Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Fr. Thomas Euteneuer

I've noticed some smugness about Fr. Euteneur in certain circles. That's not good. I was never a fan of his but I don't get a kick out of seeing his situation. When a priest gets into difficulty it's a terrible thing.

Jesus, Savior of the world, sanctify Thy priests and sacred ministers.


Keystone said...

There are lots of words on your link. The word "Jesus" is rare there.

There are few words on your post.
The word "Jesus" is among them, and keenly highlighted.

This is powerful and effective use of the Name of Jesus.

"Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most respected leaders of modern history. A Hindu, Gandhi nevertheless admired Jesus and often quoted from the Sermon on the Mount. Once when the missionary E. Stanley Jones met with Gandhi he asked him, “Mr. Gandhi, though you quote the words of Christ often, why is that you appear to so adamantly reject becoming his follower?”

Gandhi replied, “Oh, I don’t reject your Christ.
I love your Christ. It’s just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

I find Ghandi's observation true, in all I read about the "Christian Church" today.

scotju said...

Yes, it's sad that this priest fell into this mess. But at least he's being a man and blaming only himself for his transgression and puting himself under Chrch discipline. Fr.Cutie, please take notice and do likewise.

I know what you mean by "smug remarks". Mark Shea waded into this controversy with some extremely uncharitable comments about Fr. Euteneuer fall. Shea never misses a chance to diss a traditional priest.

Charlotte said...

I'm just glad his "difficulty" is a heterosexual, adult one.

Anonymous said...

A woman so troubled by demonic possession that she or her family have sought the help of an exorcist isn't really a romantic prospect. I'm not much comforted by the fact that she wasn't a minor -- I don't understand how an adult relationship could be established on those terms.

As a recent convert, I was really surprised by Fr. Euteneuer's letter. To me it sounds very similar to the apology of politicians caught in scandals. It doesn't even really sound Catholic to me -- a famous person regretting their own fall, using defensive language to minimize the damage to their reputation, and showing more concern for institutions than for the victim.

I think some of the apparent "smugness" is an attempt to level things out. A famous, charismatic, authoritative priest has all this power, influence, and popularity -- people are really concerned about him! -- even after he's admitted a mistake. If he finds easy pardon, it makes the anonymous, demon-possessed woman seem that much more vulnerable.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

While Palmarian, I thought the difficulties of "Papa Gregorio" were heterosexual.

I was disabused about that a few seconds after seeing doctrinal difficulties.

God created Universe with three dimensions, not eight.

"Gregorio" seems to have had an apparition claiming Antichrist sees world "from fourth" and Blessed Virgin "from eighth dimension".

A minute after seeing the problem with that, as already a few seconds an ex-Palmarian, I learned he had by abuse of monastic obedience done male as well as female religious.

However, as ex-Palmarian, I like to underline that he seems to have been the sole offender, and as victims were religious, they were adults.

Hope his "successors in papacy" (I'm rejecting that line for the 8 dimensions!) have said some reasonable things about when NOT to obey superiors after that.