anyone else. I state without reserve that I am deeply sorry for my actions. I have personally apologized, where possible, to anyone I have harmed. I am saddened beyond words for my fall, not only because of the harm done to my priesthood and my family, but also because of the harm done to all others who are affected, to the faith of those who placed so much trust in me and our Church, and to the pro-life movement so populated with heroic, faithful people. I must face and make amends for the disappointment I have caused. I have, of course, asked for God’s forgiveness and I have confidence in his boundless mercy. I am now grateful to be able to publicly ask for all of yours as well.

As to my departure from HLI, Church officials are completely without blame, having dealt in a timely and appropriate manner with a crisis that was not of their making. I offer this statement as a matter of justice to vindicate Church officials who have been unjustly criticized by those writing and speaking in ignorance of the facts.

While I would much prefer to allow this public act of contrition to stand alone, I regret having to address the malicious falsehoods that were published this past week on various internet sites. I can only say that I am shocked to the depths of my being at the malicious efforts by supposedly faithful Catholics to destroy a priest who has served the Church faithfully for 22 years. The campaigners have made intolerable attempts to contact my family, to defame innocent co-workers and even to solicit and to persuade others with whom I have prayed that they are victims despite their unequivocal statements to the contrary. Some have even claimed falsely and maliciously that there is a possessed person living in my family’s home. No one should have to endure such malevolence or such treatment of innocent family members. Despite the rhetoric of justice and truth-seeking, the sinful campaign has not made one single positive contribution to the resolution of this difficult situation that has already been handled appropriately by Church authorities for nearly six months.

While I would otherwise willingly suffer calumnies in silence to atone for my sins, and knowing how pointless it is to respond to every crackpot with a website, I cannot remain silent when such falsehoods threaten to damage the Church, the priesthood, and other innocent persons and organizations that are or have been linked to me. I therefore affirm and will never deviate from my affirmation that the following are true:

•My violations of chastity were limited to one person only, an adult woman;

•The violations of chastity happened due to human weakness but did not involve the sexual act;

•The accusation that I “targeted” vulnerable women or otherwise sought them out for spiritual direction is utterly false and a serious defamation of my character and ministry;

•With rare exceptions, my exorcism/prayer ministry was always conducted with prayer helpers (third parties) present; situations where prayer or pastoral care occurred without helpers present were exceptional situations where I believed it was necessary for me to act quickly in order to help the afflicted person; while not proper protocol, these departures from the norm were never done with a motive to be alone with vulnerable women;

•I repudiate any allegations of financial impropriety in conducting my prayer/exorcism ministry; I never, under any circumstances, solicited money for the ministry other than travel-related reimbursements, nor did I use HLI donor funds to carry out this work; any gifts offered to me were unsolicited and only accepted so as not to offend the giver and in most cases immediately given to those more needy than myself;

•I have no knowledge of any persons who received any financial settlement in this matter, nor have I asked for that to be given.

I pray that my two decades of faithful priestly ministry and my efforts in the defense of life will be seen in the light of the good fruits they have produced and not denigrated because of my moments of weakness in a most challenging ministry. I also wish to state that I have never entertained even the slightest thought of leaving the holy priesthood or the Roman Catholic Church as a result of my failings. Currently I am under obedience to my bishop who has allowed me to make this statement and in whose hands I leave all questions of continuing priestly ministry. I conclude with an expression of deepest gratitude for the prayers of the many generous supporters of my priesthood and of the prolife movement.


TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: euteneuer; exorcism; hli
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1 posted on 02/01/2011 3:24:20 PM PST by steve86
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To: mlizzy

You see this?

Prayers for healing and repentance here.


2 posted on 02/01/2011 3:25:44 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurtur(Could be worst in 40 years)e)
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To: steve86

Very sad. I will pray for Fr. Tom.

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us & on the whole world.


3 posted on 02/01/2011 3:27:21 PM PST by surroundedbyblue
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To: steve86

Devil evidently puts a great deal of effort into taking down really good priests.

Fr. Malachi Martin was another (not sure if the allegations were true).

Both priests I’m sure will prevail in the end.


4 posted on 02/01/2011 3:29:18 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: steve86
•The violations of chastity happened due to human weakness but did not involve the sexual act;

I guess I have to look up some definitions here.

5 posted on 02/01/2011 3:30:49 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: steve86

Fr. Euteneuer will be in my prayers. It is a sad situation.


6 posted on 02/01/2011 3:31:11 PM PST by Tax-chick (When politicians are "civil," the Republic is threatened.)
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To: steve86

It seems clear enough to me.


7 posted on 02/01/2011 3:33:47 PM PST by Tax-chick (When politicians are "civil," the Republic is threatened.)
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To: steve86

I can already hear Hannity gloating.


8 posted on 02/01/2011 3:37:40 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: steve86; nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; ...

Fr. Enteneuer needs our forgiveness and our prayers.


9 posted on 02/01/2011 3:39:06 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I am not aware of why Sean Hannity would do that. Can you tell me?


10 posted on 02/01/2011 3:40:23 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: Joe 6-pack

Maybe he’ll have the decency not to. I doubt their exchange was as important to either man as it seemed to be to some viewers.


