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Mixa backs down, promises to go quietly

The Local · 23 Jun 2010, 14:51

Published: 23 Jun 2010 14:51 GMT+02:00

Just one week ago, a defiant Mixa insisted he had been pressured to resign over claims he beat children in a Catholic orphanage in the 1970s and 1980s, and vowed to take his case to the Vatican.

But on Wednesday he issued a joint statement with his former Augsburg diocese, announcing he was resigning for good. He recanted the claim he had been forced out by the head of Bavaria’s Catholic bishops, Archbishop Reinhard Marx, and the country’s top Archbishop, Robert Zollitsch.

“Former Bishop Mixa is no longer calling into question his resignation,” the statement said.

According to daily Bild, Mixa wrote in a separate, personal explanation: “I have in many respects been blameworthy.”

He went on to ask “not only for a pardon, but above all for forgiveness for everything that I have not put right and … for forgiveness from all the people whom I have not treated the right way, whose expectations I have not fulfilled and whom I have disappointed. To them I am sorry with all my heart.”

The beleaguered Mixa has been dogged for months by allegations that he beat children while he was head of the Schrobenhausen children’s home in Bavaria – allegations that forced him to resign in April.

Last week, he claimed he had been forced to resign and vowed to have his case reviewed by the Vatican. He also moved back into his old quarters at the Augsburg bishop’s palace, apparently because he had nowhere else to stay.

This was followed by media reports of a secret Church dossier that detailed Mixa’s alleged alcohol abuse and sexual assaults on young priests.

The joint statement by Mixa and the diocese said he would leave his quarters at the bishop’s palace, and the diocese would find temporary accommodation for him.

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It said Mixa would still accept “the invitation by the Holy Father for a conversation in Rome” but stressed that “his resignation and its circumstances is hereby no longer in question.”

Crucially, it also stated that “former Bishop Mixa holds no one responsible, and reproaches no one, for the pressure which he felt in signing his resignation.”

Mixa would address the faithful of the Augsburg diocese in a personal letter, it added.

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Your comments about this article

16:51 June 23, 2010 by twisted
Yesterday he was pissed...today he is contrite...what a hypocrite.
17:09 June 23, 2010 by MunchingInMuenchen
Finally... good bye Bishop Scumbag!
17:13 June 23, 2010 by romber58
Just like a catholic and just like he did before...go to confession and say "Mea Culpa" and the slate is wiped clean and we can start over.The brainwashing and guilt feelings that the catholics are subjected to is so powerful that it is hard-wired and especially their clergy suffer psychologically under it.

I was in a seminary until the age of 18 and i observed a lot.

Those observations and my own intelligence have freed me from all religions,dogmas and from the power of other people in general to tell me that they know better than me what i must think or do.
20:11 June 23, 2010 by FrankSchreier

Facts about Mixa:

a. He beat children in a Catholic orphanage

b. alcohol abuse

c. sexual assaults

His ¦quot;apology is actually an anti-apology, a masterful manipulation of words:

1. Apology: ¦quot;Former Bishop Mixa is no longer calling into question his resignation¦quot;

Translation: He doesn¦#39;t ¦quot;question.

Analysis: ¦quot;Not to question¦quot; doesn¦#39;t equal ¦quot;accept¦quot;. Double negative.

Real apology: ¦quot;Former Bishop Mixa accepts his resignation¦quot;

2. Apology: ¦quot;I have in many respects been blameworthy.¦quot;

Translation: We are all sinners and worthy of blame for many things.

Analysis: Avoids going to the specific accusations and accepting direct culpability and responsibility.

Real apology: ¦quot;I am guilty of a, b, c.¦quot;

3. Apology: ¦quot;forgiveness for everything that I have not put right and …

Translation: I have many good things and some not

Analysis: ¦quot;Not to do right¦quot; doesn¦#39;t equal ¦quot;do wrong¦quot;. Double negative.

Real apology: ¦quot;forgiveness for the things I did wrong: a, b, c.¦quot;

4. Apology: ¦quot;forgiveness from all the people whom I have not treated the right way…¦quot;

Translation: Although I previously denied the accusations and attacked my accusers, now I want them to forgive me because of my ¦quot;questionable¦quot; behaviour.

Analysis: Not to treat the right way doesn¦#39;t equal to treat badly. Double negative. And abuse is more than just treating badly.

Real apology: ¦quot;forgiveness from all the people whom I mistreated¦quot;

5. Apology: ¦quot;forgiveness from all the people whose expectations I have not fulfilled and whom I have disappointed.¦quot;

Translation: People expected something from him and he simply didn¦#39;t perform well.

Analysis: The others are at fault since one is responsible for his own expectations -the case has nothing to do with his own vows and ethics. He didn¦#39;t just ¦quot;did not fulfil expectations¦quot;: he did the opposite.

Real apology: ¦quot;forgiveness from all the people whose legitimate expectations I have contradicted¦quot;

7. To them I am sorry with all my heart.¦quot;

Real apology: I am sorry to them, to their families, to my community, my brothers and sisters in faith, my brother-bishops who I accused to turn the attention away from me, to the Church, who I hurt deeply, to Jesus, who I betrayed repeatedly, and to those to whom I openly and with arrogance lied about the facts.

8. Apology: ¦quot;holds no one responsible, and reproaches no one, for the pressure which he felt in signing his resignation.¦quot;

Translation: My brother-bishops pressured me but I forgive them.

Analysis: The guilt is turn against other bishops as he denies now any pressure: to ¦quot;feel¦quot; pressured does not equal to ¦quot;be pressured¦quot;

Real apology: ¦quot;regrets having falsely accused other bishops of pressuring him¦quot;.

¦quot;He also moved back into his old quarters at the Augsburg bishop¦#39;s palace, apparently because he had nowhere else to stay.¦quot;

He must wait until (if) justice is made. Then he can stay in jail.
20:27 June 23, 2010 by romber58
Frank Schreier..Why did you make it so difficult to read your comment`?.
08:31 June 24, 2010 by FrankSchreier
Yes, sorry about that.. I wrote my post in Word and copied it.. I had no idea that the upload would replace " with ¦quot; and ' with ¦#39;

When I noticed it, it was too late. If The Local deletes it I would be happy to repost it without errors.
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