Hell’s smells: Romanian High Court dismisses malodorous demons lawsuit against five clerics

AN Orthodox bishop and four priests, accused of “religious malpractice” for failing to exorcise smelly demons from the home of a lawyer, have no case to answer, the Romanian High Court has found.

But Madalin Ciculescu, 34, who accused the five of fraud says he now intends taking his case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Madalin Ciculescu and Bishop

Madalin Ciculescu and Bishop Argatu

According to this report, four clerics turned up several times in an attempt to exorcise the demons, but failed, according to legal papers that also named Bishop Constantin Argatu, even though he had not been to the property. He was implicated for being in charge of the priests who had been there.

The case had already been rejected by a lower court in Romania and was rejected again this week by the Romanian High Court.

Ciculescu told the court:

If they (the accused) represent the way of God then God’s ways are crooked. They did not remove the demons that made these bad smells as they promised to do, and I still see all sorts of demons in the form of animals, usually crows but also other such things, that are making my life miserable.

He added:

When I am at home they switch the TV on and off all the time, they make foul smells that give me headaches and basically roam unhindered around my house and my business.

The man produced his mother to back up his claim saying that even the hair-dryer was possessed and a black shadow came out of it when anyone tried to use it – and she also said the fridge was infested by the flatulent demons that she confirmed left foul smells about the property.

But the lawyer for the Archdiocese from Arges, Anton Alin, rejected the allegation of fraud saying that the exorcism had been properly carried out and they believed the allegations of further demons and more bad smells were simply a product of the man’s imagination.

The Romanian court agreed with the church and rejected the application against Bishop Argatu as well as priests Ionut Cret Ovidiu, Gheorghe Nicut, Marius Dumitrescu and Gheorghe Dunitru – and ordered Ciculescu to pay legal costs.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn and Angela K

24 responses to “Hell’s smells: Romanian High Court dismisses malodorous demons lawsuit against five clerics”

  1. Narcogen says:

    Wait, wait…

    So the demons that Ciculescu and his mother saw and smelled BEFORE he called the Church to exorcise them, those were real.

    But after? Now he’s just imagining things.

    I think my head just exploded.

  2. Brian Jordan says:

    Since exorcisms come with an eternal guarantee, he should get his money back. Unless he bought the wrong kind of exorcism, in which case it’s caveat emptor. Or he was deliberately sold the wrong kind of exorcism, in which case it’s fraud, We need to see the invoice.

  3. remigius says:

    ‘…and ordered Ciculescu to pay legal costs.’

    And if he doesn’t they’ll repossess his house.

  4. barriejohn says:


    Remigius: Very funny. He hasn’t got a ghost of a chance.

  5. Archie says:


    “…the fridge was infested by the flatulent demons…”.

    Yeah, right. No way does the fridge simply need a good clean.

  6. Angela_K says:

    I thought it was a late April Fool’s joke but illustrates once again the stupidity of religious belief.

    “foul smells” blame the dog!

  7. Stephen Mynett says:

    “foul smells” blame the dog!”

    Or the goat. Ever come back from holiday and realised you had not completely emptied the fridge before you turned it off. Goats cheese can get rather ripe.

  8. Matt Westwood says:

    Fart oo unlikely.

  9. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    I’m not sure which I find the most ridiculous, the idea of farting demons or the idea that an exorcism would help.

  10. another romanian young lawyer says:

    In Romania there is forbiden for a a lawyer to advertise his services. a young lawyer does not have too many clients. So the best idea to advertise your law firm ist to get into such ridiculous cases making fun of the Romanian Eastern Orthodox clergy, who for an amount of money would accept to exorcise even a condom

  11. Graham says:

    All of the things he’s described are symptoms of his home needing a housekeeper not an exorcism,

  12. Stuart H. says:

    Having been regularly to Romania, the thing that stuns me about this story is that not only did someone outwierd employees of the Romanian Orthodox Church (seriously, they’re the most batshit crazy clerics I’ve encountered in my life) but that he’s allowed to practice law.
    There might be another reason why they ‘failed’. To be honest, the orthodox priests I encountered whiffed a bit. Even clerics of other denominations tended to give them a wide berth, and not just because of their current and historic links with fascism and tendency to have critics roughed up.

  13. L.Long says:

    We all know that to be a lawyer you must sell your soul to satan, so the lawyer should know a demon smell. So getting an exorcism was the proper choice.
    The religidiots then sent 4 con-men to do the exorcism. They obviously do not know that SATAN is greater then their silly gawd who’s best act is being on burnt toast or in a clump of bird schite.
    Then when the lawyer sues the church for failure to deliver, the court (another bunch who have sold their souls) states that the church is not responsible because well they are the church so would never lie, so the lawyer is hallucinating the smell which was originally real demons.

    OK I give up I cannot make this sound anymore stupid then it really is. But I wished that the lawyer had won his case and made a bundle off the church. Because if anyone deserves being sued for any reason, it is the church(any kind).

  14. ab says:

    Love it! If the demons are a product of his imagination then the exorcism was fraudulent by definition. It could not have got rid of something that was not there in the first place.
    This of course brings into question all exorcisms and then all the other garbage they pedal.

    Also I think there is a flatulent demon in the office where I work. It often smells bad and weirdly it wasn’t anyone’s fault!

  15. John C says:

    A sad day for reason, the whole case id crazy both ways,that tha court accepted the lack of clearing demons, instead of comitting the plaintif to a suitable institution shows the level of utter stupidity the country is “blessed” with

  16. John C says:

    Someone bring back the edit function, Please! id = is,

  17. Trevor Blake says:

    “And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink” – Isaiah 3:24.

    Why? Because God prefers the smell of burning flesh to anything else (Numbers 15).

  18. Marky Mark says:

    (If they (the accused) represent the way of God then God’s ways are crooked.)
    …yep, bout time he figured that out

    (They did not remove the demons that made these bad smells as they promised to do, and I still see all sorts of demons in the form of animals, usually crows but also other such things, that are making my life miserable.)
    …maybe a psychiatrist would be a better choice.

  19. tony e says:

    And there lies the eternal question – who deserves to burn in hell the most – lawyers or priests?

  20. Stonyground says:

    I followed your link and don’t know whether to laugh or get totally depressed. The fact that these people are fighting over infantile myths is very sad.

    On the other hand, a few years ago I saw a newsreel about a siege in a church that was a really important Christian site, it was either the holy grave or the holy birthplace, I can’t remember which. Anyway, once the siege was over and the UN soldiers gave permission to enter the building, an enormous brawl broke out among the various Christian factions, all wanting to be the first to re-enter the building.

    The funny part was a row of UN soldiers, leaning against a wall, slowly shaking their heads at the idiocy that they were witnessing. Funny because they were doing a real life re-enactment of the end of the stoning scene from Life of Brian, where a row of Roman Soldiers are leaning against a wall, slowly shaking their heads at the idiocy that they were witnessing.

  21. Robster says:

    It must be proof! Proof of the baby jesus and that god thing. Suppose, coming from the bronze age, there was no soap or hot water so aromatic body odours of some sort should perhaps be expected. There’s nothing in the old book of myth either about washing or anything about sanitation so the nappies of the baby jesus were recycled without a wash probably. Very yukky time.

  22. barriejohn says:

    Stonyground: I don’t know whether you were referring to the following, but it came to mind immediately!

  23. 1859 says:

    If this guy’s fridge is full of farting demons what must his loo be like? Just imagine the stinks down there! How can he even bare his bum for a shit for fear of being bitten by a demonic set of teeth!

    Religion and gullible people,
    Religion and gullible people,
    Go together like a church and a steeple