The German Church Law Thomas Schüller  Acquittal of the highest Vatican City of Austrian father Hermann Geissler in a case of abuse . According to Schüller, it was a "scandalous decision" that the priest acquitted the priest after a preliminary examination of the allegation of sexual harassment without hearing the woman concerned.
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The preliminary investigation was "not after the legal requirements", because they did not hear both parties, but only the accused religious, said Schüller chews Kathpress the transmitter WDR. But most importantly in the form of sexual abuse is the most important thing to listen to on both sides, stressed the church's lawyer. The Roman judgments had violated the most basic principles of case law.
On Wednesday, the judges had released Geissler, a former president of the Vatican Congregation of Faith and a member of the Order "Work" a non in the context of confession to have sexually harassed . The court had come to the acquittal because "the circumstances of the alleged serious crime are not proved with sufficient moral certainty".
Nunen Doris Wagner (now Doris Reisinger) was from 2003 to 2011 also a Member of "The Work". She is the author of the books "No More Me" and "Spiritual Abuse in the Catholic Church". In it, she reports on sexual abuse of priests under their religious affiliation. Their accusations not only affect Geißler, but also other members of the Order. The Austrian religion always rejected the allegations as insecure.
The Roman administrative punishment in Causa Geißler-Reisinger had Pope Francis sent at the request of the Faith Society to the apostolic signature. Usually, the faith association is responsible for such cases. This changed when the defendant worked there.
In January, the Vatican announced a survey. Geißler resigned as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith . With his resignation, he wanted to avert further damage from the Belief Society and his community, then said at the Vatican's statement. At the same time, Geissler had requested to continue the canonical procedure that was already brought against him to clarify claims.
Nunnan [159-09039] condemned the Vatican City's decision on Friday as a "shameful testimony to the lack of church legal culture ". Specifically, she criticized her lack of participation in the trial's trial and possible prejudice.
The decision of the Apostolic signatures is signed by the head of department, Cardinal Dominique Mamberti and her secretary, Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca. Reisinger said about the latter that he was in friendly contact with the "work". "In my opinion, he should not have been involved in such a decision and should not sign it," said Reisinger. She had just learned the Vatican City's decision from the press and had heard during the preliminary investigations "not as originally planned" by the apostolic signature. Still, she has presented a comprehensive written statement, "where I have also added testimony to another afflicted, whose experience covers in detail with mine."