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Church asks Bishop Mixa to take a break

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Church asks Bishop Mixa to take a break
But you guys, I just got my party hat on! Photo: DPA
16:35 CEST+02:00
The head of Germany's Catholic Church has asked embattled Augsburg Bishop Walter Mixa to step aside from his duties until investigations into claims he beat children and misused Church funds can be completed.

In a statement released Wednesday, Robert Zollitsch, chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, said both he and the Munich Archbishop Reinhard Marx had spoken frequently with Bishop Mixa in recent days.

“We've contemplated with him how he can help calm the current difficult situation in the Augsburg diocese and whether a period of spiritual reflection and physical distance could help him to bring about an atmosphere of greater objectivity during the necessary clarifications he has requested,” Zollitsch said.

Furthermore, some distance could help Mixa regain his strength after several difficult weeks and consider recent events in greater peace, Zollitsch said.

Mixa, who is bishop in the Bavarian city of Augsburg, has faced weeks of mounting claims that he hit and beat children while he was a teacher at Schrobenhausen children's home during the 1970s and 1980s. Eight people who lived at the home have come forward with claims that he beat them with his fists, a stick and even a carpet beater.

After weeks of flat denials, Mixa recently admitted he could “not rule out a cuff or two around the ear 20 years ago” and added that “I very much regret that today.”

An investigation by lawyer Sebastian Knott has also found that Mixa, as head of the board of trustees of the Catholic Orphanage Foundation, may have spent the institution's money on art, wine and jewellery.

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