11 posted on 02/01/2011 3:40:47 PM PST by Tax-chick (When politicians are "civil," the Republic is threatened.)
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To: steve86
"I am not aware of why Sean Hannity would do that. Can you tell me?"

This is why.

12 posted on 02/01/2011 3:46:17 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Tax-chick
"Maybe he’ll have the decency not to."

Perhaps not in public. We can hope.

13 posted on 02/01/2011 3:47:51 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: steve86
Fr. reprimanded Sean on his beliefs regarding cases when Sean feels abortion is acceptable.

Fr told him on his show that he should not be allowed to receive Communion.

14 posted on 02/01/2011 3:50:09 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: steve86

May God be with him.


15 posted on 02/01/2011 3:51:41 PM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Thanks. I will view that and hopefully find out what transpired and why Hannity would be motivated to do such a thing. Now if I can just figure out how one can violate a vow of chastity without violating a vow of chastity (evidently, an encompassing interpretation is being used i.e. thought, words, and deeds. Or am I missing the point?).


16 posted on 02/01/2011 3:53:09 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: Salvation

All of my evening prayers will be for Father Tom. Satan does chase the good ones all the harder.


17 posted on 02/01/2011 3:59:59 PM PST by sayuncledave (A cruce salus)
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To: sayuncledave

“Satan does chase the good ones all the harder.”

You said it best! Very true!


18 posted on 02/01/2011 4:06:39 PM PST by surroundedbyblue
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To: Joe 6-pack

Wow, I AM shocked and appalled Hannity would treat a Catholic priest so disrespectfully and in public yet. I don’t ever want to see a good priest or any Catholic treated that way again. We trads have plenty of issues with certain priests of the modernistic persuasion yet treat those priests with respect and tact both in person and written communication. It sure seems that “public” lay Catholics such as broadcasters and politicians should reevaluate both their adherence to the Magisterium and their public demeanor.


19 posted on 02/01/2011 4:15:47 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: sayuncledave
Tis true.

Look what Mel Gibson allowed Satan to do to him.

20 posted on 02/01/2011 4:16:05 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: steve86

Hannity is a dbag. I for one cannot stand him & have had about enough of his repeated ramming of RINO candidates up our butts. And he’s weak on pro-life issues.

I was appalled at how Hannity treated Fr. Tom. If a priest would have told me I was not in communion with the teachings of the Church, I would have been in tears. Instead he was a self-righteous jerk.


21 posted on 02/01/2011 4:19:01 PM PST by surroundedbyblue
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To: steve86
Hannity has no problems with "the architect" Karl Rove, the "Catholic" Speaker Newt, or his pro-abort "good buddy" Neal Boortz, but he could not stand for being called out for his views on birth control by Fr. E.
22 posted on 02/01/2011 4:20:43 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: steve86

There are plenty of actions (not to mention thoughts, words, and intentions) other than sexual intercourse which are violations of chastity for a man who has taken vows as a priest or a husband.


23 posted on 02/01/2011 4:21:46 PM PST by Tax-chick (When politicians are "civil," the Republic is threatened.)
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To: steve86
Statement of Fr. Thomas Euteneuer:

...I must acknowledge, however, that one particularly complex situation clouded my judgment and led me to imprudent decisions with harmful consequences, the worst of which was violating the boundaries of chastity with an adult female who was under my spiritual care....
•My violations of chastity were limited to one person only, an adult woman;
•The violations of chastity happened due to human weakness but did not involve the sexual act;
•The accusation that I “targeted” vulnerable women or otherwise sought them out for spiritual direction is utterly false and a serious defamation of my character and ministry
....Currently I am under obedience to my bishop who has allowed me to make this statement and in whose hands I leave all questions of continuing priestly ministry.

Well, I did not see that coming.

24 posted on 02/01/2011 4:23:39 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed, he's hated on seven continents")
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To: Tax-chick

I once was chastized for going fly fishing on my mother-in-law’s birthday.


25 posted on 02/01/2011 4:24:47 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: steve86

The lesson, which will be lost on many, is don’t make rock stars out of people.


26 posted on 02/01/2011 4:26:28 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: sayuncledave; Salvation
Satan does chase the good ones all the harder.

That is correct,dear friend,but the devil has NOT won the battle with Fr Euteneur since his contrite public confession is an act of extreme humility that drives out evil.

I expect Fr Eutenuer's faith to be strengthened by this and for him to continue performing more exorcism's and driving out evil

27 posted on 02/01/2011 4:28:37 PM PST by stfassisi ((The greatest gift God gives us is that of overcoming self"-St Francis Assisi)))
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To: steve86

I think that’s a violation of the vow of obedience ;-).


28 posted on 02/01/2011 4:31:17 PM PST by Tax-chick (When politicians are "civil," the Republic is threatened.)
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To: Salvation

I will pray for Father...


29 posted on 02/01/2011 4:39:49 PM PST by aimee5291
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To: Larry Lucido

Rock-stardom presents many occasions of sin. Many rock stars (sports stars, tv stars) appreciate this, of course.


