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Secret Mixa file details alcohol and sexual abuse

DDP/The Local · 21 Jun 2010, 08:36

Published: 21 Jun 2010 08:36 GMT+02:00

The Catholic Church file, which describes alcohol abuse and sexual assaults on young priests, was seen by Pope Benedict XVI before he accepted Mixa’s resignation in early May, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.

The resignation followed accusations that he beat children at a Catholic orphanage in the 1970s and 1980s and later misused Church money.

In the file, witnesses from the Bavarian bishop’s inner circle described him as a “severely alcoholic man” who had to drink throughout the day. Other witnesses described sexual attacks on young priests during his time as a parish priest, when he would “go to confession the next morning before he celebrated mass,” daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Sunday.

The new allegations come to light following Mixa’s demands last week that the Vatican review his case. He has also returned to the bishop’s quarters in Augsburg in defiance and accused Bavarian Archbishop Reinhard Marx, as well as the country’s top Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, of not behaving a “brotherly” manner and pressuring him to resign over the case.

Meanwhile Mixa’s lawyer Gerhard Decker told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that the press would not be likely to see the file available to the Vatican.

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“That's how it was with the abuse reports against my client that led to proceedings: One called on the other as a witness and in the end it was all a misunderstanding,” he told the paper.

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Your comments about this article

10:55 June 21, 2010 by LancashireLad
Does the word "floodgates" mean anything?

I am tempted to ask what kind of "brotherliness" he was expecting from the archbishops ..... maybe he knows something about them too.

If the police get hold of him, what could he prove about other members of his organisation?
00:38 June 22, 2010 by wetdawg~
When I was young, almost every priest who knew of me was an alcoholic and chased we young boys! We dreaded taking communion from their unwashed hands. None of us now are in the church, and have raised our children as Lutheran...I once experienced a priest in an aldi parking lot...walking about mummbling while trying to hand out coupons no one would except...his "brother" priest and boy friend had just been "exposed" (poor choice of words there)...LOL!
14:08 June 23, 2010 by Eastard
The catholic church needs to step back and take stock of it's long history of "control" over it's image and it's ownership of the message of religion. This time is at hand for internal adjustment to the church being in charge of neither Christanity or man... To be a priest is differnt than a bus driver and DOES have more requirements than just a job.. If a person cannot live the life then do other work. If the church knows this then help them out of church leadership roles... The Catholics have much too many professional spiritual leaders and too few spriitual leaders.. Allowing abuse or preverse sexual acts of any chuirch leader ever is the beginning of the end for them.
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