Resignation of Bishop Mixa. Church heaves a sigh of relief and hopes for a new beginning.

Pope accepts resignation of German bishop - Comment on 2010 May 10 (4)

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2010 May 10 (4)
The Catholic Church sees the renunciation of the Augsburg Bishop Walter Mixa as chance for a new beginning. Pope Benedict XVI had accepted this resignation of 21st of April. Read more:

Today, on the 10th of May 2010, I read the following headlines and news about the abuse scandal and had the impression that the Catholic Church hopes that this comes to an end:

Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Mixa. Relief far beyond the bishopric.

Resignation of Bishop Mixa. Church heaves a sigh of relief and hopes for a new beginning. The Catholic Church sees the renunciation of the Augsburg Bishop Walter Mixa as chance for a new beginning. Pope Benedict XVI had accepted this resignation of 21st of April. This decision published on Saturday was made unusually fast according to experts. On Friday the abuse suspicion against Mixa had become known.

Abuse accusations. Three priests accused. A 61 year old clergyman of the church parish St. Martin in Lahnstein (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis) has resigned from office after abuse accusations against him. The bishoric Limburg responsible for the Catholic parish announced that the priest has admitted to "cross-border conduct in the contact with young people," of which he had been guilty 27 years ago. He regrets the deed and has stressed that similar things did not happen again.

The Limburg Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst had released the clergyman already on Monday from all duties as priest and district dean after a conversation. The priest was charged with three cases of abuse from the 1980 years. The abuse representative of the bishopric, the lawyer Guido Amend, had the suspicion reported.

 

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