Virginia woman sues over alleged sexual abuse during exorcism


TW: Description of forced sexual contact/penetration/sexual assault in 7th paragraph. 

A Virginia woman who claims a priest sexually abused her while performing an exorcism is suing a Catholic diocese and an anti-abortion group for $5.3 million in damages.

The woman claims the Rev. Thomas Euteneuer abused her between April 2008 and September 2010, according to the suit filed in Virginia’s Arlington County Circuit Court.

The suit names as defendants the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and its bishop, Paul Loverde, as well as the anti-abortion group Human Life International and HLI Endowment Inc.

Euteneuer had been transferred from the Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida, to serve as president of Human Life International and HLI Endowment in 2000. He resigned in August 2010.

The woman, identified in the suit as Jane Doe, said she signed an “agreement for spiritual help” with Euteneuer in February 2008 because “she believed she was in desperate need of the rite of exorcism,” the suit said.

Euteneuer repeatedly hugged, kissed and groped the woman, and said he was “blowing the Holy Spirit into her,” according to the suit, which was filed on June 19.

Euteneuer told the woman to undress on about six occasions, touched and kissed her body, and put his finger in her vagina, court documents said.

The suit alleges that Loverde and the Diocese of Arlington knew Euteneuer would perform an exorcism on the woman.

Asked about the suit, the Diocese of Arlington said Euteneuer had never been its employee. He worked for Human Life International, an independent company, subject to his bishop in Palm Beach, it said.

"Rev. Euteneuer was not authorized to perform an exorcism on the plaintiff," it said in a statement, adding that the diocese had its own exorcist.

The woman’s attorney, Demetrios Pikrallidas, said Euteneuer was not named as a defendant because he had reached a private settlement with her.

Dianne Laubert, a spokeswoman for the Diocese of Palm Beach, said Euteneuer had been recalled when the allegations surfaced. His “priestly faculties” were withdrawn and he can no longer celebrate Mass or administer sacraments, she said.

The woman is seeking $5 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.

Euteneuer’s behavior “was never within the scope of his employment with” Human Life International, the anti-abortion group said in a statement. “We intend to vigorously defend HLI from the false accusations made against it.”

Reuters

One day, we as a human race, are actually going finally collectively have enough of  Catholicism’s bullshit and believers will stop giving their money to the Church. 

~Mooglets

'I've got a surprise for you': Husband blindfolds his wife…. and then chops off her fingers to stop her studying for a degree


A jealous husband is facing life in prison after chopping off his wife’s fingers because she began studying for a degree without his permission.

Rafiqul Islam, 30, blindfolded his wife Hawa Akhter, 21, and taped her mouth, telling her he was going to give her a surprise present.

Instead he made her hold out her hand and cut off all five fingers. One of his relatives then threw Ms Akhter’s fingers in the dustbin to ensure doctors could not reattach them.

Mr Islam, who is a migrant worker in the United Arab Emirates, had warned his wife there would ‘severe consequences’ if she did not give up her studies.

'After he came back to Bangladesh, he wanted to have a discussion with me,' Ms Akhter told The Times.

'Suddenly, he blindfolded me and tied my hand. He also taped my mouth saying that he would give me some surprise gifts. But, instead he cut off my fingers.'

Mohammed Saluddin, the Bangladesh police chief said that Mr Islam had confessed after he was arrested in the capital, Dhaka, and will face charges of permanent disfiguration.

Human rights groups are demanding life imprisonment.

'He was enraged. He was jealous because while he only had a grade eight standard education, she was off to college to pursue higher studies,' said Mr Saluddin.

Ms Akhter says she is learning to write with her left hand and is determined to resume her studies. She is now back at her parent’s house.

The attack is the latest in a series of acts targeting educated women in the Muslim-majority company.

In June, an unemployed man gouged out the eyes of his wife, an assistant professor at Dhaka University, apparently because he could not stand her pursuing higher studies at a Canadian University.

Daily Mail

A lovely bit of religious news to get all up in our atheist holiday celebrations and bring us crashing back to earth with the realisation that this shit still fucking goes on.

~Mooglets

GTA woman has niqab pulled off in assault


A Muslim woman from Mississauga, Ont., who had her niqab pulled from her face at a local mall, says her young children no longer feel secure with only her nearby.

Inas Kadri, whose assault at Sheridan Centre in Mississauga was caught on a security camera, spoke to CBC News on Tuesday as she awaits the sentencing of the woman who attacked her.

Kadri was shopping with her three-year-old son and two-year-old daughter when she was approached by two women. One of the women began swearing at her, about her religion and her veil, telling her, “Leave our country. Go back to your country,” Kadri said.

The woman can be seen in the video grabbing Kadri’s veil and pulling her off-camera. The attacker walked away while Kadri ran for help.

"Being attacked for no reason — for no reason — that’s something difficult," she said.

Kadri’s victim impact statement reads, in part, that, “My kids don’t feel secure with me alone, and always prefer to have someone bigger in size than me to feel safe.”

The accused, Rosemarie Creswell, pleaded guilty after the video was played in court.

When CBC News spoke to Creswell on the phone, she admitted to pulling off the veil but insisted it was all just a misunderstanding, before hanging up mid-interview.

Kadri believes the attack was motivated by hate, which could bring a stiffer sentence.

York University law professor Faisal Kutty, who is Muslim, will watch for the judge’s sentencing Friday with interest.

"As Canadians in a multicultural, liberal, democratic society, I think we need to send a clear message and I hope the judge does so," he said.

Kadri said she won’t stop wearing her face veil no matter what anyone else says or does.

"Not my father, not my husband, not no one at all," she said. " It’s me, and it’s my choice."

From CBC News

This is just not acceptable. I don’t care how much you may dislike one religion or another, you do not assault someone. And to do it with two very young children right there? No. Just no. 

~Mooglets

Man admits stabbing lesbian couple – but claims God made him do it


A 25-year-old man from the US has admitted stabbing a lesbian couple – but claims God made him do it.

Seattle resident Isaiah Kalebu is on trial for the brutal attack which happened almost two years ago, causing one of the women to die as a result of her injuries.

Kalebu, who admitted to jurors that he was there on the night of the murder, is alleged to have broke into the home of Teresa Butz and her partner through an open window on 19 July 2009.

He told Seattle’s King County Superior Court: “I was there and I was told by my God; the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to attack enemies.  I followed the instructions by God.”

Kalebu faces 25 years imprisonment, without the possibility of parole. He is being charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder, rape and burglary. 

Despite Kalebu having a history of mental illness he is not using a defence of mental incompetence, meaning prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty. 

From Pink Paper

I have no words. Or at least, none that aren’t a litany of curses.

~Mooglets