Woman claims exorcism turned to sexual abuse

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The Rev. Thomas Euteneur (Catholicprofessionals.org)

RICHMOND, Va. — A woman who claims a priest molested her during a more than two-year exorcism is suing the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.

The lawsuit in Arlington County Circuit Court also names Bishop Paul Loverde and Front Royal-based Human Life International Inc. as defendants. It seeks more than $5.3 million in damages.

The complaint said the woman went to the Rev. Thomas Euteneur in 2008 for spiritual help. Euteneur was president of HLI, an anti-abortion ministry, and also performed exorcisms.

The lawsuit claims Euteneur’s sessions with the woman frequently involved inappropriate touching and directing her to undress. The complaint said Euteneur explained passionate kisses as “blowing the Holy Spirit” into her.

The Arlington Diocese said Euteneur was never a priest in the diocese and reported the allegations to his superiors.

Credit: The Associated Press.