Hannah Brochhaus CNA
An Austrian priest and theologian has resigned from his position at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, amid charges that he made sexual advances toward a woman in the confessional several years ago.
The priest maintains his innocence.
Fr. Hermann Geissler, 53, has been an official within the CDF since 1993, and in 2009 became the head of the congregation’s teaching office.
A statement released on January 29 said that Geissler “affirms that the accusation made against him is untrue, and asks that the canonical process already initiated continue. He also reserves the right for possible civil legal action.”
Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Holy See Press Office confirmed to CNA that allegations against Geissler are being examined by the CDF, which is the Vatican office charged with reviewing allegations of this kind.
CDF prefect Cardinal Luis Ladaria accepted the priest’s resignation, which was submitted on January 28. The statement said Geissler decided to step down “to limit the damage already done to the Congregation and to his Community.”
Geissler is a prominent scholar of Blessed Cardinal Henry Newman and a member of the Familia spiritualis Opus (FSO), informally known as “Das Werk.”
The accusations against him became public at the end of September, when a (now-former) member of “Das Werk,” Doris Wagner, claimed in a lengthy piece in the German newspaper DIE ZIET that she had been sexually harassed in the confessional by a member of the religious community she then belonged to, identified in the article as “Hermann G.”
Wagner again spoke of the accusations last November, saying at a conference in Rome that she had received unwanted sexual advances and been “groomed” for sex by “a priest working to this day as capo ufficio at the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith,” according to La Croix International.
The solicitation of a sin against the sixth commandment within the context of confession is considered in Church law to be a “grave delict,” or offence, for a which a priest can be dismissed from the clerical state.
The crime of a priest using the confessional for sex is a most serious canonical crime.
To use a holy entity for sexual gain is such a contradiction.
That a member of the Congretion of Divine Worship which investigates clerical sexual crimes committed this crime is most serious.
It shows that the RC church at the highest level is sexually compromised is devastating.
This is a destroying development.
It is Armageddon.
FIRST NIGHT IN KERRY
We made our way from Larne to Tralee yesterday – distance 300+ miles – 7 hour journey.
We stopped in the Dunraven Arms hotel in Adare for lunch wit h a Cloyne priest who wanted to discuss the rampant homosexuality in Cloyne and in particular of the case of the PP living with a young Eastern European male.
On then to Tralee where King Puck is a curate.
After our long journey we had a meal in the Bella Bia Italian restaurant in Tralee.
Just Euro 15 for the pre theatre menu which was as tasty as it was reasonable.
Tomorrow I have a wedding and more meetings.
In upcoming blogs I will be dealing with Cloyne/Kerry issues.