Thomas J. Euteneuer

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Thomas J. Euteneuer (born 1962 in Detroit, Michigan) is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida and a pro-life activist. He was president of the organization Human Life International from 2000 to 2010.

Life and career[edit]

Thomas Euteneuer was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1962, the fourth of seven children born to Joseph and Mariann Euteneuer. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana as well as a Licentiate degree in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He is fluent in Spanish.

While in college, Euteneuer participated in the Marine Corps Officer Candidate Program and attended Platoon Leader's Course at Quantico, Virginia. Believing that the Lord was calling him to the priesthood rather than the military, he left the course without graduating and entered the seminary. After his ordination in 1988, Euteneuer served as a parish priest in five parishes of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida, secretary to the diocesan bishop, director of vocations, and spiritual moderator for the diocesan Respect Life Office.

His pro-life activity began in the early years of his priesthood with prayer vigils, pilgrimages, pickets at abortion clinics, sidewalk counseling and the establishment of a crisis pregnancy center across the street from an abortion clinic in 1999, which became the subject of an HBO documentary in 2010.[1]

In December 2000, he became president of the pro-life organization Human Life International (HLI).[1] In that capacity, he made many appearances on EWTN and other local, national and international media. He was featured in the newspapers Human Events and National Catholic Register. In 2005 he was awarded the John O'Connor Award for Life by the Catholic lay group Legatus.

In those years Euteneuer was also called upon to serve as an exorcist; he wrote a book on the subject and became known for his talks about exorcism.[1]

In 2007, Euteneuer appeared on the Fox News Channel program Hannity & Colmes, to respond to a statement by host Sean Hannity, a Catholic, against Church teaching on contraception. He wrote two columns about the controversy.[2][3]

Public scandal[edit]

In August 2010, Euteneuer resigned from HLI at the request of his bishop. On January 31, 2011, Euteneuer issued a statement disclosing that he had "violat[ed] the boundaries of chastity with an adult female who was under my spiritual care", and expressing regret. He indicated that the violation had not involved "the sexual act," any other persons, or any financial settlement.[1][4] Euteneuer emphasized that the violation had nothing to do with his position in Human Life International but "were related exclusively to my own decisions and conduct within the ministry of exorcism that I carried out independently from my responsibilities at HLI."[5]

On June 27, 2012, the Associated Press reported that a woman was suing the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia; Bishop Paul Loverde; and Human Life International for alleged sexual abuse during an exorcism; however, Enteneuer was not named as a defendant. The woman is said to be seeking $5.3 million USD in damages.[6]

Publications[edit]

  • Exorcism and the Church Militant (2010)
  • Demonic Abortion (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Former HLI head admits 'imprudent decisions' led to his departure". Catholic News Agency (ACI Prensa). February 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Pro-life priest clashes with Fox News host". catholicculture.org. March 13, 2007. 
  3. ^ Mike Potemra (March 11, 2007). "The Corner: Sean Hannity’s Problem with Catholicism". National Review (magazine). 
  4. ^ Thomas J. Euteneuer (January 31, 2011). "Setting the record straight". lifesitenews.com. 
  5. ^ Roger Bianchini (Feb 2, 2011). "Controversy Remains After Priest's Confession Of Sexual Indiscretion During Exorcism". Warren County Report. 
  6. ^ AP (June 27, 2012). "Virginia Woman Claims Exorcism Turned To Sexual Abuse". Washington CBS Local. 

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