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Vatican priest cleared of trying to kiss nun

AFP  |  Vatican City 

A has cleared a senior accused of making advances towards a German nun during confession, the Holy See said on Friday.

The five-member said in a statement that after careful examination the "serious" allegation could not be proved "with the required moral certitude".

Austrian Father proclaimed his innocence but resigned in January as one of three top officials at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which ensures Roman Catholic moral doctrine.

A Canonical disciplinary procedure in 2014 let Geissler off with a warning after former German nun accused him of inappropriate behaviour during confession.

"He kept me for hours, kneeling before him, he told me that he loved me and that he knew that I loved him and that even if we couldn't marry, there were other ways," Wagner said.

"He tried to take me in his arms and kiss me. I panicked and ran," Wagner said in testimony she put on

Wagner also accused another of raping her in 2008.

He was removed from the Vatican but remains a in a community where "many young nuns live", according to Wagner.

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 20:51 IST