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.
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.
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