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Sunday, June 9, 2019
(Rome) A senatorial tribunal of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome pronounced Fr. Hermann Geissler of the spiritual family The Work free of all charges. A former member of The Work accused him of molesting her in 2009.
The Tyrolean Hermann Geissler completed his priestly education in the Collegium Rudolphinum in Heiligenkreuz, which was founded by Bishop Rudolf Graber of Regensburg. In 1988, Geissler joined the spiritual family Das Werk based in Bregenz. In 1991 he received his doctorate at the Pontifical Lateran University and was ordained the same year. After a time in parish ministry, he was appointed to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where from 2009 he was head of the teaching section.
At the end of January 2019, he asked the Congregation for his laicisation. By doing so, he wanted to be able to keep the Congregation safe from damage and so he could better defend against the allegations made against him. At the same time he urged the continuation of the legal proceedings against him to clarify the matter.
A judge's senate of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signatura exhonerated him with a decision of May 15. The judges did not believe the plaintiff and cleared Geissler.
The plaintiff, a former member of the religious family The Work, had a brief sexual relationship with a co-brother in 2008. In 2009, she had sexually harassed Father Geissler, also a brother. In 2011 she left the community "by mutual agreement.” However, she then began a campaign and filed a complaint against the two religious.
Numerous media reported about her as a “victim of abuse,” also internationally. Her "case,” despite not being fact checked, was the subject of feminist documentary films that were broadcast as an indictment on public service television (BR). Herder Verlag published a book about her "case". In the autumn of 2018, the television station Arte broadcast the documentation of God’s abused servants, in which her “case" was also broadly treated. Ready supporters
can always be found in the fight against the Church and especially "conservative" religious communities.
After leaving the Order, it became known that she is married to another priest and has a child with him. The priest was suspended on it a divinis.
Kathpedia writes about the plaintiff that she is "campaigning against the Church and consecrated congregations." The judges may have seen it this way as well.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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Monday, May 6, 2019
The description of the tasks of the new authority for the doctrine of faith shows "a shattering theological ignorance of the authors of this section.”
Rome (kath.net) Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, sharply criticized the draft for the Roman Curial Reform. In the interview with the PNP Müller speaks of "theological ignorance". In the various media is "no conclusive concept of the origin, nature and mission of the Church is recognizable.” Instead of orienting itself more clearly to the concept of the Church of the Second Vatican Council, "the Curia remains lost in the air, because it is no longer clearly assigned to the service of the Pope for the Universal Church." The document was approved by the Pontifical Council of the Pope and is currently available to leading Church offices for consideration.
Müller is also critical that the special role of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is being relativized. "The draft is a haphazard juxtaposition of 16 ministries that are somehow in the service of the pope, the individual bishops and the episcopal conferences." Evangelization comes first "although it is a task of the whole Church and not specific to the Pope.” Müller finds clear words: "This sketch is for a future Apostolic Constitution to a conglomeration of subjective individual ideas, pious wishes, moral appeals with individual quotations from Council texts and statements by the current Pope."
The former bishop of Regensburg also criticizes the fact that the draft for the curia reform "does not clearly distinguish" between the secular and spiritual tasks of the pope. The secular tasks were "only secondary and by no means significantly connected with the papacy.” The "highest mission of the Pope" was "his teaching as a member and head of the episcopal college.” But even though "the universal teaching of the Church is the basis of existence of the papal primate,” the doctrine of faith now appears only as "any task of the pope among many others.”
Especially in the description of the tasks of the new authority for the Doctrine of Faith shows, says Müller, "there is a shattering theological ignorance of the authors of this section". Thus, basic concepts of Catholic theology such as Revelation, Gospel or Magisterium are being employed “disjointedly or incorrectly.” It remains to be hoped that "this section will be formulated from scratch by a proven theologian and canonist."
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