Monday, January 17, 2011
The more I read about this priest, the more I admire him. What is happening to him? Is it the enemy who he so much persecuted that now is persecuting him? There's a lot to think.
Exorcist priest exits public spotlight, mystifying many.
It was a classic cable-TV shouting match.
After criticizing Fox Television commentator Sean Hannity for being soft on the abortion issue, Rev. Thomas Euteneuer said he would deny Hannity communion because of his views.
"Wow," said Hannity, a Catholic and former seminary student, rendered temporarily speechless by the rebuke.
That was three years ago. Euteneuer was the president and the very public face of Human Life International, a worldwide anti-abortion organization. Friend and foe alike knew him as blunt-spoken when it came to defending his Church. He was a captivating public speaker, comfortable in the role.
His fierce and highly publicized 1999 campaign against a Fort Pierce abortion clinic became the subject of an HBO documentary, "12th and Delaware."
He was also an exorcist. HLI, his publisher as well as his employer, was promoting his new book on its website.
But this summer, without warning, Euteneuer, 48, left his HLI post, saying he had been called back to the Palm Beach Diocese by Bishop Gerald Barbarito. His book on exorcism disappeared.[ I wanted very much to buy it but, procrastinator as I am, I didn't quickly and now I can't.]
He condemned the Harry Potter books and movies, the Twilight vampire books and movies and the television sitcom Sabrina the Teenaged Witch as vehicles for the devil to enter weaker natures. He also advocated that exorcisms be performed outside abortion clinics, which he described as "temples of a demonic religion."
Euteneuer harshly criticized the public funeral for Sen. Edward Kennedy:
"Senator Kennedy will not be missed by the unborn who he betrayed time and time again, nor by the rest of us who are laboring to undo the scandalous example of Catholicism that he gave to three generations of Americans," wrote Euteneuer in an official HLI statement in 2009.
Whatever happened to Euteneuer, it happened swiftly.
Read more at http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/exorcist-priest-exits-public-spotlight-mystifying-many-1187624.html