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Tonight we conclude our Divine Mercy Novena for Father Thomas Euteneuer and those affected by his actions, led by Deacon Marcelino Hernandez of the Archdiocese of Chicago who has written the daily focal points and has sent them along to be posted here.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Deacon Hernandez for his spiritual leadership and pastoral care, as well as thanking all who have participated in this spiritual exercise of compassion and mercy. God Bless you all.

The link to the Divine Mercy Chaplet follows the prayer.

We Pray now under Deacon Hernandez’ leadership:

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Day 9
Today bring to Me SOULS WHO HAVE BECOME LUKEWARM,* and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: ‘Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.’ For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy.

On this final day of the Novena for Fr. Euteneuer, let us pray for us to approach the love of Christ and His mission, in the same zeal and fervor Fr Euteneuer has shown in the past and pray that Fr. Euteneuer may again join the fight against evil and the salvation of souls in whatever capacity his superior sees fit. May he accept his duties in great humility and work towards the kingdom in the same light of Christ’s mercy.

Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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We continue our Divine Mercy Novena today, led by Deacon Marcelino Hernandez of the Archdiocese of Chicago who has written the daily focal points and has sent them along to be posted here. The link to the Divine Mercy Chaplet follows the prayer.

We Pray now under Deacon Hernandez’ leadership:

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Day 6

Today bring to Me THE MEEK AND HUMBLE SOULS AND THE SOULS OF LITTLE CHILDREN, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul is capable of receiving My grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.

Let us pray for the gift of humility to pray for the poor sinner as they seek refuge in Christ’s Ocean of Mercy. In their humility may they find reconciliation and a renewed sense of mission to spread hope through Christ’s bountiful mercy.

Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.” Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father’s favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

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We continue our Divine Mercy Novena today, led by Deacon Marcelino Hernandez of the Archdiocese of Chicago who has written the daily focal points and has sent them along to be posted here. The link to the Divine Mercy Chaplet follows the prayer.

We Pray now under Deacon Hernandez’ leadership:

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Day 5

Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEPARATED THEMSELVES FROM MY CHURCH,* and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church, My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion.

Let us pray for healing of the Body of Christ and seek mercy for those who, by their actions or inactions, led astray, the sheep whom Christ has called. May the separated sheep seek the Divine Mercy and be washed clean of sin so as to live forever in the kingdom.

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son’s Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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We continue our Divine Mercy Novena today, led by Deacon Marcelino Hernandez of the Archdiocese of Chicago who has written the daily focal points and has sent them along to be posted here. The link to the Divine Mercy Chaplet follows the prayer.

We Pray now under Deacon Hernandez’ leadership:

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Day 3
Today bring to Me ALL DEVOUT AND FAITHFUL SOULS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.

Let us pray for Fr Euteneuer, and all who minister, that they lead souls to a closer relationship with Christ, even through their human weakness. That we who are affected by this may again find the full strength of devout and faithful service in mercy and charity to all we serve.

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.

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We continue our Divine Mercy Novena today, led by Deacon Marcelino Hernandez of the Archdiocese of Chicago who has written the daily focal points and has sent them along to be posted here. The link to the Divine Mercy Chaplet follows the prayer.

We Pray now under Deacon Hernandez’ leadership:

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Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS, and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave Me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind.

Let us pray especially for Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, and for all Priests and religious, who succumb to sin and ask for mercy, to be reconciled to God and to His People. That through their faithful service, renewed with compassion and mercy they may be the catalyst for all who seek mercy and lead them by a renewed witness to your love.

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service,* that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard—upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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Today the Coming Home pro-life family lifts up in love and prayer Father Thomas Euteneuer and all affected by this chapter in his life. It is a very small chapter in a very large book that is filled with heroic love and self-sacrifice for the People of God, especially those in the womb. We pray for full restoration of all involved, and that this chapter be lost between all of the good that has come before, and all that is to follow.

Some Notes: First, for our non-Catholic brothers and sisters, novenas are nine days of intercessory prayer. We welcome you to join us in the novena prayers, or to pray along with us each night at 9 PM EST in any manner of prayer that you prefer.

Second, I’ve forwarded word of our gathering to Father Euteneuer. Please feel free to leave him any supportive message you wish.

Finally, Deacon Marcelino Hernandez of the Archdiocese of Chicago has graciously consented to lead us in prayer. What follows are the Divine Mercy Novena prayers with Deacon Hernandez’ adaptations for our special intentions and posted here. I link to the chaplet at the end of the prayers.

Thank you Deacon Hernandez.

