Though the news of Fr. Geissler acquittal was widespread, it did not have the same resonance of the allegations of Doris Reisinger, though none of the accusations was proved.
Wagner-Resinger allegations were taken for granted. It was hard to find a complete profile of her.
Doris Wagner-Reisinger is a former nun of the Spiritual Family The Work. After she left the Spiritual Family, she made of the fight against the Church and religious congregations the center of her life.
She also claimed that "the Catholic Church moral sexuality is absurd," and that the issue "is originated by the structure of the Church, which should be abolished."
Doris Wagner-Reisinger lives now in Wiesbaden, in Germany, with a former member of the Spiritual Family The Work, Philip Reisinger. Resinger is a priest suspended a divinis. They contracted a civil marriage, and they have a son together.
In 2008, when still a nun, Dori Wagner-Reisinger has a sexual affair with another member of the community, Father B.
In 2011, she and the Spiritual Family The Work friendly part ways.
In 2012, she began reconsidering her experience as a nun through the lenses of the abuse, of violence, of manipulation.
In 2012 and 2013, Doris Wagner sues Fr. B, in Germany and Austria. In both cases, tribunals states it was not violence, but a consensual relationship.
She begins to lecture on abuse against nuns.
Last fall, she took part in the movie "Female Pleasures," a documentary by the Swiss director Barbara Miller released in 2018 that explores female sexuality in the 21st century around the globe.
In the movie, she noted that "normal Catholics are changing," and "for students is normal to have sexual experiences before the marriage," while "having children before marrying, homosexual relations and contraception are not considered a sin."
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There, she clearly states that "the Church has become a den of bandits… all religions are used to legitimate who is in power… with no public push, the Church would never do something.
She joins the group "Voices of Faith;" a group that aims to advocate more significant participation of women in the Church.
Following her testimony at an event organized by "Voices of Faith," media start writing about the alleged harassment by Fr. Geissler.
These pieces of the story, coming from open sources, would have helped to frame the Fr better. Geissler's situation.
If there is a report, obviously an investigation must follow. Way too often, however, in cases of alleged abuse by clergy, media take the party of the plaintiff.
Fr. Geissler case is just the last one. In many cases, priests were utterly cleared of the charges; however, the media only remember the allegation, never the acquittal. It is indeed infamous smearing of the innocents.