Another Good Reason Not to Visit the Monastery
Potentially fanatical behavior is the least of your worries around the wrong monk:
Orthodox Priest Jailed for Exorcism Death
Daniel Petru Corogeanu, a former hieromonk at Holy Trinity Monastery in Romania, killed a 23-year-old nun in the process of exorcism. The nun, Maricica Irina Cornici, believed she heard Satan speaking to her.
Cornici, 23, was tied up for several days without food or water and chained to a cross. She died of dehydration, exhaustion and suffocation.At least Orthodox learn; some precautions will be set in place in the future:
Cornici's death stunned Romania and prompted the Orthodox Church to promise reforms, including psychological tests for those seeking to enter monasteries.Not surprisingly:
The church, which has benefited from a religious revival in recent years, condemned the ritual as "abominable" and banned Corogeanu from the priesthood and excommunicated the four nuns [who also performed exorcisms - BJ] from the church.
Church officials noted he had dropped out halfway from the church's religion school. Despite leaving the program, he was anointed as a priest because of a shortage of priests to serve in new convents and monasteries.