The priest used the same perverse technique to manipulate two other women into believing they had been the victims of sexual abuses and thus needed to be exorcised. Questioned by police, the man downplayed the accusations claiming that the women agreed to the exorcism and that sexual acts were only simulated.
The alleged crimes came to light as two of the victims found the strength to lodge a complaint with police in 2013. Prosecutors in Versailles charged the clergyman with acts of cruelty, torture and rape. Le Parisien reported that the man had already been tried by his religious order in a canon trial and sentenced to 2 years in a monastery.
Founded by French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1970, the Society of St. Pius X has no canonical status, which means ministries exorcised by its ministers are not considered legitimate by the Vatican. The order, which opposes reforms of the church made at the Second Vatican Council, fell out with the Holy See when it ordained four bishops without the Pope’s consent in 1988. The four were excommunicated immediately but eventually pardoned in 2009. Among them was Richard Williamson, who denies the Holocaust and the existence of Nazi death camps and gas chambers.
The Society sparked controversy last 2013 when it agreed to celebrate funerals for Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke, who died unrepentant at the age of 100 in Rome. (International Business Times, 4/11/14) [sh 4-17-14] [IT 5.2]
Pope Benedict XIV’s reversal of the excommunication of Bishop Richard Williamson — which has occasioned international criticism—had nothing to do with Williamson’s denial that the Holocaust happened. Rather, the move signaled a “cease fire” in the battle over the propriety of rebellious Archbishop Marel LeFebvre’s ordaining of four bishops, Williamson among them, without the pope’s approval. The extremely conservative Lefebvre, head of the Society of St. Pius X, does not accept the reforms of Vatican II. The lifting of the excommunications, then, may be seen as “the price of keeping the bishops from ordaining more bishops, which would exacerbate the schism.” [csr 8.1, 2009)