June 19, 2005

The Crucifixion of Sister Maricica Irina Cornici

Does Father Daniel look like a murderer?


Well, murder is a legal term, but Father Daniel and four nuns are directly responsible for the death of Sister Maricica Irina Cornici by crucifixion and he just can't figure out what all the fuss is about.

"God has performed a miracle for her, finally Irina is delivered from evil," AFP quoted the priest as saying.

"I don't understand why journalists are making such a fuss about this. Exorcism is a common practice in the heart of the Romanian Orthodox church and my methods are not at all unknown to other priests," Father Daniel added. [BBC News]

Luckily, not just journalists but the Romania police are interested too. So you'd guess that Father Daniel is in jail. You'd be wrong. He celebrated a funeral mass after his interview with the police. And it was a funeral mass for his victim! He seems to be a full service priest. And yes, as always there are those who have come to Father Daniel's defense.

A 34-year-old parishioner who had come to defend Daniel and gave her name as Dora, said Sister Irina "had to be punished, she had an argument with the Father during a Sunday mass and insulted him in front of the congregation" [News24].

So in some places insulting a priest carries the death penalty or at least it should. And a spokesman for the Orthodox patriarch in Bucharest needed more data.

"I don't know what this young woman did," Bogdan Teleanu said. [The Australian]

I guess the Orthodox patriarchy thinks there is some justification for a good old crucifixion but is not quite sure this case meets its standards.

I have likely made more light of this tragedy than I should have. While this is an extreme case, it is indicative of all that is wrong and dangerous about much religion. Delusionary beliefs can turn dangerous at any moment. When you see a true believer, look out. Some kind of crucifixion may be just around the corner.

In part via Pharyngula

See my September 21, 2005 update on Sister Cornici.

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This is a prime example when man takes a religion and twist it to thier own sick ways.. People like this also make religion look bad.. I mean i have read alot bout exorcisms.. and not once in history was a person CRUCIFIED.. when an exorcism is performed the idea is to drive the demon out.. not kill the person.. That was one of the reasons why exorcisms were so hard.. because you had to save the person from whatever spirit or illness she suffered... This crazy priest just took it a step further and killed the poor girl.. This guy should be in jail.. And the church is protecting him.. too.. This is actually mentioned in the bible.. How churches are corrupt and to never follow thier ways..

Posted by: Unknown at June 24, 2005 05:14 PM

this is a good example of religion versus science. Back in the old days scientist were seen abominal, but now its vice versa. Can this be sin for the punishment of scientist? What goes around comes around.

No matter what the religious activities say and do, those who that practice religion has to comply with the law. this priest obviously dont know that, and should be educated some more.
Ms Maricica Irina Cornici is someone's daughter and love one. they'll not lets this go so easily.
Exorcism comes with risk for both sides. if it brings back the person its great, but if not, and the person dies, then everyone will see you as a murderer.
In this case, the priest should not hide behind the church Instead, he should take the responsibility and repent for his mistake.

Posted by: joshua at June 25, 2005 09:45 AM

This priest has obviously lost all sense of reasoning and he himself appears to be the one who has been 'affected' by evil. We can at least pray for Ms Maricica and thank her for bringing about what must surely be the downfall or a 'nutter'God rest her soul.

Posted by: Theo at June 25, 2005 02:03 PM

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