The “avalanche” of the mixa case

The Mixa case continues to move Germany's editorial offices: Bild am Sonntag reported on an "excerpt from the bishop's palace," Suddeutsche and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on a "secret papal file". One thing is certain: Catholics in the Augsburg diocese want peace at last.

The Augsburg Diocesan Council of Catholics urges a swift departure of resigned Bishop Walter Mixa from the diocese. Mixa must leave the diocese so that "finally calm sets in," said the chairman of the Augsburg Diocesan Council, Helmut Mangold on Monday (21.06.2010) told our site. Even with alternatives, however, the bishop could "retreat into a very quiet environment" even within the diocese. First and foremost, Mixa must be restrained: "I don't want to banish him to Siberia now." The fuss about Mixa is hurting the diocese "because so many people are among his fans," Mangold stressed. "Our problem is not the bishop himself, but the quarrels between opponents and supporters." These had escalated to such an extent "that it is hardly bearable any more.". A small snowball has turned into "a big avalanche that is sweeping across the diocese". Mangold said he had the impression that Mixa's supporters thought that a great battle was currently beginning against the Catholic Church, which needed to be protected. The fight for Mixa is mixed up with the fight for the church. "They feel like crusaders," he said. The Mixa case harms not only the diocese of Augsburg, but the church in Germany as a whole.

Newspaper: Secret Pope file incriminates Mixa schw Meanwhile, the Suddeutsche Zeitung reports in its Monday edition of serious accusations, some of which have not yet been made public, that the file on the Mixa case available to the pope contains. According to information from the paper, the dossier comprises several dozen pages. It contains statements from even the closest associates and acquaintances, which are supposed to prove that the bishop has an alcohol and perception problem. Likewise, in at least two cases not yet publicly known, he is said to have approached young men to such an extent that they would have perceived this as crossing the line.According to the "Suddeutsche Zeitung" and the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung", this file is said to have been the reason why Pope Benedict XVI. on 8. May accepted Mixa's request for resignation. The preliminary investigations by the Ingolstadt public prosecutor's office on suspicion of sexual abuse would have played only a minor role. These investigations were discontinued when the alleged victim declared that there had been no abuse on the part of the bishop. Mixa had said last week that the chairman of the German bishops' conference, Robert Zollitsch, Munich Archbishop Reinhard Marx and Augsburg auxiliary bishop Anton Losinger had used these preliminary investigations to discredit him with the pope.

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