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Bishop Mixa can't remember his accusers

Published: 03 Apr 2010 16:06 GMT+02:00

In an interview with Welt am Sonntag newspaper, previewed Saturday, Mixa added that he would pray for his accusers, who now number at least eight, all of whom claim he beat or hit them at a children’s home in the 1970s and 1980s.

Mixa has vehemently denied the accusations.

“These people could no longer remember me at all,” he told Welt am Sonntag. “I no longer remember them.”

Bishop Mixa, who had previously claimed the sexual revolution was partly to blame for child abuse in the Church, has been accused of hitting children at the St Josef children’s home in Schrobenhausen, north of Munich, in the 1970s and 1980s.

One alleged victim told daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: ''He punched me with full force in the face.''

He is now Bishop of the nearby city of Augsburg.

Mixa renewed his offer to meet and speak with his accusers, telling Bild am Sonntag in a separate interview that he wanted “to learn what befell them.”

He said he planned to pray for them because, as a pastor, his concern was that they were the victims of some injustice.

Mixa said he had taught thousands of children and adolescents over the years. “My credo has applied and applies up to today: ‘I’ll be good to you. Please be good to me.”

Meanwhile, a 40-year-old man from the Rosenheim area has told the Ingolstadt Donaukurier newspaper in Bavaria that he too had been abused by Mixa as a student.

“Mixa was not nice,” he told the paper. “He pulled us by the hair and by the ears.”

The man added Mixa had been very different from the way he portrays himself in the media.

Another man, now living in Innsbruck in Austria, said Mixa had hit him after he had tried to run away from the home and been returned by the police.

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Your comments about this article

16:31 April 3, 2010 by rosenthalenglish
Why do the Media make out that corporal punishment was really the norm everywhere in those days.All adults should be imprisoned if you backdate laws that came into effect after the time to the 50,60, and 70's.

People have been known to make up things or believe things happened which didn't happen.I for one agree that Bishop Mixa was correct to make a connection between the "Swinging 60's" and a drop in morality everywhere including the Catholic priesthood.I also believe him when he says he din't do it.I mean you would be laughed at when I was a child back in the 50-60's if you complained a teacher pulled your ear,clipped your ear,smacked you with a strap,ruler ,slipper or shoe.Their was no place,Home,school or children's organisation that didn't practise corparal punishment in those days.So why are we attacking only the Catholic Church in this reguard?Bishop Mixa because of his position on many things has many enemies in the liberal establishment.What is to stop them lying about him or trying to frame him:it wont be the first time that someone has been framed.Oh I forgot,He is a Catholic Bishop-So he must be guilty,even if he is innocent!
10:01 April 4, 2010 by Heinrich der Zweite
¦quot;These people could no longer remember me at all,¦quot; he told Welt am Sonntag. ¦quot;I no longer remember them.¦quot; Then why is he praying for his accusers if he can't remember them. Maybe he should pray for his own forgiveness, although I don't think it will help much. Why should the now grown up children accuse him if nothing had taken place? Individual police inquiries would be a start.
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