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Bishop Mixa accused of abusing children

AFP/DDP/The Local · 31 Mar 2010, 11:17

Published: 31 Mar 2010 11:17 GMT+02:00

Three women and two men claimed that Mixa hit them on multiple occasions while they were at the St. Josef children’s home in Schrobenhausen, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday, citing statements declared under oath by the alleged victims.

Their descriptions of the abuse include slaps to the face, punches to their upper arms, and spankings with a carpet beater, the paper said.

But the Augsburg diocese called the accusations “absurd, untrue, and obviously invented to defame the bishop.”

Mixa, who recently made headlines for blaming the German Catholic Church’s child sex abuse scandal on the sexual revolution, was the Schrobenhausen parish leader between 1975 and 1996. He frequently visited the St. Josef’s children’s home and disciplined the children for their bad behaviour, said the former residents, who are now between the ages of 41 and 47.

Nuns of the Mallersdorf order who worked at the institution also hit the children with “wooden brooms, wooden shoes, and clothing hangers,” the paper reported.

The order said it would undertake an open investigation into the accusations.

Germany’s Catholic Church has been embroiled in a crisis over recent weeks as victims of widespread sexual and physical abuse continue to come forward. Most cases date back by several years, a fact that has politicians debating a possible extension to the statute of limitations on such crimes.

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Similar accusations have also surfaced in the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland, while Ireland has been rocked by revelations about cover-up efforts by the head of the Church there in the 1970s.

The Vatican has said it received 3,000 reports between 2001 and 2010 of sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy committed over the past 50 years.

AFP/DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

12:00 March 31, 2010 by Edmond Schindler
So are we to OPEN INVESTIGATIONS on our parents and teachers for the same abuse and treatment during the same time period as these claims?

Is everyone subject to Abuse charges retroactive? No matter who it was or how long ago?

If that where true then from my childhood era, 50's. 60's & 70's, I don't know a soul that didn't get knocked around and beat-up by some adult at home, school or church.

Are there no reasonable tolerance for change and evolution in society?
12:13 March 31, 2010 by Deutschguy
Beatings and physical abuse by authority figures over children need to be opened up for investigations, publicized, and no, it doesn't matter how long ago it happened.

If you don't do these things, it only minimizes the crime and gives permission for it to happen again. Some people think that because it's a religious figure or the Church, that we should still keep it quiet. No way, no how!

The Pope should step down. Every bishop who did not report to legal authorities the perpetrators of this abuse should step down. Anyone who allowed an abuser to simply be relocated needs to be punished and publicly.

I could not care less about the "damage" in public relations terms to the Church, criminal covering up bishops, or the Pope. Open up their banks and auction their precious art to compensate these victims for robbing them of their childhoods and of a normal physical and sexual development.

What they did was evil. Covering it up was evil. Allowing it to stay secret and unpunished is complicity in the evil.
12:53 March 31, 2010 by Edmond Schindler
@Deutschguy

I differentiate physical abuse from the SEX abuse.

My view was on this article in particular which is a different topic.

I absolutely agree with your position on sexual abuse however.
13:43 March 31, 2010 by michael4096
The difference between physical, sexual, psychological abuse is more important for the abuser than the abused. The kids remain scarred however it is done.

"Bruises fade, father, but the pain remains the same"

Christine Aguilera
14:21 March 31, 2010 by Kayak
Here's a related story.

Do any German readers of this comment know the history of Moritz Schreber - the guy the rented garden is named after (Schrebergarten)? If no, then read this.

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moritz_Schreber

Oh, selective history...
18:58 March 31, 2010 by Prufrock2010
The Catholic Church needs to be declared a criminal enterprise by every government in the world, and all its assets should be forfeited. All of them.

One of elements common to all these cases throughout the world is the Church's insistence on secrecy, "adjudicating" the cases they don't outright dismiss through canonical procedure that is closed, secretive and ineffective. What the Church fears most is publicity. It has no interest in preventing abuse -- physical, sexual or psychological -- or in punishing the abusers. In fact, it is and always has been the Church's strategy to blame the victims while shielding its clergy from civil litigation and criminal prosecution. The Church always requires the complaining parties to sign nondisclosure agreements with liquidated damages provisions in case the victim goes public, and always insists on confiidentiality agreements when they settle civil lawsuits. And Ratzinger is in this up to his papal eyeballs.

These abominations must be stopped immediately. The bright light of publicity is the best way to begin.
06:33 April 1, 2010 by Fatz Lewinski
As a resident of Augsburg, I have to say that for Mixa, these allegations have been a long time coming. The man is a PR nightmare at the best of times but hopefully these allegations will remove him from his position of authority. I am neither Catholic nor a church goer but I have several friends who are devout and will not be unhappy to see this guy brought down.