And now, Deacon Hernandez leads us in prayer:

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As we begin this novena for Fr. Euteneuer let us keep in mind all the other souls who have, may or will fall to temptations and lose sight of what God has called us to be; witnesses to the Gospel. Let us also invoke the spiritual help of Pope John Paul II, who through his teachings on the Theology of the Body, has given the world a tool to help us to understand ourselves better and given us a tool to fight off evil and sin to embrace our giftedness to one another and our Creator. Let us ask St. Joseph, Mary’s most chaste spouse, to intercede for all of us and especially for Fr. Euteneuer as he rises up from his fall, to a greater appreciation and understanding of his gift of a renewed chastity. And let us pray to Mary, the Patroness of Priests, to cover her servant priests under her mantle as they seek a deeper love for Her Son and loving priestly service to His Church. In light of all that we have seen, we are called to be a people of mercy and are warned in Matthew Chapter 7 that we must always keep our lives in order (vs. 4) as we seek to enter the narrow gate (vs. 13). That the works that we do speak of how we follow Christ (vs 17) and in our fidelity to Him, what storms come, will not wash away what has been built on the Rock of our salvation (vs. 25).

Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.

Let us pray for Thomas Euteneuer, as a man who is subject to the same weaknesses as all mankind due to the fall of our first parents, and for all who fall out of grace who are overcome by sin; That our trust in Jesus and his infinite mercy may raise us up to His splendor and a newness of life.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

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Yesterday, LifeSite News published a statement by Father Tom Euteneuer, the former head of Human Life International, explaining the circumstances surrounding his departure last summer. The link to the statement also includes updates and a memo from Father Euteneuer’s bishop.

In his statement, Father Euteneuer answered the many wild speculations and allegations ricocheting around the pro-life and Catholic blogospheres. The statement says that it has received the approval of Father Euteneuer’s bishop, and I am sure that LifeSite has done their due diligence in authenticating that claim. Therefore, I proceed under the assumption that the statement has received ecclesiastical approval and is accurate.

According to the statement, Father Euteneuer admits to an inappropriate relationship with an adult woman under his care; one that did not involve, “the sexual act,” as Father stated it. So we are led to believe that something emotional and/or physical leading up to but not including intercourse occurred.

In other words, we’re not dealing with the criminal assault and rape of a child. Praise God.

What we are dealing with is something that has become a frightening occasion of sin for many self-righteous pro-lifers and Catholics. There is a blog, whose name and link I shall not publish, where a woman is alleging that Father’s statement is a lie, that there is more to the story. She has been making these allegations, sniping from the shadows by not giving specifics, but rather the most vague generalities.

To such people I say, put up or shut up. Make your claim public. Hire an attorney and take him to court. Otherwise, the blog simply fuels the fires that are consuming people’s souls.

It is understandable that people would feel a certain sense of betrayal when a priest of Father Euteneuer’s stature should sin as he has. Mixed in with that betrayal is an understandable and natural anxiety as pro-lifers watch a General Patton go down in the line of fire. Father Euteneuer was a blood and guts warrior, and that’s part of the problem.

For too many, he was larger than life: Priest. Exorcist. Head of HLI.

A pro-life superhuman.

But as Hebrews 5:1 tells us, priests are chosen from among men, not angels. Father Euteneuer proved to be as human and fallible as the rest of us, and so the question is, “Now what?”

Since the sex scandals broke in 2003, the pendulum has swung to the other extreme. We regard all sex among priests as being the same, when clearly it is not. Priests having sex with adults is simply not the same as sex with children. They are different in every way, and need to be treated as such. But the howling mob calls for Father Euteneuer’s head. It’s always that way with the sin we would never commit.

To my fellow Catholics I say, “Drop the stones”. The men who sit in the confessional, who hear and absolve our sin which separates us from God, who stand at the altar and offer the Sacrifice of the Mass for our sins do so having dedicated their lives to us and to God. Are we so callous and self-righteous that we would deny Father Euteneuer the same charitable restoration that he has given to others countless times in his 22 years of priestly ministry? Is this how we respond to the humanity of the men who bind our wounds, restore our hope, and renew our lives?

One day, when I was a seminarian, Father Groseschel told us that the sins against sex are without a doubt the most humiliating, but the sins against charity are the most damning.

I don’t know the details of Father Euteneuer’s sins, and quite frankly, I don’t think they should be fodder for public consumption. I also don’t think that adult sex is reason for throwing away a whole life of priestly ministry, unless we’re willing to say the same for every marriage where couples have practiced contraception, abortion, indulged pornography, adultery, masturbation, wife-beating, etc.

Are these not grave sins against the sacrament of marriage? Are we not restored in confession (under the seal, I might add), nourished back to spiritual health by the Eucharist thanks to our priests? Yet Father Euteneuer has been dragged through the mud, and for what? A sin no worse than gets confessed with tragic frequency every day by the laity.

Jesus warns us that we will be judged by the same standard that we judge others. In Brooklyn, we call that a clue.

Father Euteneuer has my sincerest prayers for his emotional and spiritual healing, as well as his full restoration to priestly ministry. And as for the self-righteous mob, if the words of Father Groeschel and Jesus fail to move you, then perhaps you are not what you think you are.

Perhaps you never were.

Updates:

1. See Part II (Further Reflections) here.

2. We’re having a Novena of Divine Mercy for Fr. E and all those affected by his actions. See details here.

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