Some clarifications about the allegation are made.
Among them are that Fr. Euteneuer has never apologized to the woman, the Diocese has evidence that directly contradicts Fr. E's released statement, the statements from HLI and the diocese do not adequately explain the extent of the abuse, the parents claim to know of two other victims in addition to their daughter, their lawyer claims to know of one additional victim but two settlements by the diocese and the sexual activity was grave and initiated when the woman was "in an altered cognitive and physiological state and at the most vulnerable, both spiritually and emotionally".
The parents also expressed how the insensitivity and gross minimization of Fr. Euteneuer's 'adherents' have made their healing journey a difficult one.
Our daughter's severe difficulties in healing are currently being exacerbated by both the vicious and demeaning statements on the blogs and columns of Euteneuer's adherents and the falsehoods and gross minimization contained in Euteneuer's own (and, to date, only) public mea culpa statement.
The statement from the family appears to be an opportunity to share their pain, at least to my reading of it. I pray it brings them peace.
I am an advocate for priests who are accused because I know so many who are accused falsely. In fact, I know of one priest who fell in love with a woman and another very young priest who visited a prostitute. Both of them wanted to get some help, return to their vocation fully committed to their vows of celibacy - and I support them.
Father Euteneuer's situation is quite different. He admitted his sexual involvement. The architect of his departure was to let us all believe he was being persecuted for his orthodoxy. When victims finally came forward and put an end to the charade, he went on the attack - and he had unmitigated gall to call it an apology. What went down is devastating.
Prayers for all who got tangled up in this web.