POLITICAL observations & opinions

* German bishop offers to resign and cooperate with investigation … a step in the right direction … will Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI) accept the resignation?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 22, 2010

German Bishop Walter Mixa

Melissa Eddy (AP) writes …

  • A leading conservative Roman Catholic bishop in Germany has written to Pope Benedict XVI offering to resign amid persistent allegations of physical abuse and financial misconduct, the Augsburg Diocese said Thursday.
  • Bishop Walter Mixa wrote a letter to the pope on Wednesday, the Augsburg diocese said in a statement, offering to step down in hopes of allowing a “new start” for his diocese.
  • He said he would cooperate fully with investigators and offered an apology.
  • “I ask the forgiveness of all those to whom I may have been unfair and to those who I may have caused heartache,” Mixa wrote, acknowledging that he was “fully aware of my own weaknesses.”
  • The Vatican does not comment on possible resignations.
  • Mixa has been accused of hitting children while a priest decades ago; the case does not involve any allegations of sexual abuse.
  • He initially denied ever using violence against youngsters, but later acknowledged he may have slapped children.

Read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100422/ap_on_re_eu/eu_germany_church_abuse

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