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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Apostate Hermann Geissler remains active at Vatican’s doctrinal congregation after being publicly accused of soliciting a woman for sex in the confessional

Hermann Geißler is a key official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF)  that deals with sex abuse cases.

Leading Official of Congregation For Doctrine of Faith "Tried" To Kiss Consecrated Woman During Confession

Hermann Geißler
en.news Austrian Father Hermann Geissler, a longtime official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, professed during a 2009 confession his love for the consecrated virgin Doris Wagner and "tried" to kiss her but Wagner successfully escaped.

In the old days, priests were forbidden to hear confessions of women outside a confessional.

A revengeful Wagner has been publicizing the case for years and indirectly disclosed Geissler's identity. At the time, both, Geissler and Wagner were members of the neoconservative community Familia Spiritualis Opus FSO, known as "Das Werk". Wagner left the group in 2010.

Geissler has been the capo ufficio of the Congregation’s doctrinal section since 2009.

According to Canon Law §1387, a priest who during a confession solicits a penitent to sin against the sixth commandment is to be punished by suspension, prohibitions, or privations; in graver cases he is to be dismissed from the clerical state.

In 2014, Wagner reported the alleged misconduct to Geissler's Congregation receiving the response that Geissler had admitted the incident, had asked for pardon and was "admonished”.

In the meantime Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti told NcrOnline.org (January 21) that Geissler is under investigation by the Congregation which reserves the right to take "appropriate initiatives”.

Vatican City
A Catholic priest serving as an official of the Vatican's doctrinal congregation has remained in his role after being publicly accused of soliciting a woman for sex in the confessional.

Although the claim against Fr. Hermann Geissler was brought forward two months ago, he was listed by the Vatican Jan. 18 as taking part in an international meeting of Asian bishops' conference officials in Bangkok, as head of the doctrinal section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Asked about the case against Geissler, Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti told NCR Jan. 21 that the priest is "under examination by the Superiors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who reserve the right to take the appropriate initiatives."

She and her perpetrator belonged to a mixed community of consecrated life called 'The Work'

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Vatican City 

A former nun from Germany has accused a priest who is a key official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) of using confession to make sexual advances on her several years ago in Rome when they were both members of the same religious community.
Doris Wagner, who at the time had been a sister in a mixed (male and female) institute of consecrated life called "The Work," told a Catholic women's conference in Rome on Nov. 27 that she had also been raped by the male superior of the convent where she lived.
She and two other women — one from the United States and the other originally from Peru — recounted their personal stories of sexual abuse at an event sponsored by Voices of Faith titled, "Overcoming Silence — Women's Voices in the Abuse Crisis."

After Wagner spoke about her rape — which occurred in 2008 when she was 24 years old — she then told a hushed audience of the man who had made the sexual advances on her during confession.

A priest in the Vatican office that deals with sex abuse cases.
Without offering his name, she described him only as "a priest working to this day as capo ufficio at the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith."
That Vatican office's role is not only to "promote and defend" Catholic faith and morals, but it is also the main tribunal that deals with the most serious offences against the sacraments, including sex abuse cases. 

And the position of capo ufficio is equivalent to being the office manager. It is by papal appointment and stands in rank immediately after the top superiors (prefect/president, secretary, undersecretary). 

The Annuario Pontificio currently lists three men holding the post of capo ufficio at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and only one of them is a member of The Work (known officially in Latin as the Familia spiritualis Opus — FSO).

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