Doris Wagner Reisinger Accepts the 2020 Christine Schenk Award

Introduced by Sr. Christine Schenk, Doris Wagner Reisinger accepts the Sr. Christine Schenk Award for Young Catholic Leaders and offers remarks regarding the sexual abuse crisis in the Church.

An advocate for victim-survivors of sexual abuse, Doris (Wagner) Reisinger is a scholar, philosopher, theologian, author, and former nun.

Reisinger currently serves as a research assistant in the Department of Catholic Theology at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and is a professor at Jesuit’s University Sankt Georgen. She is currently serving as a fellow on the Gender, Sex, and Power: Towards a History of Clergy Sex Abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church project at Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame. While a nun, she was sexually assaulted by an Austrian priest who was an official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Reisinger left her order in 2011 and finished her theology studies in 2014. That same year, she published her autobiography, which recounts her experiences as a victim-survivor of sexual assault within the Roman Catholic Church. In 2018, she made international headlines when she spoke of her experiences at the Voices of Faith Conference in Rome, prompting the resignation of her abuser.

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