Have any conspiricy theorists out there, figured out how many allegations have been suppressed against the fella in Rome?
08:49 April 1, 2010 by Prufrock2010
You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to place Ratzinger in the middle of this mess. I have irrefutable evidence that Ratzinger was aware of the allegations in 1996 that Wisconsin priest Lawrence Murphy had molested up to 200 deaf children in his charge, and Ratzinger did nothing. I even have a copy of a letter from Murphy himself to Ratzinger, written in 1998, wherein Murphy doesn't deny the allegations, but asks Ratzinger to intervene to quash the charges against him on a technicality. Murphy subsequently died of natural causes without ever being laicized (defrocked), and was buried in the church with his vestments.

Then there is the case of Cardinal Law in Boston, under whose watch the massive molestation scandals surfaced, resulting in 100s of millions of dollars in settlements to the victims. Ratzinger rewarded Cardinal Law by getting him out of Boston to avoid prosecution, transferring him to Rome where he was made pastor of Santa Maria Maggiore, the third largest basilica in Europe, and is paid $12,000 a month stipend. Law is still there, to my knowledge.

So the beat goes on. Ratzinger was the number 2 man in the Vatican, the pope's pit bull, and he was the Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. And he was the guy who knew about the abuse going on all over the place and made sure it was covered up.

These stories are just beginning to surface. It will get uglier.
11:05 April 1, 2010 by rosenthalenglish
I see that most people find Bishop Mixa guilty before a fair trial.He has denied the allegations and seeks the right to take those who accuse him of these things to court.

Of course no one has ever made a false allegation against another person in this world-have they?

Also when I was a young child living in the UK,all schools,parents,aunties,uncles and even policeman could hit you and clip you around the ear.Corpural punishment was the norm in those days.Seems that every adult alive should now be put in prison if we are going to follow the laws of today which were not in use then.It was a whole different time.Corpural punishment was rife in all schools.But knife killings amongst children were nil.Now with no corpural punishment in schools,killings among school children in the UK are at record highs.So if the adults are beating the children the children are killing each other.What a crazy world we live in.

I am not making any judgements,just trying to put things into perspective on what life was like then as a child.I had the strap, the ruler,was hit by a policemen for being cheeky as a 7 year old.Even hit around the ears and saw stars when I didn't do anything.I was told to accept it for the many times I did things and didn't get hit.That was many times so I like all children of any religion or none accepted these things as the rules of the day.Why have they waited so long to come forward with these allegations?Every child in my day could do the same,but we don't becasue we know that all children were treated the same in those days.A thing that most people seem to have forgotton.Also all the bring back "Corpural Punishment in schools" brigade are being very quiet at the moment.Wonder why?
11:23 April 1, 2010 by rosenthalenglish
Prufrock,We can all see the New York Times has put online information about the Murphy Sexual abuse case.However even they have to admit that they do not have any proof that The Holy Father was actually involved.Now for more information from the Priest who was actually in charge of the tribunal against Father Murphy you should go here

http://networkedblogs.com/p30490603

Then-presiding judge for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee gives first-person account of church trial

By Fr. THOMAS BRUNDAGE, JLC

It might open you eyes to the truth.The New York Times never even contacted him,nor have any other media,yet they are using quotes of what he is alledged to have said without checking he did say it.Handwritten notes have been transcribed by the press,but who wrote those notes?The media should have checked before claiming Fr.Brundage had! Also if you read it all you will see that the fact is that on the day that Father Murphy died, he was still the defendant in a church criminal trial.Now isn't that a turn up for the books.How come the New York Times and the rest of the media didn't know this fact.Because of their sloppy and biased reporting that ment the truth was sacrificed for attacking the Pope and selling more papers.
11:57 April 1, 2010 by rosenthalenglish
Was anyone else in those days trying to get it banned?Did governments?Do you not believe that we have much to learn and that we may have moved forward since then but at what price?Children now knife children in schools due to no discipline.My wife is a teacher and it can be very difficult.No one used to hear of school shootings in those days,now they are common.Where do you draw the middle line between discipline and anarchy?I note your sarcasm in your question Pas!Some people even if Bishop Mixa is innocent or the Pope was not involved in the Munich case ,would never believe it.Same could be said of the Catholic Church.It has done many good things helping those in need throughout its history,but some would always call the Catholic Church evil.The Church is made up of sinners,That is who Christ came to save.If he as Saviour chose Judas Iscariat as one of His Apostles,then you can be sure that evil men are within the Church just as any other organisation.But it doesn't mean all are evil as many try to imply.Thank God we have the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the Church.We have made mistakes but that is no reason to say get rid of the church.As Christians we must humbly learn from past mistakes so as to come closer to Christ.
02:09 April 3, 2010 by Prufrock2010
@Rosenthalenglish:

Your understanding of the Murphy case is incorrect and incomplete. I am not here to shake your faith in your church, but to provide verifiable facts about the Church's complicity in that case. As it is late, I will do so in the morning if this thread is still available. It's an ugly story, and Ratzinger is indeed involved.
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