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09 May 2010 :: 14:05:12 pm 20022

German Bishop Resigns Over Child Sex Abuse Scandal

Pope Benedict XVI has formally accepted the resignation of a leading German bishop who has been embroiled in investigations into alleged incidents of sexual abuse, assault and financial irregularities.
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Vatican City, the 9th of May 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: A statement released by a Vatican spokesperson on Sunday stated the Pope had agreed that the charges being levelled against Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg were significant enough that he should step down from his position as bishop.

German prosecutors and lead investigators revealed on Friday that they were investigating claims of sexual abuse by Mixa, who had already offered the pontiff his resignation in April after admitting to having assaulted (slapped) children in the 70’s and 80’s, which he had previously denied. Friday’s allegations of sexual abuse were the first levelled against Mixa who is also being investigated over financial irregularities at a children’s home that he was responsible for.

The allegations of sexual abuse are believed to relate to a period between 1996 and 2000 when Mixa was head of the Eichstaett diocese with the Augsburg diocese also having aided investigators by conducting a meticulous examination of the accusations. Mixa’s lawyer has since denied any accusations levelled against his client who stated that Mixa was willing to work with prosecutors to clear up the matter.

Mixa’s resignation is the first in the pontiff’s native Germany amidst the continuing sex abuse scandal that is current afflicting the Catholic Church in various European countries and the United States. Recently the Belgian bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, resigned from his post after he admitted to having sexually abused a young boy, whilst three Irish bishops have also resigned after admitting to having mistreated various cases of sexual abuse within the church.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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