You see this?
Prayers for healing and repentance here.
Very sad. I will pray for Fr. Tom.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us & on the whole world.
I guess I have to look up some definitions here.
Fr. Euteneuer will be in my prayers. It is a sad situation.
I can already hear Hannity gloating.
Fr. Enteneuer needs our forgiveness and our prayers.
May God be with him.
...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.
The lesson, which will be lost on many, is don’t make rock stars out of people.
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.
Someone will have to draw me a picture.
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.
Well here are the blogs he is talking about.An ugly read.Sounds like there are more women in the pot.
I think Father may have just learned a painful lesson.
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.
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.
Wow ... Very sad.
My prayers for Fr. Tom and EVERYONE involved.
I don’t post here often, but I remember the speculation when Fr. Tom first left HLI a number of months back. A Freeper posted a comment along the lines of, “I hope this is not a Fr. Cutie-like situation.”
Eesh. Seems pretty close. Except Fr. Tom is far more repentant.
This is truly heartbreaking to hear about!
I will be praying for him.
Only those without a sin should cast a stone.
He’s repented. He deserves redemption.
And I’m just glad he likes women. Not boys, men, or little girls.