30 posted on 02/01/2011 4:40:05 PM PST by Tax-chick (When politicians are "civil," the Republic is threatened.)
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To: stfassisi

I do agree with you. I’ve been quite impressed with him, and I have hopes for him in the future, as do you. I think you said it well.


31 posted on 02/01/2011 4:44:41 PM PST by sayuncledave (A cruce salus)
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To: Joe 6-pack
"Catholic" Speaker Newt

Why the quotation marks?

32 posted on 02/01/2011 4:56:10 PM PST by trad_anglican
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To: steve86
I guess I have to look up some definitions here.

He tried. She said no. What's so hard to figure out?

33 posted on 02/01/2011 4:59:32 PM PST by trad_anglican
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To: trad_anglican

OK...perhaps I was a bit harsh by putting quotes about Newt’s religion, and am guilty in this case of not keeping my opinions to myself. I certainly can’t know what’s in his heart and hope his conversion was sincere.


34 posted on 02/01/2011 5:06:52 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: trad_anglican

Not sure that’s correct.


35 posted on 02/01/2011 5:08:40 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: steve86

A couple of thoughts:

1) The vow of perpetual chastity is a heavy, heavy burden for a normal man. Most recent problems have been caused by priests who bear this burden well - because for them abstaining from relations with women is not a burden at all.

2) Fr. Euteneuer has been a giant in a noble cause.

3) Sin is a problem for all of us.

I pray for his healing and, if it is possible, for his restoration to ministry. Hopefully those in the hierarchy who are disgusted by normal relations with women will not be a stumbling block.


36 posted on 02/01/2011 5:14:08 PM PST by Jim Noble (Reelect Palin 2016)
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To: Jim Noble
because for them abstaining from relations with women is not a burden at all.

I think the Vow of Chastity is intended to include sexual activity with any person -- even one's self, outside of marriage (unfortunately, we need some additional restriction on that last qualifier in some states!). Total sexual abstinence in thought, word, intention and deed.

37 posted on 02/01/2011 5:27:23 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: steve86
Not sure that’s correct.

Nor am I. You seemed to me to be asking how it was possible for one to violate a vow of chastity without doing the deed. I offered one possible way. I'm sure there are many others.

If I misinterpreted your question, I'm sorry. I'm multi-tasking tonight, always a dodgey prospect for me.

38 posted on 02/01/2011 5:28:44 PM PST by trad_anglican
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To: steve86
The violations of chastity happened due to human weakness but did not involve the sexual act;

Someone will have to draw me a picture.

39 posted on 02/01/2011 5:35:08 PM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Jim Noble

Good Lord, it probably was no big deal. What did he do? Buy a woman a drink at a bar or write her a love poem? Oy Vey, some people make too big a deal out of everything. Somehow, this screams “Look at me, Look at me! I’m wearing a Hair-Shirt because I thought about a woman sexually.” Give me a break.


40 posted on 02/01/2011 6:33:49 PM PST by Gapplega
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To: steve86

Humans are weak, God is strong.

23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

24being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;

Thanks be to God that he can ask for forgiveness and receive it and go on to make amendments and try again to avoid temptation and God willing, he will receive strength and healing to continue God’s work.

It is only through Father, Son and Holy Spirit that we are sustained and perfected.


41 posted on 02/01/2011 6:52:03 PM PST by tiki
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To: Gapplega
Oy Vey, some people make too big a deal out of everything.

Such as his bishop?

42 posted on 02/01/2011 6:55:04 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: steve86

guess so.


43 posted on 02/01/2011 7:35:31 PM PST by Gapplega
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To: steve86

Well here are the blogs he is talking about.An ugly read.Sounds like there are more women in the pot.
http://www.fightingirishthomas.com/2011/01/of-aquinas-augustine-and-euteneuer.html


44 posted on 02/01/2011 7:51:59 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: steve86
Being an exorcist is a dangerous occupation. Being a high-profile, publicly renowned exorcist is an extremely dangerous occupation. Interacting constantly with the media is not ideal for this sort of ministry. There are too many occasions of sin, too many temptations to pride and vainglory. It's too busy....too much Martha and not enough Mary. Unless one is a person of great holiness, the devil will find a way in.

I think Father may have just learned a painful lesson.

45 posted on 02/01/2011 8:18:15 PM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: fatima

Blimey........


46 posted on 02/01/2011 8:30:28 PM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: steve86

Good to hear from Fr. Euteneuer about the issues. Sad that people, absent the facts, came to their own conclusions, and made them public, before he had made his own statement.


47 posted on 02/01/2011 9:54:55 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: steve86

Prayers to him as we all need prayers and forgiveness for our sins as only one person did not sin and it was none of us.


48 posted on 02/01/2011 10:31:31 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: All

Humility is a hard lesson. He will be stronger now, if his repentance is sincere.


49 posted on 02/01/2011 10:42:24 PM PST by rbmillerjr (I will not, under any circumstances, vote for Mitt Romney....none.)
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To: napscoordinator

Excellent summary.


50 posted on 02/02/2011 3:23:22 AM PST by Tax-chick (When politicians are "civil," the Republic is threatened.)
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