Exodus from bishop's palace?

Bishop Walter Mixa, who has resigned, wants to move out of Augsburg's Episcopal Palace, according to a report in the newspaper Bild am Sonntag. Mixa wants to continue as a priest despite all the accusations, a confidant of Mixa said according to the paper. Over the weekend, there was also further speculation about the background to the resignation.

"He is now looking for his own apartment or a house to rent," a confidant of Mixa said, according to the paper. After a stay in hospital in Switzerland, the former bishop of Augsburg still lives in the official residence of the Episcopal Ordinariate.Meanwhile, over the weekend, debate continued over the circumstances of Mixa's resignation. According to information from the news magazine "Focus", Pope Benedict XIV had. even instructed Archbishops Robert Zollitsch and Reinhard Marx in April to persuade Mixa to take some time off. Initially, Benedict had entrusted this task to his Apostolic Nuncio in Germany. When Augsburg bishop did not respond, pope sent Freiburg and Munich archbishops, magazine reported.Mixa, on the other hand, had accused his fellow ministers of intrigue a few days ago. They would have forced him to resign because of the beating accusations. In an interview with "Die Welt," Mixa had said he wanted to talk to the pope about a possible reinstatement.According to a report in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung," the accusation of sexual abuse was not the reason for the pope to accept Mixa's request for resignation. Therefore, the discontinuation of the investigation by the Augsburg public prosecutor's office does not play a role in this context. According to the newspaper's information, the pope agreed to Mixa's request, which has since been revised, because he had a file with serious accusations against the bishop. These concern Mixa's possible alcoholism and allegations of sexual assault against young priests and candidates for the priesthood.Witnesses from Mixa's closest personal environment had made corresponding statements about his way of life, which were attached to this file, reported the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung". The documents were transmitted via the Apostolic Nunciature in Berlin.In light of the Mixa affair and the numerous cases of abuse in the Church, the president of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), Alois Gluck, reiterated his calls for reforms. There must be talk about new structures that promote cooperation and transparency, Gluck told the "Welt" (Saturday edition). These are "the most effective means against group formation and poisoned situations.". For example, an independent ecclesiastical administrative jurisdiction for the settlement of conflicts was missing.Regarding Mixa, the CSU politician said, "The Causa Mixa is for me also a deep human and personal tragedy."He hopes that with the help of Rome it will soon be possible to reach a final settlement. "This is important to prevent the creation of legends. And the only thing that helps against the creation of legends and myths is transparency," said Gluck.The case of Mixa was not triggered by an ecclesiastical struggle for direction, the ZdK president emphasized, but by a "person-related fact". He warned against reading into it a directional debate between liberal and conservative forces.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.