Pope accepts resignation of German bishop for hitting children

8th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday accepted the resignation of German bishop Walter Mixa over charges of beating children in a Catholic orphanage more than 20 years ago, the Vatican said.

Mixa was the bishop of Augsburg in southern Germany and of the German military, and tendered his resignation on Thursday from both posts after admitting to hitting children.

The pope "has accepted the renunciation of the pastoral government of the Augsburg diocese submitted by Walter Mixa", a Vatican statement said.

He accepted the resignation under a code of canon law that allows the retirement of priests before the legal age of 75 years due to "illness" or unspecified "other serious reasons", it said.

© 2010 AFP

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